Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Favourite Spot Treatments


Mario Badescu Drying Lotion / Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion / Origins Super Spot Remover

I've tried a ton of different spot treatments over the years. When I was younger I thought that I could get away with just using something on my spots rather than having a proper skincare routine in place. That probably explains why my skin looked so terrible! Now that I religiously use good quality products that work for my skin type I find that I no longer have to reach for spot treatments as often. But sometimes we all get those horrible little buggers that just won't go away with regular cleansing and something a bit more potent is required.

In my opinion Mario Badescu make the crème de la crème of spot treatments. Theres a reason why so many celebrities frequent their spa in New York and their Drying Lotion is basically the brand's hero product. This strange liquid is godsend for whiteheads. It zaps ones thats have come to the surface overnight and also helps to clear any big ones that are lurking just under the skin. To apply it you just dip a cotton bud through the yellow liquid into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle and dab that onto your spots. Don't shake it up because that will ruin it. It contains calamine which helps to dry up spots and calm the area around it. The pink colour will stay on your skin so its better to apply this one at night. I don't get whiteheads too often, it tends to be closed comedones or deep blemishes for me, but when I have had them its a total lifesaver.

My favourite ever spot treatment has to be the Buffering Lotion. This one is a lot more effective on my skin as it is designed more for those horrible deep spots that I'm prone to. Back when my skincare routine wasn't much more than a Johnson's face wipe at the end of the night this stuff was like magic for my skin. I used to apply it every day as I constantly had new spots cropping up and it got rid of them no problem without drying out my skin whatsoever. You do have to shake up this bottle and it becomes an opaque white liquid. You then just rub a few drops onto your skin until it disappears. It absorbs really fast and because its invisible you can wear it under your makeup for spot fighting action during the day as well as at night. It contains nourishing B vitamins and amino acids for healthy skin as well as soothing anti-inflammatory herbal extracts to promote healing. This is an amazing product for anyone with cystic acne. Its also pretty good at getting rid of scarring. The fact that it heals spots without drying out your skin is such a plus point. I made the mistake of using benzoyl peroxide for a while and that just left my face dry, red & irritated. Something like this is a lot gentler & a lot more effective.

I'm sure most people have heard of the Origins Super Spot Remover by now. I actually heard about it a good few years ago from my sister. She had really bad skin & swore by the stuff. I kinda ignored her opinions though because she knew literally nothing about beauty products. This is a girl who once applied normal moisturiser as if it were a face mask... Anyways I wish I'd listened sooner because this stuff is really great. This is a tingly gel containing salicylic acid. I like this one because its the best to use on really painful red spots. The caffeine & red algae it contains soothe the area and stop spots from hurting overnight. I apply this with a cotton bud to avoid spreading bacteria & to prevent me from using more product than I need to. This tiny bottle seems expensive at £13 but you only need to use a small drop so it lasts for absolutely ages.

12 comments:

  1. I have the Origins spot remover, but something that's quite similar is the tea tree spot stick by superdrug, and it's only £2.99. It isn't as good, but I would say it's nearly there:)xo

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  2. I've had that Mario Badescu drying lotion on my "to buy" list for a while now as I've heard so many raves about it. I've never heard of the buffering lotion but it sounds great too! Definitely gonna pick up one of these after I'm out of my Murad one!

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  3. I'm 21 in a couple of months and I've had really bad spots since my early teens, so this post is really helpful! I'm willing to try anything to clear my skin up! :)

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  4. Thanks for this post, it was extremely helpful and inciteful. I'm looking at trying out the Buffering Lotion, I have some old acne scarring that I wish to clear up! But you're right sticking to a proper skincare regime does make a heap of difference! x

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  5. I reall want to get the Origins super spot remover. And the Drying Lotion has been a favourite of mine for years, it's great.

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  6. I've just ordered the buffering lotion! It sounds exactly what I've been looking for. I hate those painful cystic spots :'(

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  7. These all sound fantastic, I am in desperate need of some spot treatments as I get the occasional little one which I end up scratching when they don't go away straight away and then they end up sticking around for weeks. Wish I has some cash to throw their way!

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  8. I love the Origins spot reomover! x

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    1. oooh all of these sound fab! Just started a course of Tetralysal for my skin but love the sound of the origins one because my skin can get quite sore.

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  9. I need the Origins super spot remover!

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  10. I didn't used to have a lot of cystic acne, but in the past year, I've had 1-2 every other week. Nothing seems to help. I'll definitely have to check out the Buffering Lotion. :)

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