Estee Lauder calls them blemishes.
I call them spots.
Whatever label is used to describe them I think we can all agree that they are bastard cretins that rudely continue to afflict my face even though I am well over the hill in my mid-thirties.
I'm not looking for sympathy though because I have found an answer. There is a product that I rely on, without fail, to keep them at bay.
Yes, meet Estee Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum.
Such is its success that I have now turned my husband into a fervent user as well. We like the way it quickly absorbs, smoothes and lightly moisturises the skin to leave a matte finish but most of all we like the fact that as soon as we feel the rumblings of a spot, a quick application of this seems to suppress the "blemish" from ever materialising.
It's a little bit of magic. If magic was salicylic acid (SA) served in a pretty aqua bottle.
Yes, the core ingredient of this product is SA - no wonder then that it works and manages to fight the spots from ever appearing. And there I was thinking that it was prepared by kind skin fairies in a magical, generous lab….
No, it is in fact all down to basic science. A little bit of salicylic acid, with maybe a tiny bit of witch hazel, controls skin and provided you are not in the midst of a major outbreak, will work well to keep your face clear.
Even though I was delighted with how this worked for me I was a little disappointed to find this out. SA doesn't strike me as a particularly precious ingredient to warrant the frankly ridiculously high $82 price tag and the fact that it is in such a low dosage within this product means that its unlikely to help anyone with serious acne.
This leaves me in a tricky and somewhat contradictory position. I want you to buy it if you're a once-a-monther spot producer but anyone else need not apply. That doesn't feel very positive or inclusive does it?
Nevertheless I am a fan. Will I repurchase when I run out? I think my husband would throw a total bitch fit if I didn't so yes, I'm paying through the nose for it but if it stops those cretins from rearing their head then I guess it's worth it.
What's your tried and tested spot remedy?