I've been using this spot treatment for the past 2 years now. I'm up to about 1/3 of the product but that's because I only use it when I get breakouts or an occasional pimple. I also only apply this during my night skin care routine.
I purchased this in the US, which is significantly cheaper than what is charged in Australia (gosh... I think it was around AUD$35 for it at the time, which is crazy expensive for a product that does a 'meh' job). I initially bought this because I needed toiletries for the time I was staying in the States and I thought Clinique was a good brand to go for. I believe they changed the name of the product now and packaging but I wasn't impressed with this product, so I won't be buying another Acne Solutions spot treatment.
This product is very harsh and it doesn't surprise me that some people experienced burning. I experience some burning sometimes. The active ingredient is 1% salicylic and that's all listed on the bottle but I'm sure there is alcohol in this product, adding to the harshness of this product (I don't have the box anymore but I smell alcohol in it). As a teen, I used benzoyl peroxide because I found it to be more effective but these days, I'm finding it harsh so I opt for salicylic acid. This product is not very effective. It's okay for smaller pimples but larger and more inflamed ones that are painful don't work quite as well.
I received a sample of this product in my Sephora bag and honestly, i normally throw out samples because i get scared of trying new things on my skin too often but for some reason i decided to give this a try as a spot treatment. I really liked how it went on and stayed on. Ive been using Grease Lightning from Lush as a spot treatment and while ive loved it, once it dries, it flakes off very easily. This product is a clear gel and once it dries, it stays put. You could probably keep this on under makeup it stays so well. It does sting a bit, but i actually like that, it makes me feel like the product is really working and the stinging doesn't last long at all, maybe 10-15 seconds. It says you can put this all over your face, but i've just been using it on blemishes and pimples and have honestly loved it! I noticed i was getting a cyst type pimple in the middle of my cheek yesterday. The very beginning stages of it, but definitely one of those babies that stays around for a good month all said and done. I applied this gel and went to bed. I kid you not, when i woke up this morning it had come to a head already. This gel isn't a miracle product, my pimple didn't disappear over night and i will probably still be dealing with it for another week and half, but i am beyond impressed! It cut this pimples life down by half at least, maybe even more. I couldn't believe it. I am definitely sold on this product and absolutely recommend it!
Horrible product!!! I have been using it for a while and it really really burns my pimples! It does nothing to shrink it's size or reduce it's color it just burns!
I love this product. It definitely works, and quickly, without being very drying to my skin.
It does NOT wear well under makeup, so I mostly use it in the evening. By the next day, problem blemishes are greatly improved.
I will buy this again and again - my husband loves it too!
Great spot treatment gel! Dries out pimples in a few days but one lippie off because of the packaging and the fact that it doesn't necessarily make the pimple disappear, only dries it. All in all, great product !!
SO when I first started using this is was excellent. I'd put it on a spot and it'd dry up and go away. Now after about a year, it BURNS my skins and turns the area black, so basically it leaves a scar which it never did before. I am not using anything different on my face so I don't know why that's the case so I have had to stop using it and I am now using tea tree oil for spot treatment.
I have been getting breakouts on my chin the last few weeks, which is not normal for me. Usually I get one or two pimples once in a while, but this has been like a small eruption and really irritating and none of my usual spot treatments were working.
I bought this product based on the great reviews I saw here, and I was completely disappointed. It cost me $18 and has done absolutely nothing but make things worse. In fact, I seem to be breaking out even more.
So now I'm out $20 (including the tax) and this breakout is relentless. For someone like me who has not really had much acne to deal with, I'm incredibly frustrated. I have no idea what to use to try and get rid of this breakout, but I know it's not this product!
This product has been a GODSEND for me and my gigantic cystic pimples. I am not normally acne prone, but if I am PMSing (or slacking on my skin care) I do get the occasional deep, painful subcutaneous pimples that flourish into massive whiteheads when left untreated. Ok, so about this product: YES, it is harsh. If you have all over acne, this is not for you... It is a definite SPOT treatment. However, I like the stinging I feel wherever I apply it bc, IMO, I know it's working! It will dry the spot you apply it to, so I use a Q Tip to ensure I am getting it only on that small area. But isn't that how these products work?? It is NOT a miracle worker. If you have a nasty blemish, it's not gonna clear it over night (nothing will). However, I find that this does DRASTICALLY reduce the healing time of my pimples. The sooner you use it the better, it literally stops pimples in their tracks. This means if you catch it while its still under the skin, it will stay under the skin instead of becoming a white head. AAAAMAAAZZING! Also, the formula is a clear gel that goes on in a thin layer. You cannot see it, so you can wear it in the day or even under cosmetics. Personally, this is important because it is the reason I strayed from drug store spot treatments. Aside from not noticing results, walking around with huge Cakey mounds of zit cream on my face is NOT MY STEELO! If you have very sensitive skin or all over acne, this may be too harsh for you. However, if you are troubled by the occasional zit, I would definitely recommend. Hands down, the most effective and most inconspicuous spot treatment I've tried. ( PS. I have also tried Murad's spot treatment which is also high end. Clinique blows it outta the water in my opinion in both results AND consistency/visibility!)
I've been using this for about 15 odd years and I wouldn't be without it! I'm not sure how good it would be for acne, but I still get the odd spot every week and this works wonders! It might seem pricey but the little bottle lasts ages. It's also great on all different types of spots, unlike some lotions which work on specific types. Give it a go!
I've actually had this for YEARS and I must admit I forgot about it amongst all my bathroom stuff but my mom needed something for pimples and I remembered I had this in there. After she used it and kept coming back for the odd (really bad) pimple she gets, I had to actually try it! I developed this mean spot right on my temple and it looked red and inflamed, I figured what the heck, might as well try this stuff. When I woke up the next morning the spot was almost all gone! It was like a god darned miracle. I imagine it works in a few hours on very small bumps, but I usually only use it on the big and nasty ones. I can't exactly remember what I paid for it, but I guess I made a good investment :)