I’ve written a bit about my struggles with adult acne, and in those writings I’ve outlined the complex routines and long lists of products I employ to keep my skin relatively clear. I’d all but given up on over-the-counter acne remedies when I was given this little guy in a gift bag from a Yes To event and figured I’d give it a whirl. The active ingredients are tomato-derived salicylic acid and tea tree oil, both of which I’ve tried in the past. And in the past they’d dried out my skin, made it sore and itchy, and failed to help my acne in either the short or the long term.
But for whatever reason, this particular cocktail of ingredients – which also includes ginger root, bisabolol, witch hazel, and grapefruit juice – works much better. As the company points out, the roller ball format allows you to target and treat breakouts without using your hands to apply the formula, which reduces added dirt and bacteria. But I’m still amazed to find that ingredients that failed me before and working for me now.
I will say that if I apply it to the more sensitive regions of my face, it just does the drying-peeling thing. Too strong for the areas along my nose, my upper lip, and the front of my chin. But on my forehead, along my jawline, and on my neck? It works better than anything I’ve ever tried. Including the breathtakingly expensive dermatologist-prescribed zit cream that I can no longer afford to refill. And those neck zits are the WORST. They generally hang around for two or more months before finally fading completely. Treated with the Spot Stick, they are gone within three to five days. I’m still a little thunderstruck.
It’s definitely strong stuff, so proceed with caution. But if you’re looking for a powerful remedy to supplement your current acne-fighting practices, this Spot Stick might be worth a try.
Anyone else given it a go? Do salicylic acid or tea tree oil work for you in isolation? Other over-the-counter acne remedies that you love?
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