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The Best and the Worst of Acne Spot Treatment

When you're dealing with a pimple in an especially obvious place or a stubborn zit that won't budge, an acne spot treatment may be your solution.

To reap the benefits of an acne spot treatment fully, you have to choose one that fits your skincare needs. Choose a spot treatment that features active ingredients that actually fight and prevent acne both now and in the future. Ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are typically necessary components of a successful spot treatment.

Even within the realm of effective acne spot treatments, there's a lot of variety to sort through. That's why we've created our skin system full of safe and proven products that combine science and the natural healing power of nature. Finding a spot treatment that actually fights your acne without irritating your skin is more doable than ever with some care, patience, and time.

A woman applies cream on her pimples

How Acne Spot Treatments Work

Spot treatments get straight to the point; these powerful skincare products are applied directly to an offending blemish or area to deliver a strong dose of acne treatment.

Depending on the spot treatment you're working with, a targeted acne spot treatment may be able to lower inflammation and pain, calm swelling, and cleanse away the gunk that led to clogged pores in the first place.

Spot treatments are best for blemishes that are surface-level, namely papules and pustules. Other types of acne are simply too deep in the skin for spot treatments to fully reach them, even if they help with your discomfort.

What Spot Treatment is Best for Acne?

The best way to choose a spot treatment for acne is to look closely at the ingredients. Below are some of the most common active ingredients found in spot treatments alongside their main benefits. You'll also find these in the products within Exposed Skin Care's kits.

Benzoyl Peroxide

When it comes to acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide is your best friend. It is effectively able to fight off the bacteria that lead to blemishes and make your clean, clear pores into an uninhabitable place for them in the future.

Our Acne Treatment Serum combines the power of benzoyl peroxide with the natural healing properties of tea tree oil, green tea extract, and more to create a spot treatment-friendly option for anyone managing breakouts.

Exposed Skincare acne treatment serum

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that cleans out and shrinks pores. Think of it like a deep-cleaning agent that can be found in a myriad of skincare products, including cleansers, moisturizers, and especially spot treatments.

The Exposed Clear Pore Serum is a great choice if you'd like to take advantage of salicylic acid, and it can be used as a mild spot treatment.

Risks of Acne Spot Treatments

With great power comes great responsibility; spot treatments are no exception. These products tend to be concentrated and may contain ingredients that, by their nature, produce somewhat fast changes.

As a result, it's important to be careful when choosing and using the best acne spot treatments for you. Always ensure that the ingredients in your product are familiar and come from a trustworthy brand, while avoiding anything too aggressive for your skin.

What to Avoid 

If your product is making your skin extremely dry, flaky, or itchy, or makes it burn, it's probably not the one for you. Minor tingling or irritation may be normal for some types of spot treatments, but anything beyond this should be taken seriously.

The last thing you want to do when trying to spot treat acne is to exacerbate it by irritating or damaging your skin.

A woman with a few pimples

How to Use Acne Spot Treatments

Always follow any instructions that come with the spot treatment you purchase. The potency of these products means they may be more likely to cause irritation if used incorrectly.

In general, it's good practice to only apply acne spot treatments to clean, dry skin and to avoid any open wounds, including open pimples, especially on sensitive skin.

Working a sensitive skin acne spot treatment into your normal system or routine is perhaps the best way to make sure you gradually and safely expose your skin to its effects.

Even the best acne spot treatment products only lessen the severity of the appearance of the spots, and then only temporarily. The real key to a clear complexion is gentle, consistent care.

If you want to treat your acne, it’s important that you find a daily skincare routine that is gentle enough to prevent the kind of irritation that leads to inflammation, extra oil production, and clogged pores.

At Exposed Skin Care, we use a combination of scientific and natural ingredients in our products, such as tea tree oil, green tea, and witch hazel. These and more help you get rid of acne long-term. Also, our treatment system is only three simple steps. Our Basic Kit contains, well, the basics: a Facial Cleanser, a Clearing Tonic, our Acne Treatment Serum to be used in the morning, and a Clear Pore Serum to be used at night.

The Exposed Skincare Basic Kit