Need to get rid of a spot fast? Our beauty writers reveal their best acne treatments…

Why is it that, without fail, a day or two before that big function or important date your skin always decides to behave like it did when you were a teenager, surprising you with a lovely great big spot (or five)?

At the very least we should be rewarded with clear skin for making it through each day that we survive adulting, right?!

While many people have their methods to zap those zits, our beauty writers have tried many – and we mean many – products that claim to get rid of spots fast, and have settled on four that never fail.

Here are the best acne treatments out there, according to our fabulous beauty writers…


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1. Benzac AC 5 Gel
R99,95 for 15ml

This one is a clear favourite among the team and never fails to come to the rescue. Thanks to the benzoyl peroxide, this zit zapper works super quickly – faster than most treatments out there – and reduces redness in an instant.

A little bit goes a long way, so use sparingly, placing the product directly on your spot before moisturising, as it can be very drying.

This miracle gel comes in a wash form too, which means if you’re suffering from acne in larger areas, such as on your back, you can use the wash to combat those pesky spots.

Word of warning though: be sure that no product gets in your eyes! Take our word on this one…

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2. Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster
R315 for 30ml

Another firm favourite, this one is tops not only for its fast-working formula, but because it also helps prevent breakouts and spots, and while we love a product that gets rid of pimples, we love one that stops them occurring even more.

The product works by boosting the skin’s natural defences against the bacteria that causes breakouts, and soothes the skin while treating it. You’re also able to use this treatment in the morning and evening, so those spots will be gone before you know it.

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3. Yardley Oatmeal Spot Clear Spot Buster
R75 for 15ml

This highly effective treatment is a great one if you’ve got sensitive skin and are worried about your skin becoming too dry and the after-effects of some treatments. The spot buster soothes the skin – you shouldn’t experience any tingling or burning with this one

. If you are struggling with breakouts, Yardley offers a whole Spot Clear range, and we love that it is both budget-friendly and super effective.

4. Avene Cleanance Mask
R209,95 for 50ml

We’re always on the lookout for a good mask, and we’ve turned to this one when those spots get a little too trigger happy.

In fact, while this is a highly effective mask, a dab of this product on pesky pimples and left overnight is a great way to get rid of them, while regular use as a mask helps keep your skin clear and smooth.