The Most Effective Treatments for Stubborn Blemishes

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Pesky breakouts? We can deal with them. It’s those stubborn under-the-surface spots that are really difficult to shift. And why is that they always seem to pop up before something important? 

Often caused by hormone imbalances, they are far more difficult to treat than whiteheads and blackheads due to them being inflamed and trapped under the skin. That’s why it’s always useful to have an emergency stash of reliable and effective spot treatments on hand. Consider these your go-to treatments to treat stubborn blemishes – and quickly.

Tip: these products are designed to treat the odd angry pimple rather than being an all-over treatment for breakout flare-ups. 

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Mario Badescu

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 

A cult classic, and rightly so. This highly effective treatment is loved by major celebrities and models thanks to a fast-acting blend of blemish-fighting ingredients. It’s an actual lifesaver for those about-to-explode blemishes that are too tempting to squeeze – but don’t. Just apply some of this pink drying solution on before bed and let it work it’s magic overnight. We promise you’ll wake up amazed by the results. Whatever you do though, just don’t shake the bottle. 

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Glossier Zit Stick

Thank Glossier for finally making breakouts cute. This ‘gram-worthy portable pen has been designed to be used anytime, anywhere for those emergency breakouts. Featuring 2% Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil to shrink blemishes, minimize swelling and soothe irritated skin. The handy translucent formula means you can use it throughout the day – even over makeup.  Plus, it’s so gentle that you can reapply the stick three times in one day.  

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ZitSticka Killa Sticka

Pimple patches have been on the rise in the skincare world for a few months now, but ZitSticka have cleverly upgraded their version with ingenious technology. Each patch has 24 micro darts that dispense ingredients right to the source of the spot within just two hours. Count on a blend of hyaluronic acid (to hydrate) salicylic acid (to break down the blemish), niacinamide (to calm inflammation) and oligopeptide-76 (to kill bacteria). 

FYI: ZitSticka patches work best when you use them at the very first sign of a breakout to treat the bacteria before it has the chance to surface. 


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COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches

If your blemishes pop up more regularly, you’ll need a cheaper option to the above. CosRX’s Pimple Patches are a great alternative (£5.25 for 24 patches). Affordable and super effective; they can help to reduce even the most stubborn cysts in just one night. They now even come in a thinner version for the daytime which has been designed so that you can wear makeup over them whilst protecting the breakout.

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Revolution Skincare

Revolution Skincare Overnight Blemish Lotion 

Formulated with a blemish-busting cocktail of Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Allantoin. This overnight lotion is perfect for those painful cysts that also feel irritated. It works to calm and soothe whilst reducing congestion and balancing your natural sebum levels. Shake the bottle well and dab onto the blemish as a last step in your evening routine. That stubborn blemish that you’ve been struggling to shift will be much less painful and red the next day. Thank us later.


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