10 Fast-Acting Spot Treatments for Random Breakouts

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10 Fast-Acting Spot Treatments for Random Breakouts
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There’s a laundry list of triggers that can cause random skin breakouts, and an even longer list of ways to try to abolish frustrating blemishes. Still, while non-invasive treatments and DIY concoctions can sometimes prove effective, few solutions get the job done instantaneously.

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And while we’d obviously love to erase zits with the snap of a finger, we’re realistic, and we know that’s impossible. So, what’s the next best thing to getting results in a flash? A spot treatment. Most of these topical concoctions are made with a super-concentrated amount of blemish-fighting ingredients (like salicylic acid and tea tree oil) that will reduce the size of a pimple in a couple hours or overnight—something that can prove very useful when you’re dealing with stressed-out skin.

Ahead, we’ve gathered the best ones for your choosing. Shop our favorites and find your new go-to.

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Indie Lee Blemish Stick
Indie Lee Blemish Stick

This eco-friendly formula is infused with witch hazel and salicylic acid to shrink the size of spots.

$28, at Indie Lee

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Dermalogica Clear Start
Dermalogica Clear Start

This highly concentrated gel is made with benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria under the skin.

$20.50, at Dermalogica

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Peter Thomas Roth Acne Dots
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clear Invisible Dots

These adhesive patches are a customer favorite and transparent enough to wear outside the house.

$30, at Peter Thomas Roth

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Kate Somerville Eradikate
Kate Somerville EradiKate

Dab this sulfur-infused formula onto the skin with a cotton pad to fight future breakouts.

$26, at Kate Somerville

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Eve Lom Spot Treatment
Eve Lom Dynaspot

The salicylic acid and tea tree oil in this formula diminish breakouts, while chamomile calms the skin.

$29.15, at Eve Lom

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum
Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum

A powerhouse mix of organic essential oils work together to discourage bacteria growth under the skin.

$25, at Meow Meow Tweet

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Murad Fast Fix
Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

This salicylic acid-infused treatment diminishes the appearances of pimples in as little as 4 hours, depending on the severity of your situation.

$22, at Murad

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Neutrogena on the Spot Acne Treatment
Neutrogena On-the-Spot® Acne Treatment

A drugstore option for those who want to zap breakouts on a budget.

$7.49, at Neutrogena

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Origins Spot Remover Gel
Origins Super Spot Remover Gel

Dab this salicylic acid and red algae-infused treatment onto the skin to shrink pimples and calm the affected area simultaneously.

$17, at Origins

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STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Peace Out Acne Dots
Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

A set of four powerhouse ingredients come together on these teeny stickers to clear bacteria and shrink pimples overnight.

$19, at Sephora

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  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Indie Lee Blemish Stick
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Dermalogica Clear Start
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Peter Thomas Roth Acne Dots
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Kate Somerville Eradikate
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Eve Lom Spot Treatment
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Murad Fast Fix
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Neutrogena on the Spot Acne Treatment
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Origins Spot Remover Gel
  • STYLECASTER | Best Spot Treatments | Peace Out Acne Dots

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