If you’re like me, your skin needs a little extra TLC after the excitement of the holidays. With a good spot treatment and some self-restraint, you can dry up blemishes in a hurry.
Clean & Clear’s spot treatment fights blemishes with salicylic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory. It also clears pores of bacteria, which makes future blemishes less likely to sprout up, which is a huge plus. I preventatively use this in areas where I’m prone to breakouts, and it keeps my skin generally clear.
What people really look for in a spot treatment, though, is how quickly it will take care of a blemish. This one is good, but not amazing. Clean & Clear advertises that 100 percent of people in a clinical study saw improvements in one day. I fully believe this. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean the pimple healed. It means that it diminished in size and/or redness. This spot treatment probably won’t heal a pimple overnight, but it will speed up the healing time, as long as you don’t interfere with the process.
Back to the self-restraint I mentioned earlier. Spot treatment won’t do you any good if you’re putting your hands on your face. Doing so introduces bacteria and encourages more breakouts. I know it’s crazy tempting to squeeze a whitehead because it seems as though you can take care of the blemish that way, but please don’t. Squeezing a blemish pushes the infection further into the skin and increases the time it takes for the blemish to heal. Instead, use a spot treatment as soon as you feel a pimple sprouting up. Repeat up to three times a day.
A tube is $7 and how long it lasts is dependent on how often you break out and how many times a day you apply the treatment. How well a treatment works is also dependent on the individual. Some people respond better to salicylic acid, and some people prefer benzoyl peroxide. Knowing what works for you is important.