Product Type: Witch body care
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Witch Product To Choose For Spots?
Member Name: cazkins
Advantages: Easy to apply, reasonably priced, reduced size/redness of spots, doesn't irritate skin
Disadvantages: Not a miracle, but better than other creams/lotions/gels I've tried that cost far more
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.
Summary: A great little stick to try on problem skin