Saturday, July 18, 2015

5 Acne Spot Treatment Recommendations

The most effective way to get rid of a pimple quick is to use a spot zapper. A spot zapper is a targeted pimple treatment that usually contains active acne ingredient such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil, to calm inflammation and heal pimple.

P.S: If you want to know more about the mentioned active acne ingredients, read my article on "Understanding The Acne Fighters".

Over the years, I have tried many different kinds of spot treatments and here are my FIVE PICKS that I find work the most effective in banishing pimples:

Number 1: Etude House AC Clinic Intense Liquid Spot
A spot zapper formulated with Salicylic Acid, which helps to calm inflammation and treat pimples. It also contains botanical extract (Hinoki Cypress) that reportedly inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria. What's more, it is in clear, liquid form which absorbs into the skin quickly, making it perfect to use under makeup! This is part of my everyday skin care routine~!

Check out my full review:

Number 2: Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot
Another part of my every day skin care routine~ This spot zapper has a similar formula as the Liquid Spot — Formulated with Salicylic Acid which helps to calm inflammation and treat pimples. It also contains botanical extract (Hinoki Cypress) that reportedly inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

The only difference is it has pink powder that contains sulfur — an antibiotic, and it will leave some pink powder residue on your skin after application. The pink powder helps to soothe and alleviate swelling skin to minimize damage. This is actually more powerful in treating pimples than the Liquid Spot but unfortunately, it is designed to use at night. Note: A cotton swab is required to extract the pink powder for application.

Check out my full review:

Number 3: Benzac AC Gel 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Formulated with active acne ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide, that unblocks pores with a mild peeling effect and clears pimples within 48 hours. With it's unique Acrylates Copolymer (AC) Technology, it absorbs sebum and releases glycerin to help hydrate skin. Ideal to use on inflamed pimples!

Benzac AC Gel is also available in stronger concentration of 5% and 10%.

Check out my full review:

Number 4: Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is a natural, powerful antibacterial ingredient that zaps a broad spectrum of bacteria. It penetrates into the skin and dries out all kinds of pimples quickly.

As this is in the concentration of 100%, it is super powerful in dealing with acne. If you find 100% Tea Tree Oil is too strong for your skin as a spot treatment, you can take 1 drop and dilute with water, in 1:9 ratio, to create your own acne spot treatment. If you want to increase the strength, you can just dilute it with less water. 100% Tea Tree Oil has many uses. You can even use it to DIY homemade face mask for acne. For other uses, please google~

On the drawback, it may be harsh; people with sensitive skin have to watch-out because this may cause an allergic reaction.

Number 5: Innisfree JejuBija Anti-Trouble Spot Essence R
This spot essence is enriched with torreya seed oil and green calamine ingredients which help to rapidly calm down breakouts. It is a skin care product but it has a green undertone which kind of helps to neutralize redness. So sometimes I use it on my pimples as a color corrector prior to makeup application.

*P.S: Innisfree has discontinued both the Essence W and Essence R. But recently, they released a new product with an improved formula called Bija Anti-Trouble Spot Essence (without W or R) and it doesn't have the green undertone.

As the latter recommendation (Number 5) is a *discontinued product, I will include one more product to compensate for the "loss"...

Number 6: 3M Nexcare Acne Patch .aka. Blemish Clear Cover
These patches act as a barrier over the acne to reduce hand contact and infection. Best part? It helps to absorb oil and all the pus embedded in the pimple, thereby reducing the damage done to your skin because you don't have to pop and squeeze it with your fingers! Ideal for inflamed, pus-filled pimples. With these patches, you will be able to bid your zits a speedier farewell.

Nexcare Acne Patch is available mostly in circular shape, which gives the same effect as the square shape, but I prefer the square ones as I find it covers the zit and adhere to the skin better.

Check out my full review:

So these are the FIVE (or six?) acne spot treatments I recommend to try. I hope you find it helpful. 

If you are looking for a product that treats post acne marks and scars, check out my "4 Acne Mark & Scar Treatment Recommendations".


  1. Hi which is the fastest pimple zapper for sensitive combination oily skin?

    1. Hello Jennie~ Thanks for dropping by~ :D

      In my opinion, Etude House AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot and Benzac AC Gel 2.5% are the fastest ones.

      Hope this helps. :)

  2. Thanks. Will try to get them.

  3. Is the pink powder spot difficult to wash off? I tried it and find it requires longer time to wash off compare to a clay mask.


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