Does a Spot Clearing Gel Really Help?

When it comes to looking a good few things can cause us to freak out more than the appearance of a spot. 

These come in many types, but we can all agree that they don’t make us look our best. However, there is such a wide range of products on the market that it can be hard to know what to choose. 

We look at whether a spot clearing gel can help blitz that zit.

Why Do I Get Spots?

The first thing to understand is the reason why spots happen in the first place. Spots are caused by a skin pore getting clogged. This can be clogged with dead skin cells, or sebum, which is a natural oil that the skin produces. 

This can lead to both inflammation and infection in the skin which only makes the skin look worse. It is important to understand the type of spots that you have as this will affect the method of treatment that you use.

How Does a Spot Clearing Gel Work?

When it comes to spots, there are different methods of treatments. Generally, you will want to target two different parts of your spot. You will want to reduce the inflammation of the skin (the redness) so that the spot is less noticeable. 

You will also want to target any infection and get rid of it so that the spot goes. Spot clearing gel’s target spots by ‘drying out’ the infection and reducing the amount of oil that the skin produces in response to the spot.

How Long Does It Take?

Again this all depends on the type of spot clearing gel that you use. Some gels contain salicylic acid, this is similar to the compound that you find in aspirin. This acts as an anti-inflammatory and will reduce the redness rapidly. 

This means that your spots can show improvement after as little as 4 hours. However again, you need to be aware of exactly what is causing your spots. As incorrect treatment can cause your spots to appear worse. 

You can get spot clearing gel’s that have no salicylic acid in them and these may well be better for your spots.

Preventing Breakouts

When it comes to looking after your skin, and your spots, in particular, an ounce of prevention is better than a cure. You want to make sure that you wash and clean your skin properly. 

This doesn’t mean scrubbing it and scrubbing it as this can make spots much much worse as your skin will become even more irritated and inflamed. Instead, wash your skin with a gentle non-drying out soap or cleanser

Make sure that you moisturise your skin properly after washing and treat your spots carefully as well. 

Just remember that some people are more naturally prone to break out of acne and spots than others, and there is no particular reason for this. If you continue to get persistent spots then your GP might recommend a visit to a dermatologist for a more aggressive solution.

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