“ Brand: Wilko / Type: Blemish Control / Subcategory: Stick / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
My Mum actually gave me this spot stick about two years ago now and I've been using it ever since. I had assumed that it had cost her quite a bit of money as the packaging is quite expensive looking and the product does actually work.
I had never bothered to look the price up until writing this review and I was shocked to see that it actually retails at just 98 pence! This is the full retail price and you can also get two for £1.50 so this is a very affordable spot treatment.
The spot treatment comes in a glass bottle which has 8ml of product in it and size wise it is a little bigger than a lipstick. It is very sturdy feeling and the bottle has a white lid which is easy to pull off and it goes back on securely too. When the lid is off there is a white plastic roller ball which when you roll it gets covered in the spot treatment.
The roller ball isn't that good as it stiffens up and becomes dry after each use, and I find that each time before I use it I need to roll it on a hard surface or on the back of my hand for a good 30 seconds or so before the product starts to go onto the roller ball. The roller ball gets coated in product which is obviously wet and quite greasy and you then simply roll it over the area where you have a spot.
Luckily I don't get many spots but when I do I will either use this or use non diluted tea tree oil. I usually use this if I'm being lazy as I don't need to transfer the product onto a cotton bud or cotton pad - I just need to take off the lid, roll it until the roller ball is coated in product and then directly apply it to my spot. The product feels wet once on my skin but it dries really quickly and my skin isn't left looking or feeling greasy.
It doesn't sting or irritate my skin at all and after using it for a week or so my spots are almost completely gone. Normal tea tree oil which isn't as diluted works a little quicker but there's not that much difference in how quickly it takes and I'm happy with this spot stick as it does work. I also like that although it does smell like tea tree oil it doesn't smell as strongly as normal tea tee oil and the smell doesn't linger on my skin.
All in all I'm going to give this product four out of five stars. It knocked one star off because of the roller ball not being the best but apart from that this is a good product.
As said by a few the contents seem to get stuck in bottle and do not flow out with the roller ball, what I did was to remove the ball, and pour out some liquid onto a cotton bud and that way you can just dab the offending spot, and you do not get that sticky feeling, on larger spots just smear it over and let dry it is normal for it to feel taught as that is the reaction of the Spot Stick, to cover the Spot and allow it to shrink. Use after a good clean wash, dry and the skin and spot do not rub this aggravates the Spot, and then apply.. One nice thing is that you can use it a few times a day, best not to cover with to much make up aftershaves or plasters.
I have recently been getting awful outbreaks of spots, so i decided to try a specialist spot cream/stick.
The Wilkinsons one i tried was called Skinology SpotStick, and was a roll-on. It promised to leave skin feeling pure, protected and fresh.
I first tried it when i felt a spot developing, and unfortunately nothing happened, and the spot continued getting red and inflamed. I was disappointed to discover it that it was incredibly hard to get any of the liquid to come out, i had to shake it upside down a good few times, and even then i had to roll it over my spot rather hard, to actually get the liquid flowing, and even then the liquid kept seizing up.
I was unable to wear it over my make-up, and as it left a rather sticky feeling on the skin, i didn't want to try it under my usual load of concealer.
It did have a rather pleasant and fresh fragrance, but it did not work at all what it was originally intended for, clearing spots faster. I would not buy it again.
Ok so I'm 34, I admit it lol. I don't expect spots at this age but I do get them! I hate them and they're especially crummy to get when your older as they mismatch the lines, wrinkles, deep set frown lines and crows feet big time! I thought I'd outgrow spots by the time I hit this age but no I really haven't! I get them often and I still get blackheads and whiteheads and open pores that contain wet liquid alot! I just don't have great skin if you look at it close up but if you see me you wouldn't think I had awful skin from a distance type of thing.
However spots make me feel ugly and greasy. I'm sure they do the majority of us really. I am prone to a greasy-t-zone and dry skin just below my jaw line and although I like to use thick and heavy moisturisers etc for my anti-aging regime it has to be said if you suffer spots they act up big time if they can and they don't like rich, thick creams at all.
I do use an exfoliating scrub most days. Not a really harsh or abrasive one but I do like to keep my pores unblocked if possible and find this a good method for tackling spots. I do have cleansers and toners etc that are anti-bacterial and a couple of spot lotions too. However nothing works really as a prevention as sometimes my spots are purely hormonal so I deliberately looked for an 'on the spot treatment' pardon the pun lol whilst I was out shopping. I was in Wilkinson's and I do like to purchase toiletries in there as it's so cheap and this was one I picked to try.
The product itself comes in a light turquoise, oblong, cardboard box. On the front I'm told it's Skinology, Spot Stick which 'Leaves skin feeling pure, Protected & fresh' and 'Helps tighten pores & clear spots faster with anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil & Botanical Witch Hazel and I'm told this information in white, dark turquoise and dark blue writing and it's the same on the back and the front of the box. On one side of the box all in dark blue writing I'm given contact details for Wilkinson and given a cash-back promise if I'm not satisfied with the product and there is a bar-code on there. On the other side of the box I'm told a bit about the product, directions fore use, warnings are given, ingredients are listed and finally the size is stated (9ml). On every side of the box and the flip open part to get my product out of I'm reminded it's Skinology. Ok box, nothing special and suitable for a man or woman to purchase though I found mind in the ladies skin care section of the store.
Well the clear liquid is housed in a chunky, clear glass bottle that has a turquoise label on the front telling me the same information that's on the front and back of the box. There is a screw on/off white plastic lid/cap to the top which covers a small white roller-ball.
Directions for use (on the box) tells me ' Apply directly to spots after thoroughly cleansing skin' so basically that's what I do. I roller some on directly over my spots gently.
Simple to do, not alot of the clear liquid comes out and you do have to rub it back and forwards over the spot to see it's covered. The smell is of natural tea tree oil. Not overpowering or fake in any way it smells natural enough. It's slightly sticky once applied, then dries in within a minute leaving a slight clammy feeling and the smell vanishes completely within a couple of minutes.
The thing I was most surprised about with this is the none 'tingle' feeling. I was expecting one to be honest as I rubbed over spots which had yellow puss in them and were about to erupt at any God given moment! No though, not any sensation at all! There is a reason for this though...
The product doesn't work. Well it doesn't to Jack for me. I used it regularly instead of giving in and squeezing my spots and not only did it not reduce redness and take down any inflammation, it never tightened pores and spots were made no better at all. This isn't a preventative cure it's a target spots product and at no point did it help any of my skin issues.
You can't apply it over make up or under as it's stickyish and basically all I can say really is save your £1.29 it really doesn't work and believe me I really persisted with it and in the end I squeezed my spots and used some spot cleanser instead which was much more effective. Another thing with this I found is that although my skin is rather prone to being described as greasy this dried my skin out in places and I had flaky skin so that wasn't good either so if your skin isn't as greasy as mine I'm sure it'd do your skin more harm that in did me!
Not recommended from me on any level but can only be found in Wilkinson's. I'd advise you to save your pennies on this it's worse than useless!