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How to Choose a Spot Treatment

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If you have a pimple you can’t get rid of, then a spot treatment for acne is sure to be your new best friend.  Toss out your exfoliators, stop touching your face, and use this gem of a product.  You’ll be singing hallelujah in a few days – if you are using the right one.

Finding the Right Spot Treatment

Is there a best spot treatment for acne? Not necessarily.  If you have extremely oily skin, then you can probably handle the spot treatments that are very drying.  However, if your skin is more on the normal to dry side, then spot treatments that dry out your skin might cause it to get irritated, scab, and/or scar.  From my experience, I think it is best to start with a salicylic acid spot treatment.  This is an effective ingredient to get rid of acne, and it is the more gentle on the skin. I like this one by Clean and Clear:

spot treatment


Ingredients to Use Caution With

If your skin is sensitive or you have drier skin, then you might need to use caution with the following ingredients that are common in acne fighting products:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Sulfur

Sensitive Skin Spot Treatments

They are spot treatments that are designed specifically for people that have sensitive skin.  These are natural spot treatments that do not contain as harsh of ingredients.  I personally have sensitive skin and prefer to try salicylic acid before resorting to a natural remedy.  They have never worked as well for me, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work for you.  Everyone’s skin is a little different.



When You Need a Stronger Remedy

If you need something stronger, you can try the over-the-counter options with that have stronger acne fighting ingredients (benzoyl peroxide, sulfur).  The Mario Badescu drying lotion is a fan favorite.  Just make sure you don’t shake the bottle.  You are supposed to dip a q-tip into the bottom of the mixture and apply it on the problematic spot.  Then, let it dry.  You can do this at night.  Hopefully, by morning your skin will look 10 times better.

mario badescu drying lotion

When to Visit the Dermatologist

If you can’t find a happy medium with a spot treatment (one that won’t dry out your skin and cause scaring and one that will actually take away your zits), it might be wise to visit the dermatologist.  A lot of the spot treatments you can purchase are similar.  If they are not working, it’s better to get professional help before you go crazy trying to fix your skin and make it worse.  Even better, the dermatologist has options you can’t get in a store.  They can give you a prescription to take away your problem (this is usually temporary) and a more effective topical solution.

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