Spot cream that actually works?

(95 Posts)
Dancergirl Mon 10-Dec-12 00:01:08

Can anyone recommend one? I've tried clean and clear, neutragena (sp?) and freederm and they all do NOTHING!

squoosh Mon 10-Dec-12 01:48:47


I second Sudocrem. Bloody magical stuff!

SirDoris Mon 10-Dec-12 06:39:46

Try dabbing on a bit of tea tree oil. Drying, but works.

Iatemyskinnyperson Mon 10-Dec-12 07:15:09

La Roche Posay Effaclar AI

Oldladypillow Mon 10-Dec-12 08:36:42

Layer on sudocrem at night. Works for me and I've tried everything grin

Germolene will reduce and dry then out too

If you use teA tree oil get a string one. I think its the body shop one is really weak but the branded I think it's just called Australian tea tree is stronger. As is the super drug own brand one.

Also witch hazel but not the skin care one. Look in the first aid aisle the witch hazel you can get there is good for spots.

jumpinghoops Mon 10-Dec-12 08:44:43

Origins On the Spot is excellent, quite pricey but tiny pot lasts ages.

KenDoddsDadsDog Chile Mon 10-Dec-12 08:50:40

I just came on to say Origins on the spot as well!

20092012 Mon 10-Dec-12 08:57:33

If u can get hold of a aloe Vera plant cut a bit of the leaf and apply the gel like substance inside 100% natural and it very good also if you eat a bit of that every day u won't even get spots! I eat it every day it seriously clears ur complexion! Google benefits of eating aloe vera!

WayneDeer Mon 10-Dec-12 09:07:45

depends on the type of spots
is it acne?

also clean and clear and neutrogena have loads of dross in their ranges and very few useful bits

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 10-Dec-12 10:24:17

Clinique do a blemish gel which is very good for breakouts. I used to use it all the time when I had a bit of acne.

WayneDeer Mon 10-Dec-12 10:41:02

i use the olay dry cleaning cloths for sensitive skin
rinse with warm water
then use the neutrogena stress 3 in 1 hydrating spot gubbins as a bha
often cos I'm old I also use this as an aha

I think a really gentle cleaner please an effective bha works wonders on most people. the AHa and BHA together really keep my spots blackheads and weirdly barren dry bits working perfectly

ifancyashandy Mon 10-Dec-12 10:52:59

Quinoderm or any that has Benzoyl Peroxide in it. Over the counter in pharmacists.

KrisMoose Mon 10-Dec-12 12:59:53

La Roche Posay as mentioned ^ ^ is brilliant stuff. Sudocrem never worked for me.

BareMinerals Blemish Remedy is excellent too - it's a pre-foundation treatment/concealer thingy. Zaps them in no time. Very impressed.

VeganCow Mon 10-Dec-12 13:41:07

ifancyashandy I was going to say what you have said.

WayneDeer Mon 10-Dec-12 14:11:24

La Roche Posay Effaclar AI is a benzoyl peroxide.
I still needed a bha to help sort out why I was getting the spots after disinfecting with b.p

Brawhen Mon 10-Dec-12 14:13:50

Quinoderm Quinoderm Quinoderm Quinoderm Quinoderm

IME, the only thing that had any effect. I am now about 95% spot free. Only took me 20 yrs to hear about it...

WayneDeer Mon 10-Dec-12 14:24:53

Quinoderm is also bp isn't it?

unexpectediteminbaggingarea Mon 10-Dec-12 14:37:45

I don't rate quinoderm, it just burns and doesn't get rid of the spot.

My spots are hormonal. I started taking starflower oil every day on a MNer's recommendation and it has made a huge difference. I also wash with garnier pure active face scrub every day and use an oil control moisturiser (clean and clear dual action works for me).

I never ever ever go to bed with makeup on my face.

vixsatis Mon 10-Dec-12 14:42:36

Toothpaste dabbed just on the spot itself

babybarrister Colombia Mon 10-Dec-12 16:33:52

Dermalogica overnight clearing gel - 2% salicylic acid
Also the snail gel which I am finding a total wonder. Was using de tuinen but seems now to be out of stock so am going to try another ....grin

10outof10 Mon 10-Dec-12 16:49:58

Definitely Quinoderm. Have just replaced my hugely out of date (2001) tube. A little goes a long way!

digerd Mon 10-Dec-12 16:58:33

Mine was also about 10 years old when decided it must be out of date, but did work on cystic small lumps. Don't need it now as have wrinkles instead. Oh for the odd lump and not the damn the wrinkles < grumpy face>

bumhead Mon 10-Dec-12 17:35:21

doing an aspirin face mask. crush about 5 normal aspirin and add a little water to make a paste, put it on the spot or use as a mask. It's salycyclic (sp) acid so works brilliantly!

SirSugar Mon 10-Dec-12 17:41:27

Yeras ago there used to be a product called TOPEX. This worked I know for sure as I smeared it all over my face and woke up the next morning with 'sunburn'. Spots were well and truly burnt off

SirSugar Mon 10-Dec-12 17:41:48


Paradisefound Mon 10-Dec-12 18:06:54

Have you tried avene Products ( avail on amazon), very similar to much more expensive products. Often recommended by dermatologists. Boots sometimes do them on special offer.

DonaAna Mon 10-Dec-12 18:42:22

Was going to recommend toothpaste and aspirin/ibuprofen from gel caps (used externally).

millie19 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:43:59

Dr Nick Lowe spot gel and the cleansing face wash - available in Boots. Spot gel works great, but Dermalogica overnight gel also good. Both salicyclic acid based. And just making sure I am bothering to wash my face morning and night helps day to day, but since using these products I've noticed my monthly spots (am mid30s WTF am i getting them for?) round my jaw are not the odd one or two and not a join the dots jigsaw blush

MrsSalvoMontalbano Mon 10-Dec-12 18:51:28

Hi - have had excellent results with clearasil 4 hour(??) in a small tube - didn't beleiv it would work, but it did!

fussychica England Mon 10-Dec-12 19:03:26

Clinique gel - fantastic stuff, even DS uses it his own

et al

Get yourselves to your Dr's!
There are loads and loads of spot creams out there that work. And don't cost the earth <<stares at Clinique and that lot>>

Whether you call it 'acne' or 'hormonal' or 'spots', 'tis all the same kinda problem. Don't spend a lot of money on things that rarely deliver what they promise. TBH, if you need the appearance of a juice spot to be deminuished, some of the acid based suggeststions (Aspirin = salicylic acid) might work between now and the party you are planning to dazzle at grin, but for more longterm management, get some medical/dermatological advice. And do NOT believe any claim made by the cosmetic industry, ever!!

a juicy spot, no idea what a 'juice spot' even is blush

jaffacack Mon 10-Dec-12 19:40:12

Sudocreme, it's magic! I also put it on my upper lip after I've waxed my tash blush.

I had acne in my early 20's and Quinoderm helped...although it did give me very dry skin and watch out, it bleaches clothes and pillowcases!

jaffacack Mon 10-Dec-12 19:41:12

Oh, and in the end I went on Dianette to clear my skin up. It worked!

Facepack Mon 10-Dec-12 19:48:43

Go and get zineryt or similar from GP ... It has an antibiotic in it but it's topical ...much much much better than anything over the counter smile

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 19:51:08

Sudacreme here too!

Cherylkerl Mon 10-Dec-12 19:58:29


werewolvesdidit Mon 10-Dec-12 20:26:57

I have a literary friend who, when his wife was expecting their first baby, wrote on his list 'buy pseudocream' smile

Cherylkerl Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:54

That's brilliant werewolves

DrRanj Mon 10-Dec-12 20:34:43

I have just been prescribed adapalene by my gp. It is a retinoid, in the same class as tretinoin and it works miracles. The retinoids also have clinically proven anti-ageing effects.

Carolathome Mon 10-Dec-12 21:12:46

Duac from docs

Fishandjam Mon 10-Dec-12 21:18:19

Definitely a pharmacy-type (as opposed to beauty-type) cream containing benzoyl peroxide. Though watch out for it bleaching your bedlinen.

I don't know what type your spots are but I still (at age almost 40 blush) need to use an exfoliating scrub on my face to keep blackheads and zits at bay. St Ives apricot or Superdrug own brand tea tree ones, usually. Not every day, but most days.

sedgieloo Mon 10-Dec-12 21:27:36

Continuous use of contraceptive pill Yasmin transformed my skin. Even my hair was normal and not greasy. A real silver bullet for me.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 10-Dec-12 21:50:46

Quinoderm it does dry skin so use lots of moisturiser or just apply it every other day.

chickydoo Mon 10-Dec-12 23:03:17

I have spots/acne since the day I started my periods at age 12. I am now in my 40's. I have had bouts of horrific acne and then a few years where it was milder. never had a day without spots not 1 day until now. I discovered proactiv system. Think it contains bp and other stuff. A mild scrub with AHA's i think, then a lotion/tonic, then a cream. You can buy them in boots or online. My skin has not been this good since I was a child. I actually forgot what it was like to have good skin, and actually answer the door without putting on cover-up stuff first, I feel so happy about it....really amazing stuff for hormonal acne.

chocolatehippy Mon 10-Dec-12 23:05:26

Dermalogica special clearing booster

bealos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:08:50

I'd advise against putting neat tea tree oil on your face. It can really burn the skin (and you won't feel it burning). I've done this a few times and never learnt and ended up with sore dry patches where my spot was - which lasted way longer than the spot would have done.

bealos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:10:16

The best face wash I've tried for combination skin has got to be Modern Friction which I use daily with water in the shower (not dry as they suggest) and it's not too harsh.

bealos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:10:28

That's by Origins by the way

Daland2 Mon 10-Dec-12 23:32:20

The Clinque Blemish range is brilliant. I tried everything, all the stuff you can buy from the spots range at Superdrug as well Sudocrem nothing worked. I'm 40 yrs old and get break outs like a puberty ridden teenager!! The Clinque stuff really works, its takes a couple of weeks and they will get worse but persevere, it really gets rid of them.

FreddoBaggyMac Tue 11-Dec-12 06:29:51

Quinoderm is fab, it's the only thing I've tried that actually works. I've tried many of these suggestions too, and have to say that a lot of them (eg. toothpaste, sudocrem) make my spots worse! here - I urge anyone who hasn't to try it, it's so inexpensive too and lasts for ages.

FryOneFatChristmasTurkey Tue 11-Dec-12 09:50:05

bumheadMon 10-Dec-12 17:35:21
doing an aspirin face mask. crush about 5 normal aspirin and add a little water to make a paste, put it on the spot or use as a mask. It's salycyclic (sp) acid so works brilliantly!

The version I was told is to crush the tabs and mix with honey to make the paste (for antibacterial properties) and use as a mask.

iseetinselandtantrums Tue 11-Dec-12 10:12:48

Oldie but goodie and cheap - Ponds shine control.

FiercePanda Tue 11-Dec-12 10:13:36

Another vote for Quinoderm! I used it through my teens to deal with my hellish acne (thanks, PCOS). It's the only cream that's ever worked for me. It does dry out your skin, though, so a non-greasy moisturiser is essential. It also bleached my skin a bit, in the sense that my face used to be covered in dark brown freckles, and now they're only visible if I've been out in the sun too long. I kinda miss my freckle face, though...

MrsMarigold Tue 11-Dec-12 10:33:05

I used to use PanOxyl 2.5 which made my skin lovely but it has been taken off the market - it is milder than Quinoderm which made me itch. Since then I've struggled with spots again. confused

NaiceDude Tue 11-Dec-12 11:18:09

Another here for Duac - go to your GP, it costs about £7-£10 for the prescription and my tube lasted a year was supposed to chuck it after 6mths but didn't

That said, my hormonal acne was really dealt its fatal blow by Dianette. I was prescribed Duac when I had to come off Dianette and threw a tantrum was worried about it coming back. Duac is supposed to be used preventetively but I only use it when I have a pimple or outbreak and use it on existing spots and all around: it seems to be an excellent anti-inflammatory for the existing ones, and my breakouts are nothing to what they were, so presume the preventative properties keep it under control after it's showed its face initially.

Aberdon12 Tue 11-Dec-12 12:58:30

Quinoderm is good but they do get worse before they get better! It also bleaches pillow cases/duvets which cant really be a good thing but it does work in the long run. I've had spots (bad breakouts) for a couple of years now and on a recent trip to the doctor to get more contraceptive pills the doctor told me that the ones i was on were notorious for causing acne, got something new and have noticed a big difference. So keep that in mind.

Dancergirl Tue 11-Dec-12 12:58:50

Quinoderm seems to be out do stock/unavailable everywhere! Where do you get it?

NigellasGuest Tue 11-Dec-12 13:17:53

does Quinoderm work for horrible under the skin spots which are more like lumps, and which take ages to come to a head? if at all? and then leave a scar for ever and a day?

WayneDeer Tue 11-Dec-12 13:31:09

that sounds like cystic acne
you have to see a gp and ideally a dermatologist

loubielou31 Tue 11-Dec-12 14:49:05

I'll repeat the earlier mentioned Germolene but the older fashioned pink ointment (I think the tube has more yellow on it just to be confusing) I think works better that the other kind. (both help)
It only works on spots you've already got, it doesn't prevent them in any way. I use clinique 3 step stuff which really helps keep my skin in check but I still get some spots.
I like the idea of the aspirin face mask. I think it would work well. (I gargle with aspirin at the first sign on tonsilitis.)

Strix United States Tue 11-Dec-12 15:32:51

Duac Cream

Requires prescription, which you can get here:

imdreamingofaskyebluechristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 16:11:18


Oblomov Tue 11-Dec-12 16:24:27

Sad to see Quinoderm so hard to get these days. Can you get it at all these days ? I should get some. I had it all through my teens and 20's and it was FAB.

Varya Tue 11-Dec-12 17:51:43

Surgical spirit applied with a cotton bud dries out spots rapidly.

TidyDancer England Tue 11-Dec-12 18:45:45

Sudocrem is the most amazing yet overlooked spot treatment there is. The stuff is bloody magical.

Failing that, the only other one I've come across that works is an Anatomicals one (I think it's called zapper, or something like that, it's a double ended tube type thing).

BOFingSanta Tue 11-Dec-12 18:50:14

Duac, definitely. It's well worth going to the GP, for all the reasons up there ^.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Tue 11-Dec-12 19:13:00

lots of quinoderm products on amazon, face wash etc. think Boots still do it from chemist counter not on the shelf.

Wrigglebum Tue 11-Dec-12 20:01:43

Another vote for toothpaste- works best on juicy whitehead type spots. For under the skin ones then quinoderm.

What are you washing with? Some washes strip the skin and make you produce too much oil, leading to spots. I started using Origins Clean Energy in the evening and just water in the morning and I hardly get spots now. It's an oil wash and rather expensive at £19 but my last bottle lasted about 14 months.

Pinkush Tue 11-Dec-12 20:25:52

Another vote for Quinoderm for over the counter remedies. If your skin isn't improving then your GP could prescribe Aknemycin= a combo of a retinoid which acts as a peeling/drying agent in a similar way to benzoyl peroxide, plus an antibiotic. Basically, for stubborn spots you need something to kill the bugs AND something to strip the grease, ideally in one product. Allow each new treatment at least 1-2 months before switching to something new as they do take a little while for your skin to get used to. Good luck!

Cerealqueen Tue 11-Dec-12 21:52:23

Quinoderm - but it bleaches your clothes and pillowcases and sheets - beware!
Clearasil 4 hr ultra - really works fast, apply 2/3 times in the day and the redness will go down, really good stuff
Long term prevention - A microdermabrasion flannel off ebay

paneer Tue 11-Dec-12 21:59:34

Sudocream for just 1 big massive spot, or for ache breakouts??

Whizpuff Tue 11-Dec-12 22:17:25

Dr Nick Lowe spot gel (from Boots) has cured me of adult acne-I've been spot free for three years after a VERY long battle, and will never again use anything else.

timtam23 Tue 11-Dec-12 22:45:04

Another vote for Quinoderm and it's definitely still available, I bought some fairly recently, from Boots, but you have to ask at the pharmacy counter, it's not out on the shelves in the main shop

MordionAgenos Tue 11-Dec-12 22:47:22

It's not, you know. I tried to buy some today for Dd1, after reading this thread, and the pharmacist told me that there was a problem with the suppliers and no Boots anywhere had it now (cos I asked specifically if it was just that store that didn't have any - having a lady noted all the 'out of stock' messages on the Internet). sad

Dermalogica hit the spot, brilliant stuff.

chocolatespiders Tue 11-Dec-12 22:55:11

I used to use PanOxyl 2.5 which made my skin lovely but it has been taken off the market - it is milder than Quinoderm which made me itch. Since then I've struggled with spots again.

This is what has cleared DDs spots up cant believe it is now not available- I bought hers off amazon.

Malteser79 Tue 11-Dec-12 23:12:53

It's a roll-on liquid rather than a cream but one that really works for me is Nature's Response 'Spot Zapper'. I get it from my local pharmacy but it's also available on the internet, eg
It helps to reduce inflammation and gets rid of any spots, big or small, much quicker.

becca26 Wed 12-Dec-12 01:23:25


QuickLookBusy Wed 12-Dec-12 09:37:33

I had a very sore big spot on my chin last night.

After reading about toothpaste I tried It. The spot is still there but it has gone down a lot and isn't painful

eggsfloursugarbutter Wed 12-Dec-12 11:37:48

kiehl's blue herbal spot treatment

kateecass Wed 12-Dec-12 15:14:33

DH got Quinoderm from pharmacy at Tesco today. Hope it works, we are both spotty at the moment sad

my DD swears by garlic (she read it in a teenage beauty book)... cut a clove of garlic and rub the cut area on the spot. yes it smells a bit, do it before bedtime and it really does seem to work.

Oblomov Wed 12-Dec-12 17:43:13

BUT, is the Quinoderm of today the same as it was in the olden days? THAT is the question.

FrameyMcFrame Wed 12-Dec-12 17:50:33

just burst one of the little capsules and rub it on to spots. It's anti inflammitory and antiseptic. Also eat the capsules too.
Best thing for my PMS acne and also second asprin mask

akaemmafrost Wed 12-Dec-12 17:58:28

Savlon cream before bed. Works every time.

scrablet Wed 12-Dec-12 20:29:18

Bought Quinoderm last month in a Lloyd pharmacy.
It works, but ,boy does it dry your skin...

Hobbitation Wed 12-Dec-12 21:58:45

Toothpaste worked on an under the skin spot for me, still took a little while to go completely but it took the throbbing pain out of it.

ibizagirl Thu 13-Dec-12 06:13:05

If you mean proper spots (acne) then i have tried them all. None worked for me when i was young. Dd is now 13 and has had spots since about 6. She eventually was given Zineryt on prescription after trying everything over the counter. Zineryt lotion is the only one that works as it is an antibiotic. Good luck.

CinnamonCandle Thu 13-Dec-12 22:20:11

Help please. Christmas party tomorrow night and skin broken out really badly in pustular acne sad

I'm 44 and will be practically the oldest there, I don't want to be the spottiest!

I have Zineryt on prescription but can anyone advise any emergency measures?!

Honestly I could cry sad

I've got spots on both cheeks, along my jawline and around my mouth

Cerealqueen Thu 13-Dec-12 23:03:15

Try an Asprin face mask (google it) ?

CinnamonCandle Thu 13-Dec-12 23:08:19

Thanks! Someone also mentioned Aspirin upthread, will get some tomorrow. Only have Ibuprofen or Calpol, maybe I should mix them together and slap them on overnight??

Astrea Mon 14-Jan-13 10:14:40

Hi! Try K5 lipogel, which has a complete allergène free formulation (no hydroquinone or other not certified substances)

SundaySimmons Tue 04-Jun-13 14:08:17

Sorry to bump old thread but I googled mumsnet panoxyl and this was the latest thread to mention panoxyl!

I'm nearly 50, nothing worked for me better than panoxyl which is now discontinued.

Zineryt came second until it had no effect as my skin appeared to get used to it.

Quinoderm was hailed as a replacement, I tried it for six months and it did nothing at all, on some occasions my skin seemed worse.

The aspirin mask was ok ish.

Anyone else a big fan of panoxyl and has found anything to replace it? I used the strength 10 acnegel or aqua gel if the chemist had run out of acnegel.

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