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      18.03.2012 14:17
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      Great treatment for spots and shows results quickly

      As with most teenagers, I have been battling the spots even since I hit puberty. Since I've started university, the stress and work seems to pile up, which tends to accelerate the rate of break-outs and blemishes appearing on my skin. Over the years, I have used a handful of spot treatments and I have to say Dermalogica Clean Start range is exceptionally good at giving good results and fighting spots.


      Dermalogica skin care products aren't one of my usual purchases as they are very expensive, especially for students. However, spots and blemishes are painful and makes me fear of looking at mirrors sometimes. Therefore, I thought to try this product as it has good recommendations.


      Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot targets the spots/blemishes and helps to reduce and redness and soreness. The product comes in a small tube that is white in colour. It is a simple design made for easy application. The tube has a clicker button at one end, which enables the user to dispense the right amount of gel each time. I find this very useful because I frequently end up using too much pressure and wasted the expensive product with other brands. However, try and be careful not to press too hard on the button as it might end up dispensing too much gel as well; it's easy to get used to using this product.


      As for the performance of this product, I find that it does significantly reduce the pain and redness that comes with break-outs from my experience. However, I do realise that there's no product that can make the spots disappear in a flash. Therefore, patience is required to see results when using this product. However, I do find that Dermalogica Hit the Spot works a lot quicker compared to other blemish-treating products. Within two or three days, red spots would have been significantly reduced in size and colour. Just be careful not to apply this gel when skin is broken as it will cause stinging and pain on top of the soreness caused the spots. Also from my experience, after a day or two, the area to which the gel has been applied will start to dry out and peel; it is not painful, in fact it helps with the discolouration of skin so I personally don't think it's a problem. However, this may poses a problem for those with dry skin: as a side note, I have normal to oily skin.


      One complaint I have about this product is the price. Certainly, if it works the price is worth it but £14.00, which is the retail price, is a lot for a small tube of 10 ml gel. I mean this 10 ml tube does last for about 6 months if you have occasional break-outs, but it's also whether or not you would pay £14.00 to fight the spots. I would say if spots and blemishes are a big problem, and this offers a great solution, then go for it. Personally, I am very pleased with the performance of this product and I would consider buying this again because the product helps me a lot when it comes to maintaining good skin.


      Thank you for reading. :) x

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        02.02.2012 00:37
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        Works with some limitations

        ~A skin care treatment that hits the spot!~
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        Whilst the Clean Start range of Dermalogica products might well be aimed at the teenage skin care market there certainly is no reason not to give this product a try if you have been having issues with unwanted spots and skin blemishes even if you are not in that age group. I found out about this product by way of a recommendation from a friend who had used it and found it worked quite well, so when I was looking for an easy to use solution for a sudden skin breakout I decided to try "Hit The Spot" and see if it had a positive effect.

        The actual product can be easy to apply and also quick to use as long as you are careful when using the push in button at the base of the container. You do need to take care not to push too hard on the base of the container, as heavy pressure results in too much of the product being released at the applicator end. A little trial and error is needed in order to get the required pressure just right so as not to waste too much of the skin treatment. Once you master this, it is a simple case of applying the product to the skin and letting it set to work.


        ~The product in action~
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        The idea of this skin care product is that it can help to put a swift stop to unwanted skin breakouts using a combination of ingredients found in many acne/ spot/ blemish treatments alongside a range of natural plant extracts. The mix of ingredients is held within a simply made and reasonably easy to handle container which holds a small amount of product (10mls) within it. In use I found that the product often worked to reduce unwanted spots etc, with just a couple of very light applications, although it cannot offer an instant solution, it does most certainly seem to improve things over the course of a day or two.

        I found that it is quick and simple to apply this product to an effected area of skin that needs treatment with very little effort. The product seems to work by drying out the area of skin it is applied to and reducing redness. One thing to note is that less is more when applying this to the skin, as it can cause a degree of peeling if applied in a heavy handed way. This can be hard to get right sometimes as the container can release a little more of the product than is needed unless you take care not to press too hard on the applicator button.

        My feeling is that a 'less is more' style of application is the way to go when using this, so as to get the best results from it. I would say that when using this on light to moderate spots and blemishes, results tend to be fairly good, although this product won't rid you of larger more prominent spots in an instant, it can often calm them to a more acceptable degree than when not using the product. There are a number of skin calming plant extracts in the product which are there to help the skin to recover more quickly as well as the active ingredients that work to reduce spots and as long as you apply a little rather than a lot of the product, the results tend to be better than leaving an unwanted spot to its own devices.


        ~Applying the product~
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        If wanted you can apply this to your skin by just it dabbing on to the effected area every 6 to 8 hours as directed, although I have found that it is sometimes best to wait a little longer to re-apply this as you can risk some skin peeling if you apply too much, too often. It works best if you apply this before you moisturize your facial skin and I always make sure to cleanse before application in order to get the best results. Whilst I have found this product to be quite good in some situations, it cannot be considered a cure all for every skin breakout, as it isn't able to work miracles. However there are times when using some of this product can and does help.


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        Over all I feel this product is deserving of a 4 star product rating as I have been mostly happy with the results I have had when using this. I feel the price at around £13 is a little high and would like to see this at closer to £10 or slightly less. My top tip is to apply as little of the product as you can whilst covering the effected area fully, with a further application of the product if required after a little longer than the specified period, so as to make sure you avoid any skin peeling later on.

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          31.01.2012 14:54
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          Excellent - even for problem skin such as rosacea

          Being nearly 30, I sometimes get embarrassed about how bad my skin can get. As a teenager I had perfect skin but when I hit my mid twenties and after having two children, my hormones seemed to go haywire and I started to suffer from rosacea. This has got worse over the years and I have always struggled to find anything effective for my skin condition. I normally have the avoid any spot treatments whatsoever as my skin is so sensitive and rosacea isn't like 'normal' acne. However, being a fan of Dermalogica anyway and understanding that it's brand is more high end than your usual spot treatments, I decided to bit the bullet and give it a try. While no product will ever fully banish my terrible skin, the treatment was the most effective I have ever tried.

          I like that the product absorbs very quickly and without a trace too. The amount of treatments I have tried which leave a gloopy residue afterwards drives me mad, but this one totally absorbed without a trace. Also, another important point for me was the fact that it doesn't dry out your skin either. Having such sensitive and at times, terrible skin, drying it out too is a total no no for me, so this product gained definite thumbs up from me here. Also, with other spot treatments, I have found that the product takes quite a while to actually work, whereas for me, this worked very quickly and I noticed reduced swelling and redness within around 5 hours.

          The product is really simple to use and requires that you simply apply to the breakout area before moisturising or applying anything else to the skin. You then simply need to reapply every 6 to 8 hours until the breakout has gone. The 'miracle cure' in this product is actually sulphur, which works to prevent the breakout or clear them quickly.

          The product doesn't last me too long, given the amount of times I have to use it, but for somebody with fairly normal skin with the odd break out here and there, this product will last quite a while as you only need apply a tiny amount for each breakout. Given the farly high price (between £11 -£13) (in comparison to other spot treatments on the market), it doesn't work out too expensive when you think how long this product will last.

          As a cheeky bit at the bottom of this review, if anyone else has found an effective treatment for rosacea please let me know!!! ; )

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          17.11.2011 05:49
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          Affordable effective results

          A friend of mine who is studying dermatology recommend this product for my ex girlfriend as she had remarked on how good her skin was and asked her if she had a secret to clear skin. She recommended she try Clean Start - hit the spot by the a little bit pricey Dermalogica. It worked for my girlfriend but she had reasonably clear skin. I don't suffer from many break outs, but when I do I find them embarrassing as I have noticed all people seam to do is talk directly at the blemish. So once my relationship ended I used up what she had left behind in the medicine cabinet. This is designed to be used directly on the spot to help reduce inflammation and in turn reduce redness. This is NOT an all over face or body cream this comes with instructions that tell you to reapply every six to eight hours until you see results. When applied this cream forms a clear barrier over the angry looking spot and works both superficially and internally down in the lower levels of the dermis. It uses non harmful, non abrasive, all natural ingredients that will complement rather than irritate your skin. Seeing it uses such good ingredients it's surprisingly affordable and is on the lower price scale when it comes to all of the Dermalogica range. One of the more recognisable ingredients is tea tree oil, a well know natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

          The bottle is quite small but because you only need to use such a small amount it will last along time. The one my girlfriend left behind did me for months and there wasn't that much left. Seeing that I want out and bought more of it says a lot for how good it is. the worst looking red, bulging, angry spot can be tamed easily with a dab of this stuff. It dries it out, subdues the redness and with in on time at all there is no sign that it ever existed.


          That's money well spent in my book.

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          09.11.2011 10:02
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          I bought this product from e-bay. I have to say I don't tend to buy beauty products from ebay, but this was a store selling on ebay and the product was brand new and in sealed packaging so I thought why not. It was a littl cheaper than the prices I saw on the Internet as well.

          I do suffer from bad skin and it is Oily and I am prone to Spots which range from little ones, to large angry looking ones. So a product like this I thought would be ideal for when I get an evil looking 1.

          This comes in a 10ml tube and I got this for £11.50 with postage being free of charge. I think the normal price for this is around the £13 mark.

          The tube that this comes in is simple enough, and not that large (as you would expect for a 10ml tube I would expect). Just press the button on this and this gives a little of the liquid out onto your finger. It isn't a gel that this is, and is quite runny, but not that runny. You do have to pop this onto the area you wish to treat quite quickly after you dispense this.

          Just apply this to clean skin. Just a little smear of this onto your Spots will do. I don't find that you need to rub this in that's why just a little of this does alright. I feel that when I apply this then I feel that this tingles ever so slightly and after about 5 minutes I feel that you get a sort of tightening feeling a bit on the head of the Spot (if it is a large kind of puffy one). Apparently once this has dried there is a layer over the spot which stops Bacteria and dirt getting in.

          I find that the next day after using this my spot looks smaller and less red so I find that this product works well. Also this tube will last a good lenght of time as well as you are only using the smallest of blobs of this.

          A really good product which is great for helping with spots and a not bad price for a brand named product as well.

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            05.11.2011 10:11
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            A fantastic spot fighting treatment

            I don't suffer from acne but if I am not careful with my skin then I can suffer from breakouts and in particular I get heavy congestion on my cheeks and forehead which can take a couple of weeks to disappear again.
            I have a few spot fighting face washes and moisturisers for when my skin is playing up but after getting a particularly bad spot on my cheek that seemed to be deep rooted I decided to try an intensive clearing treatment. Because my skin was being extra sensitive I decided to buy the Dermalogica clean start hit the spot treatment as I wanted something powerful yet gentle that wasn't going to aggravate my skin any more than it already was.

            It was my sister that actually recommended that I try the hit the spot treatment and I bought it from the salon where she works as they stock Dermalogica products and I get to use her discount. The full price for a 10ml tube of the product is around £14 which isn't bad considering just how much Dermalogica charge for some of their products. I think the product is actually designed for teenage skin but I thought it was quite good and see no reason as to why an adult who gets the odd breakout can't use it too.

            As mentioned it comes in a small 10ml tube and the treatment itself is a clear gel that you apply to your spot as soon as you notice it forming and then every few hours until it has disappeared. It is a concentrated targeted treatment meaning that you just apply it to spots when you have then and not all over your face as a preventative treatment. Because of this it means that the little 10ml tube will last you quite a long time making it relatively good value.

            The treatment contains sulphur which I am glad seems to be making a come back as I find that it is one of the best ingredients for fighting spots and for problem skin in general. It also contains tea tree which is a natural anti-inflammatory and zinc to promote healing. The gel helps to dry up spots whilst killing the bacteria that causes them and promoting general healing of the skin around the spot to minimise any scarring.

            The tube it comes in has a click button on the top which you need to press to release the gel. This click button is great as it only releases a tiny amount of gel which is all you need and I much prefer this to a tube that you squeeze as with one of those tubes it is inevitable that I would squeeze too much and waste loads of the gel. With the click button it means I get the exact amount I need for each spot and helps me not waste any making the tube last for ages.

            People might be put off knowing this contains sulphur but you needn't worry about it smelling as it doesn't. It does have a slight medicinal smell to it but once it is on the skin the smell pretty much disappears almost straight away.
            I have now started using this gel at the first sign of a spot and I find it to be really effective in stopping them from getting large and angry. If I use this at the first sign of a spot appearing a lot of the time it will actually stop the spot dead in its tracks and it won't even form.

            For spots that have already arrived this stuff is nothing short of amazing. With common run of the mill spots a little bit of the gel on it will soon get rid of the spot. I find that if I put it on at night after washing my face then the spot will be almost gone by morning.
            For large deep rooted spots it won't get rid of them overnight but even after one application you will begin to notice a difference. One application will help to take a lot of the sting away and get rid of the angry look that larger spots can have. I find that this can stop a horrible yellow head from forming and it seems to work deep down into the spot helping to kill the bacteria from the root. I find that it is especially effective on painful blind spots helping to take away the pain and shrink it overnight.

            I find the gel to be quite gentle considering how effective it is. There is no stinging when I put it on a spot and it doesn't irritate my skin either. With some spot treatments they can help get rid of the spots but cause my skin to become irritated which a lot of the time looks worse than the actual spot. I also didn't find it to be overly drying. The areas where I put the gel did dry up but not to the point where they were flaking and it became noticeable. The gel also absorbs into the skin really quickly and you would be hard pressed to notice that you had put something on after a minute or so.

            I have to say I have been really impressed with this spot fighting treatment. It is more expensive than high street branded ones but then I find it to be much more effective than those at actually helping to get rid of spots and for being kinder to my skin. I would heartily recommend Hit the spot to every one of all age groups who suffer from spots and problem skin from teenagers with acne to adults who like me only suffer from the occasional spot.

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              30.10.2011 00:06
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              5/5 a great product that really works.

              My Mum buys quite a few different products from the beauty salon we regularly visit and in the last year they've been having in more and more Dermalogica products. A new one they had in a few months ago was from their Clean Start Range, Hit the Spot, Spot Care Treatment. Now, I'm past the days of bad skin but every so often I do have a break out and I like to get rid of it as soon as possible. I was surprised that Hit the Spot was just £13 for a 10ml tube, which is a lot cheaper than the usual Dermalogica products; I think it must be because it's mainly aimed towards a younger market. The treatment is available online but prices are very wide ranging so it's probably best to shop around a bit.


              Another reason this product stands out from the usual Dermalogica range is because the packaging is a bit different. As with most of Dermalogica's products the main body of the packaging is just white but the lettering is two different shades of purple which again, appeals to a younger market. The packaging is quite pen like, and very easy to use, there's a clicker button at the bottom which when pressed dispenses a small amount of the liquid, this gives you great control over just how much you're using.


              To use, the liquid needs to be applied to clean dry skin, I press the button once or twice to get a small amount of liquid on the end of my finger and dab it onto my skin where required. I find that if it's a particularly sore spot it does tingle a bit, but as the treatment contains tea tree I know this is pretty normal. After it's applied it's important not to rub the liquid in as a protective layer is created over the spot to stop bacteria making it worse. I usually apply the liquid before bed and always find that in the morning my spots are looking a lot less angry, feel less sore and are reduced in size. I do also sometimes use the treatment under my makeup and it does work just the same although sometimes I prefer using it over night as I know I won't be tempted to mess with my spots. Although the spot doesn't vanish in a few hours I have found that it's a lot quicker than usual and as they feel a lot less sorer I'm not as tempted to touch them which does help with a quicker recovery. I've had just one tube for a few months now and it's lasting well so far, and I've found it to be really good value.


              Overall, I've been really pleased with my use of Dermalogica's Hit the Spot Treatment. It really aids recovery and just makes my skin feel a lot better without drying it out. The product lasts well making it excellent value for money, I can't see it running out soon but when it does I'll definitely be buying again.

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              04.10.2011 19:11
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              A price worth paying for fast results.

              Although I am in my mid twenties I still have problem areas where I tend to break out in spots when under stress or after a sinful few days of booze and chocolate. Some treatments I have tried include face washes and scrubs, each of which I have had varying degrees of success with. The Dermalogica 'Clean Start' range is designed to attract the teenage consumer, priced at between £15 and £25 online it is definately worth shopping around for. Hit The Spot comes in a 10ml container. Although this may seem quite mean for the price paid it is important to remember that this isn't a face wash or an all-over wash for your skin. By clicking the button at the bottom of the container the product dispenses a small quantity to be applied directly to individual blemishes and red areas. My only negative with this product is the way in which it dispenses the solution, as if I only need to treat a small area I find I have to dispense more solution than I need to, causing waste. The instructions recommend applying it to clean and dry skin.

              Having paid a not unsubstantial sum of money for the product I were expecting fast results - and I got them. Tea Tree Oil is often used in skincare products as it kills bacteria and is an anti-infammatory. Applying 'Hit The Spot' at night meant that very red and angry blemishes would be much calmer the next morning, and results were almost immediate. The instructions recommend using 'Hit The Spot' every 6-8 hours until the blemish has gone, so when I do get an outbreak I use it at night, in the morning before work and also after work, until my skin has calmed down. The result of using the product is that it dries out the area of skin affected and if used regularly on large and consistent areas of your face this could cause more problems than it solves. The product is great for severe outbreaks but I would advise against daily use.

              I would definately recommend 'Hit The Spot' to anyone experiencing sudden outbreaks on their skin, but it wouldn't be something I would use on its own in the fight against acne. I believe using a specially designed face wash is the best preventative measure against outbreaks, but 'Hit The Spot' is an ideal reactionary solution to such a problem.

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              28.09.2011 11:45
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              well worth a try!

              I recently have been under a lot of unnecessary stress and because of this I have been breaking out in spots. Big red and angry spots, they are sore and uncomfortable to touch. I find this very embarrassing as I usually have clear skin. One of my good friends who is a beauty therapist recommended that I must try the Dermalogica Clean Start range.


              It was designed for teenage skin and much more affordable to buy, It costs £12 but I managed to get a discount and paid £10 for it. I bought mine from a local beauty salon but it can be bought online.


              It comes in a small tube 10 mls, it has bright purple writing on the tube with the clear start branding. Its much more funky packaging than dermalogicas other more grown up ranges.


              Its a spot treatment designed to reduce redness in spots and reduce the size of spots. It contains zinc which most spot product contain, the zinc reduces the redness by drawing out oils from skin and helps to dry spots out. It also contains tea tree which has been used for years in product, it has antiseptic quality's, it helps kill bacteria that spots feed on and stops spots spreading.


              Its very easy to use I wash and dry my face to make sure its clean before I use the spot treatment, I took the lid off and applied a small amount to the tip of my finger and then dabbed it directly on to my spots. I then felt a tingling sensation on my spot, its not a uncomfortable feeling and I find its a good sign that the product is working. It takes a few minutes to dry in, you do not wash it off because it creates a barrier over the spot to stop any more bacteria forming.


              I noticed good results after a few hours, the redness in my spots were reduced dramatically. They were no longer throbbing and my need to squeeze them had vanished. I used the treatment in the morning and at bed time and within a few days my spots had vanished. Before my problem spots took weeks before vanishing. I was happy to pay the price tag as I did have good results and I know dermalogica is a trust worthy brand. Although it is designed for teenagers I am no longer a teenager but recently with my skin problems it worked for me and am not put off with it being labels for teenagers. Its a handy size to carry in my bag for emergences, it gave me my confidence back and was no longer paranoid of people staring at my spots. It has a nice medical smell to it and feels fresh on my skin. It felt fairly gentle on my skin unlike other spot treatments I have used before.


              I highly recommended this product and feel I got good value for money as I have had it for the last 6 months and have over half the tube left.

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                29.08.2011 17:53
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                A great tool to help combat spots

                I've never actually heard of this range by Dermalogica until visiting a beauty salon a few weeks ago and having a facial. I complained of regularly suffering spots and blemishes to the beauty technician and she recommended this product. The range is designed specifically for teenage skin and teenage skin complainants such as spots. I had a good look at the product and decided that I may as well give it a go. Not wanting to pay Salon prices, I went home and found the product on the internet for £ 12.00, I bought one and awaited its delivery.
                When it arrived, I eagerly opened the packaging and got out the clean start pen. It is best to use it on an evening before you go to bed so that the product can start to work while you sleep.

                *Description*

                The pen contains 10ml of liquid, which is not a lot but you only need a tab or two on a spot so you don't use too much of it. The pen has a clickable button at the bottom that dispenses the liquid.
                The liquid is quite gel like in consistency and cream in colour. It smells really medical when you first use it which is the tea tree oil that it contains. The other ingredients are Benzoyl Peroxide and Zinc Sulfate. All these ingredients are well known for their spot fighting ability along with other plant extracts such as radish root. Benzoyl Peroxide stops breakout causing. Soothing plant extracts help reduce redness and calm inflammation and Zinc Sulfate helps purify skin.

                *My experiences*

                After washing my face and patting it dry, I applied the product to a couple of nasty looking spots. On one of the spots, it seems to sting quite a lot. I put this down to the fact that the skin was really sore and slightly open as the head of the spot had come off. It should not be applied to broken skin. After a few minutes the stinging settled down. I tend not to rub the liquid into my skin but leave it on top like a protective layer of skin. I have quite sensitive skin on the whole and despite this stinging, I found that I did not have any reaction to this product at all.
                I went to sleep and woke up to check on my spots. I was pleased to see that a lot of the redness had disappeared and they seemed less angry but they had not miraculously disappeared.
                I repeated the process and the following day, I noticed that the spots looked even better and were well on their way to recovery. A spot used to hang around for a good week but since using the product it seemed to take only a few days to recover.
                You need to use this product on targeted areas. If you use too much, it can really dry your skin out and make it look flaky.
                I used the spot treatment the other night on the ultimate angry, nasty spot. It was a really hard lump under the skin and my skin was sore and red. The spot treatment immediately took the sting out of the spot and it felt soothed. In the morning the spot had significantly reduced in size but was still quite sore. I applied some more treatment under my make-up and let the treatment work for another set of hours. This process of regularly applying it and not just using it on a night time was much more successful and I will definitely be using it this way again. It really helped to get rid of the spot a lot quicker.
                I keep this pen for emergencies and as soon as I see a spot emerging or get a twinge, I stick this stuff on. Unfortunately it is not a magic cure, but it really does help in speeding up the recovery.
                I've not really seen any other products that I have this much success with and when the pen runs out, I will definitely be replacing it! I paid 12 pounds for it and although you only get 10 ml, it seems to be lasting quite a long time. If you remember to use it sparingly and on targeted areas you can really make it last.

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                A good spot fighter that's worth the price!

                I bought this to deal with my crazy adult skin that gives me more spot breakouts than I got when I was a teenager. On top of that I have quite sensitive skin, which swings from having dry patches, rosacea flair ups and spot breakouts...I really do sound like a wreck! Anyway I wanted something that would target my spots and help clear them a bit faster but not cause any other problem. I have used Dermalogica in the past and have had good results from their products, so when this range came out, which is aimed at teenage thing I thought I would give it a go.

                I bought this for just over £12 for 10ml. I got mine from online, so i'm not sure what it is supposed to retail at (hopefully not too much more than that). The idea is that you apply it to your spots directly as they appear, so you only use a small amount and the tube has lasted me almost 6 months.

                The product itself has all sorts of natural extracts and ingredients, such as tea tree for it's antibacterial properties, lavendar to calm and cool sulphur to stop the breakout causing bacteria.

                The tube had a clicker on the end, like a pen and you click it to dispense the product. Quite a lot comes out and you can apply it using your fingers or the end of the tube, which is slanted to help. I found that this product dries my spots out really well, but it does also mean that the surrounding non-spot skin can get dried out too, so I've found that the best thing to do is be careful when applying it and only getting it on your spot. the recommendations say to reapply this every 6-8 hours, but I just put it on morning and night and I still saw a marked reduction in the redness around the spot and in the length of time I suffered a breakout. I would also go as far to say that it possibly reduced me from having as many spots during a breakout, because not only was it stopping the bacteria, but I wasn't fiddling with my face all the time.

                In terms of my sensitive skin, this, like all Dermalogica products I have tried, seemed to suit it and I didn't have any irritation or redness. All in all I was very happy with this, it was effective on my spots, didn't irritate my skin and lasts a long time. Yes it is expensive, but you know what, if it works then I'll pay the money quite happily.

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                06.07.2011 14:38
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                A targetted spot treatment that dries up blemishes and banishes them quickly

                Clean Start is a range that has been designed for teenage skin by the brand Dermalogica. Although it has been plenty of years since my skin could be classed as 'teenage', it still displays many of the traits that the age group are blighted with such as oily skin and blemishes. The range is lower priced than the normal products to make them more affordable for the teenage group so that benefits me too. One of my favourite products in the range is Clean Start Hit The Spot.

                What does the product do?
                The product has been designed to be used as a targeted treatment that is applied directly to pesky blemishes on both the face and body. The concentrated formula forms an invisible barrier over the blemish and clears it up quickly. It comes with the slogan, 'Breakouts have finally met their match'.

                How does the product work?
                As with all products by Dermalogica, Hit The Spot comes packed full of natural ingredients that are good for your skin. One of the main ingredients in this product is Sulphur which is commonly used to treat acne. The substance kills spot causing bacteria and dries up the blemishes. It also helps to reduce the excess oils that are being produced by your skin and unblocks pores which prevents the formation of new blemishes.

                It also contains Zinc which is great for treating spots because a Zinc deficiency can often be the cause of acne. The substance speeds up the healing process and prevents excess oils from being produced by the skin which could have caused new spots to form. It helps to reduce inflammation of angry red spots so they are calmed and less noticeable

                Tea Tree Oil is included because it kills off bacteria and acts as an anti inflammatory. It is soothing on the skin and both prevents new blemishes and heals old ones. Spirea is also included for the same reasons.

                How do you use the product?
                The product is designed to be used as a targeted treatment so it is not supposed to be applied to the whole face. It is to be applied to clean, dry skin directly onto the blemish as soon as it begins to form.

                You click the button at the bottom to release the product and apply it to your face. Once it has dried you can apply your moisturiser and make up as usual. The treatment is to be applied once every 6 to 8 hours until the blemish is gone so I use it in the morning, when I get home from work and just before bed.

                Packaging and Price
                The packaging for this product is fairly plain but it is still colourful and attractive by the usual standards of the brand and this is probably in order to attract the younger audience. The tube is white but has bold chunky writing across the length of it. The product has a clear lid and the dispenser is slanted to give a more accurate application.

                The product will cost around £12 for 10ml of the product. Although that's a tiny amount of product, I only use the product sporadically and it is only used on a teeny tiny area of my face so I haven't even made a dent in the bottle yet. The product can be bought from your local Dermalogica store or from a variety of online websites so shop around and you may find it for cheaper.

                My thoughts
                The product certainly has an effect on blemishes, particularly angry ones. It dries up the blemish very quickly and if I use it just before bed, I notice a difference by the time that I wake up. Obviously the blemish won't be completely gone and it will still take a couple of days to disappear but I would say that it takes half the time to go away than it normally would. The problem is the product also dries up the skin around the blemish too.

                To counteract this, I try to apply the product to my clean fingers and then carefully dab it onto the spot, avoiding the surrounding area of skin. And I don't use too much because this stuff is really quite powerful. However I'd rather have a bit of dryness than an unsightly spot at my age.

                Despite this product being fairly strong in what it manages to do, I was surprised to find that it didn't sting or feel uncomfortable on my skin. I thought it would have irritated my face but it is surprisingly gentle for a product that gives such good results. The only discomfort I get is if the solution gets onto my clear skin, it feels a little tight once it has dried.

                This stuff not only dries my spots but it also reduces the redness and inflammation which makes them smaller and easier to cover and hide with my concealer. It doesn't give instant results but then it would have to be magic to make spots disappear immediately.

                It does however speed up the whole horrible process of having a blemish on your skin. If you can catch the blemish when it just starts the form, this product can help it from becoming anything too unsightly in the first place so I try to carry mine around with me in my handbag. It isn't noticeable on the skin and dries clear, however I don't think it would be completely effective for use over make up because it wouldn't be able to reach the skin properly.

                One complaint that I have with this product is how much of the solution is released when you push the button. I generally only need to use it on one or two little spots but the amount that comes out is enough to use all over. This is an annoying wastage for a pricey product that would otherwise last much, much longer.

                All in all, this is a product that will speed up the healing process of blemishes on both young and adult skins. It calms redness and inflammation and soothes the skin. It can be drying so you don't need to use much and it must only be applied to the blemish itself so take care with application. This product definitely works, I just wish the packaging was different so I could control how much came out and therefore prevent so much wastage.

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                19.06.2011 15:35
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                A good gel

                Got this along with the Ready set scrub as it is part of the 'problem skin' range. This product claims to target breakouts.

                ~~~APPEARANCE, SMELL, TEXTURE AND USING THE PRODUCT~~~
                The gel is a strange colour, a kind of creamy pussy colour and seems to have 'bits' inside of the gel, but it spreads nicely on the skin and does absorb quickly as described. You can apply moisturiser over the top of this as well. When I first applied it, I could immediate detect quite a strong smell, which I identified to be tea tree oil (the ingredients contain tea tree leaf oil and radish root filtrate).

                After washing the skin, I apply the gel to any problem area, where there is a spot or redness. I apply it to the skin after washing it in the morning and in the evening. It advises you to use every 6-8 hours.

                ~~~AFTER USE~~~
                The effects of this product can arguably be seen the next day. I noticed less inflammation and the spot had gone down, though not the redness. The spot does not just disappear as you would think, but it seems to be doing a good job at controlling the breakout.

                Spots are reduced in size so they are less noticeable which means you can go out without feeling so self-conscious about a big spot on your face.

                ~~~PRICE~~~
                Hit the spot can be purchased online for about $22 from the official site. My mum got this for me in Hong Kong recently on her trip.

                ~~~OVERALL~~~
                I like the overall branding of the product and the range. Dermatologica seems focussed in the target of their products. The spot gel although is strange in appearance is easy to apply and absorbs quickly, with the effects noticeable after a day. It does its job at tackling breakouts and leaves skin less inflamed and calms spots down.

                ~~~SIMILAR PRODUCTS~~~
                Other products I have tried that have worked like this at varying price ranges:
                -Clean And Clear Advantage Quick Clean Spot Treatment Gel £5-6
                -Origins Spot Gel £10

                Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about this product!

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