Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know that I suffer from an oily T zone on my face and for this reason, I do still occasionally break out in annoying spots and pimples on this area. I am well in my thirties now but my skin still seems to think I am in my spotty teens and it can be a bit of a pain. I always make sure that I sue Boot’s own brand Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick as this has been my method of calming my spots down now for as long as this has been on the market.
The stick itself is readily available in Boots (it is their own brand) and so far (fingers crossed) it has never been out of stock whenever I have gone to buy a new one. The stick itself looks like a chunky lipstick and come housed in a pale green plastic containers. You have to pull off the lid and then twist it up to get it out and it always reminds me of a rather large lip salve. I keep this in my hand bag whenever I have (or feel I am going to) get a nasty painful spot popping up on my face.
The idea behind the stick is that if you catch the spot early enough, you can actually prevent it from becoming a nasty one. It reduces the swelling and pain and the inflammation of the spot almost at once and as soon as I apply it to one of my spots I can feel an odd type of cooling sensation on my skin where I have applied it and then the spot does not rear it’s ugly head as much as it might have done had I not used this great little stick.
It contains witch hazel and tea tree oil which are anti inflammatory and help to sooth and calm down any irritation. It really does work and I usually apply this about once an hour to begin with, with loner gaps as the spot disappears.
It won’t prevent spots, it won’t magically make them disappear, but it will sooth them and perhaps prevent them form turning into nasty ones. It costs less than £3 so it is well worth it.
I do recommend it.
A few months ago, I broke out in some really red, sore blemishes that I just couldn't get rid of. I decided to try this tea tree and witch hazel blemish stick after coming across it randomly in Boots. It was really cheap and looked easy to use to I decided to pick it up and give it a go.
This blemish stick is really easy to use. It comes in a little tube similar to lip balm only a little bigger, so to apply you simply open it up, roll it up and smear it over the affected area. I don't like to use too much at a time, usually a little dab is enough, especially because using too much can dry your skin up or make it feel stingy.
What I Thought
I really liked this blemish stick, I found that when it was applied, it dried really quickly and didn't feel sticky or thick or my skin.
My skin cleared up really quickly when I used this, I would say that, when I used it once in the morning, once at night and kept my face clean and make up free, my skin cleared up in under a week. The first signs of the spots losing their redness and dying away started about 2-3 days after starting to use this, which is great for such a cheap little easy to use blemish stick.
The witch hazel is designed to kill the spots and the tea tree oil is designed to calm the skin in this blemish stick. My skin is really sensitive and there are some spot treatments that I cannot use, however, I found that this was ok to use on my skin and it didn't irritate it or make it feel dry.
Price and Availability
You can buy this blemish stick in Boots for £2.60 for a 10g tube. I think that this is a great price because it lasts ages and the results are great. Sometimes Boots put this on a 3 for 2 offer with their other Witch Hazel and Tea Tree products, so it is good to keep an eye out for it.
I think that this is a great blemish stick. It gets to work really fast and my skin looks clearer really quickly when I use it, also it is cheap and really easy to use. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is having bother with stubborn spots or blemishes. Overall I would give this 5 out of 5 stars.
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Its no secret that I love love love Boots products. The Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range is one of my personal favorites. This particular product is the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish stick.
What is it for?
Drrr, blemishes! If you have a small pimple or red mark threatening to turn in to one, I put this on before bed, after cleansing and moisturizing. Its is not harsh enough to dry out your skin - though excessive use can make your skin a little more prone to dryness especially is the weather is cold. It is also good if perhaps you have a small break out, for instance, on your chin. One clean glide of this stick and you can rest assured you can leave it to do its thing. Another reason this is great is because it is not liquid. Thus, it wont get on the pillow, it wont look as though you have a big dollop of spot cream on if you are sharing your bed with your partner. All you need to know is that it is working in a very non-obvious, non-offensive kinda way!
I would not recommend putting this near your eyes as it has the same tendency as lemon juice would, all be it in a slightly less harsh way. It is effective enough top actually stop a spot forming. If you notice a slightly tender patch of skin on your face as you take your make up off, even a slight reddening or raising of the area, apply this fairly liberally and by the next morning you will be surprised. Of course, its not a miracle cure, of your skin wants to betray you and give you a [pot you will get one, regardless, but on the whole this little treatment does the trick.
If a spot creeps up over night you can use a concealing stick with spot treatment in it during the day and then apply this once you are safely ensconced behind closed doors! I would it put this under your make up, I have tried it before and even though you cannot feel it on your bare skin, once you cover it up it has the same effect as oil on a puddle. No further explanation needed. But even if you don't catch that little tingle in time this stick really will help reduce the redness and the life of the unsightly blemish.
As so often with Boots, the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range is normally on a 3 for 2 offer. Its only circa £1.35 anyway so really well worth the purchase. If you get it and it doesn't work for you, you wont even notice that you have spent your money on it.
I would highly recommend this product, the result speak for themselves.
I was ill recently and then at work a lot of hours so I was feeling a bit run down - which is when I tend to suffer from outbreaks of spots - and I never get little ones, its always a couple of HUGE spots that you can see coming before you see me!
Anyway, I normally just let them go on their own, but with christmas coming up and various photo opportunities I wanted something to help them on their way and aid my red and sore skin. After wandering around boots for a white I decided to get this from the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range.
It costs around £2.50 for the stick, which comes in a pale green tube. To use simply pull the lid off then twist the tube to make the blemish stick inside pop out slightly, a bit like a lipstick only chunkier, then lightly dab it on the affected area of the skin (avoiding the area around the eyes).
As soon as I applied this to my skin I felt it get to work, it has a strange cooling sensation and really soothes the skin and works to take away any redness around the spots. I normally suffer from quite painful spots but this sorted that out straight away. There was no burning or uncomfortable sensation either.
I noticed the soothing sensation straight away, and after applying at night I noticed that the next morning my skin looked a lot better - it isnt a miracle worker the spots were still there - but they looked less inflamed, the skin around the spots was less red and they didnt hurt anymore. I also found that they seemed to go a lot quicker too which was great!
Overall I would definitely recommed it, it soothes the skin and reduces any redness and irritation, and also helps my spots along the way to disappearing altogether - Perfect!
I suffer with problematic skin that is extremely sensitive and prone to spot outbreaks and blemishes from time to time. I have found the use of products containing Tea Tree are extremely beneficial when treating spots and will regularly purchase skincare items that contain this ingredient.
Whilst shopping in a local branch of Boots recently, my eye happened upon a small range of skincare items displayed neatly on a shelf, namely the "Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel" range which contained perhaps ten or so items, ranging from facial washes to blemish sticks. I was impressed with the range immediately, taking note of the assorted items, together with their competitive price tags which were much more reasonable than those from my beloved "The Body Shop" who also stock a gorgeous range of tea tree products, but with a much higher price tag than the Boots alternatives. I decided to give some of the products a try out, and this review outlines my experiences of using the "Blemish Stick" from the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range.
I paid around the £2.50 mark for the product which I thought was a reasonable enough price. The stick is 65g in size and is packaged in a small oblong box, made of thin cardboard. Full instructions are provided on the box alongside a list of ingredients and full details about the product and how it should be used.
The stick itself is presented in a circular plastic 'tube' that is reminiscent of your average lipstick, in terms of length and style, at least. The Blemish Stick's tube is much thicker than this however, and is slightly fatter, but it still fits neatly into the palm of my hand or cosmetic bag. There is a lid on the tube that needs to be removed to reveal the blemish stick underneath, and I have never encountered any difficulty with removing or replacing this, even though I suffer with limited mobility in my hands. The lid can be securely replaced after the stick has been used, and this allows the stick to remain free from any dirt or dust particles, remaining hygienic and clean between uses.
The stick product itself is a bright 'aqua' blue colour, and looks very attractive. The product has a sort of 'waxy' consistency to it I suppose, but you would be able to shred a piece of it off quite easily if you so desired. The stick is easily rotated out of its plastic housing by turning the bottom of the plastic housing, which allows the stick to reveal itself easily. You then turn in the opposite direction to replace it, exactly in the same way as with your average lipstick product. There is nothing fussy or difficult about using the product which makes it absolutely ideal for my own needs and requirements.
The Blemish Stick contains two active ingredients, Tea Tree and Witch Hazel. Now, both of these ingredients have quite a strong smell but to be honest I find that the scent of the Tea Tree is most prominent, and easily swamps any whiff of Witch Hazel that may have been present. The aroma of the product makes itself known even as the outer plastic 'lid' has been removed from the stick. As with all products containing Tea Tree, care should be taken to avoid the sensitive eye area when using this product, and the strong menthol-like aroma evident during the product's application should be an easy reminder of this caution I would have thought!
The idea of the stick is of course to apply it to blemishes and spots, and it can be applied as often as required. I find that only a little 'dabbing' from the stick is required at one time, so the product is quite economical, with it looking almost like new, even though it has been used for two months or so now.
I don't find there is anything unpleasant experienced during the application process, and no stinging or tingling is present, even when the stick is applied to irritated or sore skin. I do think this is down to the addition of the Witch Hazel in this product's ingredients, as I have found it to be quite soothing on sore skin when I've used it in the past. Whatever the reason, I have certainly noticed no unpleasant stinging during the use of the product, even though I suffer with extremely sensitive skin.
In actual fact, I find quite the opposite is true, with the Tea Tree ingredient in the product providing a pleasant 'cooling' affect to the skin that is particular pleasant when the skin is sore or delicate. The Tea Tree acts as a refreshing aid to the area, which is often sore and sensitive during an outbreak of spots.
One thing I have noticed is that the product can be slightly 'drying' to my skin, particularly if I have chosen to reapply the product during the course of the day. This is something I have found with most Tea Tree products I have used before however, as I find this ingredient works really well at drying up the spots and blemishes, which helps them on their way, in my experience. I won't be deducting any points from the product rating score for this point, although I do think it is worth mentioning that I do usually need to apply plenty of moisture-rich facial cream during the day following the Blemish Stick's application to my face.
In terms of effectiveness, I have found that the Boots Blemish Stick is rather effective at helping me to combat spot outbreaks and blemishes. The product really seems to dry up the skin on the affected area which goes a long way to them shrinking and moving on their way. In addition, I feel the problem is actually 'treated' with this product, which is preferable over other products I have that are simply designed to provide a bit of a "Quick Fix." The Blemish Stick treats the spots yes, but the Witch Hazel contained in the stick really acts like a sort of 'calming' agent that helps relieve spots and blemishes that can often be very uncomfortable and painful, as well as appearing unsightly.
In summary, I have nothing negative to report about the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick and it is a product that I will definitely repurchase for myself, as a result. It really does deserve full marks in the product rating score and it comes with my full recommendation, as a result of my positive experiences.