This is the best thing I've ever used for acne. My skin is usually clear with the exception of a few occasional zits but a couple years ago I had a breakout of cystic acne and was unsure of how to get rid of it. My friend had this and let me try it and my skin was instantly improved. Within a month of using it daily most of my acne had cleared up. It's great for a bad breakout or smaller pimples. It also didn't irritate my very sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend this and for the price (around $7-$8) it's a great buy.
This is by far the best target acne treatment I've ever tried. Having a very sensitive but also acne prone skin I try to avoid putting harsh/strong acne products on my face but sometimes those big ugly whiteheads live me no choice, so I find spot/target treatments to be a good compromise as I don't have to cover my whole face with very acidic lotions but just the problematic areas. It seems more merciful...
I must confess I am very surprised by the mixed reviews this little miracle thingy gets. It really worked for me! I apply it right on the whitehead in the evening and in the morning I'd find it significantly smaller and dried out.
The downside of it is that I can not find it anywhere in Europe, I bought mine while in the US... also the tube has a rather big hole so sometimes I end up squeezing too much product which is frustrating because the tube itself is very tiny and has very little product in it.
I had some horrible rebound acne from stopping my birth control after 6 years, so as you can imagine, my skin went through a huge hormonal change which resulted in a cystic-type break out on my jawline and cheeks. basically, it did nothing for the cystic, angry pimples and I had to just wait those out, very disappointing. although I will say it's fairly good at keeping future break outs at bay and I haven't had any major issues since using it. I will also add that after some of my more minor pimples have popped, the gel seems to work better to reduce size and redness, but as most of you know, the cystic pimples don't come to a head in order for that to happen.
as far as the "fade" part of this duo, I haven't seen any drastic results that I would rave about and I've been using it for a month now, daily, 1 to 2 applications. I also personally have VERY oily skin and the gel like formula isn't drying enough which results in even more oil build up. For the $10, I will probably try another product next time just because I wasn't wowed by these results.
I don't get bad acne often, just around "that time of the month", but when I do break out, it's BAD. I have yet to find anything that actually helps with the redness, swelling, and scarring I experience. My breakouts take usually a month or so to die down, and the scarring lasts up to a year. This product does nothing for me. Absolutely nothing. I was hoping it would help with the swelling/redness, as it claims it combats that in 8 hours, but for me, it doesn't. It doesn't help with scarring either.
Left my face sticky and I couldn't apply makeup over top. I used this in conjuction with the toner, both left me dissapointed and sticky.
Did not help my skin. After applying it left my skin feeling very tight and dry. My skin actually started to itch turn red. This gel made my acne scars look worse and more noticeable.
I don't understand all the bad reviews this has gotten, although since everyone's skin is different, I guess people have varying viewpoints on it. For me, this is my HG for zit zapping. I don't break out often, but when I do, it's awful. Recently I developed a line of three deep under the skin, red, angry pimples on my jawline. NOTHING I tried even made a dent in them.
Finally, I saw this at Target and bought it in despair. And it worked! Withing a day or two, those big angry zits dried up and disappeared. The best part is that this gel dried them up so that they didn't come to a head and have to be popped. (Sorry for the grossness.)
It does seem to have faded the marks somewhat but I have been lax in following up with application. But I will definitely buy this again for the sheer zit zapping magic.
I am a pretty harsh critic, so for me to rave about something so much is a bit unusual. Maybe it's just my skin type that this works so well on? Maybe so. If you have extremely fair skin (med - dry) and are over 40, I highly recommend this.
The product is ok. I say okay because it doesn't help nor increase my breakouts. I feel this gel is not very strong and does not help fading. It works for minor red bumps over night but nothing too major. I didn't like how much comes in the tube for close to $10. But with everything, you have to do trial and error. OH YEA...very hard to put lotion on the face after applying the gel. It will get cakey and peel off (not your skin, the product). The conflicting ingredients cause build up so you cant really put on lotion. Overall this was a trial and error treatment for me. Won't be buying this or proactive again.
I have very dry skin that is not acne prone. However, I might get a breakout during "that" time of the month and wanted a spot treatment. Suddenly out of nowhere this past month I had a few large, painful breakouts and used this on them. Recalling how drying people often experience such treatments, I used a buffer moisturizer underneath this. It worked as advertised on me meaning overnight the blemishes were almost flat, the redness, swelling significantly reduced. I was kind of amazed because they were sore and painful. I'm left with a small reddish spot where I broke out but no scar and these spots are fading. I'm not sure if they would have faded faster had I continued to use it once the blemish was gone or not but I'm quite satisfied with the performance of this product. I think it could be helpful to most people to buffer acne spot treatments with an oil free or otherwise noncomedogenic moisturizer that they know won't further clog their pores. In doing so, although I have extremely dry skin, I experienced no further drying, flaking etc, that many reviewers even with quite oily skin, experienced.
I purchased this product around 6 months ago in an attempt to find a cheaper alternative for my spot treatment from Philosophy. Unfortunately, I can't give this stuff a very high rating at all. I've used it several times on several different occasions, and I've never once been the least bit impressed. I generally like to apply spot treatments before bed, right after I've washed my face, and let them work their magic throughout the night. I've never been able to tell a difference at all the following morning when I use this stuff, something that certainly isn't the case when I use my HG spot treatment. The price (anywhere from $6 to $9, depending on where you shop) would be absolutely amazing if the product actually worked, but for something that has no effect at all, I think the price is pretty steep. It also has a very, very strong chemical smell, which is the case with pretty much any spot treatment on the market, so I wouldn't label that a con at all. That is pretty much to be expected. Something I would consider a major con (other than the fact that the stuff just doesn't work, of course), however, would be the fact that it actually made my face very red and itchy after using it, which might have been tolerable had it actually helped my pimple!