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Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Face-Off: Acne Spot Treatments

LUSH Grease Lightning

Price: $12.95
Available: LUSH stores or
Scent: Herbal


Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads

Price: ~$7.99
Available: Most drugstores
Scent: Medicinal

I've had acne prone skin for about 12 years now. In the last 9 or so years, I have tried quite a few spot treatments to help combat my acne flare-ups. These are two that have worked well for me.

The LUSH Grease Lightning is a clear gel that I have been using for about 2 months now. I either dot it on individual flare-ups, or use all over my face if I'm having a particularly bad face week. This product uses thyme, tea tree and rosemary to help dry up and shrink blemishes. You can also use this on your T-Zone to help mattify although since this is a drying treatment, it tends to make the area feel tight so I stick to using it as a spot treatment. It's all natural, since its from LUSH. It may take an extra day, compared to other spot treatments, but it does a good job of not irritating the surrounding skin.

The Neutrogena pads are just pads that are pre-moistened and you swipe over your face. Again, I use this as a spot treatment or all over, depending on how many breakouts I have. I do notice a bit of redness after using these, probably due to the 2% salicylic acid, which is the main ingredient. I've had good luck with these as well, they seem to keep acne at bay.

And the winner is:
Despite that it sometimes taking a little longer to completely get rid of the pimple, I will have to go with Grease Lightning. I like that it's natural, so there is no irritation. I also like that it doesn't contain salicylic acid, which makes you more sensitive to the sun. I'm quite pale so I don't need to be any more sun sensitive! It's a little pricey, but a little goes a long way. Plus, since it is natural and a clear gel, you can apply more than once or twice a day. I recommend trying it, and the LUSH skincare in general, if you're an acne sufferer.

(Both photos are from Google images. I really need a new camera :( )

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