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ELF Zit Zapper
I purchased this product a while ago and I have been using it occasionally since I purchase it from the ELF UK website. I have heard really good reviews of this product and it has been said to work fantastically for reducing/getting rid of spots.
- Product description (from the ELF UK website)
"Fight blemishes with the unique blend of Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor.This special clear formula helps to fight and prevent acne, reduce redness and swelling, minimize pore size and clear skin."
"Salicylic Acid 1%, Water, Witch Hazel, Distillate, Alcohol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cinnamomum Camphora Bark Oil."
- About the product
The product comes in a sleek, thin tube container which has a rollerball on one end. The container is really thin and light so it would be great for travelling or for on the go touch ups. There is 6ml or 0.2 fl oz in each tube. The uses on the back of the packaging are as follows: treats acne and helps prevent the development of new acne blemishes. This product also claims to reduce redness and swelling of blemishes. ELF is a charity supporter and does not test on animals, which is great.
- Using the product and results
I have used this product quite a few times and I am not massively impressed with it. Firstly, before I use this product, I wash my face or just make sure that the area around the spot is clean if I have my make up on and I don't want to wash it all off. I then apply this product and it is a clear liquid so it is not noticeable on the skin - it just gives a sheen to the area until it dries. As this product is a clear liquid it will be suitable for all skin tones - and it dries clear too. Some times this product when applied to a spot can make my skin in that area feel a bit tingly and it can strong slightly sometimes as well. Once applies it does dry fairly quickly and I usually find that the next day the spot has reduced in size slightly and the area around it is not as red - but these effects are not massive and it does not get rid of the spots but it does help a bit. Overall, this product is really quick and easy to apply and the rollerball is quite handy - although it may not be the best applicator for this kind of product as it may spread the spots if you are transferring the rollerball from one area of your face to another. Overall, the results are average in my opinion - this product does help reduce spot size and redness but it is not a great change.
- Price and availability
I purchased this product from the ELF UK website (you can only but ELF online if you are in the UK, I believe that ELF is stocked in American supermarkets). This product is priced at only £1.50, so the price in my opinion is fantastic but the results from my experience are just average. I only get the occasional hormonal blemishes so I don't use this too often but it does come in fairly handy when I do get some spots/blemishes.
*Easy to use
*Does reduce spot size and redness but it is not a great change, for me anyway
*Does not improve the appearance of spots greatly
*Can sting/tingle slightly
Thank you for reading my review
Having pretty dry, sensitive skin I don't own any acne products, however over the last few months my skin has started to have flare ups of spots whenever I'm under stress and over the last few months I've also had a huge amount of stress so regularly have a face full of spots to deal with. Spots are obviously not the most important thing to be worrying about in life but it's nice to be able to get rid of them quickly before they get painful and linger. Before I go any further I'm going to shock the "don't squeeze them" brigade and say I always squeeze spots. I find if I don't they hang around being sore for weeks and weeks and if I do they clear up much quicker so I'm a dedicated squeezer of zits. With all the spots I've been getting lately I started to wonder about what to buy to treat them with, I'm not very experienced when it comes to spot products so didn't have a clue what to buy until I found myself on E.L.F buying a couple of bits and their Zit Zapper caught my eye. For anyone who doesn't know E.L.F can be found at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk and stock a large range of items most of which cost only £1.50. The Zit Zapper cost me a mere £1.50 so I purchased one thinking if it didn't work I hadn't lost much.
A couple of days later my Zit Zapper arrived and conveniently I had lots of spots to try it out on. The Zit Zapper comes on a cardboard backing, contains 6ml of liquid and is a slim roller ball so easy to apply. The active ingredients are Salicylic Acid which is found in aspirin and is anti-inflammatory and astringent, Tea Tree which most people know is supposed to have anti-bacterial properties, Witch Hazel which is another astringent and Camphor which is supposed to help with redness and inflammation. The product is for external use only and must be kept away from the eyes, if a rash or irritation appear and last consult a doctor, keep away from children and if swallowed seek immediate medical advice and store at room temperature which the packet advises should be 20-25 degrees. The only other information is to apply this only to the actual spots and not just randomly roll it round your face.
So with my spotty skin and new Zit Zapper roller ball I stood in front of the mirror and applied a small amount to each spot. It smells mostly of Tea Tree for anyone wondering but it isn't a strong smell. It initally feels cold then can sting a tiny bit but it's not very painful. I went about my business for a few minutes then went to see if my sensitive skin had any red patches and it did, everywhere I'd used this had turned red but as the packaging states this is only a problem if it doesn't go away I left it a while longer then went back for another look. The red patches had gone this time so I didn't have a bad reaction to the ingredients. Over the next couple of days I rolled some of this onto all my spots, twice a day, which had been hanging around for weeks and refusing to heal and go. Within a few days several of them had healed and were on their way out which pleased me alot as I just couldn't shift some of them no matter what I did. A few more days and I was spot free again and without over drying my skin or causing any irritation so this product does really help.
Since then my stress hasn't abated so my spots have kept on coming and I use this roller ball Zit Zapper on them as soon as they appear and it dramatically shortens their lifespan, most of them are gone within a couple of days and I haven't had a face full of spots since I bought it. I think it will last ages, I've been using mine for a few weeks now and it's barely touched the amount of liquid. I keep mine in the bathroom but it's slim enough to carry around in your bag if you need to and the roller ball design makes it convenient to apply anywhere there's a mirror. It may sting a tiny bit and leave slightly red patches for a while but I've found these things to be shortlived and really recommend this product to anyone who gets spots they want to target without drying out their whole face. A full 5 stars from me.