Here’s all you need to know about spot treating your acne correctly


A red zit, burning and itchy on your face can really ruin a beautiful, good day. Fresh breakouts are extremely troublesome and scary to deal with, but sometimes you just want them gone! Be it because of graduation, a new date or even just an important meeting, you want to look your best and active acne can completely get in the way of that. So, what do you do?

Poke your pimple and squeeze it? Wrong answer! (Never ever touch or squeeze your pimples!) The right answer to your acne woes is spot treatment.

What are spot treatments for acne scars and active acne?

A spot treatment is a product whose sole purpose is to provide targeted action to pimples. Spot treatments contain a selection of powerful formulations that are used to clear clogged pores, treat infected pores and suppress the growth of the zit. You can even spot-treat your skin post-acne to prevent darkness and scarring!

Top acne spot treatment to try

- Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is one of the most powerful and popular acne-fighting ingredients. Recommended widely by dermatologists all over the world, it provides expert exfoliation of dead skin cells, unclogs pores, treats infected areas and reduces the oil production in the skin.

- Tea Tree Oil

If you think you need extremely complex chemicals to spot-treat your active acne you are wrong. Tea tree oil is a natural miracle worker for treating new and old breakouts and is perfect as a diy spot treatment for acne scars. Directly applying to your affected areas can kill bacteria, treat the infection and soothe the skin. This quickens the process of healing!

- Retinol

Retinol or Vitamin A is an extremely potent skincare ingredient that mainly works on acne scars to lighten them and reduce them. Retinol is known to increase the production of new skin cells and promote cell turnover which means acne and its scars can be effectively treated with this cogent ingredient.

- Vitamin C

Pimples often mean redness, swelling and dullness. Vitamin C serums are adept at fighting these signs as they contain anti-inflammatory properties. Using vitamin C regularly can brighten your skin, and lighten dark spots and acne scars too.

- Lactic Acid

Another great ingredient for acne, lactic acid gets rid of dead skin cells, fades away acne scars, soothes irritation caused by infection and treats hyperpigmentation too. It also keeps the skin hydrated and nourished so that there is no dryness or itchiness.

How to use spot treatment in your routine

  • Cleanse your face with a foam-based cleanser like makeO skinnsi’s acne away foaming face wash
  • Pat dry with a clean and soft cloth
  • Use a gentle toner that douses your freshly cleaned skin with a burst of hydration. You can choose our ace away pore perfecting toner with 1% salicylic acid, 1% glucono delta lactone, and 10% aloe vera for a dose of freshness and nourishment
  • Once, your toner sets in, you can finally use your chosen spot treatment ingredient for example, salicylic acid or retinol and apply it to the affected areas
  • Let the spot treatment get absorbed into the skin. Wait a few minutes before using your regular serums and moisturisers next and you’re done!
  • Follow these steps regularly and you will have noticeable results.

Tips to keep in mind when using a spot treatment

  • Spot treatments are highly potent and are only meant for acne-affected areas. So avoid applying them all over your skin and restrict their usage to the infected spots.
  • Don’t miss your skincare routine while spot-treating your acne. It is very important to still keep going with your skincare routine to ensure that the rest of your skin is clean, nourished and hydrated and hence safe from acne.
  • Apply spot treatments directly onto the skin post-cleansing. Then follow it up with a serum and creams to ensure the best penetration and results.
  • Always opt for non-comedogenic moisturisers that are light and non-greasy. Plus points for choosing a fragrance-free one too!
  • Use a spot treatment regularly for the best results but never use harsh products like retinol every day if your skin has not built up its tolerance for it. Use it 2-4 times a week and slowly increase its usage.

Spot treatment is a targeted way of treating problem areas on your skin. Using products like salicylic acid, retinol, vitamin C etc, you can create an effective spot treatment for your active acne and acne marks. But if you want something more intensive for your skin, then make sure to check out makeO skinnsi. We offer two main types of acne treatments for open pores, active acne and scars and they are makeO acne peel (chemical peel) and acne scar reduction.

Both of these acne treatments are dermat-backed and use US-FDA-approved technology to give you clear and acne-free skin. That’s not all! These treatments are entirely personalised to suit your skin type and acne and they can be done from the comfort of your own home! So if you’re looking for a long-time solution for your acne problems, makeO skinnsi is the solution!


What is best for spot treatment?

Salicylic acid, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, vitamin C, glycolic acid, lactic acid and tea tree oil are some of the best spot treatment ingredients for acne.

What does spot treatment do?

A spot treatment provides targeted care for pimples. It clears out pores, kills germs and infections and reduces oil production and diminishes the growth of the pimple.

Is spot treatment necessary?

If you want to treat your acne quickly, especially fresh zits in a short amount of time then it is absolutely necessary to spot treat your pimples. Either use a diy spot treatment for acne scars or choose from salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and more to treat your acne effectively.

Can I use spot treatment every day?

Try to avoid overdoing your spot treatment and use it on alternate days a few times to avoid excessive drying.

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