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      07.02.2012 19:50
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      better than good spot remover

      Spots are really horrible things, little breakouts your body produces to help protect you from the bacteria in your skin. Your body thinks its doing something good :/

      Origins claim that this product has an advanced formula which helps fight and fade spots fast! It contains salicyclic acid as its main ingredient and this is what provides the spot fighting activity. Caffeine and algae are used to help reduce redness and irritation, anti-spot technology to fight post spot darkening of the skin and finally chemical exfoliants to combat excess oil, and pore clogging debris.
      To be honest, i was really quite skeptical, it seems very similar to the boots tea-tree spot reductor, with different main ingredients - tea tree and aloe vera, and i was wondering it if was a gimmick due to the high price. But really, as with all origins products i own, it worked like a dream and i shouldn't have been worried.

      The product is actually tiny, for £12 you only get 10 mls of it, but i love the packaging. Its a tiny blue bottle with a white cap that reminds me a bit of smelling oils that you find in herbal shops. Its a squeezy bottle, and when squeezed produces a thick, clear gell, that smells similar to bleach in my opinion.

      I dabbed it onto my spots as needed, over moisturizer and i was rather impressed with the results. I do not have clear skin by any means, and especially right now as im very stressed with exams my skin is breaking out everywhere. It is combination already, so oily on the tzone and dry on cheeks, so its not doing me wonders to start with.

      By the next morning, any small white heads i had where gone. The larger whiteheads appeared considerably reduced and less inflammed but what impressed me the most was the affect of the spot remover on my under skin spots. I always get under the skin spots when im stressed, normally no more than two, and always in the same place, but they hurt, a LOT. My main issue with these spots is that it normally takes me at least a week to draw it out to the surface, however after two days using the spot remover, this spot had started to form a whitehead.

      I also noticed that my skin didn't dry out using this, i did find that it tingled on application, and i feel that my skin is almost compensating for the drying affect by producing more oil, but i don't think its doing so in a lets give me more spots way.

      yes it is expensive for what you get, but a little goes a very very long way, and the results are well worth it in my opinion.

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      10.07.2010 17:50
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      Great for "spot removal" but would not use for prolonged period

      I recently saw an article in the Metro on skin blemishes and the product that came out best was Origins Spot Remover. Both my teenage children get spots and I must admit although I am far from being a teenager I occasionally get a spot too.

      I went along to my local John Lewis to seek out the product. Firstly I was very surprised by the tiny size of the product - for £10 you get a tiny clear plastic bottle in a tiny white and green cardboard box. The bottle contains 10ml of clear gel. The assistant in John Lewis confirmed to me that it was very effective and that she used it herself and that the bottle lasted ages as you only use a tiny amount. I rather sceptically handed over my £10 and put my purchase safely in my bag thinking I hope I don't lose it on the way home, as it is so tiny.

      The instructions for use are printed on the side of the box and are so tiny that I can hardly read them, even with my glasses on! They say: "Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying. Cover the entire affected area with one application daily. Gradually increase to 2 or 3 times daily if needed or as by directed by a doctor. If bother some dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to every other day.

      The ingredients include alcohol, witch hazel, salicylic acid, and essential oils: oregano and clove.

      The information on the Origins web site says: "You'll feel a mild tingle as blemish-busting Salicylic Acid invisibly zooms in on even the angriest blemishes to speed their banishment and reduce the look of redness, while nature's "spot-nots", Oregano and Clove Buds, help clear the look of things up. And if you've ever used a too-strong blemish treatment only to find your face flaking from forehead to chin, you'll love this speedy treatment. Unlike many blemish treatments that aggressively attack blemish with overly drying ingredients, Spot Remover® won't provoke tender skin or cause additional sensitivity."

      On opening the bottle there is a distinct smell of salicylic acid and clove slightly reminiscent of the smell of the dentist. Using a cotton bud I squeezed a small amount of the clear gel onto the end and applied it to a spot on the side of my face before going to bed. Miraculously in the morning the spot had greatly improved and disappeared in a sort time. Once applied to the skin it left a slight crusty dry residue, which I would have wiped off had it not been bedtime. The instructions do say that it can be used under makeup.

      About a week later I noticed that I had the start of a spot on my chin, you know the type that start as a small lump and can take ages to appear properly then ages to clear up? As soon as I noticed this I applied some Spot Remover and the next morning it was gone completely!

      Now I only get a few spots and I do think that this product is probably very strong and not ideal to use for a prolonged period but I think it is fair to say that I have been impressed with the results and although it is expensive the tiny bottle will last a long time.

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        18.06.2010 20:42
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        A product that works!

        I decided on purchasing this from a string of good reviews on the Origins website and also reading the average to good reviews on Dooyoo...

        ~~~PACKAGING~~~
        The spot remover comes in the tiniest of boxes and is contained in a small, round plastic bottle with a twistable lid. Instructions are printed very small on the box as well as the bottle.

        ~~~APPEARANCE, SCENT, TEXTURE~~~
        The spot remover is transparent and comes in a slightly viscous texture. It is the consistency of vaporizing hand gel and has no scent...

        ~~~USING THE PRODUCT~~~
        The instructions say to apply a small amount on the affected area (assuming acne) and that there might be a slight stinging sensation. Upon applying a small dot on the acne, I didn't sense a stinging sensation at all... This was the case for the affected areas on the whole of my face... this was the same upon second application. I could feel the gel vaporising which gives a cooling sensation but not one I would class as "stinging". I've had stinging sensations from toners and other spot gels but definitely not from this.

        The plastic of the bottle is very squeezable so the gel comes out very easily and I apply using the tip of my (clean) finger to dab on the affected area, usually the top of a spot, or if it is an area of small spots, then I also just dab there. You can use a cotton bud if you want, but I wouldn't recommend anything that would absorb the gel too much as you want it on your face, not the cotton wool or other application tool!

        ~~~EFFECTIVENESS~~~
        From what I have read, the gel is meant to dry out the acne and I have definitely seen this work. It dries out where you apply it and definitely speeds up the "spot" process. What I have not witnessed is the speed at which this works. Some people say they notice results within an hour. This is not the case for me. I usually apply it at night but also during the day.

        Nonetheless, I do see results, and overall my face is more under control I'd say. I will stick to using this product because I have tried many others that hadn't worked.

        ~~~PRICE~~~
        I bought this for £10 on the Origins website, and as a new user got the 50ml Modern Friction (worth £11) for free and two free samples!! I will probably not purchase again from here unless there are other incentives as the £3.75 postage is a bit much! You get free postage with orders over £75.

        Having been battling spots for years, I have tried many products, from supermarket brands to higher end products. This Origins Spot Remover is one I'd consider as a more expensive product, but I'm the sort of person that thinks if it works, it s worth the money.

        ~~~OVERALL~~~
        Origins is a brand that uses natural products, and this feels great on the skin. I have not experienced the stinging sensation others write about, but the results are still there, even if it isn't as quick as other reviews make it out to be. I would highly recommend this product as it has proved to work and the chemical free nature of it just makes you feel 10x better about using it!

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          18.01.2010 13:27

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          An expensive product that I didn't find to work well.

          I bought this product expecting great things after hearing fantastic things about it and going by the reputation (and price tag) that Origins has, however, I have to say that I was disappointed with it.

          It cost me £10 which although is not a vast amount of money, is a considerable amount to pay for such a tiny bottle of gel, at only 10ml. However, it does tend to last quite a long time as you only need to use a little bit each time.

          When applying it, I found that it dries very quickly, even on my fingers and then it is quite difficult to wash off. It also stings a little, which could possibly mean that it is just "working" but it was not a very pleasant sensation.

          Although it did reduce the size and redness of some spots, I found that really it does not work fantastically and is definitely not worth the £10 price tag, I wouldn't buy it again.

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          01.12.2009 14:17
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          Hard-working product with good results

          I can really recommend this product, it is a small pot of gel which contains salicylic acid and other ingredients to help fight spots.

          As soon as you feel a spot coming - or even once the spot has arrived just dab a bit of the gel on the spot.

          I normally squeeze the pot and get use my finger to apply a very small bit of the gel. Alternatively you could use a small brush or a cotton wool bud.

          You need to be sure you are using a small amount and only put it on the spot itself.

          This is because it has a drying effect and can dry out the skin around your spot.

          This gel does sting when it goes on but this goes down quite quickly and it works extremely well.

          It dries out a spot very quickly and it is soon gone.

          The pot is small but as you only need a small amount, it last for ages and I can confirm that it lasts very well.

          Also as you squeeze the gel out, you are minimising the chances of getting bacteria inside the pot and this helps keep it good.

          I really like Origins products and heartily recommend this if you are prone to breakouts.

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          06.01.2009 15:59
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          Not the greatest product of it's kind

          First off, this sort of thing really depends on your skin type. Mine is combination with a slightly oily t-zone, fair complexion with relatively clear skin but the odd breakout. If you have a different skin type this product may work better for you, but if your's is similar to mine, or you have dry skin, I really would not reccommend it.

          This essentially 'does what it says on the tin' and is OK for clearing spots away. It's method is to dry the spot out, which is great for the spot but no so great for the skin around it, which can become very dry and flaky. Once the bump and the redness has gone, the skin covering the spot also dries and flakes off leaving a red mark (scar) that takes a very long time to go away.

          The fact that it leaves scars makes it pretty useless to me. You might as well pop a spot and wait for it to heal rather than spend nearly a tenner on a product that is going to give you the exact same result.

          Though perhaps it does make the spot clear up quite quickly (it does get rid of the angry red bump), however it leaves another mark/blemish in it's place. A bit pointless really.

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          11.07.2008 17:25
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          the only spot gel/cream I have found that works.

          I think this is a wonder product, it really works.

          Best thing to do is to apply it on a spot just as its beginning to form- you know when it begins to feel sore or your skin begins to get this bump but theres nothing to "squeeze"!

          It really makes a difference, the swelling really goes down and the spot eventually goes, if not doesnt even form.

          It is applied directly on the spot- I have just read another persons review on how she applied it dierctly from the pot onto the skin and was complaining that it was not possible to aply it directly-
          first up, do not ever apply a product this way- any product- you would not apply toothpaste this way, so why spot gel?! You need to apply it to a cotten bud, firstly to stop a messy application
          secondly to stop a dried gel effect on your skin(this wont skin in the same a moisturiser, so dont apply foundation over it- not that you would with spots anyway! concealer can be ok but in terms of getting rid of spots, its best not to apply anything over it until its gone.
          And thirdly, do not apply cream, gel or anything else topical like this, weather its TCP or foundation, it is a very good way of getting bacteria into the product and meaning its not going to work.

          It can slightly irritate the skin around the spot- no more then if you squeezed it and no scars are left- this is comming from someone with pale, sensitive skin, I aply this once a month on average, it works, I have ahd no scars.

          Its expensive on looking at the size of the product comapred to what you pay, but will last a long long time, mine I think will soon pass its 24 months sell by date (all liquid products and makeup will no longer be hygenic after 24 months) as its a year old and I have only just hit the half way mark.

          I use it on my face, by upper arms and occasionally my upper chest and it works every time.

          The only thing I really dislike about this product is the effect you get when nit dries on your skin, it leaves a sort of dried skin effect- its like its peelable- its not dried skin- if you put a dot on your nail and let it dry, you could peel it off the same, but it can look like dried skin close up, but if your just using this before you go to bed it doesnt really matter.

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          24.11.2004 18:37
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          I bought this a while ago and used it on a big spot which worked well, so I wrote a nice glowing report of it on another site. However, I have had quite a bad experience using this since then and don’t really want to touch it again!


          SPOT REMOVER

          It is sold in a little cardboard box similar to many other Origins products; within it a small (10ml) plastic bottle of gel. The box is unbelievable small (see pic) but you will realise why later. It is a small cylindrical vial about an inch tall claiming to be a spot remover and anti blemish gel.

          It smells very chemical when you sniff it, but that’s no real surprise to me as it’s a spot treatment not a nice beauty treat. The smell reminds me of the dentist for some reason; perhaps the cloves? One good thing is that the smell is not actually that strong, I only smelt it because I put my nose up to the nozzle and sniffed it.

          When I first heard about this I thought it was going to be a liquid, I am not quite sure why, as it makes a lot more sense for it to be a gel. The texture of the gel is actually fairly liquidy but it is thick enough that you can accurately place a small blob on the affected area. The supposed miracle workers in this little potion are Salicylic Acid, Oregano and Clove Buds. A rather bizarre sounding concoction but time will tell their efficacy.

          It may seem obvious that you should use this when you have spots, but be sure not to use it as a preventative measure as it is not intended for that. Only use it when you have an active spot.


          DIRECTIONS OF USE

          This is something I am a little surprised at: Origins do not give very detailed instructions on when to use this and what areas it should not be applied to and so on and so forth. I suppose they leave most of it to common sense, which thankfully I have.

          There are instructions on the box stating: ‘Directions – cleanse skin thoroughly before applying. Cover the entire affected area with one application daily. Gradually increase to 2 or 3 times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to every other day.’

          There are also various warnings: ‘For external use only. Using other topical blemish drugs at the same time or right after use of this product may increase dryness or irritation of the skin. If this occurs, only one medication should be used unless directed by a doctor. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.’

          OH MY GOD!! (I bet you’re thinking – well, I know I was!) It does also mention on the website that this product should be kept away from eyes. I think this should have been mentioned on the box as it could prove really nasty.

          However, I trust Origins and I think with a little common sense I will be fine, so I carry on and apply the gel as follows:

          1. Cleanse face thoroughly and pat until completely dry.
          2. Get a cotton bud and very gently squeeze the container until a little blob forms on the nozzle (easier to see if you look at it from the side).
          3. Dab the cotton bud on the blob of gel and put the container down.
          4. Dab the cotton bud onto the tip of the spot (being careful not to get it too much around the edge of the spot as that is not the affected area).
          5. Leave to dry (I wouldn’t bother applying makeup on top of this as it might just clog it up).

          Once applied you’ll probably feel a tingle or slight sting but it’s nothing major, just the active ingredients getting to work. Thankfully you can’t smell it on your face.


          THE RESULTS

          The first time I used this I had a big red lump which hurt (but was not quite a spot). I was actually surprised at how quickly the product disarmed it - I zapped it with this and within an hour the spot had flattened itself out (by this I mean when I ran my finger over it, it no longer felt bumpy) and was not as red in appearance. Applying it in the way I described above I believe shortened the life of the bump (to about 2-3 days) so I was happy.

          However, a few weeks later I had a smaller spot on my nose. I applied the gel to it and waited for it to work its magic. Unfortunately I think this spot must have been too small as it irritated and dried out the surrounding skin causing it to peel off after a day. Not only did it peel off but it left a horrible pale brown mark underneath. Admittedly it got rid of the spot and flattened it out so that I could cover it up with foundation but the mark took a while to go (about a month). I was not happy with this as it had left a short-term scar (worse than just letting a spot go away by itself in my opinion).

          Origins did mention the possible peeling effect and to reduce the amount you use if that happens, but once it’s peeled off it’s too late!


          PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

          £8.50 for 10ml which would last a LONG time.

          Origins is available in some department stores and separate Origins shops. The store locator is here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html


          OVERALL VERDICT

          All in all, yes, it did work in removing spots but the side effects are just ridiculous, who wants a little brown mark on their face for a while? Not me, as I rarely wear foundation. So unless you consider it an advantage that you can cover a nice smooth surface of skin almost immediately with makeup, I wouldn’t recommend this.

          I do appreciate that if this product worked really well it would last for ages but mine will last a lifetime now as I am kind of scared of using it. I’ll probably just sell it.

          So, spot or scar? You decide!


          carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©



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            28.10.2003 04:10

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            Not suitable for my skin - Advantages: Helps prevent spots before they appear - Disadvantages: Tightens skin, Expensive, Darkens spots

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            08.02.2001 21:11
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            Origins Spot Remover is absolutely the best for zapping those nasty zits that usually appear just before a big night out/job interview/date... a dab of this and the spot soon withers and dies! Its got cloves and oregano in it, which help make the spot shrink, and salicylic acid (I think its spelled like that) which gets rid of redness and swelling. Pop a bit on before bedtime and you'll be a happy bunny when you wake up. It can make the area around the spot sting a bit, and your skin can go a bit flakey after the spot has dried up, but I assure you it's worth it!

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