10 Spot Treatments That Clear Up Breakouts Fast

by Nikki Brown
Nov 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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 noninvasive treatments and DIY concoctions can sometimes prove effective, few solutions get the job done instantaneously.

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 of hours or overnight — something that can prove very useful when you’re dealing with stressed-out skin.

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


Originally posted on StyleCaster

1 /10: Indie Lee Blemish Stick

1/10 :Indie Lee Blemish Stick

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

Blemish Stick, $28 at Indie Lee

2 /10: Dermalogica Clear Start

2/10 :Dermalogica Clear Start

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

Clear Start, $20.50 at Dermalogica

3 /10: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

3/10 :Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

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

Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, $30 at Peter Thomas Roth

4 /10: Kate Somerville EradiKate

4/10 :Kate Somerville EradiKate

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

EradiKate, $26 at Kate Somerville

5 /10: Eve Lom Dynaspot

5/10 :Eve Lom Dynaspot

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

Dynaspot, $29.15 at Eve Lom

6 /10: Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum

6/10 :Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum

A powerhouse mix of organic essential oils works together to discourage bacterial growth under the skin.

Spot Serum, $25 at Meow Meow Tweet

7 /10: Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix

7/10 :Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix

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

Acne Spot Fast Fix, $22 at Murad

8 /10: Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment

8/10 :Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment

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

On the Spot Acne Treatment, $7.49 at Neutrogena

9 /10: Origins Super Spot Remover Gel

9/10 :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.

Super Spot Remover Gel, $17 at Origins

10 /10: Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

10/10 :Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

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

Peace Out Acne Healing Dots, $19 at Sephora