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After trying many different spot and pimple products I decided to give this clean and clear one a go. It looked promising as it contains salicylic acid which is known for clearing spots and acne whereas some spot treatments don't contain this.its reasonably priced it's around 4 or 5 pounds for 15ml.
I have very oily skin, I previously had quite bad acne which has somewhat cleared up over the years, my skin still however has some quite clogged pores with blackheads and the occasional whitehead spot.
The main reason I got this treatment was to soothe or clear any white heads I had appear as these can on occasions be quite painful especially if they are under the skin.
The first spot I applied this too was a small under skin spot, I applied this one evening and by morning the spot had reduced in size, almost disappeared and was painless, this spot then completely disappeared the next day.
I then went on to applying it to two other whiteheads which had appeared on top of the skin, these were also quite painful so I applied the gel. I didn't really notice much difference on these spots, they had dried out but still increased in size over the next day or two.
I'm not sure why this gel works on some spots and not others, maybe it's better if the spot hasn't reared it head and is still under the skin.
When applying this gel there was slight stinging in the spot area, it was painful just not very pleasant.
It is also very drying on the spot and surrounding skin even on my oily skin! I also found it made my skin far more oily in the area I had applied it the following day.
It also says suitable to wear under makeup but I definitely wouldn't as the gel itself peels as it dries.
Overall this treatment is average, it works sometimes, doesn't work others. It is ok at reducing pain from spots but is drying and doesn't always clear spots.
Probably won't be repurchasing but for now it'll do.
Last year, when I was in the States on a holiday, I went into Walgreens just to have a look at all the things that hadn't arrived here yet. Wandering the skincare aisle, as one does, I spotted (pun not intended) this product. I'd heard such amazing things about it that I just couldn't resist it. I thought "If it works for so many people, why shouldn't it work for me?".
On the website, they say the gel is supposed to disolve surface oils so that the medication (salicylic acid) can get in and clean out the pore. It claims this will reduce size, swelling and redness of the pimple without overdrying the skin. Apparently, this happens as soon as 4 hours after applying the product.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%) Inactive: Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polyacrylamide, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin , Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Alcohol, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Lactate, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polysorbate 20, Phenethyl Dimethicone, Fragrance, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Ammonium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Capryloyl Glycine, Sarcosine, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract
If you're corcened about ingredients (which you should be, they're the most important thing in skincare, not the price or claims), you'll know or should know that this contains an alarming amount of alcohol. For those of you don't know, alcohol is a skin irritant. But not just that, it also destroys the skin's protective barrier and dries skin temporarily. I say temporarily because (and I think this was the problem for me), after a while, the skin's oil glands sense the disruption in your skin and pump out a bunch of oil. It also has some irritating extracts, like cedar and cinnamon, and some fragrance.
It does contain a nice amount of salicylic acid but, exfoliating the pore just for it to be full of oil again in no time? Quite counterproductive, if you ask me.
I've always had acne, it's got better with time and skincare, but I almost always have at least a little pesky friend on my face. The day I got this was no different, so, at night, I applied this product hoping to cut short their annoying existence.
I didn't hope for overnight results because, well, even though that's what the website claims, that's just not how it works. But after using it for two days, I noticed the lovely visitors were shrinking and I thought "Great, it's working!". Yes, it worked, more or less. However, on the fourth day, the same spots that had subsided came back stronger, and the problem was, they were even painful.
I stopped using it immediately after but, since then, I've naively revisited it a few times, thinking I would give it another chance. But the results were always the same. At least, my skin didn't feel overdried, I'll give them that.
I have to say that this is a very good little product and one I swear by when I have a few blemishes on my face. I don't get spots that often, usually when I'm a bit run down but because I'm quite fair skinned they really show up and so I want to try and zap them before they take hold or I decide to squeeze them!
The gel comes in a little tub with a screw cap lid and I find it very easy to just squeeze a little bit out onto my finger and then dab it over the spot and make sure the whole spot is covered. The nice thing is that you dont need very much of the gel at all so a tube will last a very long time.
The gel is clear in colour and has a gel consistency to it, not too thick and not too watery which is nice. Being a gel, this means that it sticks to the treated area really well and doesn't come off. Once on the gel is clear so you can apply makeup over it if you widh. I tend to apply this gel either at night or first thing in the morning so don't put makeup on it but its nice to know you can if you wish.
The gel does have a bit of a chemical smell to it but once you have applied it this fades and then you cant really smell it anymore.
According to the product information, "Clean & Clear® Advantage Spot Treatment Gel is clinically proven to start to clear spots after only 4 hours. The unique formula containing spot-fighting ingredients quickly rebalances the level of oil, helps fight problems causing bacteria and effectively purifies the skin all without irritating or over drying."
I definitely think this gel reduces the redness of a spot quite quickly and does Start to heal it quite quickly although 4 hours might be a bit of a stretch but I do like the healing power of this gel and will continue to use it.
A 15ml tube costs just £4.59 which I think is a great price and I would actually be willing to pay more for a product.
Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel is a treatment gel to help reduce redness/spots. It is in different packaging to the picture these days and now comes in a sleek silver tube with thin purple nozzle so it doesn't squirt out too fast.
I have suffered with bad skin since I can remember and have always had oily skin and have frequent breakouts even now in my 30s! I first tried this about a year ago and have been using it ever since. For me personally, it really works. I think the claim that it reduces spots within 4 hours is perhaps a little exaggerated, but it definitely helps. I would say overnight reduction is more realistic.
It is a gel formula, not sticky or greasy once applied though and it doesn't smell medical like some others. Also, it's fine on its own but beware of using under make up as I find if you put foundation or concealer over it, it crumbles underneath and I usually end up having to wipe off!
I tend to dab it on problem areas (forehead, nose and chin) before I go to bed and my skin has stayed clearer. If spots do come up, I put it on at the first sign of redness and can honestly say that most of the time this gel dries them up overnight! I use this more or less every day after cleansing skin with Clean & Clear Cleansing lotion (sensitive) and I have to say my skin is clearer for it.
It is around £4 depending on where you buy so price is not bad for a product that does actually work. Tesco often has offers on Clean & Clear range - 3 for 2s etc.
I think these products differ for each person, but I'd recommend giving this a go as you have to be prepared to try everything to find one that works for you.
Unfortunately my skin does break out in spots during certain times of the month. I have tried lots of different creams and gels and the one I am reviewing today is the clean and clear fast action gel in the 15ml tube. (A smaller size to the product picture above.) The clean and clear range is part of the Johnson and Johnson brand.
The product comes in a small 15ml plastic silver and purple tube. The brand clean and clear is visible on the front of the tube and the product name, it highlights that it is a fast action spot treatment gel with the tube size and 'Johnson and Johnson' brand displayed at the bottom. On the back of the tube it tells you that the shelf life is 12 months, gives application directions and gives a warning that it contains alcohol and to avoid contact with eyes. It has a plastic purple lid that once removed reveals a nozzle to dispense the gel.
The product is a clear/white gel and has a normal gel like consistency. I don't like the smell of this at all, I think it has a horrible chemical smell to it. To apply simply twist the lid and gently squeeze the tube to release the desired amount of gel and apply directly onto the spot. The gel has an invisible appearance once applied so can be used over make up as well as underneath it. (I have never used it over make up myself)
- Helps prevent spots
- Immediate action
- Reduces spots in 4 hours
- Invisible gel appearance
- Suitable to use both under and over make up
- Does not dry skin out.
Additional info. (taken from their website www.clean-and-clear.co.uk)
What is a spot?
You get spots when there's an excess of sebum (oil) on your skin. The sebum allows bacteria to breed on your skin, which then clogs your pores and causes the red, inflamed appearance of spots.
The website also gives you tips on how to maintain and manage skin to keep healthy and spot free.
Price and availability.
This product is widely available from beauty stores, supermarkets and on line and usually retails around £4.59 for a 15ml tube. Boots currently have a special offer on for 2 for £5 on selected clean and clear products.
I wasn't too impressed with this product. I certainly didn't the condition of my spots reduced within 4 hours. After continued use my spots did improve but I am unsure if this was due to the gel or just the natural healing process that would have occurred without the gel.
Every now and then I am prone to break outs and when do it is essential to have some sort of spot treatment gel at the ready. I have tried a number of different spot treatment products, from creams, gels, sprays, etc all claiming to have 'fast action' and are able to 'reduce spot size' and although my spots / blemishes aren't anything major, none of the spot treatments I have used have lived up to these claimes which is why I came to try this product.
~~What is it~~
Clean & Clear are a brand that specialises in achieving clearer skin, calming skin and reducing blemishes. Personally, I think their brand is aimed more so at teenagers due to their packaging being fairly young, opting for silver and purple, also their adverts often have teenagers in them.
This particular product is their advantage spot treatment gel. The packaging has changed quite a lot since the photo showed and it is now in a slim, little tube with a thin nozzle which is then presented in a box.
It claims to be a fast action formular that has immediate action, helps reduce spots within 4 hours and also helps to keep spots away with daily usage.
~~Price and Avaliability~~
This product is priced in the £5 region, my particular one cost £4.59, however have also seen it priced slightly higher and lower. I think this is a fairly competitive price for a spot treatment gel as it is considerably cheaper than that of Clinique and Freederm, yet the price still allows it to compete with that of Boots / Superdrug own brands.
I bought mine in Boots, though they are also avaliable in Superdrg, large supermarkets and can be bought cheaper online, so it is quite widely avaliable and shouldn't be too difficult to get hold of.
~~Using / Applying the product~~
The spot treatment gel has a very thin nozzle, which I find easier to use as it means you are able to squeeze out a smaller and more precise amount each time, which means you are unlikely to waste any of the product. When squeezed out the gel is a clear/white in colour and looks the same in consitency as you would expect any spot treatment gel to be. It was not too thin so that it would seem like it would not do anything and neither was it too thick so it seemed greasy or that it would be obvious on the skin.
The spot treatment gel does have a scent to it, one that I found to be fairly pleasant. It was quite subtle, but smelt fresh and ever so slightly fruity. It did not have the same chemical/ medicated smell to it that some other spot treatment gels do and instead I found it quite refreshing.
To apply, you just need a small amount and apply it thinly to the area of concern. The spot treatment gel feels relativley cool when you first apply, but it does not have the same stinging/ tingling sensation to it that I have come to recognise with some spot treatment gels. When first applied the product looks relatively shiney, however, after 30 seconds or so it begins to dry clear on the skin and it is not obvious that you have applied anything there. The only way that this gel becomes obvious once applied is if you apply make up over the top as then the gel starts to look flakey and looks slightly white in colour.
If I applied it over spots that I had picked (which I know I shouldn't!) or more 'open' ones, I did notice that there was slightly more of a stinging sensation and was not as soothing as it had been to apply on spots that I had just left.
This spot treatment definitley had some effect on my skin and blemishes, I am very aware that it did not live up to all of it's claims, yet I was still very happy with what it did manage to do.
I first began to notice difference about 2 hours after applying if I had applied it to an 'under the skin' spot. This is because I can often feel them, or they sometimes have that 'throbbing' feeling with them, however, if I had applied this over the top I no longer felt this sensation and the spot definitley felt less 'painful'- if that is the right word!
I don't think that it managed to reduce spots within 4 hours, although it did make them less red and therefore were more concealable, it did not actually reduce the spot size within this time. Nonetheless if I applied the spot treatment gel at night time, when I woke up in the morning I could see that the spot size had considerably reduced in size. In some cases, where it was only a slight blemish to begin with, it had almost completley gone by the morning and there was near enough no trace of it.
As for the spot treatment gel help to keep spots away, I am not entirely convinced. It has definitley helped the overall appearance of my skin / blemishes and in some areas where I am particuarly prone to breakouts, they have not been as often, however I am not sure that this is entirely down to this product. I have had less breakouts since using this product, though it has not actually kept them away and this is with daily use, sometimes even using the product more than once a day.
-Cheap to buy
-Reduces spot size overnight
-Gives overall appearance of clearer skin
-Does make breakouts less often
-Does not entirely keep spots away
-Takes longer than four hours to reduce spot size
~~My thoughts / Would I reccomend?~~
Overall, I am fairly impressed with this product as it has performed just as well, if not better than some other spot gels that I have used which I have paid more for. I was pleased to see that it did actually manage to help clear up my skin and definitley gave me the overall appearance of clearer skin.
Though it did not live up to all of it's claims, such as the reduce the spot size in 4 hours, I was pleased to note that it did do this, even if not in this time period. This does make me think that this product should not be called 'fast action' nonetheless the fact that the spots / blemishes are barely there in the morning is very pleasing to me, as some spot treatment gels I have used havd barely done anything over night.
I would be happy to buy this product again, especially at the price it is at. I think that for the price the product performs very well and due to the fact it is very competitvley priced I think I would choose this item over my much loved Clinique spot treatment gel.
I am now on my second tube of this spot treatment gel and my first one lasted me for around 3 months, with daily use, sometimes using it more than once a day and therefore I think this also makes it good value for money and is definitley worth it.
I would definitley reccomend this item, as although all it's claims were not met, I often find this to be the case with most spot treatment gels and the fact that this one did consideraly help the appearance of my skin I was very happy with. At the price I think it is worth a go, even if it does not work for you as it is not priced too expensivley.
As a general rule I have quite clear skin. Whether this is 'luck' or just the results of years of using many different spot prevention products, I don't know. Either way, I don't often get spots. A few days ago, however, I did wake up to find a rather large and bright red spot had appeared on my chin. While I'm not the sort of person who would see this as the end of the world I'd still rather get rid of it as soon as possible than leave it to disappear on its own accord.
With this in mind I picked up a tube of Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel from my local Asda store. The 15ml tube cost me £2.50 which I didn't think was too bad. The packaging promised reduced spots in just four hours so I thought I'd give it a go.
The gel, for some unknown reason, comes in a pale purple box containing the Clean & Clear logo. Quite feminine looking but not that eye catching. It certainly isn't the first thing on the shelf you see.
When you remove the unnecessary outer box you are left with the tube of gel. The tube is a darker shade of purple with an even darker shade screw top plastic lid. Again, this tube has the Clean & Clear logo as well as the product name. The back of the tube contains application directions and cautions about not getting it in your eyes.
To apply the gel simply unscrew the lid and squeeze a little onto your finger. How much you need depends on how many spots you need to apply the gel to, with just my one spot on my chin I found myself using a ball of the gel about half the size of a pea which gave good coverage.
The gel is a good consistency, not too runny that it starts running down your hands before you've put the lid back on the tube but not too thick that it's hard to rub in. The gel is a pale white colour when on your finger but soon goes clear and invisible when you start to rub it in to the problem area.
The gel rubs in easily and quickly and I find my skin absorbs it rather nicely. It doesn't leave any tightness on my skin or make it feel too dry or wet either. It's easy to forget you have applied the gel after a couple of seconds. The gel is also supposed to suitable to apply over the top of make-up as well as underneath it. I haven't personally tried this so I couldn't comment on how much that works.
This product does contain alcohol and you can detect that in the smell of the gel. There are no pretty smells to this gel at all but then, you can only really smell anything if you get up close and give it a good sniff. Although I wouldn't advise doing so, it makes you feel a little light headed!
As for the results. Well, the packaging claims that this gel will visibly reduce spot size and redness in just four hours. I can't say the size of my spot was reduced in that amount of time but the redness did go down a little. I carried on applying the gel every four or so hours and, after about a day, there wasn't really any redness left to it at all. The spot, however, was still there. Again, I continued to apply the gel and after a couple more days the spot had completely gone.
The gel does work when it comes to treating spots. I don't think it works as quickly as it claims to though. I certainly didn't notice any massive improvement after four hours and it did take regular use over the course of three or four days to completely clear my spot up. But it did at least still clear it up in the end so I'm happy with this product! I'll happily pay another £2.50 when I run out of this and need some more.
I tend to move around the country a lot which makes my skin bad. Different water pressures cause havic with my acne and cause horrid breakouts. So when i saw this bad boy in Boots i decided to buy it and see whether it actually works or not. For some reason i felt like i could trust the product before i actually bought it, and being over £4 for a tube it's good to feel drawn to it straight away.
As soon as i got home i applied the treatment cream to the areas that were mostly affected, such as my jawline and cheekbone areas, because i wanted quick results i washed my face before hand in order to open the paws a bit more. As soon as the treatment cream went on i felt a sort of tingly sting. Which, i don't know about you but my father always told me that if it stang then it was working!
I was amazed to read on the tube that you can put the product on top of make-up products and it would still work it's magic! You can even use it under make-up which is brilliant if you feel like you have to stay in because you look bad, put this on and within four hours you will definately look and feel better just as it promises!
Four hours after i applied the cream i felt as though i could see a difference, my jawline definately improved and almost got rid of my spots completely! I would definately say that i am happy with the results. It doesn't itch as some other products do, especially with sensitive skin like i have.
The product came in it's own little purple box with instructions printed onto the box as with the company label and every other peice of vital information that is needed, such as how to contact the company if you have a problem.
Overall, i wouldn't have a bad word to say about this product, it does exactly what it says on the tin and it's not a terrible price to pay for a product that actually works. I would say that it's best to apply the product overnight so that you wake up with noticing a difference. Once you start using this product you will feel better with yourself and less consious about your skin!
We all have those days when we wake up and just have awful skin, "bad skin days". I had one of them days recently which called for a drastic quick fix treatment.
I went into Boots to find a cure for my breakout and was searching up and down the shelves until I came across Clean and Clear advantage quick clear spot treatment gel which is said to work in just 4 hours. I thought it seemed perfect. I had used Clean and Clear face products before so I was quite optimistic. It also came in a handy box so there was no danger of it squeezing all over my bag.
This wasn't my first choice of skin care product but I don't tend to buy the more expensive products like Clearasil unless they are on offer and I don't like the cheaper products as they don't seem to work on my skin. I think this was £4.29 for the 15ml tube so this was a middle of the range buy and I was eager to try it out.
USING THE PRODUCT
The product is a clear gel which you just squeeze out of the tube and apply onto your spots.
This is simple enough as the gel is a good consistency, it is not runny and can be applied easily but I found that it did sting a little bit. This feeling soon passed.
The next thing that I am not too keen about with this product is the fact that the tube is purple so you cannot see through it therefore you can't see how much you have left.
But on the plus side you can wear the gel under and over makeup if you want to combat your spots and have maximum coverage. However I do not tend to wear a lot of makeup anyway over spots in fear of making them worse.
Well, I have found that this product does work but like I said....eventually. I applied this product and it did reduce my spots slightly but this was after 3 days of applying twice a day. They did seem to disappear after that but I'm questioning whether they would have gone away naturally by themselves in this amount of time without having to use this product. I don't think I will be buying this product again I think it might be worth spending a little bit extra to get the good stuff. I would rate this product 3 out of 10.
==Also on ciao==
This product does exactly what is states on the description. I suffer terribly with painful blind spots on my chin at certain times of the month. The Clean & Clear Advantage Treatment Gel really does reduce swelling and redness within the four hours. The gel is of a thick consistency but when applied does dry quite quickly but I found that if you applied to much of the gel it would become tacky on your skin thus making it hard to cover up with make-up after use. The smell of the gel is non offensive but does smell a little alcoholic. If you do put this gel on broken skin it can tingle a little but that soon fades as the alcohol evaporates. I would recommend this product as it has been a life saver for me over the months I have used it. You only need to add a tiny ammount and if you do this the little tube will last for ages. I still have the same tube that I bought nine months ago and it is still going strong. A must have in the bathroom cabinet.
I'm in my 40's and have suffered with skin problems all of my life. Unfortunately, I had acne in my teens and ever since I have experienced occasional break-outs of unslightly spots.
I had tried every product available and went through my teens feeling extremely miserable as I just wanted to hide away. Nothing seemed to work and I just wanted to cower in the corner so no-one could see me.
About three years ago I purchased Johnson and Johnson's Clean and Clear's Advantage Spot Treatment Gel as it claims to reduce spots in 4 hours.
The clear gel is quite pungent and smells like UHU glue, but all you need is a small dab on the troublesome spot. The manufacturer claims the gel can be applied over make up, but I've never tried this as I feel it would be visible. I always use it about half an hour before applying my make-up, therefore, allowing the gel time enough to dry.
The product really does work and the claim that it gets rid of spots within 4 hours is 100% correct. I find within just a couple of hours, the spot and redness has considerably reduced and by the following day there is very little trace of any imperfection. I've never had to reapply the gel to the same spot as the gel is extremely effective.
The manufacter states the "unique formula rebalances the level of oil and fights the problems causing the bacteria".
I really feel this product is a miracle gel and it is currently available in Boots for the reduced price of £2.80 for a 100ml tube.
I cannot believe how such a simple product can be so effective and I would not be without it. Whilst I only occasionally suffer with spots, all I need to do is apply a small dab of this gel and I know that tomorrow they'll be almost gone!
The product lasts absolutely ages as I'm still using the same 15ml tube that I purchased a few years ago!!
However, I would advise that this gel contains alcohol and you should not apply it to broken skin as it stings like mad! Unfortunately, the directions do not warn you of this and I found out the hard way!
I would highly recommend this product as it is nothing more than a miracle and I cannot speak highly enough of this fantastic effective gel. It well deserves 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I hope you found my review useful and I would thank you for reading.
I've used Clean & Clear's Advantage gel for about eleven months. I bought it just after I had a fringe cut into my hair and I was having a few issues with a spotty forehead. When I bought it, it was about four pounds for a small 15ml tube. I don't know if it comes in sizes bigger than this, but you shouldn't need them anyway. I still haven't used the whole tube, and it's only good for twelve months after opening.
The gel advertises itself as effective at reducing spots within four hours. I think this is a bit much to ask of anything short of tetracycline, and it was silly of Clean & Clear to make this claim. I've never experienced a change within four hours myself, at least. Overnight is something else. If a quick check of the face before bed shows any potential red patches, application of this gel usually stops a full-on spot resulting by the morning for me.
The reverse of the tube suggests that the gel is suitable for application either before or after cosmetics. I wouldn't recommend using the gel on top of make-up. This is for two reasons. The first is that if you use powder to stop shine, this gel can matt it up a little bit, creating a blotchy effect. I'm not a fan. The second reason is that I just don't like the thought of "trapping" make-up against my skin - particularly against vulnerable "trying to be a spot" skin. Ergh!
Its my worst nightmare when i have a night out only to wake up on the day and find i have a spot. This is why i ended up buying this in Boots a while ago. It was £4.20 which i thought was quite expensive for a little 15ml tube. But it did say clearly on the front that it reduces spots in four hours and take away the redness that normally make a spot so obvious, so i was willing to pay it.
Its a clear gel that you apply directly to the spot with either clean fingers or a cotton bud. It says that its suitable to use under and over make up but its not really true i found. Although the gel dries clear it leaves a slight film over the spot and so when you try to apply make up over it, it ends up flaking off as you have to dab your make up on over it to cover the redness so it ends up taking the gel off. And if you put it on over make up you can notice it on your skin as it tends to take of your make up as its a watery gel so obviously its going to take away the effect of having foundation or concelear on the spot.
On the days that i have this on without having make up on i still dont find that it does much. I definately dont see a reduction in the redness of the spot as it says it should do, even after a whole day of use. It says it can be used whenever needed so i can only only assume that the only way it will work is if you are constantly applying it. I usually only apply it two or three times maximum throughout the day and one of those times is usually before i go to bed, but even then the spot is normally no different to what it is when i dont apply the gel. But if this is the case, then surely it cant be good for your skin and the spot for you to be constantly touching it as it might make it worse and more prone to spreading the bacteria and ending up with another spot?
Another thing is that it doesnt work on blackheads, it doesnt say it does though, but it also doesnt specify what types of spots it does work on either. For example is it more effective if applied when you get that tingly feeling that means a spot is coming or for whiteheads etc.
I think the Clean and Clear range is more aimed at teenagers thaN young people in their twenties or older, but teenagers tend to have more problems with their skin than adults do so i dont see how this will be effective for them either. I wouldnt waste your money on this as i recently read that the best thing for your skin is tea tree oil so thats on my shopping list for when this runs out.
I must admit that this product has done wonders for me. I am a boy, but have no issue in using this gel at all. The advantages are that it does significantly reduce spots overnight and makes sore areas feel much better. However the drawbacks are that it claims to reduce spots in 4 hours. For me this is clearly not true, but it does definitely work eventually. The pot is also very small, and I sometimes have trouble squeezing out gel from the very very small hole at the top. Also if you leave the gel for a long time upside down it can suddenly all shoot out. Bearing in mind that it is very expensive for the size, I am very careful about how much I use. The size is its major drawback. I wish they produced a large container that would both last longer and maybe be cheaper in bulk. However saying this, this is the only spot cream that I have found to date to work very well, seeing as all others tend to reduce spots but not completely eradicate them. I rarely have a reoccurence in the same place after using this.
This product is designed to reduce the size and redness of spots (in just 4 hours apparently) without irritating or over-drying them. For around £4.50 you get just 15ml which is a pretty expensive product but it's probably because it's a concentrated formula. It contains salicylic acid which is known for it's effectiveness in fighting spots.
The small tube comes in box for whatever reason (probably to make it look more worth the money). The tube has a small lid where you can squeeze out the product which can be a bit awkward because I always end up with too much gel! You're can use this up to 3 times a day depending on your skins sensitivity and moisture levels - dry skin should use it less but oily skin can get away with using it up to 3 times. I only use this on individual spots but you can also use it on any sized problem area because it claims to rebalance the oil levels in the skin.
I use this after washing my face at night and in the morning, occasionally in the middle of the day if I can feel a spot cropping up. Using this product at first, it worked great. It did help reduce the size of the spot and it went away faster then it usually does. However it definitely did not get rid of the redness in just 4 hours.
It is not very soothing at all and It doesn't take away the redness. If anything, it makes the redness even worse because the acid in it is very irritating - so definitely don't use this on any spots which you have recently popped or been picking at. It probably isn't very suitable for sensitive skin either.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. Instead of being soothing to the spot the acid makes it irritated. It did work the first month or so I used it but this product lasts a lot longer then that and now it's as if my skin is immune to the benefits and only gets irritated from it. I would probably consider using it again in the future if it was cheaper, but £5 for a small amount of product which doesn't worth half the time isn't worth it.