Types of Spot Care
Cream/Gel: Spot care creams and gels are the most commonly found type of spot treatment. They come in a small tube, with a cream or gel type formula that is designed to target troubled areas of the face.
This type of spot treatment is packed with high concentrations of active ingredients that can quickly shrink the size of pimples, calm redness and inflammation while preventing pigmentation and scars. Spot care cream can sometimes have the properties of pigmentation cream as well, with whitening ingredients like Vitamin C to banish blemishes, prevent and treat dark spots to even out skin tone.
Oil: The most common type of spot oil that is used to treat pimples and blemishes is tea tree oil, thanks to its ability to quickly soothe skin, alleviate inflammation and redness while providing the skin with antibacterial properties. In doing so, it will help prevent the formation of scars and dark spots.
Other types of spot care oil that are ideal for acne-prone, troubled skin include cypress, lemon, rosemary and carrot seed oil. While acne can be predominantly attributed to an overproduction of sebum and bacteria trapped within the pores, spot care oils help balance and regulate your skin’s oil production to make your skin balanced without being excessively drying.
Patch: Pimple patches are known as ‘acne stickers’ that are made with hydrocolloid material that works by absorbing fluid from pimples. They are applied like bandages and can be worn at any time of the day. Because of their ability to seal out bacteria and moisture to allow for a faster recovery process, pimple patches make quick and effective solutions to treat breakouts.
Apart from convenience, most pimple patches are thin and almost invisible that they can be used on any part of your face without compromising your makeup; you can even layer makeup on top of these small patches without worrying about potentially aggravating troubled spots.
How to use spot care?
The best way to make the most use out of your spot care products will depend on the type that you are using. If you are using a spot cream, pimple cream or spot oil, you should first start by cleansing your skin with a gentle facial cleanser, follow with a toner or facial mist to hydrate your skin first, and then apply the spot cream or oil of your choice.
On the other hand, if you are using a pimple patch, it is recommended to first cleanse your face to remove any traces of impurities that may clog pores. Carefully apply the pimple patches over affected areas and leave them on overnight. Thanks to its band-aid-like properties that seal out bacteria and moisture, they can be used even underneath sun care and makeup.
You can also apply detoxifying masks in conjunction with spot cream, pimple cream or pigmentation cream; like those that contain kaolin clay or charcoal to purify skin, clarify clogged pores and help control oil-water balance. The use of these purifying masks will allow products to absorb better into the skin and boost its benefits. When exfoliating pads or patches are used before applying spot treatment, it will work by gently exfoliating and removing dead skin cells to keep pores clarified which will also boost the absorption of pimple creams.
How often should pimple creams be used?
In terms of their frequency of usage, spot care treatment can be applied every day until your acne or pimple clears out. It is recommended to only apply pimple cream, pigmentation cream and spot cream only on affected areas because of their sebum-controlling properties. Before layering remaining skincare products like facial oils on top of your spot cream, allow the pimple cream to absorb first for maximum efficiency.
The best method to keep acne at bay is to ensure that you follow a proper skincare routine with products that are suitable for your skin type and skin concerns. Shop the best Korean beauty pimple cream, spot cream and pigmentation cream at BONIIK from our unique selection of K beauty brands to help achieve your desired skin goals!