Best Expert-Approved Acne Spot Treatments According to Reddit Users

“What is your preferred spot treatment?” was the million-dollar question on one Reddit user’s mind two days ago when they posted to the Asian Beauty subreddit, more than likely with the hope of crowdsourcing some legit methods to add to their arsenal. And with their luck (not to mention people’s stark obsession with acne), myriad responses began rolling in at a rapid rate. So much so that I was ready to put them to the test myself. I wondered, How many of these actually work? And how many of them are just random “treatments” people got lucky with?

Intrigued, I tapped my dermatologist friends for backup. Because if anyone can call bullshit on acne advice, it’s them. Thus, here I bestow on you some of the best, expert-approved acne spot treatments, according to Reddit users (along with one you should probably cross off your list for good).

Tamanu Oil

“Tamanu oil has really done wonders for my active acne as well as old scars. It seems to calm redness and inflammation as well without breaking me out.” — swirlsee

If you’ve yet to hear about tamanu oil, all you really need to know is that the elixir hails from a nut kernel and is touted as having great antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. “[Tamanu oil] has been used to treat various inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis and even stretch marks and sun spots,” explained Shari Marchbein, a dermatologist based in New York City. “However, there are no good studies validating its efficacy, and we don’t have enough scientific evidence to recommend using it for acne,” she added.

That being said, you can find tamanu oil in products like Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, RMS Beauty Oil, and French Girl Organics Facial Oil Elixir because while Marchbein does state that there are no specific studies tied to tamanu oil’s aid in reducing acne, because it’s an oil and not, say, a harsh chemical, it nourishes skin, nonetheless.

Drying Lotion

“I find that the drying lotion works best on pimples that have come to a head.” — esorual

Several people on the thread waxed poetic about Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, a popular product I, myself, have used on past pesky pimples. If you’re a frequent user or have been thinking about giving the spot treatment a go, you’ll be happy to hear that Marchbein attests to its zit-busting power. “Mario Badescu Drying Lotion contains some highly effective ingredients for spot treating acne, such as salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid), resorcinol, and sulfur,” she says. “Together,…

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