Top 3: Spot Treatments Under £10

If you’ve ever read a skincare post here on emilyloula, you’ll be aware that my biggest skin concern is the adult acne that I suffer with. I’ve had acne from the age of about 14, and since then I don’t think I’ve genuinely had more than a couple of ‘spot free’ days in total. Because of this, over the years I’ve tried pretty much every spot or blemish treatment that’s available here in the UK. Some of these said treatments have been a total waste of my time and money, but other’s have really saved me in my time of need, so today I thought I’d round up my top three under £10 to talk to you about!

Top Spot Treatments Acne Blemishes emilyloulaLa Roche Posay | Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector > £9.50

On the left, we have my personal favourite from the three, and that’s La Roche Posay’s Effaclar A.I. I’m sure a lot of my fellow skin care junkies will be aware of LRP and their Effaclar range, but if you’re not, they’re a French based skincare brand with a variety of different ranges, designed for different skin types. The Effaclar range has been developed for all types of imperfections and oily, blemish prone skin. I have a few items from the Effaclar range including a cleanser, toner and an anti blemish cream, but this breakout corrector is my favourite from the bunch. Unlike a regular spot treatment, this corrector goes the extra mile as it not only treats and soothes the original blemish, but helps with the pigmentation or residual marks left behind. This is the first cream based break out corrector that I’ve tried, but I fell in love with immediately and I’m now onto my second tube. It dries fairly clear, but there is still a slight white cast left on the applied area (think the type of trace than an SPF leaves). This doesn’t bother me at all, and it can definitely be worn underneath makeup without a problem, as this is usually how I use it! If you get those type of spots or blemishes that you know will leave a residual mark or will eventually scar, apply this onto the area and thank me later…

Australian Bodycare | Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick* > £5.10

One of the most well known, and widely used ingredients in spot treatments is tea tree oil. I would bet that the majority of you have used it at least a few times before, whether that was in your skincare routine or not, as there’s an almost infinite amount of uses for this stuff! Back when my acne first came around, I used to slather various tea tree based products on my face, but since then I hadn’t really had much to do with it. I’d read many posts about people saying about how great tea tree is, and I wondered why I hadn’t gone back to this magic ingrident since my early teens. So when Australian Bodycare got in touch only days later, asking me to try out their Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick*, I quickly agreed and couldn’t wait to give it a go. It’s a little glass bottle, equipped with an antiseptic roller ball for easy application and contains a mix of Tea Tree Oil and Witch-hazel which is said to reduce inflammation, and soothe and repair the skin. This is my favourite treatment to use when I’ve got a blemish that is particularly sore or inflamed, and unfortunately for me, with acne that is a lot of the time. Due to it’s roller ball and oil consistency I find this incredibly soothing when applied directly onto the blemish. As it is an oil it does have that greasier consistency, unlike the other two in this list, so it’s not going to be great underneath makeup, but as long as you’re aware of this you’ll be fine!

Soap & Glory | Dr. Spot > £8.00

Pretty much everyone and their dog are aware of Soap & Glory in the UK, but for me I’ve only started to try out their products in the last year or so. Everything I’ve tried from them (inc. body care, skincare & makeup), I’ve loved, but my personal favourite item is their Dr. Spot Breakout Clearing Gel. I picked this up on a whim in Boots last year, and since then I’ve got through three tubes of this magic stuff, and now one has a permanent place on my desk at work, as well as one in my skincare drawer. To me, this is just a classic spot treatment gel, but this one actually works. Like many other spot treatments, this gives a slight tingle once applied, but I always like that because I can tell it’s doing something. This is what I reach for when I’ve just got a small whitehead or spot appearing, and I want to effectively nip it in the bud.

So there we have it, my top three spot treatments for acne or blemished skin! We’ve got a cream, a gel and an oil on this list – which one are you most drawn to? What’s your favourite spot treatment? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and thank you for reading! 

emily x

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* A product in this post was provided for the purpose of this review although as always, all opinions and thoughts remain my own. For more information, see my Disclaimer *

  • This is such a handy little post! I’ve just got back from travelling Europe and my skin has been a bit angry at me so I love reading posts like this xx

    • Thanks Liz, I’m glad you found it handy! Hope your skin calms down soon! xx

  • I love the Effaclar range but haven’t tried their targeted corrector yet. The Dr Spot treatment sounds amazing & so reasonably priced! // xo

    • The Effaclar range is so great isn’t it! The targeted corrector is my fave item from the range, it has helped so much! Dr. Spot is fab too, definitely reasonably priced! Thanks for reading x

  • These sound like great product. I am lucky enough my skin doesn’t bother me too much, and when they do, I grab a Dream Dot which works in a day for me. My husband suffers though so maybe I will buy these for him! 😀

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • I’ve never tried a dream dot before, but I’ve just got myself some spot patches in my Birchbox, so I’m hoping they’ll be good too! I would definitely recommend all of these, if you do buy any for your Hubby I hope they work as well for him as they do for me! xx

  • Pam Scalfi

    thankfully I dont have issues with spots, but I’ve heard wonderful things about Effaclar 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

    • Effaclar is such a great range for spots and oily skin – one of my all time favourites! x

  • I’m sorry to hear that you have a tough time with your skin and having to deal with breakouts on a regular basis. I’m happy to hear that you have found products to help with your concerns though! I get blemishes rarely so I haven’t tried to many spot treatments but one that I always have in my cupboard is the Origins Super Spot Remover x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    • Thank you Alina! I’ve heard such good things about the Origins spot remover actually, I think I’m going to have to give it a go! xx

  • nicole

    I am going to try out that soap and glory one once my current one has finished! The one I use, used to be really good but I think I have built up resistance to it because it does nothing and this one will be cheaper!

    • Ah yes it’s always annoying when you start to build a resistance against a product that worked well for you! Hope you like Dr Spot as much as me if you do try it out! x

  • Great post! I’ve had acne since about 15 and I’ve suffered with it mildly into my early adult years (19+) I think I’ll definitely have to try the LaRoche Posay product, I hate those spots which leave marks!! Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you Zahra! If you get those type of spots that leave marks, I would definitely recommend picking up the LRP Breakout Corrector, it’s saved me many times! xx

  • Klaudia.

    Amazing post! I love discovering new skincare items. My current favorite spot treatment is Grease Lightning from Lush. xo

    Klaudia //

    • Thank you very much Klaudia! I’m a big fan of lush but I haven’t actually tried Grease Lightning before, I’ll definitely have to keep my eye out for that next time I’m in store!! xx

  • My skin is awful at the mo’ – must try one of these! My favourite usually is Body Shop’s tea tree range!

    • Oww no that’s not good to hear, mine is awful too atm, it’s so annoying when your skin is bad isn’t it! I haven’t tried much from the Body Shop’s Tea Tree range since I was much much younger, so I’ll definitely have to check it out again now! xx

  • I’ve finally got my hands on the La Roche Posay targeted spot treatment and although i like the Origins Spot remover, I bought this as well as I wanted something that would treat and prevent dark marks. Only been using it for a day so fingers crossed. xx

    • Hope that you love the LRP spot treatment as much as me! It really helps get rid of those nasty masks, so hopefully it does the same for you! xx

    • Hope that you love the LRP spot treatment as much as me! It really helps get rid of those nasty masks, so hopefully it does the same for you! xx

  • I’ll need to pick up LRP Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector. I rarely get any spots but when I do it’s the one that will leave behind a mark that will last for the next two months.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Those spots that leave those marks are so annoying aren’t they! Hope you love it too if you do pick it up Shireen xx

  • I like Effaclar Duo + but it’s not expensive than Effaclar A.I. so I think I’ll try that next as it sounds like it works just as well! The Australian Bodycare stick sounds.great ad well, thanks for introducing me to some new products!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • The Effaclar A.I is holy grail status for me now, can’t be without it, such a good spot treatment! Definitely give it a go Rebecca! xx

  • I’m quite familiar with Effaclar Duo but I’ll definitely need to try out the other two that you mentioned!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • This LRP spot treatment is slightly different to the Effaclar DUO, as it’s more concentrated. If you give any of them a go, I hope you like them as much as me! Thanks for reading Georgia xx

  • I rarely get spots but it happens every couple of weeks or so, so it’s great to have a spot treatment, normally I would just slap a bit of Sudocream on a spot, as it’s something I always have in my bathroom cabinet (mummy’s life, lol). I will get the LRP one as I generally love the brand and the Effaclar range is great! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I’ve never actually tried sudocrem on a spot actually, but so many people swear by it so I should really give it a go! The Effaclar range is definitely great, it has helped my skin so much, but my favourite product is definitely the breakout corrector xx

  • I tried the Dr Spot and really liked it!

    • So glad you liked it too, fab isn’t it! xx

  • I suffer from adult acne too, but I’ve never thought of getting anything from Soap & Glory before, I’m very tempted to try Dr Spot! xx


    • It’s such a nightmare isn’t it! I would definitely recommend Dr Spot xx

  • Have you tried a chemical exfoliatior? Anyway I love the LRP Effaclar Duo, great pick.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    • I currently use PIXI’s Glow Tonic which I’ve found has really helped with my scarring – I’d like to try a higher % though! xx

  • I feel your pain dear, I have had the same problem too since 14 and still deal with it to this day. I’ve never heard of these products before right now I’m using proactiv plus I think it work for a while but now I’m not sure if its working anymore. I’m going to look into these you selected, thanks for sharing.

    • It’s really not nice is it? I’ve never used proactiv plus, I’ve heard great things about it, but never actually taken the plunge! If you do try out any of these products, I hope you like them as much as I do! xx

  • Ellie Adams

    So with you with the La Roche posay product, it’s been a lifesaver for me on so many occasions!


    • It’s such a fab product isn’t it? Definitely saved me on many occasions as well! x

  • I absolutely adore LRP – they have literally saved my skin! I used to have such awful adult acne but since using LRP, things have gotten so much better and I hardly ever have break outs now (touch wood!) xx

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Travalo Perfume Atomiser

    • They’re such a great brand aren’t they, they’ve done some really great things for my skin too! xx

  • Jasmine Simone

    I’m so glad that I found this post. Recently my skin just keeps breaking out and because I’m not used to this I have no idea where to start! I’m gonna buy the Dr. Spot and Breakout corrector. Great post.

    Jasmine x