The Top Ten Spot Treatments


Between Salicylic Acne Washes, Tea Tree Oil, Exfoliators, and Acne Spot Treatments, there seems to be about a hundred ways to get rid of a pimple. But which method is most effective? We say, why not try them all? In this article, we explain the seven easy steps to getting rid of one of those ugly pimples that appears right before your eyes, ending in the most effective step: A trusty Acne Spot Treatment. With so many products on the market, however, we know that walking into Sephora to choose one can be overwhelming at best. That’s why we’ve rounded up the Zenzy Editor’s Top-Picks, so you can choose the Spot Treatment that is right for you. Bippity, boppity, pimple be-gone! Keep reading for our top ten Spot Treatment choices.



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1. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

If you’ve been anywhere, whether that be Instagram or Urban Outfitters, you’ve seen this magical little pink potion. When you see a pimple starting to surface, use a Q-tip to dip into the bottom of the bottle, and apply it to your blemish. Then, watch it disappear overnight!

2. Murad Acne Spot Fast-Fix

If your skin is easily irritated, this treatment is for you. It contains Great Burnet, a medicinal herb, and Allantoin, to soothe skin while it goes to work. Plus, this is a great second (or third) step, to follow Murad’s Acne Face Wash, a Zenzy favourite.

3. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment

If you’re looking for a cheaper, yet equally effective option, this heavy-duty spot treatment shrinks blemishes like that’s its job. Which, it kinda is. It’s very potent, so a little goes a long way.

4. Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel

This gel spot treatment has everything—salicylic acid, red algae to remove redness (red for red!), and exfoliators to flush out dead skin cells and excess sebum. This is the ghostbusters of pimples.

5. Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief

Proactiv has become a name you can trust, and this is true of their blemish relief treatment as well. The treatment contains an extra dose of acne-fighting prescription-grade Benzoyl Peroxide. It’s invisible when applied, and therefore is perfect for on-the-go treatment.

6. Renée Rouleau Night-Time Spot Lotion

Have you ever had a whole day pass by with clear skin when, suddenly, an ugly pimple crops up right before bed-time? Where do they come from?! In these moments, Renée Rouleau’s fast-acting treatment is the key. Specifically formulated for super-infect blemishes, it’s a straightforward approach with potent blemish-clearing ingredients like zinc-oxide, sulfur and camphor. Also known as, the dream team.

7. 1. Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

This two-in-one targeted blemish spot treatment helps to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. It’s formulated with Sulfur for acne-clearing purposes, and Vitamin B3 for soothing skin, which helps it blend evenly into the skin and work to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Besides, walking into a Kiehl’s store is enjoyable in and of itself. Don’t you think?

8. Paula’s Choice RESIST BHA 9 Treatment

When nothing else is working to get rid of stubborn imperfections, Paula’s Choice is THE Choice. Te-he. This spot treatment delivers a controlled, sustained release of 9% salicylic acid that gets rid of any acne bumps that might have popped up. Use this as the last part of your evening skincare routine, and wake up to clear skin!

9. Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

If you’ve read our article on the best face masks for every skin type, you know that we’re a huge fan of everything Peter Thomas Roth. That remains true of his spot treatment, which has a combination of glycolic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA). These are the Bonnie & Clyde of acne-clearing chemicals, as they help exfoliate, expel and heal the acne. This gel has an added bonus of licorice extract, which helps lighten dark spots left behind by past blemishes.

10. Differin 0.1% Acne Gel

Last, but certainly not least, Differin used to require a prescription, so you know it packs an extra punch. It recently became approved by the FDA for over-the-counter purchase, and is now a fan favourite. It works to unblock pores and treat acne, apparently better than any other over-the-counter product. Give it a try, and see for yourself!

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