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I purchased a set of Clinique skin care about 6 months prior to my wedding in the hope that moving to a more mature system of skin care would ensure my face looked radiant for the big day (previously using some sort of face wash for teens!). I also purchased this gel from Clinique which had really good reviews about clearing up spots. The price was around £12 at the time a couple of years ago which is probably more than I would usually pay for such a product but not bad compared to some skin care items.
What you get is a small bottle of what is essentially gel, it looks and smells like the alcohol gel that you get in hospitals....in fact I wouldn't be surprised if that was EXACTLY what it was. The top comes off and you are left with a small dropper that you can squeeze the gel out of. I used to apply mine with a cotton bud to try and minimise bacteria getting onto the skin. You basically place the gel onto the offending spot and hope for the best. In my opinion the spot tended to dry up slightly more quickly than normal. It definitely didn't reduce the spot if it was in the early phases, but in the latter phases of the spot's lifetime I found it did seem to heal the spot slightly better than if I didn't have it. So why the poor star rating?
Well firstly the price, it is expensive for a bit of alcohol gel and secondly, anything like this that you put on your skin will dry the area around it out. So although the spot went more quickly (slightly by the way, like probably one day sooner than it would have normally), the area around the offending spot was then dry and flaky - equally not a good look! To sort that out I had to put more moisturiser on, thereby overloading the skin with moisture and therefore encouraging more spots. Catch-22, a continuous cycle...call it what you will but it was irritating!
If you really want your spot to clear up more quickly and dry out may I recommend toothpaste at night before bed. Extremely cheap and does exactly the same job (including dry flaky skin around the spot - so perhaps avoid that tip!). I can't recommend this product and would not buy it again.
I have trusted Clinique products for a number of years now and although I generally use their Mens Range I bought the Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Clear Blemish Gel. This product isn't from the Mens Range but it is unisex so I am happy to use it as it isn't aimed at women specifically (not that that stops me anyway!). The 15ml of anti-blemish gel is stored in a simple tube which has a screw-top cap allowing for easy access to the gel. i prefer these types of products to be applied using cotton wool as this allows me to dispose of this afterwards to reduce the chance of spreading the chance of blemishes on other areas of my face.
The gel is of a good consistency for my use. It isn't too runny and is therefore easy to both put on my cotton wool, and this also means it will stay on a particular area of my face to have time to get to work. The gel dries reasonably quickly once applied and is intended to clear blemishes and protect you from further blemishes. Once I apply the gel I feel a cooling and soothing sensation on the sore and irritated area of skin. Immediately upon using the product i gained confidence in its effectiveness, and after just a few days of use I knew it was having a marked effect as my skin was noticably clearer. As the gel eases the redness of blemishes the improvement in appearance can be noticeable pretty quickly, and I am more than pleased with the way this product has calmed down my blemishes. By using face washes and facial scrubs I think they have a limited effectiveness, and the Clinique anti-blemish gel has given me a longer term solution to an issue that has always been present in some form. I use the gel on problem areas for myself - my nose, chin, back and neck. I think these are the more common problem areas in general.
Pricing can vary wildly from place to place, I paid £12 through Debenhams but it can be bought for anything upto £20+ and also be found cheaper if you shop around. The fact that this anti-blemish gel is suitable for all skin types gives me confidence as I have sensitive skin. Clinique do have quite a decent track record from my experience - the Clinique anti-blemish gel is one of the better options for clearing up your problems.
I bought this before christmas in a fit of desperation as my face was starting to resemble a pepperoni pizza (too much baileys and mince pies?). I always use and trust clinique for my skincare, so thought i'd see what they could do for me. The pretty lady behind the counter pointed me in the direction of this gel. I asked her "Honestly, does it work?" and she told me she was using it right now to zap a spot in time for christmas party. Well, she didn't look spotty to me so That sold it.
Its a very small bottle for £12.00, but you need only to use a tiny dot of the stuff, so a bottle would last a year or more.
I should stress here, there is no magic cure for spots. If you are looking for a gel with the Barry Scott "BANG and the spot is gone" effect then you'll be dissapointed with this. What this will do though is stop spots in their tracks, and (over about two days) slowly get rid of 'em. It first will make your spot less red and angry, and less raised. Its good for those under the skin spots that linger for ages.
*How to use*
I use this morning and night after my clinique three step program (cleanse, tone,moisturise). I then squeeze a little dab onto my clean finger and rub it into the spot until its absorbed. It has a sticky feel until it dries, then the spot will feel a bit tighter. I also carry this in my bag with me if i have a super spot, as the kind lady at the counter told me it can be used over make up!
A small squeezy bottle with a precision teat for easy application directly onto the spot if you want. Screw top lid. Small enough for your handbag.
So, I think I've covered it all. This is a good product, but you have to be patient.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Sport Treatment Gel
An anti-blemish spot treatment that works and does what it says it does - what more could you ask for?
There are alot of spot treaments that are very good at talking the talk but not walking the walk and actually dooing what they say they will do. This leads to thousands of teens and some young adults wasting valuable money on worthess products!
Thank goodness for CLINIQUE! This spot treatment gel eliminates spots within 24 hours - perfect for everyone!
What it does:-
* The treatment dries the spot and the surrounding area
* Reduces redness
* Fades away blemishes
* Easy to use
* Can be used UNDER make up
What it doesn't do:-
* Be kind to your purse!
This product is quite expensive for what seems a worthess tiny amount, however, the small amount does go a long way and the price is worth it for the fast working product.
Being the vain guy I am, I have tried and tested nearly all the spot creams out on the market. As soon as I saved enough money to buy myself a few Clinique items in the hope my spotty skin would improve, this was one of the first purchases I made on recommendation by the Clinique Sales advisor donning her lab coat in the effort of looking medical.
The Spot Treatment Gel comes in a small 15ml bottle, the size of a lipstick, so for boys and girls alike its easily stored and taken around if needed.
How do you apply it to the face? Theres a small nozzle which you squeeze the gel onto the spot and you either use a finger to spread it around or more hygienically spread using the nozzle.
The gel is very cooling with a slight tingly feeling on the skin. It does however dry form a slightly shiny layer if applied too generously. Its slightly annoying how you can feel its presence on the face, only making the presence of your blemishes more apparent to yourself.
The million pound question - Does it work?! Well I've had varying results with it, majority of the time not great. Place it on spots surfacing or bulging red on the skin and it seems to have very little effect. On the larger spots it does have significant drying out properties, which might have some impact on the healing.
Should you get it? - Depends on the kind of spots you have, the larger red ones will dry out a little and settle, but are not eradicated. If this sounds like your skin, then maybe otherwise I'd spend the £14 or so elsewhere!
Here we are again, another review about my spots. 'Hooray!' I hear you all cry, 'Life on Dooyoo doesn't get much better than this!'
I have a bit of a problem with the skin on my face, especially round my chin, as it seems prone to almost constant spots, blackheads and blemishes. I have reviewed a few spot gels on here before, but they have invariably only been given a couple of stars as I have not been impressed with any of them. However I have seen the ratings for Clinique Acne Solutions Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel, I have read many reviews for it, and I have even had comments and messages from other members suggesting I try it. So try it I did.
The gel comes in a small bottle or tube with a screw top lid. It is packaged inside a small cardboard box with the Clinique logo on it, and both the box and box are in attractive, calming shades of green that have a slight medicinal look to them as well as looking expensive.
The bottle has a small nozzle under the lid which allows you to squeeze out a small amount of the clear gel onto your finger and then apply it to the affected area. When you do this, the gel feels cooling on your skin which is nice. It is then supposed to reduce redness and swelling and dry up the spot.
Unfortunately it did none of these things for me. I have used it various times on various types of spots and it didn't improve any of them, or shorten their life span. The only things it did were leave a whiteish film over my skin and occasionally make it drier. I think even my cheap Avon blemish gel was more successful than this!
This has been a huge disappointment for me as I had heard so many good things about it, and also because it is so expensive. It will cost you between £10 and £13 depending where you buy it, which is much pricier than most of the gels I've tried before. I wouldn't necessarily recommend that you don't try it as obviously it has worked for a lot of people, but be aware that it is not for everyone.
I bought the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel along with other Clinique Anti Blemish Solution products. I first started using these treatments when I was first pregnant with my son, as I got a little bit of acne and together with all the other products they seemed to do the trick almost straight away. I do not suffer from acne any more, however, I do get the occasional spot. I have now gone back to my normal skincare routine, however, still use the Anti Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel on the odd spot. I find that if I use this gel, I have to use it before I go to bed, as it makes your skin feel really tight and it gets quite annoying, so I find that if I use it before bed, I tend to forget its there and go to sleep. I would not use it in the day time as it will make your skin feel really tight. I do find that the product really does work though.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel - Now that is some product name. This product is part of the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions range and it developed to be clarifying yet gentle to skin types prone to breakouts.
I was recommended this product when I was buying a Clinique foundation and asked if there were any products that would help with my teenage style breakouts (my teenage years are far behind me and I had rather hoped the spots would stay back there with the years!). The clinique consultant put a little of this gel on a cotton bud and swiped it over the offending spot. There is an immediate cool tingly sensation that gives you assurance that this product is going to do something. After a minute the sensation fades and the gel is invisable almost as if it has coated the spot to allow it to dry up.
I purchased this from boots and have been using it for almost a year now. The price is currently £11.74 for 15ml which looks like a tiny amount but as I say I have had mine for about a year and not even half way through.
The directions state to dab the get on blemishes morning and night and this small little product packs a mighty punch when it comes to knocking out those spots. I find that when you first feel a spot coming put a little dab of this on and the likelihood is that the spot will never really appear. However if it is one of those pesky little blighters that give you no warning and just appear this little gel with have it better after just one or two applications and reduces the redness of the spot quite soon after the first application.
My only complaint about this gel is that sometimes after it has dried you can see where the gel is, almost like you have a little dry skin so I always have a look after 10 mins to see if it needs a little moisturiser. Also if you have to reapply this several times to the same area it can dry your skin a little but I have found a little moisturiser clears that up quickly as well.
Application of the product is easy, you can either put some on a cotton bud, on your fingertip or squeeze directly from the tube to the skin. I prefer to squeeze it directly onto the spot to make sure it is all covered.
This product is by no means the cheapest blemish stick but it does work and at this rate It will take me about 3 years to use it all up so in that sense it is good value. One good thing about Clinique is that they do regularly have Bonus time and if you buy two products you get a lovely selection of goodies to try as well.
I'm a fan of the Clinique Anti-Blemish solutions range, and this little gem has been by far the best product out of their range. I would say this is a must have product in the make up bag of anyone who suffers from spots and blemishes.
- About Clinique -
Clinique are an offshoot from the Estee Lauder company and were founded in 1968. Clinique claim to cater for individual's needs and realises that everyone has a different skin type. They are most famous for their 3-step skin care regimes, which consists of 3 products and often comes with the line '3 Products. 3 Minutes. Twice a Day' and they claim if you follow this easy 3-step solution for your facial skin type then you will notice a huge improvement in your skin. All of Clinique's products are allergy tested and many of them are 100% fragrance free.
They have products aimed at dry skins, normal skins, combination skins, oily skins... well, you get the picture. They also have their anti-blemish range for people who suffer from spots and blemishes.
If you are unsure what your skin type is, the consultants at their counters will give you a quick and free consultation and advise you on the best products to use. Alternatively you can take the online consultation which is quick and easy to do.
You can find their counters in Boots, Debenhams and many other department stores. Their products are more high end, and range from about £8 to £20-30. Clinique will often have a 'bonus time' gift special offer on. You usually need to buy 2 products and recieve a make-up bag with lots of Clinique mini's in and usually a full size product. I prefer to buy Clinique products when this offer is running as it's a great way to try out new products.
- The Product -
Clinique's Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel is aimed at targetting spots and blemishes, or spots that you can feel starting to form. It's a quick drying gel and promotes healing and soothes irritation.
The full size product is 15ml. Whilst this does seem small the gel lasts ages as you only need a tiny amouny for each spot. I've had mine for over 6 months and it's still 80% full, and unfortunately I have to use it quite alot, so this is a great value product.
The Gel comes in a small plastic squeezy tube with a screw lid on the top. It's colour scheme matches the rest of the anti-blemish range, a cool pale mint green colour. The gel itself is rather transparent with a soft milky tone of colour to it. However I've found when applying this product it looks see through and seems to lose it's transparency once you squeeze it out of the tube.
The little nozzle is designed well, give the tube a gentle squeeze and a small amount of gel will appear out of the top. The way it's designed means you don't have lots of it coming out and being wasted, you can really control how much you need.
The gel has a very slight smell of it, similar to astringent, but it's not too strong and overpowering. This product is 100% fragrance free so I can only assume this smell consists of the chemicals used in making the gel.
Using this gel is very easy. I always cleanse, tone and moisturise before applying it. I then lightly squeeze a tiny amount of gel onto my finger and rub it directly onto the spot. If you haven't used a spot treatment gel of any kind in the past then the tingling might slightly alarm you, but users of this kind of gel won't think anything of it.
The gel dries within about half a minute, and you may feeling the spot starting to feel a bit dry and tight. If you look closely in the mirror you can see the spot has a light sheen in it, the gel dries and as a result the spot is covered with a light film.
I also apply this on a morning before make-up. I make sure it has dried properly and then simple apply my make-up as I usually would. If you've been attacking a spot with this stuff quite a bit then you may notice the slight dryness around the spot when applying your make-up, but it's not extremely noticeable and is much better than an angry red spot!
-Does it work?-
Yes! This gel is great! I will often get big red nasty spots, the type you can feel under your skin and are painful. I immediately start using this gel on the area and the spot doesn't really have a chance to become a full spot, it does start to appear, but within 2-3 days it's clearly starting to disappear.
At the moment I've had lots of red nasty spots around my chin, which is where I usually get them, so this gel has been vital in fighting these off. Most of the spots didn't ever have a chance to surface and the small angry lumps are already disappearing, and I only use this product on a morning and an evening!
The gel contains Salacylic acid, which is no surprise as it's often found in spot treatment products as it acts as an anti-eptic and an anti-inflammatory, this is also why you notice a slight dryness of the spot as salacylic acid causes dryness, and so this product should not be used all over your face!
It also contains witch hazel, again often found in many spot treatment products.
-Value for Money?-
With the current VAT cuts this costs £11.74 for the full 15ml size and it lasts AGES. I can not stress that highly enough, you only need a tiny amount per application and I would guess this will last you at least a year.
It really is worth it's price tag, I haven't owned such a good spot treatment gel before and really is a must if you want to fight off those angry red spots.
This may look little, but a little goes a LONG way!!
this has thick, pure-salicylic acid feeling gel, and it kills whatever you put it on. it is the strongest, most effective spot treater i've used. it feels like its getting right to the source and completely drying up the blemish, spot, pimple, whatever you like to call them!
I like that it dries quickly so that you can put concealer or foundation on top of it without wiping the product away. I also like the clear squeeze bottle packaging, since I like to see how much product remains. Yes, it does dry out the surrounding area, so apply this only to the blemish. I think the best way to use it is after moisturizer has been applied with a cotton bud so there won't be product everywhere and it will also make you use just the right amount instead of it going to waste.
A year on, and this little bottle is stil going strong, and still working it's magic on my face! Everytime i see a little guy start to show on my face, out comes my spot gel and by the morning it is generally gone, or alot better looking!
I bought this a while ago because like most people, I hate getting spots. I have fairly oily skin so I get more than my fair share of spots, and am always on the lookout for things to help get rid of them, and I like Clinique so I thought I'd give this a go. It costs £12 for a tiny little 15ml tube, and how long it lasts will depend entirely on how many spots you get - because I get a fair few I found mine ran out really quickly, but if you're lucky enough to only get the odd one or two it would last ages.
It comes in a see through turquoise bottle with a nozzle type applicator which I suppose is meant to help with precision application, but it doesn't really help because you have to squeeze the bottle to get any out and you can easily end up with too much anyway, so you really have to get some on your finger and dab it on the blemishes which makes the nozzle quite pointless really.
The gel is clear and quite thick and sticky, you put it on a blemish and leave it to dry. You then just leave it on your skin and let it do it's work. It's supposed to help clear the blemish, promote healing and reduce redness. It's supposed to be invisible under or over makeup, but it looks shiny on your skin and you can see where you've applied it so it's not invisible, I'd never go out anywhere with this on my skin so I always apply it before I go to bed. Also you can't put makeup on over it because it just peels off when you touch it or goes bitty or causes the makeup to go bitty and look awful. You can't really feel it on your skin once it's dried, so it's not uncomfortable.
I'd read many rave reviews in magazines about this before I bought it so I was really looking forward to using it, but I now wish I hadn't bothered buying it. I found it to be completely useless. I applied it to my blemishes expecting to see a difference within a couple of days, but there was no difference at all. It didn't help get rid of spots, they didn't go away any quicker than usual, it didn't take them down at all, and it didn't make them less red. The only thing it did sometimes do was make a little ring of dry flaky skin around the blemish, which just looks even worse than just having a blemish.
I kept on using it hoping that eventually it would do something, but no, it had absolutely no effect on any blemishes at all, continuing to only affect the skin directly around the blemish instead. In short, this was a total waste of £12.
I've recently started using a lot of Clinique products, largely because I've finished University and can actually afford to spend a lot more on my skincare regime. However one product that has been firmly kept and replenished in my make up bag for over five years now is the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel. It's probably been the only product that I used when I was 17 and am still using to this day.
Clinique is actually an off-shoot of the Estee Laudir company and was established in 1968. It is advertised as a premium brand of make up and skin care products which is currently stocked at Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges and other department stores. The range includes basic skin care as well as make up, hair care and specialised skin products such as the one I'm reviewing here. The range is quite exclusive and at the higher end of the market with prices ranging from £10 to £30 roughly; eye shadows retail at around the £11 mark and foundations at around the £18 mark to give you a couple of examples. All products are allergy tested and fragrance free so it's really good for sensitive or troubled skin.
The gel comes in a small green tinted plastic bottle with a pale green lid, this packaging seems quite symbolic to the Clinique brand in general. It's quite simple yet effective, the screw on lid means it's easy to open the bottle and the plastic packaging means it's easy to squeeze out a little of the product.
The product itself is a clear gel, it's a similar consistency to a liquid foundation or a cleansing gel. There is quite an astringent smell to this gel, despite all the Clinique products being fragrance free there is always an accompanying natural smell. It smells very slightly like weak nail varnish remover, this smell does fade though once you've applied the product and I've never found it particularly off putting.
Application is really straightforward; simply squeeze a tiny bit of gel onto a clean finger and apply it to the blemish and surrounding area. Clinique recommend that you "cleanse skin, apply thin layer to blemish, use one application daily, if needed and no dryness occurs, increase to 2 or 3 times daily."
I tend to apply the gel at night once I've washed my face thoroughly and find it soaks into my skin in about 20 seconds. I've also applied it a couple of times in the morning and although it does give a slight sheen to the skin it can easily be covered up with make up.
So how does it actually work? It contains salicylic acid which is proven to reduce blemishes as well as witch hazel which is a natural antiseptic. It also contains ingredients that prevent blemishes from growing in size and also soothing elements which calm down any redness on the skin.
And does it work? It certainly does! If I ever get a little red spot or a white head I'll simply dab a little bit of this on before going to bed and on 9 out of 10 occasions it will have disappeared by the next morning. On the odd time that the blemish is still visible it's always decreased in size a little and will generally have gone by the next day if I use the gel again.
My only warning would be to watch how often you're using this product as if you find yourself using it on a daily basis it will dry out your skin quite noticeably. I use it once or twice a week and find it doesn't affect the moisture of my skin at all but on the odd occasion I've used it 3 or 4 nights on the same area I've found it's made my skin quite dry and flaky.
As I said before I've had this in my make up bag for over 5 years now and I can honestly say I wouldn't be without it. It retails at £12 for a 15ml bottle and on average I'd say a bottle lasts me around two years depending how often I use it. I bought my current bottle at Christmas 2006 and I've still got just under half left. I tend to use the gel about once or twice a week on average. Therefore it's costing me around £6 a year to keep this gel in my make up bag which is a small price to pay for the wonders it does!
Thanks for reading.
Clinique's spot treatment for blemishes. Fast-drying gel helps clear blemishes and promote healing. Soothes redness and irritation. How to use: Dab on blemishes, morning and evening.