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Friday, August 24, 2012

Spot Fighting Scrubs

I’ve been having a lot of problems with my skin lately, with plenty of spots popping up around my chin! Normally I have pretty clear skin, but it’s going a bit crazy at the moment. This all started after I was using Simple Spotless Skin line (which incidentally is to help get rid of spots) which broke me out terribly.


I've been trying lots of different scrubs and washes, and I thought I would review these three for you all!


I picked up this Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control daily scrub after my spots really started flaring up. You can get this pretty much everywhere and it retails at £4.79. This formula is enriched with green tea and cucumber and helps to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. It claims to be gentle enough for everyday use without over-drying.

The formula itself is a gel/cream consistency and feels really light when you put it onto your face. It has small blue coloured micro beads which help to remove the impurities. When rubbing this into your face, it has a cool, slight tingling feeling and a hint of a minty fragrance. When you rinse it, it really does leave your skin feeling smooth and squeaky clean. I’ve noticed a big difference in my spots since I started using this, and when I stopped using it to try out the DHC cleansing oil I got in my August Glossybox, (review here) I broke out! So it seems to be working! I’d definitely recommend it.


St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub is an old favourite. I used to love it when I was about 14/15 and it really helped my skin back then. When I found it in Asda on sale for £2 I thought I would give it a try again. It claims to be the UK’s number one scrub brand, and this specific product has 100% natural exfoliants (including walnuts and corn kernel) and 100% natural extracts. It also has salicylic acid to help clear and prevent spots. Like I mentioned, I got this on offer for around £2 at Asda, and it is currently half price in Superdrug just now for £1.99!

The one thing I will say about this scrub is that my skin feels so soft after using it, its pretty unbelievable! It has a slight apricot but also woody scent. (I’m guessing that’s the walnuts..) The exfoliator particles are much more visible in this scrub and it really does clean the skin very well, whilst still feeling gentle and moisturising. The only thing I would say is that I think that the Neutrogena one has cleared up my spots a lot more. This one didn’t really seem to do much in terms of spots, but when my skin problem has shifted I would definitely use this as an everyday scrub!


I’ve had this product for a while now. It is the Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash and Mask. Even before my skin started flaring up, I would use this mask once a week to avoid the exact problem that I now have! I stopped using it to use the Simple line which eventually caused the problems I now have. It contains a high level of moisturisers and a low level of salicylic acid so your skin looks clear  and smooth, and has avocado/ pomegranate extracts and Vitamin E to protect and nourish the skin. It retails for £4.99.

Like I said, I’ve been using this mask once a week on and off for about 3 months now and I really do like it. I tended not to use it as a daily face wash but you definitely could as it feels really gentle on the skin. It doesn’t have a particular scent and is a really thick creamy consistency. You leave the mask on for 3-5 minutes and it dries, which I love. (For some reason I really like face masks that dry in? – weird, I am aware!) It leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and since I’ve started using it again I can see my spots and scarring fading, which I’m really happy with.

I’d love to hear any recommendations you have in terms of skincare that helps to fight spots! If you have a favourite, please let me know!!



Unknown said...

I had terrible acne as a teenager even though my skin is quite dry - what I found best was using a cleanser designed for dry / sensitive skin with minimal fragrance. I found scrubs aggravated my skin more - but that's probably just me. There's a great website called that I wish had been around when I was a teenager. Hope that helps! Great review! x

Unknown said...

Ohhhh I will check that website out :) its just recently my skin has gone haywire, convinced it was the Simple Spotless Skin line, since my skin was fine before I used that :( thanks for the advice! :) xoxo

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