A couple of months ago, I had a dry patches on my face – they were red and angry and I did something silly and put a placenta face mask on top which made everything a million times worse.
Eventually everything faded away apart from a rather large spot on my cheek, about an inch under my eye. A dry patch had turned into a spot and this was no ordinary spot – there was some pus in it, but because of the location (ie. Right in the centre of my face) I didn’t want to do my usual picking and poking incase it scarred.
Patiently, patiently, I massaged it with a number of products, night after night, applied spot cream, I applied used lavender oil, I did all sorts until it became clear it was going to sink no further. It was a lump. I performed pore surgery (my own invention) with sharp tweezers and a close up mirror by picking of a tiny wedge of skin and pulling out dried white skin and hardened pus that had settled underneath. The lump finally started to sink. Rates on request.
Anyway the aftermath was a mild red lump. I have a few other marks on my face from previous traumas – I do scar exceptionally easily – every insect bite has been documented on my body – so I decided to give 3 post spot correctors a try.
1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Post Blemish Formula
I must’ve purchased this when there as a bonus time offer – it’s the only time I buy Clinique. I used this on a small reddish scar on my chin which had been there for a while. This product is supposed to fade discolouration on the face.
This product has a fairly thick cream-gel type texture. It sinks in easily into the skin with a few rubs and upon application it makes the skin looks a bit lighter. There’s no scent really…I guess it’s a bit medicinal.
I don’t mind the Clinique Anti-Blemish range, it’s waaaayyy to harsh for me (for daily use) but I love their spot gel.
This product however, is rubbish. It just doesn’t work. Someone, somewhere, will find that this works but this does nothing for me really apart from making the area a bit softer.
Buy it here at Boots (or don’t).
£11 for 1.8g (in other worlds 1.8ml – WHAT!?! Ridiculous).
Skin79 A.C Clinic Spot Renewal Corrector Review
Skin79 is a Korean brand and is best know for it’s BB cream – I’ve never tried their skincare line before. With so many different ranges around tempting me, it’s not the first one that would jump to mind! I actually had another spot in mind when I ordered this, but that faded away so this was the one I whipped out when dealing with the SUPER spot.
This product also takes care of the trauma after the spot by brightening out the skintone.
It has a really good applicator – it’s curved so you can massage the product in which I did every single time. It’s becomes like OCD after a while…click…rub rub….click….rub rub….. I really like being able to work the cream into the area without touching my skin with my fingers!
I noticed this cream makes the skin tingle. It is not uncomfortable at all but it does have a zing to it, which becomes less noticeable as time goes on.
After 2 weeks I really liked the result of this cream – I felt it did reduce the redness from my spot but it didn’t deal with the ‘bump’ completely, although the diameter of it did shrink a little.
Approx $20 for 15ml
Score: 4/5 – it will NOT remove lumps and bumps that a spot leaves behind but it does a good job gently fading it. After 2 weeks of daily use it is working but I still need to continue using it to get the desired effect.
Skinfood Tomato Whitening Spot Serum
I’ve never really paid attention to Skinfood’s Tomato range as it’s a whitening one – but recently I’ve become quite interested in these types of products. I do not want to be paler, I just want to have luminosity and clarity to the skin – and these products seem to help.
Skinfood’s Tomato Whitening Spot Serum is: Packed with anti-oxidant rich fresh tomato extracts, the Tomato Whitening Spot Serum boosts skin metabolism to hasten cellular turnover and reveal radiantly glowing skin.
Unlike the other two, you can apply these to areas like uneven skin patches and dark spots. It isn’t specifically for post acne care like the other two and you can see it’s far more generous with quantity.
I used this on my cheeks where I felt I had some discolouration from NOT using SPF (whoops). Once again I found this to be a decent product. Used over a month, my skin looked a bit brighter, any marks (like light brown spots) did not fade completely but overall the skin did look clearer.
I’m not sure how much discipline I have using this forever and ever – because my skin is sensitive I don’t like to overload it with too much. Until I think that I have more discolouration issues I doubt I will keep up with this item. If pigmentation is a big concern of yours, the tomato range is a gentle way to keep on top of it I think, if you aren’t ready for more expensive and harsher whitening skincare products.
Approx $15 for 30ml.
Verdict: 3/5 – but don’t expect miracles
Note: All 3 of these products were purchased by me from Boots and eBay.