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I have very problematic skin that is always breaking out especially under stressful circumstances, and then I get even more stressed because of these stupid spots. I am always looking for a skincare product to either treat these spots or to just prevent them in the first place. I had not found the perfect on until this little beauty came along. It is a little stick, about the size of a lipstick, but a bit shorter and a little wider. This makes it handy in the fact that you can carry it around with you or in your handbag without it weighing you down. It is small but convenient! You apply it to your skin when you feel a spot coming along or you actually apply it to the spot. It says that it breaks down the bacteria that causes a spot and I do not think they are lying. When applied to your skin, I find that, it stings a bit and soon after that area is a little numb - you instantly feel it and see it working. I would totally recommend this because it isn''t one of those products that you have to use for a couple of weeks to actually see a difference, it works instantly. Furthermore, because it is small do no think you are not getting your moneys worth because believe me you are. The stick is like the consistency of a balm and you are only using fractions at a time whenever you feel like you are going to break out. So this product should last a while, depending on how bad your skin is. And you won''t be needing to repurchase it over and over again.
On the advice of a friend I bought this little stick to try to deal with a spotty outbreak, and not only did it help clear my blemishes with ease it's useful for so many other things!
The plastic tube containing the firm, blue stick comes in a cardboard package, which has all the instructions and product info on. The plastic casing has a push-up base, making it easy to get at the contents inside. However, if you're a bit heavy handed it's almost impossible to push the stuck back down again, so be careful!
The witch hazel has an immediate cooling effect, although on broken skin it will sting a little. (Or a lot, depending on your sensitivity). There's no greasy, oily or sticky residue and it doesn't leave an obvious antiseptic smell. It's astringent properties can help with very oily skin and open pores.
I took this little stick on holiday to Corfu with me and successfully treated mozzie bites with it (also used it at home for gnat bites after an evening in the garden). It also swiftly dealt with some heat rash on my feet.
Do put the cap on properly once you've used it or it'll dry out.
I have never kept it a secret that I suffer with my skin when I'm stressed. Give me a deadline or take away my money and I'm sure to have the Himalayas growing on my forehead ready to be climbed by some explorers (yes they are really that bad.. I think!). My boyfriends mum introduced me to this little stick quite a while ago when I was complaining about a hidden beast on my chin - since that moment I have never looked back, my spot went down within 24 hours!
Witch is a skin care brand that is well known for its blemish care, specialising in tackling problematic skin and its been a staple brand in my bathroom since I was 14. All of their products contain tea tree and witch hazel to help tackle any blemishes and improve the overall look of your skin. I picked up my blemish stick in Tesco for £2 and its lasted me about 4 months with regular usage and I tend to only use this once a week after my nightly skincare routine, or more regularly if I am breaking out or have the odd spot that won't go away.
To use this, you simply push up the base and the blue solid stick will appear allowing you to rub it across any area of your face that needs a zap. I tend to just rub it once across my forehead, down my nose and across my chin - extending my T zone. The scent of tea tree is quite powerful and it does tingle a bit if you're using it after exfoliating but to me, that just lets me know that it is getting into my pores and clearing out all of the rubbish!
I would really recommend this product to anyone wanting a 'quick fix' for spot clearing, it is by far one of the best that I have tried as I find that some of the other blemish sticks don't work as well. The stick works really well on my skin and I honestly cannot fault it - it doesn't dry me out or make my break out worse, definitely £2 well spent!
As somebody who has very acne prone skin, I have tried many, many products over the years to help prevent or treat spots. The Witch Stick is a product I have bought on more than one occasion. It currently costs £2.89 from Boots for a 10g stick.
The stick comes in a cardboard tube with a high back that contains the product information. The stick's packaging is turquoise and plastic. It has a screw top lid, and a push up bottom which allows you to push the Witch Stick up. It also moves back down so you can return the stick into the tube to keep it protected.
The stick is also turquoise in colour, and looks gel-like. It's soft enough to dent if you push with your finger, but solid enough to hold it's shape in the tube. It contains Witch Hazel is a well known anti-oxidant and astringent, and has strong anti-bacterial properties making it an ideal ingredient to help battle spots and acne.
The stick has quite a strong smell if you sniff it, but otherwise quite subtle. To apply it instructs you simply dab the stick on as often as you need, preferably as soon as blemishes start to appear. I find the stick glides onto my skin very easily, it feels like it's almost melting on a little and is very easy to apply. It feels a little menthol on my skin, but this isn't irritating and after it's sunk in it soon disappears. The only downside I've found to this style of application is that if you apply the stick to heavily it will dry on your skin and you will be left with obvious marks from it which you need to wipe off and essentially mean you'll end up removing all of the product and need to reapply it - so little and often seems to be the best plan of action.
I did find that the Witch stick helped to soothe my spots and also helped my skin to heal quicker after a breakout. However, the residue left on my skin after a heavy application put me off using it so much, so I keep searching for new products and now use this stick on an ad-hoc basis. The stick lasts a long while, I left my first one for months and although it had shrunk a little it still worked perfectly well when I went back to using it.
The Witch Stick is not tested on animals. The ingredients are:
Alcohol Denat., Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristyl Lactate, Lauramide DEA, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, CI 42090
This is definitely a good product to try if you suffer from spots, either regularly or occasionally. It won't be for everyone, but as it's very reasonably priced I would definitely recommend trying it. I'm going to give it 4 stars, as it has some positive effects on my spots but the residue after regular/heavy application was annoying.
The Witch Stick is something that I read about a few years ago in a review and I thought that it sounded like a good idea. There is always something new in the market to try and so I always ended up getting distracted by another product. When I was suffering a particularly bad bout of spots on my chin I was browsing Boots looking for something different to help as I felt like my current products were not working when I spotted this Witch stick.
I paid a little under £3.00 for mine and this was for a 10g stick. I thought that this priced seem reasonable and I'd pay just a little less for a lip balm or lip gloss of a similar size so I figured if it worked it'd be good value for money.
This little witch stick is a small tube that is light blue in colour. There is a twist off top and this reveals a glue like tube. Just poke your finger in to the bottom of the tube and then push the tube interior up and the witch stick will be revealed. To push the witch stick back down all you need to do is put the lid on and this will push the stick back down and leave this closed off and hygienic. The size of this small tube means that it is simple to put inside my make-up bag and it is there if and when I might need it.
Using this is very simple, just dab this on to the affected areas and try to target spots as soon as possible. I usually can tell when I'm getting a spot and so I start to use this immediately, long before any large bump or red area has appeared. This Witch Stick contains an anti-bacterial ingredient which is designed to help combat spots, blemishes and other minor skin irritations. This stick is great for oily / combination skin because of this and this is ideal for me as I suffer from oily skin when my spots are appearing and so I need all the help I can get! When using this there is a light, mild smell that is slightly like tea tree. This smell isn't too bad at all and this dries quickly once on my face. I do find that if I apply far too much that it can tingle a little bit but then this is to be expected when using a tea tree based product on sore or broken skin. Occasionally when I've used a lot there is a slightly visible mark where this has dried, however, I just be careful when applying this and do so before I go out or when I am hiding in the bathroom at work with water on hand to wash my face slightly if need be.
In general I find that with regular use that any spots do wear off within just a few days. They usually don't get to a point where they burst through the skin which is an improvement on before as usually they would burst and then I would have broken skin and a scab and then this might start again. The redness and the raised bumpiness of my skin is improved greatly within just one day of usage and while this isn't a magic cure that works in hours but I'm yet to find one of those. I was pleased with the price that I paid as well as the quality of this product. It was simple to use and worked really quite well for me.
I used to use this type of product all the time due to my skin being naturally oily and blemish-prone, but over the last few years I've only had the odd spot or breakout so /i haven't really bothered. A while ago though I had a massive breakout of spots caused by a new powder I'd started using, and I needed something to help sort out the spots. I picked up a Witch Stick in Superdrug for £2.89.
The stick looks a lot like a lip balm stick, but much wider. It's made of a sturdy, thick blue plastic and has a screw on/off lid that opens easily but fastens tightly so it won't spoil your makeup bag or handbag if you're carrying it around with you, and the size means it is perfect for doing just that. The only real difference between this and a lip balm tube, other than the size, is that instead of twisting up the stick pushes up. You just put your finger in the bottom of the tube and push, but you have to be careful because if you push too hard the whole stick will pop out of the tube.
The product is a semi-transparent blue coloured substance which is almost solid in the tube but feels quite soft to touch which allows it to be transferred to the skin. The idea is to apply it directly to the skin, but I personally prefer to apply it with my finger simply because this is more hygienic. It does have quite a strong scent of witch hazel which is not unpleasant but it will sting if you use it too close to your eyes.
It feels surprisingly wet on my skin when I apply it and it doesn't dry quickly so using too much at a time really doesn't work out as it just leaves skin feeling wet and unable to use anything else over the top of it. If you do only use a small amount it does feel ok after a while but I find I still can't apply makeup over the top of it as it simply rolls off.
I do find this very effective at drying out spots and it works quicker than anything else I've used, without drying out the skin around the spot, which is fantastic. It's also great for using after plucking my eyebrows to calm the skin and prevent swelling/infection etc, and would work equally well for anyone who waxes their top lip to calm down the skin afterwards, but I wouldn't use it on any larger areas as you would just use far too much of it. I do find that the stick runs out pretty quickly even when I'm just using it on spots, it doesn't seem like I'm using much at all but suddenly the stick is nearly finished and I have to buy a new one.
Overall I think this is a good product for getting rid of spots quickly, but it's no good if you want to wear make-up.
When I first used this product I did have difficulty with the pressure needed to pop the stick up (it works the same way as a push up lipbalm) if you push too hard the entire stick comes out and is a little difficult to get back in. However with more use it gets worn down and easier to use and you quickly learn how much pressure to apply.
It does have a very very strong smell, very vodka like but it is this alcohol ingredient that helps dry the spots out plus this smell mostly assures me it's going to work. However when I've needed to use it alot it does make my nose sting and my eyes water, definately don't use it anywhere near your eyes!
I suffer from oily skin and this is perfect for me and if I catch a spot early on it will almost or completely be gone the next day or atleast be reduced so much it will not show through makeup too much. Sometimes if I overuse it it does dry out my skin a bit and I definately don't recommend it to anyone with sensitive or dry skin as it will probably make things worse, or atleast use it in small doses if you really want it. I also don't recommend useing it much in the day or under makeup as it can make skin look flakey.
However having said all of this, Witchstick is honestly one of the best things I own and whenever it is in a 2 for 3 offer I stock up! I think even the pirice is sold for on it's own is worth it too as lasts a long time and works really well. I keep one by my bedside table, and one in my bag for any lurkers that pop up when I'm on the go.
I always get blemishes that come and go and some stay longer than others so I always need some kind of anti-bacterial blemish stick/gel to help me get rid of the really annoying blemishes!
I used to use Tea Tree prior to discovering Witch Hazel and it worked O.K for me, but I now prefer Witch Hazel. It stings when you apply it to spots that you have messed with, but that just tells you that its working its anti-bacterial properties!
I actually really like this stick form as opposed to gel because it feels less sticky when applied and I don't have to wait for it to dry too long. The only real big problem I have with this product is that although I feel it works well in helping calm my spots and make them go away faster, I HATE the packing.
Its one of those where you push your finger underneath for the product to pop out. The problem is sometimes you push up too much and you need to push it back down and when you do, you squash the product and it all falls apart creating a lot of wastage!
It would be much better if they could use a swivel form like a lipstick where you just turn it and it pops out so you can judge how much you want!
I came across the Witch Stick a few years ago but don't remember much about how effective it was. I started using it again more recently after picking up a new one; it may not give instantaneous results, but it's gentle enough to skin so as not to irritate and it seems to help reduce spots better than other creams & gels I've tried.
This comes as a small rounded but thick tube in light blue colour. The top twists off to reveal the gel like stick, which can be pushed up with your finger at the bottom of the tube. Pushing it back down after use is just a case of putting the lid back on. The front reads 'Witch, naturally clear, blemish stick'; it's quite plain, but it's a good size to make it easy to use and apply, pop in your bag, and it looks like good quality. Rather than paying for fancy packaging, it feels like you're paying for a good product, which is far more preferable in my opinion.
To use, it is recommended you dab on to affected areas of skin as and when required, though it's best to target spots early when they first appear. This is designed to fight bacteria and break down excess oils on the skin in order to banish spots, though it doesn't boast a load of never-heard-before chemicals with silly names. To me, the Witch Stick comes across as being that bit more natural and traditional, which doesn't necessarily make it less effective. In fact, having tried many new products that claim to work miracles with their fancy-name ingredients, Witch probably do a better job than most of them put together.
This is 'great for all skin types but especially oily / combination skin', so it is suitable for sensitive skin but just be aware of how your skin feels after use as to whether you may be applying too much or too often. I don't find that this irritates my skin at all, and my skin can be slightly sensitive at times to some products. If anything, I only ever really notice a slight sensation after using a lot on a freshly-cleansed face, but there's never been any stinging or redness.
I can't really describe the smell, I guess you could say tee tree and slightly medicinal, but nothing too pungent that it deters me from using at all. Because the stick is quite chunky, you get good coverage of the spot and surrounding area, so it's very quick and easy to use. It dries quite quickly too, which is a bonus. Sometimes it can dry noticeably, for instance, if you've used quite a bit on an area, which is something to bear in mind if you use before going out.
At the moment, because I've got a few spots taking residence on my face in my mid-20s, I'm using more of this per application and more frequently than I have in the past. It's pleasant and easy to use, and using more of it hasn't negatively affected my skin at all. I do find that after a few days the spots do seem to be less noticeable, in the sense that redness seems to reduce and then size gradually does the same too. It's not a miracle cure, but then again, there doesn't seem to be one (unless you know of a product that I don't, in which case, please let me know!). In comparison to other products I've tried over the counter from various popular brands, this seems to work the best and is the most reasonably priced too. I like that you can use as much or as little as you want / need without it irritating, and the appearance of spots does seem to be affected by using this after a few days.
This is quite a popular brand and particular product so it can be found in most chemists and supermarkets (I bought mine for £2 in Sainsburys, but Boots has it more around the £3 mark).
10g retails for around £2-3.
I have been using this product for years, and have probably gone through at least 5 sticks - so that's a testament to how effective I think it is! I would describe my skin as combination, and I get the occasional breakout, but I can't say that the overall condition of my skin is bad. I have never found this product to further aggravate any breakouts, or give my skin a bad reaction.
The product comes in a bright blue cylindrical stick. It is only little, so it's easy to pop into your bag. You get 10g of product for your money, and I've found that these sticks last for a fair while as you only need to dab on a little bit to the effected area. You should get at least 4months + depending on how often you use it.
The price of this product is currently £2.89 at Boots, and only £1.85 at Superdrug as it's on special offer. Either way I think this is a good bargain to say how long the product lasts.
This product genuinely works, and it works fairly quickly too! I usually dab it on at night before bed, and when I wake up the next day, I have found that any spots are dried out and healing well. I don't find that it irritates my skin, but it can be a little sore when first applies due to the nature of the tea tree and witch hazel. Any soreness usually disappears after a few seconds, and you are left with a slight tingling sensation on your skin (this doesn't last long either). The scent of this product is fairly strong, especially if you are new to using tea tree and witch hazel, it does smell quite strongly of alcohol too.
The only minor problem I've had with this, is that after using it for awhile, the stick can become a little loose.
I would definitely recommend this for the occasional breakout!
~The look of the product~
The 10g Blemish Stick is a little pocket/handbag sized product. The container is a sky blue colour with "Witch naturally clear" "Blemish Stick" written on the front. As the product is rounded the side/back of the product there is more information, "Witch Blemish Stick helps to break down excess oils and fights the bacteria that cause spots. The directions are described as, "Dab on as often as required when blemishes first appear." It also carries on to describe the best use, "Great for all skin types but especially oily/combination skin. As with all skincare products use with caution on sensitive skin" The only concern is that there is no ingredients list on the product but from memory it is on the box it comes in.
~The price~ and ~Value for money~
A 10g container is approx £2.25 per container, now to work out the price per cost is difficult really. However I use it everyday and it has lasted me since December 2011, so is very good value for money. Now you may question why I would use it everyday if it is a good product, well I have slight spot paranoia so I always like to prevent rather than cure, I apply it to the chin, tip of nose and in-between the eyebrows. So using it everyday on three areas is good value for money.
As I have explained quite a lot about how I use the product above, this will only be small to explain whether it works. Overall after using this product for around 2 years, I swear by this product so much so that I cannot be without the product, especially when I get time of the month breakout there is no more tears about breakout. It is easy to apply, take the cap off and the push the product stick up and dab or circle the product on and then let it dry before putting moisturiser on.
~The smell~and~the look/feel of product~
The smell of this product is quite a strong tea tree/alcohol smell but it does not smell whilst on the skin. The product does hold it's own as a stick but once on the skin it because a slight liquid which then dries into the skin. It is easy to apply and sinks into the skin within a minute.
I would rate this product as 5/5 as it really does work, it applies easily and it easy to carry around, not a long review but there isn't much to say about this product as it's great. Please feel free to comment on anything you wish to know about the product but which I have not put in this review, I have tried to write about everything I would wish to know but a few things may have escaped my mind.
My skin bothers me. I have tried out skingcare regimes using various products for various lengths of time, but I still get red patches, spots and general soreness at times. While wandering down one of the many skincare aisles at Boots, I stopped at the Witch section. I hadn't tried much of their stuff before and decided it couldn't hurt, especially when I noticed this little gem on the shelf.
It wasn't long before I had a chance to use it either (my skin doesn't disappoint like that... >_>). I rubbed a small amount onto the offending area, put the lid back on the stick, and all but forgot about it. About an hour later I caught sight of myself in the mirror and checked out the results - it was significantly less red and, when I touched it, less sore too! I applied it again before bed, and again the next morning and the spot was pretty much gone!
So what can you expect from the product? It's almost like a fat lipstick, but rather than twist it to get more out you have to push a thumb or finger inside to push the stick upwards. When applied, it feels sort of wet and tingly on your skin. It's an extremely convenient size and shape for handbags/emergency skin kits! My stick lasted absolutely ages, as you really don't need to apply much for it to do it's job.
My one complaint about this prooduct is the smell. It has a VERY strong alcohol smell which if applied too liberally can actually hurt my nose. Not pleasant.
I thought I was doing everything I should be doing to look after my skin; cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising right? Not so, apparently, as I was still getting the odd, bright red and painful spot. I saw the Witch stick advertised in a well-known ladies magazine and thought I would give it a try.
I am very impressed. If you use it as soon as you feel the beginnings of a spot, the spot may never appear. I managed to defeat a wannabe mountain of a spot just this week. It was a painful lump on my forehead that no-one looking at me would have noticed but it felt huge to me. I used the Witch stick on it for a few days and it disappeared without having ever appeared.
I have been using the Witch stick for a few months now and could not be without it. It is small enough that you can fit it into most handbags, along with your other essentials; and it is gentle enough that you can keep applying it throughout the day.
I do have just one word of warning though. The stick is blue in colour and can leave blue flakes on your skin. Just ensure that you use a mirror to apply it.
I generally have very clear skin and have been lucky enough not to suffer from spots too often but when they do appear they seem to do so with a vengeance and as I have them so infrequently this seems to make them all the more noticeable. For this reason it's important to me to have a product to hand that at least helps me feel that I'm doing something to get rid!
I've used a couple of Witch cleansers/gels previously and have always been pleased with the results I've got. I do think they can be a little more expensive than similar products so when I rushed into Superdrug in a spot-induced panic and saw the Witch Stick for under £3 I decided to give it a try.
The Witch Stick is packaged in a box of the usual light blue colour, and inside this is a tube - about the same length as a lip-balm but much thicker. There is a lid at one end and you push up the other end of the tube to push the stick up to the level so it can be applied by rubbing directly onto the face. The stick itself is blue and gel like, it has quite an anti-bacterial smell but you can also smell the witch hazel in the product which is quite nice.
When applied to a spot the stick leaves a tingling sensation which is very pleasant. I like that the product is applied directly as it is much more comfortable than having to rub into the affected skin with your fingers. As the product dries up on your skin I think it immediately makes the spots feel less sore and tighter. By using it a couple of times I day I think there is a definitely improvement to my spots and they do seem to disappear much more quickly than with other products I've used. The only issue I have is that a couple of times it has left my spots noticeably shinier and even left a blue tinge which really doesn't help with the desired effect!
I have been really impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it as a keep in the drawer emergency product for occasional spots.
Like lots of other people, I suffered from outbreaks of spots during my teenage years and still do from time to time. I have tried various different treatments during that time but the one that stands out for me as the best is the Witch Stick.
---About the product:
The Witch Stick is a witch hazel stick with with antibacterial properties that is designed to fight the spot causing bacteria and help heal the spots. It comes in a blue cylindrical plastic container which is packaged in a blue cardboard box containing instructions for use. The stick is to be used preferably as soon as a spot starts to appear but can be used at any time once it has taken hold. You can then use it as often as required and apply it directly to the spot.
The Witch Stick has a screw on top so that when removed the stick can be pushed up from the bottom so that the stick comes out the top. The stick is blue and looks solid but when you put in on your skin it feels like liquid. It looks blue in colour but goes on your skin clear and leaves no residue behind. It feels a bit tingly as it goes on but dries quickly and after that you can't tell that you have anything on your spot. It does not feel heavy or sticky and is not at all noticeable.
The product makes no guarantees about how long it will take for a spot to disappear etc, which I find more reassuring as it is not trying to be a miracle cure and then not living up to it! If I use this as soon as a spot starts to appear, I do find that they rarely break out properly and if they do, are less violent than others can be. If I forget to use it and the spot has already hit, I still find that using the stick helps to reduce the spot and it doesn't last on my face for as long as it would have otherwise. The stick can feel a little tingly as it goes on and you can notice a bit as it dries as the spot dries slightly too, but this feeling passes very quickly and I forget I've used it. I tend to use this quite a lot in one day when I have a spot and this has had no adverse effect on me or my spots. The stick is quite chunky and as you don't use a lot in one go, it will last a long time.
The stick is a good size (10g) and fits very well in a handbag for taking out with you. The lid stays firmly on and I have not had a problem with it breaking or coming undone in the bag. The only issue I've had is that the stick becomes detached from the bottom of the tube so if you hold it the wrong way up after opening it then it can fall out. But I feel this is a minor flaw and I am quite happy to live with it and continue using the stick.
I would always buy this as my first choice for treating spots. It is simple to use and fits neatly in my bag when I go out. I always try to keep this in my house for when I need it and would definitely recommend it. It costs around £2.50 - £3 which I feel is a good price for such a good product.
An anti-bacterial stick aimed at combating the onset of spots /