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Brand: Superdrug / Type: Blemish Control / Subcategory: Stick / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Superdrug Tea Trea

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      13.03.2014 15:27
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      4/5 stars!

      I bought this Superdrug Tea Tree spot treatment stick a while ago.
      I used to use these tea tree sticks a lot when I was younger.

      I still get spots occasionally, which is annoying, but when I do I have this spot stick at the ready to try to get rid of them as quickly as they appeared.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      This spot stick is only available from Superdrug, being their own brand.
      It comes in an 8ml tube and it costs £2.99, but there is currently a 2 for £4.00 deal, which is mix and match with other products from Superdrug's Tea Tree range.


      ~ Packaging ~
      The tea tree stick comes in a small clear tube/stick with a twist off lid, which twists off to reveal the sponge tipped applicator.
      The packaging is a lot like that of a lip gloss.
      The product itself is clear, but it is tinged green.
      There is a sticker on the front of the stick, which is bright green with the Superdrug logo on and the name of the product.


      ~ In use ~
      The back of the packaging tells us that this product contains 1% tea tree oil and 1% peppermint oil. It advises that this product should be applied directly to the affected and it is to be used regularly morning and evening.
      I tend to use this on and off. When I notice a spot I will apply this product to it.
      It is easy to use. The sponge tipped applicator makes it easy to apply precisely to the affected area.
      It has a strong scent of tea tree and peppermint, which I like.
      I tend to drown my spots in this spot treatment, but I don't have to use much product to fully cover your spots. It feels wet on your skin, but it doesn't sting.
      It is a little bit greasy on your skin, but as I only apply it to a very small area I don't mind this as it feels as though it is doing some good and helping to attack the spot and recover my skin. The product does dry on my skin after a while so I always leave it to dry.
      As the product is clear you cannot see the product on your skin and you don't need to wash it off. I just wait for it to dry and then leave it. It never causes irritation to my skin and it doesn't dry my skin out at all.
      It does leave its scent on your skin, but it is only on a small area so I don't think it would be something anyone would notice and I find it very pleasant.
      When I was younger I did find the scent a bit strong so it won't be to everyone's taste.
      My spots are not cured instantly by using this spot treatment stick, but I do feel it helps to attack them.
      I can't honestly say that I think this product makes my spots disappear a few days earlier than they would have if I had not used it, but it is a product I like to use and it does feel like it is helping to attack the spot in some way.
      I would recommend this tea tree stick and I would buy it again.

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        11.04.2013 20:56
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        A useful weapon against spots.

        According to NICE, the health regulator for the NHS, up to 80% of people between the ages of 11-50 in the UK are affected by some form of acne. It is likely even more than that deal with the occasional spot, especially on the face, where it can glower angrily to the entire world when you have to go out and face it.

        Just as in any war, defense and attack stratagems are the difference between victory and defeat (sorry, I have been reading Sun Tzu). Defensive measures such as increased hygiene with specialist products and the correct diet can contribute to overall good skin health. However, if you have a spot, neither your 5 a day nor prayer to Satan can save you. To perhaps be a tad extreme: you have two choices: cut off your head, or treat your unsightly zit.

        If you opt for the former, then may God bless you. If the latter, then this is a good alternative to death. Unlike many cleansers where the aim is to remove dirt and excess oil before it can clog up a pore, this is an attack method for spots that have already reared their ugly heads, so to speak.

        So what is in it? The clue is in the name, my friend. Tea tree is an oil from the leaves of the ti-tree plant - I am confident you know what country it is from, personally, I can never forget - and an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-septic. This oil is also blended with peppermint, to give a cooling sensation and a rival strong scent. Peppermint oil does a myriad of good when ingested, but topically its effects are not well understood, though it seems to be a mild anti-viral. There are other, not-so-natural ingredients packed in as well. As far as I know, it does not contain any parabens, cosmetic preservatives linked to breast cancer.

        Overall the consistency of the spot formula is a clear, slightly green-tinted gel. This is applied with a lipgloss-like applicator. I question the hygiene of this applicator, as the design seems to discourage washing it afterwards, and as you can imagine putting this on a zit isn't going to be the cleanest experience. Some of the bacteria in spots can be transferred and therefore be 'contagious' (especially the more severe cysts brought on by the bacterium staphylococcus aureus, common cause of boils, may they never strike you down) though you'd imagine these bacteria would be shrieking blue murder after being steeped in tea-tree and peppermint for a while, so it is perhaps debatable. Occasionally I will take initiative and 'decant' some of the gel onto a clean finger and dab it onto my zit myself, but overall the applicator is great for precision and I am lazy. As you only use a little when you need it the spot stick can last several months before running out, unlike conventional face washes. There are 4 of these in our toothbrush holder currently, they have been there forever, and may well outlast us all.

        I am lucky that my skin doesn't break out very often. As I have hormonal problems it could be a lot worse for me. (In fact, for anyone reading this, if you suffer with chronic acne, your doctor may well be able to recommend you some kind of hormonal therapy for your skin. Especially for teenage girls, acne relief is one of the most common reasons to go on the pill.) However, when I do break out, I use this almost exclusively. I have very sensitive skin that is prone to allergic reactions, but I have never had problems using this. I only use it on my face, though can't imagine why you can't use this elsewhere, apart from the hygiene issue mentioned above. The scent of the tea tree oil isn't overbearing and the cooling sensation of peppermint isn't exactly intense, but this is not a complaint. Sometimes, on a sore or squeezed spot, the gel stings, and for spots near the eyes, the vapours from the tea tree cause eye-watering but nothing worse.

        So, why this treatment and not another one? A while ago, I asked a friend of mine who suffered for many years with acne for advice on treatment of spots, and she told me:

        1) DON'T SQUEEZE IT. Put ice on it instead. Pat dry.
        2) Put on tea tree or aloe vera to fight infection.
        3) Cover in Vaseline to keep clean. This also reduces swelling.
        4) Avoid make-up or anything on the face e.g. face paint

        It seems like this spot stick covers 2) and 3), via its ingredients and gel-like consistency. Perhaps it is also worth running it under cold water to give it a cooler feel. For those with a DIY bent you could probably make this yourself, but at £2.99 it is probably outright cheaper than buying the oils, though the oils would probably be cheaper considering the increased longevity overall. What a sticky wicket. Anyway, as for make-up, I don't wear any, but the slightly green tinge would make me reconsider applying it over this product for fear of looking a little sea-sick.

        The spot stick comes in a small cardboard box with some kind of green design on; this is unnecessary, I think, but it ensures the little bottle hasn't been pre-opened and is recyclable. The bottle itself holds 8ml, not a lot, but it lasts; and it is small enough to slip inside a bag for more frequent use if you intend to be spotty on the go.

        This is Superdrug exclusive, currently there are no cheaper mimics that I am aware of, so you will have to pay £2.99 for it and either buy in store or online, in which case, you should add a delivery charge of £3 (!). It's on offer at time of review at 2 for £4 within the tea tree range. Not a bad price for several months' worth of use; but your mileage may vary on frequency of usage.

        Personally I believe the Superdrug tea tree range is pretty gender neutral. I know several (male) people that use this gel and they are not all metrosexuals. My mum uses the face wipes in the same range, but I am strangely allergic to them. Ah, c'est la vie - and out, damn spot!

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          02.04.2013 00:31
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          great product for a good price

          Introduction:

          Recently my acne has calmed down a lot and I am not using harsh products on my face. I have read so many good reviews about the superdrug tee tree range. When I was in superdrug with my girlfirend we noticed That all of the tea tree range was 2 for £4. I decided to give this spot stick a try as it looked like a good idea. I wanted a product that targeted individual spots rather than an area, because I prefer tackling each spot individually and stop spots spreading by touching a large area. I have also been told that tea tree is a natural antiseptic and this would reduce the redness and spot size naturally.

          Does it work?:

          It works really well, The stick screws out from the pot and has a small brush on the end which is how you apply the tea tree mixture. I apply this stuff in the morning after I have had a shower and then again a couple times throughout the day, I just dab it on the spot and the tea tree sinks into my skin. because this is not pure oil, it does not have that strong smell you associate with tea tree, however it has a pleasant smell which is slightly noticeable, yet not at all offensive. I have found that after applying this to my spots, they become smaller, less red and much less painful. It takes atleast a day to go away completely. This stick has greatly reduced the time it takes for my spots to go away, and it is so easy and simple to use. You can feel a really cool feeling on the spot and this is how you know it is working.

          Overall:

          I would recommend this to anyone who has light acne/spots. It is great for tackling individual spots and it will reduce there redness on your face. I like the cooling feeling on your face. the Value of this is usually £2.99 which is not too expensive. But when on offer you can save your self quite a lot. There are many different tea tree products by superdrug and I advise you give them a try. This gets 5 stars from me, it has really helped and is different from any product I have tried in the past. thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you out. Josh - Jlaker1992

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          03.11.2012 16:27
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          Definiatly worth a buy and it wont break the bank

          I decided to purchase this product after getting a few spots due to stress. I had read online that tee tree oil was good for spots so when I saw this in superdrug I was curious to give it a try. I was initially confused as to whether to buy the pure tea tree oil or the stick but I was glad with my purchase as it makes application quick and easy and is incredibly discreet.
          I have tried many spot remedies over the years as when I was a teenager I suffered quite bad acne and although some of them were ok most didn't work and the ones that did were ridiculously priced. The spot stick is priced at £2.99 however a lot of the time they has 2 for £3.99 on the tea tree products and at the same time I picked up some nose strips which were £3.99 so technically the spot stick was free.
          The packaging is pretty basic, it comes in a cardboard box and when you remove it from the box it is a small thin tube. The bottle is clear but the liquid inside is green. It has a black lid and then a sticker around the bottle. On the front it has the superdrug logo (the little star) and what the product is. Around the back of the bottle is has directions for use and care and safety advice.
          There is 8ml of liquid however this lasts me for ages as you really don't have to use a lot.
          The wand looks exactly the same as a lip gloss applicator. You apply it to the affected area in the morning and again at night and it clears it up.
          Within no time any redness is gone and if there was any puffiness that has soon disappeared also. Sometimes it only needs one or two applications for it to completely go but I've have never encountered a spot that can't be tackled with this product and I would buy this item again and again it has literally saved my life!
          What else can I really say other than IT WORKS and it works well and it's super easy on the pocket. I think everyone should own one even if you don't have spot prone skin its so handy to keep in your makeup bag I case of a breakout. Young or old it's perfect for you and I have to keep repeating myself but I cannot get across how brilliant this product really is and you can't go wrong.

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          19.10.2011 16:31
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          Great product

          == Intro ==
          I picked this up last week as I had a really prominant spot just under my lip which I was finding really embarrising and I wanted rid! I usually buy much more expensive spot treatments that I have tried and tested and know they work, however as this was reduced I decided to purchase it instead and give it a go.

          == What is it? ==
          This is a Spot Stick from Superdrug's Tea Tree product range. The product contains tea tree oil and peppermint oil, both of which are great for the skin. Tea tree oil has antiseptic healing properties so helps reduce redness/clear up spots quickly and also acts as a cleanser, and peppermint oil helps soothe and nourish the skin. This spot stick also contains a few other bits and bobs and I have found it to be a very succesful product that helps get rid of spots.

          == Price and Availability ==
          I paid just £1.49 for this due to it bein reduced, which is a great price - I wish i'd picked up more. The RRP of the spot stick is £2.99, which I also think is a pretty good price - it's much cheaper than alot of similar products and in my opinion it is well worth the price as it works. Availability is limited as it is a Superdrug product and therefor can only be purchased from Superdrug - either in store or online. I've also seen the product on eBay a few times but the prices were more expensive than the Superdrug prices.

          == Packaging ==
          The packaging is really good considering how cheap this product is. It comes in a fancy little green cardboard box which is quite basic but I think it makes a nice change rather than just getting the product loose. The box is easy to open and can be recycled. Once the box is open their is a little lipgloss-like tube which contains the formula. The tube is around 4 inches long and pretty chunky, as I said before it's very much like a lipgloss tube. It's transparent and has a label stuck on it. The label is green and simply has the product name written on it in black writing over a green backgound. As it is transparent you can see the liquid through the plastic tube where there isn't the label cover it. The liquid is very goo-like in appearence with lots of bubbly bits, and it's light green. The lid is black and screws on/off.

          == My Experience ==
          Using this is so easy. The applicator brush (or spot stick!) is attatched to the lid and it is just like a lip gloss wand - it has a slanted, slightly pointed white foam applicating brush which distributes the liquid evenly and accurately, and it is completely mess free. I simply apply a dab of it onto my spot(s) and leave it to dry which doesn't take long - 2-3 minutes at the most. As the liquid is so thick it doesn't run or anything like that, it stays in place. I did find that it felt quite strange at first - it made the area where I applied it feel like it was burning but this didn't last for very long at all. It has a pleasant smell which is quite minty, I do however think it smells quite fake as it has a strange undertone which is quite sweet. It's not a smell I like however I don't dislike it either.

          == The Results ==
          I applied this on a Tuesday night and the next day my spot seemed alot less prominant and less red. It hadn't reduced in size however was less noticeable. By the Thursday it still hadn't reduced in size but by Friday it was considerably smaller and had noticeably dried up. My spot had now completely vanished by the Sunday which is much quicker than my spots normally heal so I can definetly say that this works.

          == Overall ==
          A cheap and effective product.

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            10.10.2011 10:24
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            A little magic wand to ward off evil spots!

            ~~~~~~ Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick ~~~~~~

            This spot stick is yet another thing I bought many moons ago! I have almost finished this one though as I've found it to be a useful little stick. When I bought it I'm sure it wasn't more than a couple of quid, but I can see it's currently selling for just £1.49, marked as 50% off from £2.99. It's also had an update to the packaging since I bought mine.


            ~~~ Ingredients ~~~

            As you may suspect, this product contains '''tea tree oil''', which is a known antiseptic with healing properties - this is often used in spot fighting products, with the aim of minimising the spot and preventing redness and spreading or getting worse (especially if you squeeze or pick it!) by becoming infected. '''Peppermint oil''' is also in here and this is known to have therapeutic effects on the skin as well as a long list of other things (such as headaches, nausea and heartburn). Peppermint is also an anti bacterial and has anti inflammatory properties too. It gives you that lovely soothing cooling sensation on the skin and is used in products to treat many skin disorders.


            ~~~ First impressions ~~~

            My very first impression of this is that it is like a lip gloss! It comes in an 8ml plastic transparent tube with a black screw on lid; this lid has an applicator wand attached which has a small sponge on the end, the very same as a lot of glosses.

            The liquid itself is very thick and gloopy, in a vivid green shade as is typical for, and in keeping with, tea tree products. It smells exactly like you would expect a tea tree product to smell, but I can detect a bit of the peppermint too. It is a very strong scent and if you're not keen then you will really find it overpowering. I really like the scent of these things though, I think it smells like something that is going to work!

            The tube has a label running around it, in bright green, displaying the product name and the directions on the back - you simply apply to affected areas morning and night. You should discard this once it has been open for 12 months, and as is usual for me, I haven't! I still have a little left and it's been open for considerably longer than a year. It has kept really well for me but I should mention that it's not been opened regularly as I have been generally quite lucky not to regularly get a lot of spots - a few at a certain time of the month and that's usually it. But if in doubt, chuck it out.


            ~~~ Use & results ~~~

            Using this is so easy - although the liquid is gloopy, it doesn't drip off the applicator or run down your face or anything like that. I only ever use this when I see a spot appearing, or if I have just squeezed one (naughty!) I just remove the applicator and dab it on the area, finding that I can dab more than one area before the sponge is too dry. It doesn't sting my face, even if the skin is a little broken. It does feel a bit tingly and cooling though and the smell is very noticeable; even a while after I apply I can still smell it strongly. So as I said before if you dislike the smell of tea tree then you will likely find this too much.

            It does a great job of reducing redness and spot size and it helps any squeezed spots heal quickly. I have definitely noticed a difference compared to when I squeeze a spot and _don't _ apply this. It seems to help dry the spot out too, which is what you want. It does leave a small shiny patch where it is applied, but I find this soon disappears as it dries. For this reason I would be happy to use it when I was out and about, so long as I didn't need to apply it to a lot of areas!


            ~~~ Recommend? ~~~

            I certainly would, especially if you are prone to spots occasionally. I think if you were to suffer acne I would rather get something more fit for purpose, but this is great for a quick and effective little spot fight. Due to the small size of the tube it's very handy too, easy to take with you anywhere and easy to apply. At the full price of £2.99 I would say this is excellent value for me, as the product lasts me for a really long time and it does work. And at half price currently, I will be buying a fresh one in the next few days!

            It's a great thing to have to hand in my opinion so I am giving it 5 stars, since I actually have no complaints!

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              17.11.2010 22:37
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              It is an ideal product to use to prevent, reduce and remove spots.

              I have luckily never really suffered very badly from spots, in fact when I was at school I never got any spots. I have never had greasy or oily skin. My skin has always been the opposite - very dry and sensitive which presents its own problems!! Now I am older, I tend to get the odd spot or breakout every so often. I was looking for a product that would work quickly and easily and prevent spots as well as get rid of them. I wanted a product that I could apply directly to a spot rather than to the whole of my face. Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick seemed exactly the type of product I was looking for.

              Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick comes in a bright green box which is the trademark of the Superdrug tea tree range. The box is decorated in leaves and is quite a pretty design. The spot stick itself looks exactly like a lip gloss. It has a black lid that once unscrewed reveals a soft, angled applicator exactly like a lip gloss has. The bottom part of the spot stick bottle that holds the product is clear allowing you to see how much of the translucent green product is left. The Tea Tree Spot Stick is a handy size that could easily be put in a handbag to have to hand in case of a spot emergency. I think that there is very little risk that you might accidently get this out of you bag and mistakenly use it as a lip gloss due to the smell of the product. The product is very strong smelling and is quite similar to Olbas oil. I don't particularly like strong smelling products but as this has antiseptic properties it smells exactly as I thought it would.

              The product contains natural tea tree and peppermint oils. It is claimed that the tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent known for its antiseptic healing properties and the peppermint oil is renowned for its therapeutic effect on skin disorders and for its cooling sensation. The instructions suggest to apply the product directly to affected area, applying regularly both in the morning and the evening. I tend to only use this product before I go to bed which works really well on my skin.

              Once this product has been applied to the skin it is very refreshing and cooling but sometimes can make your skin tingle. It is very fast drying and once it has dried you cannot even feel that you have applied the product. The strong smell of the product seems to disappear once the product has absorbed into the skin.

              This product is absolutely fantastic when used to prevent spots. If my skin is sore, red or I feel that a spot may appear or is starting to appear I always directly apply the product and the spot has gone within a few hours. It works 100% of the time. It is a brilliant spot prevention. On the occasions when a spot just appears, I also directly apply the product. I do find in this type of situation, the spot can dry out; however the spot does reduce in size and redness and goes a lot quicker than if I had left it. You do also need to be careful when using this product; I do find it can make my eyes water if I use it on skin relatively close to my eyes.

              As I mentioned a few times this is a Superdrug own product. I do like to buy Superdrug's own products because Superdrug do not test any own branded products or ingredients on animals which is something I don't think many of the leading brands can claim. It is also reasonably priced compared to other similar branded products.

              I would recommend this product. It is ideal to use to prevent, reduce and remove spots although probably is best used for the occasional spot not a skin problem.

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              A Miracle Spot Cure!! Definitley Reccomend!!

              I have always suffered from spotty skin and whilst the majority of products that have apparantly been designed for skin like mine tend to irritate my skin and make the problem worse, there are a few that work absolute wonders. This Tea Tree Spot Stick from Superdrug is most definitley one of them!! I discovered it by accident about 2 years ago and was gutted i hadnt found it earlier as it is an absolute miracle worker!!

              ~Useful Info~

              Stockist: Only available at Superdrug.
              Price: £2.99 (Currently on offer 2 for £4)
              Size: 8ml

              ~Ingredients/How It Works~

              The main 2 ingredients are peppermint oil and tea tree. On the box it says that the tea tree is a natural antibacterial agent known for its healing properties whilst the peppermint oil is reknowned for its therapeutic effects on skin disorders and its cooling sensation.

              ~Packaging~

              The spot stick is one of several products available in Suoperdrugs tea tree range, they are all available in the matching lime green packaging with a modern lookin green font and pattern. The packaging of this range i find makes them easier to spot in store.

              ~The Spot Stick~

              Inside the box there is a small tube containing the light green gel with a wand in the lid (similar to those used for lipgloss), which makes it really easy to apply the gel to the specific spot so your not left with it all over your face! The spot stick obviously does have a fairly strong odour of tea tree and peppermint which i actually find quite nice but i do know some people who hate the smell of it and the fact that it is quite strong may put some people off.

              I applied a small amount of the spot stick to the spot in the morning before i put on my makeup and could instantly feel the skin being cooled and soothed making me less likley to scratch it off. I reapplied it a couple of time throughout the day (this does remove your concealer, so you will need to retouch your make up aswell!!) By the evening the spot was definitley a lot less red and swollen looking, after 2 or 3 days of usage (depending on the size of your spot) it is reduced dramatically and i also noticed that there was barely any scarring left from the spot when i use this wheras normally they do leave a mark on my skin.

              Depending on how many spots you have will depend on how long this lasts but when i have a bad breakout it doesnt last that long so i do have to stock up. I would definitley recommend anyone who suffers from spots of anykind to have one of these in their bathroom as you never know when you will need it, and it really is a life saver!!

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              Spot treatment

              I seem to suffer from the odd spot or two every month round my period. Its a good job I have this spot stick on me, it seems to help reduce the spot appearance and make my skin look much better, before this my skin would look quite bad especially round my chin. So with the combination of this spot stick and a good facial scrub such as Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Scrub to exfoliate my skin it makes my skin soft and clear.

              Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick is made up with natural tea tree and peppermint oils, it is designed to treat spots and other problem areas of your skin. It comes in an 8ml concealer type container so it's very compact and easy to store and use on the go. It's a tube with a black top with a spongy type applicator attached to it, and the appearance of the lime green liquid in a see through bottle with a green label covering the majority of it. Labeling is simple, with relevant information on how to use it and safety advice with a leaf logo. It costs £2.93 from Superdrug.

              Ingredients:

              Tea Tree oil - Is very effective against bacteria and fungi. It can be used to dissolve puss and as a skin cleanser, as an antiseptic for treating cuts and bruises and good for acne.

              Peppermint oil - Gives a minty scent. Since it contains menthol it is good for skin. It produces a cooling sensation on the skin. Also it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.

              On opening the Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick you get a waft of peppermint, it reminds me of toothpaste or chewing gum. Directions are to apply to the affected area and use regularly morning and evening. I tend to use this as often as I need to, so maybe throughout the day when it needs touching up, due to being wiped/washed off or has dried up. When used on spots it depends on which stage you apply it, sometimes it helps shrink and makes it disappear after a few days and sometimes it allows the pus to come out. So its also good to apply it after the pus has come out to protect it from getting infected. It's also good against cuts as it works as an antiseptic. After applying you will end up smelling of peppermint for a while and since it takes a while to dry you will have a damp appearance and feel a cooling sensation on the skin.

              Overall this is one product I can't do without, so I would definitely recommend it.

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                a handbag/rucksack essential

                i don't go anywhere overnght without one of these!

                As a teenager, i am really lucky to not get much in the way of spots, but when you do get one, it is always just in the worst possible place and the day before you want to go out! This is the grerat thing about this product. Simply unscrew it, and dab the little spongy applicator onto the spot. There, natures wonder drug, tea tree will work its wonders on the spot and it will be visibly reduced by the next day! Unlik mny tea tree products, including natural tea tree oil, this produce doesn't have the pungent smell, partly because of the peppermint oilss it is infused with. instead it just smells clean and fresh.
                Dispite being labelled as a spot stick, it does have many other uses. It is fantastic for using on heat bumps (which i am very prone to) and insect bites (it really does take the sting out) as well as nettle stings and all other bits and bobs. Even on a small cut it can be great because of the natural antiseptic properties it holds. It really is well useful to have in your bag!

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                A cooling minty treatment that reduces swelling of larger spots.

                Eversince I have been working long hours, my skin has changed for the worse. These days my face looks worse than it did when I was a teenager. I develop spots of all sorts - small ones, large ones, medium ones. I have now started testing lots of different products, some of which I found on Dooyoo. I recently remembered that Tea Tree was supposed to have healing properties and embarked on a journey to Boots and Superdrug to see what they had on offer.


                ***Superdrug's Tea Tree skincare range***

                The Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick is part of Superdrug's Tea Tree skincare range. There are three different lines in this range: The Tea Tree with Natural Peppermint Oil products, the Tea Tree with Natural Grapefruit products and the Tea Tree with Natural Lemon Oil products.

                The spot stick itself is part of the Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil line of products, which includes the following other skincare items:

                - Facial wash (150 ml at £2.49)
                - Facial scrub (75 ml at £2.49)
                - Cleaner-toner (200 ml at £2.49)
                - Cleansing pads (40 pads at £2.99)
                - Moisture gel (50 ml at £2.29)
                - Spot stick (8 ml at £2.09)
                - 100% essential pil (5 ml at £2.69)
                - Blended oil (10 ml at £2.09)
                - Nose strips (box of 5 at £2,99)


                ***The product***

                The product comes in a bright green rectangular cardboard box, like the ones some mascara companies use. On two sides of the box you can read the description of the product. The words 'Tea Tree' are written in funky black lettering and two green leaves are pictures at the beginning of the description. The words 'spot stick' are written in red. Underneath the word you are told that the spot stick contains natural tea tree and peppermint oils.

                On another side of the box you are told that the spot stick provides antibacterial action for use at any time. It explains that tea tree oil originates from Australia and that it is a natural antibacterial agent known for its antiseptic healing properties. In addition, the peppermint oil apparently has a therapeutic effect on skin disorders and provides a cooling sensation.

                Below this description it is claimed that tea tree is the natural solution for any skin care problem.

                You are supposed to apply the product directly to the affected area of your skin in the mornings and evenings.

                Sounds good so far? I thought so. It was for this reason that I was rather disappointed when I came home and opened the little card board box. Out came a round tube that was exactly the shape of a mascara tube and contained 8ml of product. Again, I could see the Tea Tree logo and the directions for use on the tube.

                But why was I so disappointed? Because the product looked like it was made for a child. I had believed (though the product does not claim this anywhere) that I was buying a cover-up spot stick that would hide my spots while reducing them in size. Instead I was greeted by a slimy bright green gooey looking substance in a see-through tube!


                ***My experience***

                After cleansing my skin with Clerasil face wash, I screwed open the black screw-top, feeling a little annoyed. I then pulled out the white wand. At the bottom of the wand is a swab, about the size of the end of a cotton bud.

                I was instantly pleased by the peppermint smell that greeted my nose. It was strong, intense and of the kind that clears your nose, kind of like a Trebor extra strong mint or Vick's Vapour Rub would do.

                I looked at the swab and instantly noticed that the gooey green substance did not appear very green on the bud, so I was not too worried that I would be having green smudges on my face to "impress" my fiance with.

                I started to lift the wand to my face and put some of the product onto my spots. It transpired that the goeey substance was more like a gel. Once it met the spots, it instantly seemed to have a cooling effect. It did not sting or irritate my skin, however. Like anticipated, the coverage appeared clear, not green.

                I applied the product to all my spots and then had to wait about two minutes for it to dry before I could have my face get in contact with anything else (fingers, pillows, etc).

                Initially, I would wash my face three times a day and apply the product each time. To my amazement, it did not dry out my skin at all, on the contrary. I found that, on most days, I did not need a moisturiser before applying any foundation.

                Did it work? The jury is still out on this one. I did find that it seemed to reduce the swelling on my larger spots and that my skin did seem to become clearer over time. But the product seemed to have little or no effect on areas that were infested by smaller spots only (i.e. the type that you easily cover up with make-up).

                My first tube lasted me about 10 days, with three applications a day. My second tube lasted me about 3 weeks, with 2 applications a day.


                ***Price and availability***

                This product is only available at Superdrug and will set you back £2.09.


                ***The verdict***

                While I certainly would not call it a "magic wand", I have become strangely attached to this product. I am about to finish my second bottle and I am considering buying a third one. At this price, it does not seem to be a huge waste of money. In any event, I did have the feeling it helped my larger unwanted guests disappear and I really did enjoy the cooling sensation of the product and its lovely minty smell.


                **Further info***

                Superdrug Stores PLC
                Admail 838
                Croydon, CR9 4WZ

                www.superdrug.com

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