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Sometimes my face has a tendency to invite spots to party on my face, without my permission - it really is very naughty like that. Their favourite partying zone? My forehead, and sometimes my cheeks. Like people, these spots don't like to party alone. No: they like to party in clusters. Because, you know, they don't want to come across as socially awkward or they don't like feeling lonely.
I first started getting spots when I was 15 - and it was quite a shock to transition from the smooth as a baby's bottom skin stage to the stage where I could noticeably see and feel red, inflamed bumps on my face. My spots usually occur around the edge of my forehead and near the temple area, and although they're not always noticeable, they're a real nuisance because I have a tendency to touch them and become paranoid. I needed an acne product that was fast acting and one which would reduce the redness of my spots - some of which felt painful to the touch. My friends recommended Freederm because it had worked for them; I had also seen it advertised on TV and read that it had been clinically proven to fight mild to moderately inflamed acne / spots.
As other reviewers have said, Freederm is a relatively expensive product especially given its size. The product size which is the most commercially available is the 10ml tube. In both Boots and Superdrug it is priced at £5.49, it is roughly £5.00 from Sainsbury's - although this is product is now on offer and can be bought for £3.00 - and £3.49 from Asda. You can also buy a 25ml tube for £7.69 on Chemist Direct. I purchase my tubes from Bodycare as they are cheaper, being priced at £3.29, but if you're a regular user of Freederm I would recommend buying the 25ml as it is better value for money, as with most larger size products.
Freederm comes in a small rectangular white box with its logo etched across, it has a blue headboard with the top two edges rounded off. On this, it states its claims:
"For the treatment of mild to moderate inflamed acne spots and pimples
- clinically proven
- reduces redness and inflammation
- clinically active vitamin B complex"
The tube containing the gel fits inside snugly and comes with a guide as to how it ought to be used. What is printed on on the front of the box it comes in is also printed on the tube - it has a minimalist and clinical look, being mostly white with the blue logo, and has directions of use, active ingredients and company information listed in small black writing at the back. The tube is crimped on the opposite edge to the cap, and on this you will find the expiry date.
The gel - how it looks and feels upon application
Freederm gel is off white in colour and semi-transparent. It is rather thick and gloopy in consistently, and feels cool when applied on the affected area. Some people have reported feeling a burning sensation upon application - I've only experienced this when my spots have been aggravated or erm, popped, but it's never been the case when I've applied them to new spots that haven't been touched. Freederm contains 4% nicotinamide ( a form of vitamin B3) which is an anti-inflammatory agent that may help to improve symptoms such as swelling, redness and tenderness. It takes just over 30 seconds to dry, and the gel turns clear. If it has been left on for a long period of time, or if it has been rubbed, you will notice white flakes form and drop off. This usually happens after you have slept with it on as your face is constantly rubbing against the pillow. When I wash it off I find that it has an ever so slightly slimy consistency which soon disappears after being washed with more water. I have to admit that I hate the way Freederm feels once it has dried and rubbed off - I'm always compelled to rub it all off and reapply a fresh blob of gel.
How I use it
When I see a spot starting to form I'll make sure I wipe of all my makeup, I'll wash my face with lukewarm water (and a face wash, sometimes), before patting dry with a flannel and applying a little blob on the affected area and waiting for it to dry; this is how Freederm recommends you use it. I usually do this every evening until the spot has cleared. I find that it's not practical to apply during days where I'm on an outing or working, so evening is best - that way I can also apply a thicker layer and not worry about looking like I have dry skin in front of people.
How it works for me
This probably works differently for everyone, but it wells well for me. If I don't use Freederm a spot will usually take over a week to form a whitehead, clear and then fade away, but when I use it it shortens the time period - taking roughly around three to four days less to clear up. I don't tend to use this regularly so I can't be absolutely sure that it's the sole reason why my spots go away, but I find that it definitely helps with the redness and flattens the bump. It's also important to note that this is mostly effective for mild to moderate acne - I don't have acne as such so maybe that's the reason why it has a good effect on my skin. Those who have severe acne and painful cysts will find that this isn't the best product to use, pharmaceutical options are better. For me, the area in which I apply the gel can sometimes experience local dryness and I really dislike this feeling.
What I think about Freederm overall
It's a good product, but not the best as it's not as quick acting as I would like. Sometimes its effectiveness varies and in this sense it's not the most reliable of products. I do think that it errs on the expensive side, but you can easily balance this out by buying the 25ml tube which will last a lot longer than the 10ml one. I would recommend it to those who suffer from mild acne or just the occasional couple of spots, but nothing beats Sudocrem in my opinion.
After I had my son, I noticed my skin became quite prone to breakouts - whether this was due to hormones or the fact I let my skincare routine fall by the wayside I'm not so sure. I bought some Freederm gel to help clear up some spots which were not only unsightly, but also quite uncomfortable and sore.
There was no particular reason for me choosing this brand, other than I haven't tried them before and I've heard good things about them. The gel was £5.49 for 10g, which is quite expensive but I figured it would last a while as I wouldn't be using it on my entire face but just the problem areas. It is also available in Boots on a 3-for-2 offer occasionally, making it slightly better value if you were to buy it alongside other items from the range.
The gel comes in a discreet little tube, similar to that of a liquid lip gloss, with a screw top lid. I liked the idea of using a gel rather than a cream, because I can remember years ago using a spot cream which used to leave white crusty toothpaste style marks around the spot, and not only did this draw attention to it but also dried out the skin around the spot.
The gel is clear, as you'd expect, and although I wasn't sure how much to apply, the tube took this decision out of my hands by dispensing more than I had intended on first use! Actually, I say first use, this has actually happened every time I've used this gel, which is annoying considering you don't get much in a tube and it's quite expensive. The gel doesn't sting when you apply it to the spot, and doesn't really sink into the skin, instead it just sits on top and feels a bit wet. This meant I only used it at night before bed, because I didn't have the time or patience to wait for it to dry so I could apply my tinted moisturiser and concealer.
Did I notice a difference in my skin after using this? Well, it's a bit of a mixed bag really. I have used it directly on spots but it doesn't seem to speed up the healing time, or reduce the inflammation or soreness. But I have also used it as a preventative measure, by applying more liberally to the areas I tend to get most of my spots (chin and forehead) and although it's difficult to quantify, I do believe I started getting slightly fewer breakouts than usual. Obviously, that could all be down to hormones settling, but I have continued to use this gel when I remember just in case it is acting as a preventative measure. It certainly doesn't have any negative effects on my skin such as drying it out any further, so I will continue to use it until it runs out.
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Ive never suffered with problem skin, at aged 24 I get the odd spot, take good care of my skin, eat a good diet as well as going running. Ive noticed that when im stressed my skin tends to suffer, and I get a few spots on my chin. I saw this advertised for inflammation of spots which appealed to me. I had recently been prescribed Benzoyl Peroxide but it dried my skin up so wanted to try something else, as I don't normally suffer from spots and already have quite dry skin I didn't want something too harsh
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The product is available in my local sainsburys for £5.65 (10g), I believe its slightly cheaper in other supermarkets such as Tescos, Asda etc. It can be brought from any supermarket or chemist so very easy to get hold off. The 25g tube is available for around £8.
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Freederm gel is a gel used for inflammation of spots (ideal if you get quite a few spots in one place). It comes in a blue and white box so pretty easy to spot on the shelf. It contains a special ingrediant (Nicotinamide 4%) which is proven to fight bacteria and get rid of spots. Its unique from other spot treatments because it is anti-inflammatory.
Nicotinamide 4% Is perfect for inflammation spots, it breaks down and kills bacteria, but from many products I have tried, I have found it very bad for dry or sensitive skin.
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As with all spot treatment creams you are advised to wash your face first using soap and clean water (im not a soap user as ive always used face wash but stick with the original instructions). The tube has a screw top lid so is easy to get into, the very top of tube where the product comes from is very thin so you have no worries about wasting the gel, simply squeeze the tube a little to release the gel. Once your face is clean, pat dry (its important not to rub the skin as this can aggravate it) and apply a small thin layer of the cream, twice a day for best results. Personally I would advise using a cotton bud to apply the cream to avoid spreading anything.
The gel smells and sterile, which I want in a spot treatment, a spot treatment smelling of strawberry's isn't going to give me much confidence of it working! The gel comes out a creamy white colour but goes into the skin nice and clear, its pretty thick looking but feels very thin once on the face, its dries pretty much instantly, be careful not to use too much, I did on my 1st attempt and it made my face stick a little, I had to move my jar to crack the dry gel.
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When opening the tube I saw the gel was of a creamy mixture so thought I would use it in the morning before applying make up to give it time to work. Its almost clear so can be worn around the house without looking like a lemon (ive also tried the toothpaste solution where it leaves a big white blob meaning your trapped in all day!)
Upon applying the gel to my face in the morning i was then able to apply my make up, it didnt work out well as it was very dry and flaky once it had dried onto my skin, meaning my make up looked flaky so was more noticeable than the spot itself. I then took the make up off, washed my face and started again, this time putting a little moisturiser onto my spot after I had applied the cream, this seemed to work as my make up didnt look so flaky, but as the point of the gel is to dry up the spot it probably didnt help the gel do its job.
I found the only real time I could use the cream was before bedtime while my skin was resting or while I was at home with no make up on. It did sting a little when applying but I was told this was normal and ment it was working, the smell isnt too pleasant either!
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As this wasn't exactly fabulous, I decided to try the other Freederm Gel called 'Fast Track', designed to target spots within 3 hours. This product contained 'Nicotinamide' 4% and the fast track gel contained 'Niacinamide'
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Overall Thoughts~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Did it get rid of the spots on my chin....yes, but it took nearly 2 weeks for them to go, by which point they would have gone anyway! The product is ment to be ideal for inflammation spots, but it only reduced the size and not the redness (which is harder to hide). I also used the gel on a spot that was just forming, have used the gel on this spot twice a day for 2 days so far and its still there.
Overall I would give this product 6/10. It does work with reducing already there spots but it takes ages so not idea for a quick fix....and by ages im talking 2 weeks!!
I have been using Freederm gel for a little over 18 months and find it to be the most effective treatment for spots that I have ever used.
I used to suffer from moderate spots/mild acne on the chin, jawline and occasionally cheeks but after persisting with Freederm have finally found a treatment that frees me from the embarrassment of spotty skin. Now, don't get me wrong, I still get the occasional spot, on average once a month, but after suffering with bad spots for years and never having a 'good skin day' this is a wonderful result.
I'm sure many people will agree that the key with any kind of spot treatment is persistence; you have to keep using something consistently for at least 3 - 6 months for the effects to be noticeable. I applied this product twice daily for the first 6 months then once per day since. I only apply it once per day now as I like to alternative it with moisturiser (this is personal preference, the product does NOT dry the skin out). It still works as effectively as when I was applying it twice per day.
The main Freederm product contains the anti-inflammatory, nicotinamide. It is NOT suitable for children under the age of 12 years.
The gel is cloudy but clear when applied to the skin and absorbs reasonably easily. If you over apply the gel you may notice it leaves a 'film' on your skin which you need to rub off. I use an amount the size of a pea for each area (chin, jawline, cheeks) and this seems to be enough. You can apply it under make-up (let it dry first).
The gel comes in a 10g pack (a good trial size for a small area of skin) and a 25g tube , the latter priced a little under £10 and easily lasts me approximately 6 months.
If you need more convincing, Freederm won the Company Magazine 'Best Spot Treatment' award in 2012.
If you suffer with the daily blight of spotty skin it is honestly well worth the investment in time and money as it may improve your situation enough that you can say, "I don't often get spots".
I rarely get spots but when I do I usually just stick a bit of tea tree oil on them and that usually works really well. Recently though I got two really big, red, painful spots which looked so horrible and felt so painful that I felt the need to buy a specialist spot treatment in the hope that it would get rid of them a little quicker than the usual natural remedy that I use.
Freederm is a brand that I have seen advertised quite a lot recently so when I was looking at all of the different spot treatments the Freederm gel caught my eye and after reading the packaging and deciding that it sounded really good I ended up buying it.
I paid £5 for my 10 gram tube which obviously isn't particularly cheap but I was so desperate to get rid of the huge, painful spots on my forehead and chin that I didn't care too much about the price! The tube comes in a blue and white cardboard box which has plenty of information about the product such as how to use it, what it does and so on written on it.
The tube its self is white with large blue writing saying freederm in smaller black writing it says 'nicotinamide 4%' which is the main ingredient and an anti inflammatory agent. It also says what it treats, it is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate inflamed acne pimples and spots. The gel itself is a thick, off white coloured gel.
To use it you apply a thin layer of it to your spots. The consistency of it means that it isn't messy while applying it as it stays in one place instead of being runny. I only needed a small amount for each spot and found that after under a minute the gel had dried. Luckily I used this before I went to bed so no one apart from my fiancé saw me and I wouldn't use it before going anywhere as it leaves a dry white patch.
When I applied the gel I was expecting it to sting, but it didn't which is an advantage. The day after I'd applied it my spots didn't look too much different apart from not being as angry looking but they still hurt and it had not shrunk in size, so I applied the gel again.
This time, the day after applying it both of my spots were a lot smaller, dryer and not as sore and painful and no where near as red and after about four days they had almost disappeared. Obviously this isn't a miracle product and it takes time but I think four days is impressive considering how angry and sore they were to start with and after four days they had dried up, begun to heal and weren't anywhere near as noticeable.
It took another couple of days before the spots had completely healed and gone and I will definitely be using this gel the east time I get a particularly bad spot, though for my smaller spots I will continue using try tree oil as it is a lot more natural. I was a little worried initially that the spot treatment could make the spots worse or make me break out in even more spots/irritate my skin but it didn't do any of those things.
All in all this is quite an expensive spot treatment but it did help to effectively get rid of my hideous, painful spots reasonably quickly. It is not a miracle product and it takes a little time to see dramatic results, at least for me it did anyway. Even though it is expensive I think it's worth the money and it is quite good value as I only need a really tiny blob for each spot so a tube will last for ages. I definitely recommend this spot treatment and I give it five out of five stars,
I don't suffer with spots very often but like anyone else sometimes they appear and then just disappear in a few days. Recently I had a few spots under my chin which would go away naturally and I just applied an antiseptic cream. The cream didn't remove them for a couple of weeks, so when I was in the chemist I asked the pharmacist if I could buy a product to remove them. He advised me to use this gel.
The gel comes housed in a cardboard box and inside the box the gel comes in a small tube which has a screw off top. The gel is white translucent colour and it is fairly thick and rich, really smooth gel too. I cannot smell any scent in the gel at all.
It is advised to just clean the area this is to be used on and gently dry it and then to just use a small amount of the gel onto the area. It does leave a thin film over the skin until it is soaked in. it only takes a minute or so to absorb fully into the skin. It does feel a little sticky until it is fully absorbed and then it feels tacky for a while but not for very long. Once dried it is invisible on the skin and then not sticky at all and it cannot be noticed on the skin.
It contains clinical active Vitamin B complex, it is supposed to be clinically proven to help heal mild to moderate inflamed acne spots and pimples. An anti inflammatory treatment for spots. The pharmacist told me my spots were a little inflamed from shaving but not acne spots but he told me this gel would help the inflammation which was causing the spots. It reduces the redness around the spots too.
I have found this gel to work in a couple of days using it around 3 times a day. It did most certainly help the redness disappear and completely remove my spots under my chin.
It can be used all over the face but avoiding the eye area and also around the nose and mouth. I think if you are suffering with spots which won't disappear naturally or ones which aren't removed using an antiseptic cream then this one would probably work much better. Would be a good one for young teenagers who have teenage spots or mild acne.
I bought this on offer at the time and it only cost me £2.50 from memory, I think the normal price was around £4.
I would buy this again and I have lots left in the tube but I will throw it away in a few months and use it again if I have the same kind of spots in the next couple of months or so.
It says on the back of the box to not store it above 25%. I just keep it in my medicine chest. There is an information leaflet inside the box and one thing I read was to use a small amount and do a patch test first to see if it is suitable for your kind of skin. I would read this leaflet because there is a lot of advice in it to read and it would be very useful information indeed.
I rate this gel 5 stars.
My skin is a constant battle ground. I have always had slightly troublesome skin, but I have found in the past few years since having kids the battle has got harder. I am more tired, more hormonal, and my skin shows the results of this battle with a permanent outbreak of pimples.
I regularly pick up new things to try when I am doing the supermarket shopping to see if I can find anything that will help. I have been using this freederm gel for about a month now on my troublesome skin, and I am finding that I can see some results from it. Not a massive improvement, but less volatile, and my outbreaks are healing quicker than they were.
I picked up a small 10g tube of freederm gel from Tesco, which cost me £4.40. This is pocket money price to me, ideal to have a try, and if it doesn't work move on and try something else. My first thought when I got home and unpackaged the cardboard box and saw the size of the tube, was disappointment. I thought to myself it would only last about a week. Admittedly, if used twice a day as recommended, on a severe outbreak, this is probably the case, but here I am a month later with some still left in my tube.
The gel is to apply to clean skin, so I follow the given instructions and wash my face first with a face wash designed to work on problem skin. I then apply a small amount of this gel onto the spotty areas. Believe me, this is not a small area, as I seem to suffer on my chin and cheeks mainly. I have been not too skimpy with this, applying to the area around a spot as well as just the red swollen bump.
The first time I used this I put it on overnight as I was paranoid that I would end up more blotchy or it would make more spots appear at the surface, however, after even the first treatment, I found that the areas I applied it to were less swollen and red. It definitely reduces the severity of my spots, and it also makes them heal up a bit quicker. Because the spot is not actually getting a head on it when I apply this gel, I am also noticing my skin is looking less scarred. One of my biggest problems is that the red marks last for ages when the inflammation has gone, and this is less apparent to me. I actually feel like my skin is the best it has been in a long time.
The gel is pretty transparent when it comes out of the tube. It is a little milky, but it goes on the skin and absorbs quickly leaving no trace of it. A little goes a fair way too. I have found that it has dried my skin out a bit, but not as bad as some more potent spot treatments. I can make the dry patches better with a bit of moisturiser without my skin then going inton overdrive and then becoming more spotty.
This is more suited to someone with milder breakouts. I can't see it working very well on full blown acne as it has not fully cleared my skin, but it has helped. It contains a vitamin B complex and Nicotinamide which is anti-inflammatory, so it is designed to help reduce the breakout.
I personally like this gel, and would buy it again, but realise it won't completely heal all of my skin problems. I have found it is good for using on skin that feels like it is going to get a huge spot to reduce the problem before it gets there. I may not have completely clear skin, but this feels like I am doing something worthwhile to help it.
After coming off the pill last year I have suddenly reverted to my teenage years and I am covered in spots once more! I have been trying countless products to ease them and Freederm was my last resort before booking an appointment with my Doctor.
I was in Boots searching for a miracle and spotted the Freederm range. I had seen the adverts on TV and it had seemed to be aimed at teenagers so I wasn't sure about it, but desperate times call for desperate measures, so I got the gel and exfoliating face wash on the offer 2 for £7. This offer is well worth looking at as most of the range is around £6 each.
The gel claims to have "been clinically proven to help get rid of inflamed red spots". It contains nicotinamide which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient which is supposed to get rid of red spots and help to prevent new ones forming. I have 2 types of spots - the usual red ones, that appear overnight and generally have a head on them - and also the ones that stop under the skin, developing over days and never coming to a head. I was hoping the gel may help with both
The directions of use are easy. All you have to do is apply the gel as a thin film over the affected area - either where the spot is or on acne prone areas, after cleansing, but before mositurising. So that night before bed I tried it for the first time!
The gel has a faint chemical smell, but this doesn't stay on your skin or is too overpowering. When I applied it did tingle a little on a few areas, but felt cool and slick, you don't need much as it does spread well. I applied it on my problem areas and at that time I had a lot of what I class as normal spots on my nose and forehead. These 'normal' spots are the ones that come to a head. That night I didn't use any moisturiser as I thought it may 'wipe away' the gel and stop it working to its full effect, but this was a mistake. As I lay in bed my face started to feel tighter and tighter. It felt as though I had a face mask on that had dried, but I persevered and went to sleep
The next morning I woke up and my face was quite red where I had applied it and I had to apply a few layers of moisturier. After putting this on the redness began to disappear, and it was then that I really looked to see the results and I was amazed! Some of the spots had completely disappeared....not just faded but gone...nowhere in sight.
I was very excited and thought, finally a product that works like it claims! I can put up with the tight feeling for this result! Although Freederm claim that the "special hydro-gel formulation...Freederm Gel is less drying than some spot or acne treatments" this is not true on my skin. It does dry it out and I have to compensate with more moisturiser, but I feel this is a small price to pay.
I used it every morning and night for the next week and my spots got better and better. Then I suddenly got my spots on my chin that are under the skin, so sore and red and never come to a head, but stay under the skin for about a week. I think these are hormone related as they only appear at certain times! I applied the gel as I had before and hoped it would work as well on these as it had on my other spots. The next morning I got up and was disappointed to see no change. I kept applying the gel hoping in vain it would suddenly work, but to no avail. It just dried out my skin and did nothing to these spots!!
I have continued to use the Freederm gel and it does work wonders on my blackheads and spots that have a head. I can apply the gel as they appear and the next morning they are gone! But on my sore 'boil type spots' it makes no difference at all. But if these are hormonal as I am led to believe I was expecting a little much I feel!
It's really not just for teenage acne or spot problems, at the age of nearly 30 I am converted to the gel wholeheartedly. Ok so it doesn't help the spots that stop under your skin, but the normal zits are abolished within hours of treatment. What more could you ask for?!?
Thankfully, I do not suffer from acne or any other major spot problem. Although, having said that, I do sometimes have the odd hormonal break-out. In events such as these I do everything in my power to try and conceal and get rid of these spot(s). I have tried many spot treatments from toothpaste to expensive face washes and millions of face scrubs and washes. During my quest to find a spot treatment that actually works, I came across Freederm spot treatment gel.
I purchased this from a local Boots store at a price of £9.99 for a 25g tube. The product is also available in a 10g tube at the price of £4.99. Although this may seem expensive for a spot gel I think it is worth it due to the fact that it is one of the only spot products I have found that actually does what it says on the packet! It is also available in places that including health and beauty product stores, pharmacists, supermarkets and many other places.
Freederm is packaged in a white box with a blue hanger tab, on the front the product name and a few details about the spot gel. On the back is information such as ingredients and directions. Inside the box you will find a white tube with the same details and information on the back, and, like the box it has the name on the front is big blue letters. The tube is shaped like a toothpaste tube, in a shape that somewhat resembles a triangle!? The lid Is a simple white screw lid that reveals a small head which dispenses the gel.
The gel itself is a translucent off-white colour and is of a thick consistency. You squeeze a pea size amount on your finger and gently dap onto the affected area. The packet says to use twice a day, after washing and drying your face. The gel dries fairly quickly, but in doing so it leaves a dry white residue. The anti-inflammatory within reacts quickly and calms redness and inflammation on the skin within 10minutes of use. After leaving it for a night it completely reduces the spots to almost nothing, and after a few times of applying the gel the spot will completely disappear.
The product works because it contains nicotinamide (the active ingredient) which is a form of vitamin B3. When applied to the skin Nicotinamide has an anti-inflammatory effect, which helps to reduce the inflammation and redness of inflammatory acne. For those who are interested the other ingredients are; aluminium magnesium silicate, hypromellose, citric acid, polyoxyethylene lauryl ether, ethanol and purified water.
In summary, I have rated the product four out of five because it is a very effective product, but it is a little pricey.
Freederm is a spot targeting brand; the range features other spot and face products, such as cleanser, exfoliating face wash, and moisturiser. Visit www.freederm.co.uk to learn more.
Thank you for reading. I hope this review was of some use to you!
I have sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts and I bought freederm in absolute desperation following a particularly bad spell spot wise.
I have to say that I didn't find the cream suitable for me at all. It is a very strong product and needs to be applied sparingly so if you do buy it, don't be tempted to shovel it on which can be the temptation when you are desperate to get rid of a spot.
Despite applying sparingly, I still found it too strong for my sensitive skin and although I had tried to apply it only to the spot, the skin around it got very red and angry and eventually started peeling. This made the spot look much worse.
The cream also had no effect on the spot itself, I didn't notice a reduction in size or in the time taken to heal.
The fact that the cream had made my skin peel also meant that I was unable to cover the spot with concealer.
It may work better on less sensitive skin but for me it was too harsh, made my skin look worse and didn't help the spot at all!
I haven't used a topical spot treatment of this type in years, as I had bad teenage memories of Clearasil (didn't work at all) and Oxy (bleached the colour out of my pyjamas and bed sheets, and dried my skin into a flaky mess!). However I bought this in a fit of desperation, and I'm glad I did!
I used to suffer from quite bad acne, but now I just get the odd breakout, usually around the time of the month. The bane of my life though is that every few months I get one, massive, cystic spot at the side of my chin. One of those huge, hard, painful lumps that take ages to go and are all but impossible to cover up. It was because of these that I tried the Freederm.
When I get these cystic spots, they usually take a week before they even start to heal, and then easily another week to flatten out. Then I'm left with the scar for several more weeks. This time, I started using the Freederm as soon as I realised the spot was going to come up. Within two days it seemed to have hit its worst, and then after that it did start to heal. One week after I first noticed it, the spot has shrunk to nothing (I can't even feel where it was), and there is almost no scar, and what there is will fade quickly I think. Thank you, Freederm!
I use it only at night. Partly because my skin tends to be sensitive to this type of product, but mainly because its hard to put makeup over the top of the Freederm, as it rubs and flakes off.
It's not a miracle worker, but I will definitely be buying this one again.
During my teen years i have suffered with inflamed pimples which the more i treat the worse they seem to get. So normally i just let them run their course but recently they seem to persist for a lengthy period of time and often they scar. My skin is fairly sensitive so i was a little concerned about the 4% Nicotinamide but i decided to take the plunge after the hype on youtube and the great reviews I have read on it.
PRODUCT AMOUNT: 10g
PRICE: £5.10 (from boots, although it is available in superdrug for a similar price)
WHAT I THINK:
Within a few hours reduced my spot size
Redness also greatly reduced during the day
My spots haven't scarred as bad
Skin became irritated and rough
My spots didn't seem to clear they continued to persist for a long period of time (over a week!)
It seemed to dry out my spots so when i did decide to cover them up with concealer it went flaky and cracked (not a good look)
This is not for someone with severe acne
If you just have the odd pimple give it a whirl!
If you're looking for a permanent solution to troublesome spots this isn't the answer
This is the answer if you simply want to lessen the effects of your spot
Thank you for reading my review i try to keep things short and sweet rather than long winded because i'm more of a bullet point person, straight to the point. :)
When Freederm gel hit the market, my first thought was 'Great another spot treatment that costs a lot and probably doesn't work'. Going against this anyway (because I was so desperate to find something that worked) I brought the smaller tube, on the shop floor as £4.99. You can buy the larger size at £9.99 behind a pharmacy counter.
First of all, a brief introduction into products I've tried before: Aquagel, Acnegel (both containing benzoyl peroxide a 'bleaching' agent that do colour everything example, turns clothes/bedcovers/pillows pink with the active ingrediant). This worked, and was helpful because you could up strengths, but because it was ruining things of mine I decided to change. It was bleaching everything including towels when you washed your face and the product came off for example.
I have been on a number of tablets, beginning with antibiotics which I was on for 3/4 years. However, they worked to some degree, but did not clear to the extent I wanted. I was put onto Roaccutane, which is extremely strong medication which is prescribed through the hospital, and this was finally something which made a difference. A few months later I did find my acne was coming back, and this was around the time that freederm was released.
It was the first cream that included an anti-inflammatory (Nicotinamide) and it is the best cream I have used. I continue to use it now if I have a break out, and recommended it to all my friends that suffer too. It doesn't smell, does not contain anything too strong like the others, and I'm surprised that it is charged so much because it actually works.
Especially if you have redness and clumping of spots this is the product for you because the anti-inflammatory within in calms skin fast.
If you want help with the product then talk to your pharmacist or doctor, because the active ingredient can be prescribed to you as well (this may work out cheaper for some). However, if you don't have time for this, then just pick one up in your local supermarket and try it out (give it 1-2 weeks before you really judge it).
Me having had acne for years like I previously said, I can't rate it highly enough. Do give it a go, it's worth the money!
Freederm has had a lot of hype in the past few years and after attempting many acne treatments i decided to give it ago.
Freederm is best suited to mild-moderate acne and is said to be the only spot treatment on the market with an anti inflammatory. You can buy two sizes of Freederm, the smaller size is on shop floors and the larger is often sold behind the counter, if you can't see the larger size don't be afraid to ask someone as it may be hidden away!
The gel is an opaque white colour and is not strong smelling or messy- which can often put people off creams and I found it does do what it says on the back- it is an anti inflammatory. I put one application on the spot and the area around it when it was very sore and found that by the evening it had certainly reduced in size, I then often did a second application and it seemed to do the trick- my spots were less noticeable and not very inflamed. I discovered that when i used this product it did help the healing process quicken.
However, after a while of use I tended to notice that it wasn't helping reduce the frequency of my acne occurring and although I didn't have many, I ideally didn't want any at all and freederm wasn't doing the trick.
I decided to continue with Freederm and see if I was just being impatient. I wasn't. I believe it treats the acne but for me it doesn't prevent it and I decided I wasn't prepared to pay the price of freederm for something that wasn't going to help me in the long term.
Therefore, I moved onto a behind the counter medicated cream that although doesn't have an anti inflammatory in it helps keep my acne at bay and is half the price. I won't be returning to Freederm.
To conclude, if you have regular occuring spots then freederm isn't for you as it won't prevent your acne just calm it down. On the other hand, if you only have the odd spot every now and again then I would recommend freederm! it will make it less noticable and make it less inflamed.
I have used a lot of acne treatments over the years but I have always found that they are too drying and irritating on my sensitive (yet oily!) skin, or else dont do what they are supposed to.
I have incredibly sensitive, combination dry/oily skin with moderate acne, making it very difficult to find a product that doesn't irritate my skin and yet helps to get rid of my acne. Most of the time with other products I have had to choose between the pimples and having incredibly red flaky skin.
Freederm gel is the best acne treatment that I have tried for my skin - it certainly isnt perfect, but its the best I have found so far! It does irritate my skin to some extent, but not as much as any others I have tried, and it does dry out any pimples overnight. I tend to use it as an 'emergency treatment' if things are looking particularly bad, rather than as a daily treatment. It also dries clear and without any residue, allowing me to apply make-up over it if I need to.
It is also a lot cheaper than a lot of the other products that I have tried in the past, making it a lot more feasible to use it long term.
Freederm Gel is an anti-inflammatory treatment for mild to moderate acne that is especially suitable for tackling the redness and tenderness of inflamed spots / In fact, it is the only over the counter skincare medicine specifically aimed at reducing the inflammation caused by acne /