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!
La 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!
* 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 *