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How to Get Rid of Your Skin Blemishes

What’s the difference between a blemish and a spot?

What are blemishes? With so many names for different skin problems such as spots, blackheads, and acne, it can be confusing to know what you are dealing with. So, what is a skin blemish? A blemish is simply a noticeable imperfection on your face. The simplest way to think of a blemish is a spot, mark, redness or acne.

Here are some examples of skin blemishes:

Blackheads & Whiteheads

These are black or white marks that appear when your pores become clogged with excess oiled, dead skin and bacteria. It will result in a flesh-coloured bump which, if it stays open, will form a blackhead.


Papules are small pimples that cause inflammation in your skin. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are usually caused by dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oils.


Very similar to papules, except these are often larger and filled with yellow fluid.

Nodules and Cysts

Larger than a typical spot, these often reside deep underneath the skin’s surface and may leave acne scarring once healed.You can find out more about these different types of skin conditions on the NHS website.

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Model smiles with spot treatments across face.

How to get rid of spots and blemishes overnight

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to completely get rid of spots overnight, but you can wake up with visibly clearer skin by incorporating a few clever products into your daily routine.

Here is an effective night time regime that will help fight acne, inflammation and redness so your skin can wake up feeling fresher in the morning.

A good cleansing routine

It’s important to have a good skincare routine, morning and night, to keep your skin looking its best. Blemish-prone skin tends to be on the oily side, so make sure you use products that will combat this excess oil without drying out your skin.

Start with a deep-cleansing gel scrub to clear away any make-up or dirt remaining on your face. This will also unclog your pores and remove impurities to leave your skin feeling clean and smooth. Follow with a gentle toner to purify and even your skin tone.

To finish, give your skin an extra treat with our 5 in 1 overnight treatment. Formulated with green tea extract and salicylic acid, it will help to restore and rejuvenate your skin whilst you sleep so you can wake up feeling your best.

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Emergency Spot Treatments

Often spots emerge at the most inconvenient times, and sometimes the best way to get rid of them is with a targeted treatment. These are fast-acting formulas to help reduce the appearance of spots quickly and effectively. If you need a quick fix, our Blemish Clearing Spot On Instant Gel works in 3 hours to reduce redness so you can feel your best.

If you need a longer-lasting solution, our Clearskin Blemish Clearing Patches are perfect for soothing and clearing blemishes in just 8 hours. With salicylic acid and botanical extracts, these patches work hard to target your blemishes fast.

Spot fighting Ingredients

Spots can be stubborn to shift, but there are a few ingredients that will help fight your spots quicker and more effectively. Look out for the following ingredients in your skincare products for optimum spot fighting action:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Retinol
  • Tea tree oil

Fancy learning more about some of the best spot fighting ingredients? Here’s a handy guide so you know exactly what you’re looking for and why they’re so effective!

How to get rid of blemishes and dark spots

If you’ve just tackled a bout of acne or spots, it can be a relief when they have gone, but often, they leave their mark on your skin long after the breakout has subsided. Patches of dark pigmentation and blemishes can linger for a long time, but there are ways you can help smooth your way back to bright, fresh and even-toned skin in no time.

What is dark pigmentation and what causes it?

Try a cleansing balm

An effective way to help get rid of skin blemishes and dark spots is to use a cleansing balm. These are highly effective at removing make-up whilst also reducing the chance of spots and acne. These cleansing balms can also reduce the chance of acne scarring that you might otherwise have suffered.

Last-minute skin fixes

We’ve all been there when we have a big night or event lined up, and all you can notice is a blemish or dark patch on your skin. Whilst it’s not possible to get rid of spots and blemishes instantly, our clever Blemish Clearing Spot Conceal Stick is a must-have for fighting and covering blemishes when you need it most. It’s formulated with Blemish Clearing Technology and comes in a handy handbag size so you can top it up whenever you need it.

How to get rid of red blemishes

Have you ever been left with a red patch after your spots have disappeared? Now you’re probably wondering why this happens and how to prevent this from happening in the future.

What causes red blemishes from spots?

The red patches left on your skin are hyperpigmentation that happens as the skin heals. They will usually fade by themselves, but you can speed up the healing process using a few different methods.

Here are some tips on how to get rid of red blemishes left from spots:

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1. Maintain a good cleansing routine with gentle skincare products
Be careful not to irritate your skin further with abrasive scrubs. Use a gentle cleanser to clean away dirt to reveal fresh skin. You can follow on from this with a facial toner containing salicylic acid to help smooth skin tone, remove excess oil, reduce blackheads and unclog pores.

2. Use sunscreen every day with a 30 or above SPF
The sun’s UV rays can slow down your skin’s ability to heal, which can cause red blemishes to remain visible for longer. Incorporate a high-quality day cream with SPF into your morning skincare routine to ensure your skin is protected throughout the day.

3. Exfoliate Daily
It’s important to use the right products for your skin type. If you are experiencing red blemishes, try using a gentle exfoliator with salicylic acid that will help reduce the inflammation in your skin which, as a result, will reduce redness.

4. Use skincare products packed with antioxidants
Vitamin C works wonders for your skin after experiencing breakouts. Our radiance maximising serum delivers concentrated Vitamin C and contains powerful antioxidant components. Vitamin C can help improve uneven skin tone, red marks and skin texture.

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It’s important to have a good skincare regime to reduce your chances of blemishes and give your skin the best chance to recover. To learn more about skincare, be sure to check out our blog.