Most of you guys have come to the page to check out what are the best over-the-counter acne spot 2014-11-04 17.39.14treatments out there in the market. And so, rather than reviewing each of the acne spot treatment gels I have, here I have put together an analysis of three brands that I have in my hand. Contestants are: Clinique Spot Healing Gel, Darphin Blemish Clearing Gel, and Clean & Clear Invisible Blemish Treatment.

Clinique’s Spot Healing Gel

  • Price: Around $12 CAD (from YVR’s Duty Free shop) or $19 (from The Bay)
  • Effective: High (can see effects overnight)
  • Scent: Nothing
  • Dries really quick, not sticky at all
  • 1% Salicylic Acid

Darphin’s Blemish Clearing Gel

  • Price: Around $7 USD (from Seattle’s Premium Outlet)
  • Effective: High (can see effects overnight)
  • Scent: Smells pretty nice!
  • Takes a slightly longer time to dry, slightly sticky

Clean & Clear’s Invisible Blemish Treatment

  • Price: Around $7 CAD (from Wal-Mart)
  • Effective: Low (can’t really see effects)
  • Scent: Smells terrible
  • Doesn’t dry quick, slightly sticky
  • 2% Salicylic Acid

2014-11-04 17.47.15Here’s my results 😉

  1. Darphin’s Blemish Clearing Gel
  2. Clinique’s Spot Healing Gel
  3. Clean & Clear’s Invisible Blemish Treatment

Obviously, Clean & Clear’s acne spot gel is in total defeat in my opinion. Although it has the highest salicylic acid concentration in its product, it seems like it doesn’t quite do the job.

Please note that the brands Darphin and Clinique are higher end brands; they cost more when you shop at The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, or any other department stores. In order to get the best prices (like the ones I mentioned above), I recommend you to shop for these products at discounted stores or duty free shops.

How to apply

Start off with a clean face. Squeeze out a drop of gel on your clean fingertips and gently dab onto your blemishes. Make sure you cover the entire area of your acne! Let the gel dry so it forms an invisible film to protect your acne (like a band-aid). Apply moisturizer.


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