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The Best Spot Treatment Products For Pimples

Bring out the big guns


We understand that there are some things that can affect our happiness. When it comes to our skin, a sudden breakout or a pesky pimple can really put a damper on things (and on our mood). Why these breakouts happen can be due to any number of factors: clogged pores, stress, poor diet, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances and so on. But when they happen, our first line of defence is an effective spot treatment that can provide speedy damage control and offer our skin the relief it needs. Here, we round up the big guns of pimple-fighting products, recommended by dermatologists and regular users alike.


The Drugstore Favourite: Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment

Neutrogena On The Spot Acne Treatment

Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, SGD11.50/~USD8 (watsons.com.sg)


For a quick fix that won’t break your wallet, try Neutrogena’s On-The-Spot Acne Treatment. Formulated with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, this spot treatment penetrates deep into pores to target the P. acnes bacteria without causing extreme dryness or irritation.


For Pesky Pustules: CosRx Acne Pimple Master Pad


CosRx Pimple Patch

CosRx Acne Pimple Master Pad 24s, SGD5.31/~USD4 (watsons.com.sg)


We’ll say it again, do NOT pop that pimple. To avoid picking at pimples that are ripe for the popping, stick on one of these pimple patches from the CosRx Acne Pimple Master Pad. The hydrocolloid stickers work by drawing out and absorbing oil and gunk from your pores, effectively eliminating the infection but minimising scarring.


For Stubborn Cystic Pimples: Differin 1% Acne Gel


Differin 1% Acne Gel

Differin 1% Acne Gel SGD19/~USD14, available over-the-counter in drugstores


Differin’s 1% acne gel is a fan favourite for containing a prescription-strength retinoid, adapalene, which unclogs pores and encourages cell turnover for faster skin repair. It helps fight and regulate cystic acne which tends to hide under the skin surface, making it difficult for topical spot treatments to reach. The best part? You can also use this over-the-counter product all over your face to prevent future breakouts.

For Calming Redness and Inflammation: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, SGD36/~USD27 (sephora.sg)


The award-winning Mario Badescu Drying Lotion spot treatment contains a blend of salicylic acid, sulfur, and zinc oxide to dry up pimples overnight while the addition of calamine helps bring down the redness and soothe inflammation.


The Quick Fix: Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment


Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, SGD30/~USD22 (murad.com)


Murad’s Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment contains 2% salicylic acid, a patented complex inspired by thyme and pine, horse chestnut, and oat extracts. It claims to reduce redness and blemish size within an impressive four hours. Its clear gel formula makes it great for use during the day and night.



For Multiple Blemishes: Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel


Peter Thomas Roth Clearing Gel

Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, SGD96/USD~71 (sephora.sg)


For those whose skin responds well to acids, Peter Thomas Roth’s AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel might be for you. It features a blend of salicylic and glycolic acid which aids in unclogging pores and smoothing skin texture. It also helps in reducing blackheads and whiteheads.


For A Natural Solution: Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions

Maximum Strength Treatment Cream


Burt's Bees Pimple Cream

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Treatment Cream, SGD18/~USD13 (burtsbees.com)


Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Treatment Cream features a naturally-derived salicylic acid extracted from Willow Bark to fight breakouts. Licorice Root Extract and Tamanu Oil help nourish and repair skin.