After suffering an horrific face-plosion of whiteheads on my chin (the result of a poor choice in moisturiser) and clearing most them with with some benzoyl peroxide, I thought I’d look for a gentler solution that I could use every day, or every other day, without upsetting my skin too much. I knew the BP would be an extreme treatment, so I had no intention of using it every day, so I went into Boots to find something with a strong enough concentration of salicylic acid to not just prevent spots (like La Roche Posay’s cult favourite Effaclar Duo), but to actively combat them.
After perusing the ingredients of nearly all the spot treatments in the skin care aisle (!!!) I finally settled on this Neutrogena Visibly Clear Rapid Clear Treatment gel. It has salicylic acid listed as the 5th ingredient, so it looked promising.
I took it home and slathered a load of it on my chin, which had a few whiteheads and sebaceous filaments, and on a spot on my cheek. Slept, and dreamt of clear skin. Woke up to find the condition of my spots significantly improved – the SF’s had cleared very well, some of the whiteheads had just about gone, and the overall texture of my chin was about 80% better. The spot on my cheek had also reduced in size and redness, although not completely disappeared.
I tried it again the next night, and woke with similar results – whiteheads reduced again, and the overall texture and appearance improved a lot.
It claims to reduce spot size in 4 hours, but I’m not so sure of this claim – that being said, I haven’t tried it and checked the results 4 hours later; I used it overnight. I still think it takes a day or two of use to really make a difference though – and I’m totally okay with that, I wouldn’t realistically expect a spot treatment gel to completely get rid of spots in a mere 4 hours.
The one thing I would say is don’t use this, then put moisturiser on straight away, then hope to apply foundation; it’s not going to work, and you’re going to end up with bits of moisturiser/spot treatment turning into slugs and slithering off your face. I’d recommend you leave it a good half hour to do its job/settle before applying a moisturiser and any makeup over it. For this reason, I think it’s better suited to use at night, probably before you go to bed.
Obviously it stings a little because it’s a spot treatment, but it doesn’t irritate my skin like the BP did. The BP burned and brought me out in a nasty reaction which needed to be controlled with hydrocortisone (rough, bumpy skin, dry flakies all over the place), but it did get rid of my spots. I’d leave the benzoyl peroxide as maybe a once a month treatment, and stick to the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Rapid Clear Treatment gel for 2-3 days a week usage on any breakouts – but that’s just me, you might have no problems whatsoever with BP and be able to use it daily.
Have you tried Neutrogena Visibly Clear Rapid Clear Treatment?
Consistency: It’s an almost clear gel.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: It’s a spot treatment, so it does sting, but I only used it on my chin, so it was okay. I’d be careful with it though if you do have very sensitive skin. 3/5
Price: £4.99 for 15ml. Quite reasonable if you ask me.
Overall Rating: 9/10. Does the job well. It would be nice if there was a spot treatment gel I could use every day that would work as effectively as benzoyl peroxide but without the nasty irritation.