When it comes to getting rid of spots (aka the most unwelcome of face visitors), you want to treat them immediately and hopefully try and stop them making a reappearance in the future.
Sometimes the odd one crops up unannounced before a big day or event, other times it can be caused by hormones, or you might be fighting the good fight against acne. Whatever the cause, there's a solution that can help you fix it, honest.
All of us (excluding Hailey Bieber) have had to deal with a dreaded zit at some point, it's just that, being beauty journalists, we've kept notes on the good ones (you're welcome).
These are all of the ones worth writing home about. Your clear complexion can thank us later.
Zit Stick by Glossier
Our prayers were answered the day that Glossier reformulated this and brought it to the UK. The little pink stick is meant to be kept in your bag for at all times for emergency top ups. It contains 2% salicylic acid, capryloyl salicylic acid and tea tree, to zap spots on the go. Use up to three times a day.
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Blemish Control Spot Banishing Gel by Sukin
Green fingered gals and guys rejoice, this vegan gel is as hard working as its chemical filled counterparts. Free from silicones, parabens, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances, a blend of tea tree, salicylic acid and willow herb kill bacteria and reduce redness.
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Rapid Relief Spot Treatment by Murad
This fast-acting, invisible gel penetrates pores and shrinks spots within four hours. Containing 2% salicylic acid, this treatment exfoliates the surface of the skin, clearing out excess oil, bacteria and general gunk from pores. There's also a calming botanical blend to soothe and stop redness.
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Non-Drying Spot Treatment by Ren Clean Skincare
A spot treatment that doesn't contain salicylic acid? Yep, this is it. Non-drying, it's packed full of natural bio-actives that help restore equilibrium to the skin's microbiome, boosting good bacteria and keeping breakouts at bay. It's also incredibly calming, so if you find your skin gets really red and angry, this is probably your guy.
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Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel by Origins
Sensitive skins beware, this stuff seriously works, but it packs a punch. Ideally suited to oily, blemish prone complexions, the hero ingredient it is, you guessed it - salicylic acid, along with saw palmetto, to heal and prevent future blemishes. Apply sparingly to that spot, please.
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Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu
There's a reason this cult formula has been dubbed a life saver by celebs and models alike. One of the fastest working treatments - put it on before bed and you can bet ya that blemish is gone come morning. Salicylic acid and calamine get to work ASAP, the best part is, despite its potency, it's still safe to use on even the most sensitive skins, and doesn't cause any redness or irritation.
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Killa by Zitsticka
New kids on the block Zitsticka have already carved a big name for themselves in the industry, thanks to their ingenious approach to clearing our complexions. Each pimple patch has 24 microdarts that inject a targeted, zit-fighting formula right to the heart of the spot, stopping it in its tracks. FYI it works best if you use it at the very first sign of a breakout.
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