ALL skincare products claim to zap our zits away and give us perfect skin, but what products are the best?
Here, our Fabulous Reader Panel and Beauty team test the latest blemish busters to find out what really works.
Have a clear out
Dermalogica Clear State Breakout Clearing Booster, £19.50, attacks blemish-inducing bacteria[/caption]
Sahdia, 35, tested the Dermalogica Clear State Breakout Clearing Booster[/caption]
- Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster, £19.50 from Dermalogica – buy now
PRODUCT: Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster, £19.50, is a salicylic-acid-packed concoction that attacks blemish-inducing bacteria, clearing existing breakouts and preventing future ones.
PROS: I had a few spots when I started using the product, and within a couple of days they had cleared up. I suffer from breakouts quite often, but in the four weeks I used this, I didn’t have one blemish. It helped to lighten dark spots, too.
CONS: The smell of the product is a little strong at first, but I got used to it.
Quantum Botanika by Nataliya Robinson Spot Solution Treatment is a tonic with antiseptic witch hazel[/caption]
Joanne, 40, tested Quantum Botanika by Nataliya Robinson Spot Solution Treatment[/caption]
- Quantum Botanika by Nataliya Robinson Spot Solution Treatment, £45 from Quantum Botanika by Nataliya Robinson – buy now
PRODUCT: Quantum Botanika by Nataliya Robinson Spot Solution Treatment, £45, is a concentrated tonic that contains a host of vegan ingredients such as antiseptic witch hazel and exfoliating sugar cane.
PROS: I followed my usual skincare regime, cleansing and toning before applying a small amount of the solution and leaving it to dry, before slathering on my night cream. Within three days my spots were definitely drying up.
CONS: Don’t apply this in the morning as it leaves a gritty residue under make-up. I also felt like it stung my skin a little.
Keep it Simple
- Simple Daily Skin Detox SOS Clearing Booster, £5.99, Superdrug – buy now
PRODUCT: Simple Daily Skin Detox SOS Clearing Booster, £5.99, is a hydrating gel that’s packed with detoxifying witch hazel, thyme and zinc to help balance out oily, blemished skin and reduce redness.
PROS: I’ve always searched for a product to clear my breakouts and improve general texture, and this worked really well on small blemishes and definitely improved the look and feel of my skin.
CONS: Although it was good for smaller imperfections, it didn’t work quite as well for bigger hormonal blemishes that start deep beneath the skin.
See ya, spots
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer, £26.50, is make-up and zit zapper in one[/caption]
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer, £26.50, Cult Beauty – buy now
PRODUCT: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer, £26.50, is make-up and zit zapper in one that contains kaolin clay and sulphur to fight imperfections and AHA and BHA acids to even tone.
PROS: This product works a treat to conceal blemishes – in fact, the coverage is amazing. It also disguised the small red veins under my eyes that I usually struggle to hide. Double win!
CONS: Although it reduced the size of some of my spots, it didn’t kill them off completely. I also think the bottle could be a bit bigger for the price.
- Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum, £42, Tropic Skincare – buy now
PRODUCT: Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum, £42, is a super-light serum boosted with skin-loving spirulina to soothe problem skin, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and prebiotics that help your skin to naturally fight off spot-causing bacteria.
PROS: I suffer from cystic acne, so was keen to see whether this would work. I didn’t develop any spots while using it, and I think it did help reduce existing ones. It’s a great everyday serum that won’t irritate sensitive skin.
CONS: It’s expensive, although it did feel very luxurious.
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Zap that zit
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ is sensitive-skin-friendly[/caption]
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, Boots – buy now
PRODUCT: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, is brimming with blemish-busting ingredients, such as niacinamide, lipo hydroxy acid and zinc. This sensitive-skin-friendly formula fights breakouts and mattifies oily complexions.
PROS: I’ve seen a massive reduction in the number of spots since I started using this product, and my skin is much less oily in general. It’s great to use in the morning before applying make-up, as it sinks in super-fast and works its magic all day.
CONS: My skin felt a little dry at times because it’s not as hydrating as other moisturisers, but I layered a thicker cream on top to fix this.
Stockists: Dermalogica (Dermalogica.co.uk), It Cosmetics (Cultbeauty.co.uk), La Roche-Posay (Boots.com), Quantum Botanika by Nataliya Robinson (Nataliyarobinson.co.uk), Simple (Superdrug.com), Tropic (Tropicskincare.com).