Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel.

Can it really take your pain away?

2. salicylic acid

I got my first pimple when I was 13 years old. And 20 years later, I still get a bump or two every now and then. So when I say I’ve tried almost everything to get rid of acne, I’m dead serious.

Blame hormones. Blame oily skin. Blame stress. Blame french fries. Blame whatever. Once you have a face full of pimples, your life literally revolves around them. And how to get them off. You are willing to try just about ANYTHING.

In my teens and early 20’s, benzoyl peroxide was my skin savior. It made a huge difference to my skin. It helped clear it out as much as possible. But as I crossed the 25-year mark, I realized it was way too harsh for my skin. It was making my skin red, itchy and it really started to burn. Suddenly, my skin couldn’t handle it anymore. And I started to panic. What was I going to do? I couldn’t rely anymore on my go-to ingredient.

And the search began all over again. For an acne treatment that would reduce my pimples, clear out my skin but which wouldn’t be too harsh. After trying over a dozen products that did more harm than good, I finally chanced upon Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel. And my skin couldn’t have been happier!

The thing about this product is that you don’t have to apply it all over your face. Just on and around the pimple. As its name suggests, it’s a ‘spot treatment’. The main ingredient is salicylic acid.

The first time I tried it, it did sting my skin. But the tingle eased within a minute and my skin was fine. Not red. Not painful. Absolutely fine. The next morning, my spots seemed smaller. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

The really good part about this product is that it’s a transparent gel that quickly gets absorbed by your skin. So you cant see it after a few minutes and can use it in the daytime without worrying about it showing.
Caution: Like any acne treatment, you HAVE to wear sunscreen when you use it as it makes skin sun sensitive. This means you are more likely to burn in the sun and get sunspots and hyper-pigmentation.

After just one week of using this product, my pimples were disappearing quickly, the redness was reducing super fast, and the marks left behind were also fading and healing much sooner than before. But most importantly, my skin wasn’t red, itchy or painful. It was calmer than it had been in ages. I guess it’s because of the soothing aloe gel the product also contains.

I soon discovered that if you use this product when you ‘feel’ a pimple coming, even before you see it, it immediately reduces the pain and redness, lessens the swelling and chances are you may actually stop the pimple from even appearing! The trick is to catch it in the early stage. So I always keep a bottle of this stuff in my bag at all times because you never know when a pimple decides to show up, and you don’t want to wait till it’s too late.

Tip: This product is super effective, but far more gentle than other acne treatments I have used in the past. If you want to make it even gentler, use it AFTER you apply your moisturizer. Yes, after! It’s still effective (so don’t worry, it will still work), but it’s much less drying. Plus, by using this technique the pimples tend to heal quicker too!

Now the size of the bottle is really small. BUT since you need just a teeny tiny bit, it lasts forever. One bottle lasted me almost a year! So it’s totally worth the price tag.

MY VERDICT: If your acne is not too severe and you get the occasional blemish that’s both red and painful, this should be your go-to product. It immediately relieves the pain and the redness and minimizes the size of the zit. It also works for normal to dry skin.



FullSizeRender 14 copy 2DELARA has spent over 10 years making beauty commercials for many renowned beauty brands (while gleefully trying out all those awesome products on herself). When she is not busy punching the keyboard, she is either in front of a mirror, lounging by the pool or changing her baby’s dirty diapers – all while chugging down cups and cups of Earl Grey tea.