Spot Disappearing Wonders

24 Oct 2012

A picture of Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, AESOP Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum and The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

I'm quite lucky with my skin; although I have naturally oily combination skin, one thing I very rarely get is spots. And I mean, very rarely. A few weeks ago I got one though and boy oh boy was it a stonker! It was the first spot I had had in around 2-3 months and I was not impressed. But I was prepared! And I thought I would share with you the three products I added in to my skincare routine for a few days which helped banish the spot and keep my skin looking and feeling lovely! I used these products in place of some of the products in my usual skincare routine, and also as well as the products in my skincare routine. 

The product which replaced a routine usual was the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, which as you can guess, replaced my usual cleanser! I got this fairly decent sized sample in my June Lux Box and I didn't really have a use for it until this dreaded spot appeared! It's a gentle cleanser of a thick paste gel consistency (yeah I'm great at describing things...) and it works as a gentle blemish treatment throughout the day, without sacrificing hydration and also works to minimise the appearance of aging. It has encapsulated salicyclic acid which provides sustained blemish fighting medication even after rinsing, for a healthy, blemish free skin day. Amino acids and hyaluronic acid attracts and binds moisture to the skin to ensure a plump and youthful complexion. And antioxidants which defend the skin from free radical damage. It's a little bit pricey for a cleanser, costing £29 for 200ml, but if you have acne prone skin this is going to be great for you! 

When I made an online The Body Shop order I was happy to see a sample of the Tea Tree Oil when it arrived. I have been curious about this product and the whole Tea Tree range but as I don't get spots or blemishes very often, products orientated towards those skin concerns are usually pretty useless for me. But my The Body Shop order came like two days before the spot decided to take residence, so it was perfect timing to try it out! I just put a drop of the Tea Tree Oil over the spot morning and night and it really helped calm it down! You can get The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil in 10ml bottles in store, and they cost £7. The third product was was a saviour for me in my spotty time of need was the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-oxidant Serum. I got a 15ml sample bottle of this in my Selfridges beauty box (read a review of that box here!) and I really, really like it. 

Which is dangerous because the full sized 100ml bottle costs £43... eeek! A serum which quickly sinks in to the skin leaving a light hydration with a matte finish. It's good for dry, combination or sensitive skin and to use you simply apply to cleansed and toned skin before your usual moisturiser! I really love this, it's a great product and I think I think the sample size will last me a while, but when it runs out it's going to be a big heart-over-purse decision as to whether I buy the full size! Using these three products combined in my skincare routine had the spot half in size overnight, reduce in size completely within a day and reduce in redness within three days. Not bad I think!

So those are my three spot disappearing products. Have you used any of these? What are your top tips for getting rid of spots?

A picture of Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, AESOP Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum and The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil