Rewind 10 years. I had a date of the hottest variety. In the preceding week I’d had a pedicure, waxed offending hairs, bronzed my skin with some Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, and even went to get my teeth deep cleaned by the hygienist. I was bubbling over with excitement.
Unfortunately, my mercurial skin decided that something must be afoot to cause a state of such agitation and showed its solidarity by offering up two grand dames: a mountainous spot on my chin and one right in the middle of my brows. The latter made me contemplate a reinstatement of my replica Gwen Stefani circa Don’t Speak era signature bindi, while the former just left me desolate; my liberal smattering of Eve Lom Kiss Mix would quite clearly be eclipsed (possibly literally) by the spot.
And then I read some twaddle somewhere about ‘fixing blemishes’ by showing them the might of common bathroom products and decided to diligently apply toothpaste, aspirin, and Sudocrem in rotation before finally conceding that I may have to nip to Space NK and spend some of my student loan on Eve Lom Dynaspot.
It was too little too late my friends. Both spots were overwhelmed by the different treatments coupled with jabs from my fingers in an attempt to unplug them, and responded to the attention as all show-offs do: they put on a bigger performance. I concealed, went out and – miraculously – Mr Date still fancied a bit of nookie. So that was that.
Ten years on, my skin may not be wiser but I am – when the spot before an occasion thing happens now a mix of spot treatment and ice can usually be relied upon. Only one crucial problem remains – I’m a hands-on kind of girl. I know it’s bad, and I know it makes things worse, but between sessions of treatment, I try to squeeze out anything lingering in the spot. And we all know how skin responds to being violently tampered with, don’t we…
Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re going to love this one: these Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots not only treat but also stop eager squeezers/pickers from being able to get to the spot while wearing, rather like a plaster with benefits. They’re also really a no muss or fuss job – grab a see-through pad, whack it on clean skin, and leave it on for as long as possible. They’re also almost invisible (you could just about nip to the shops with one on without arousing curiosity) and come in two different sizes so no spot will remain undiminished.
A word on the ingredients: as alcohol is third, these will be slightly drying and aren’t especially good at being used day in day out. Reserve them for big spot occasions and you’ll be fine. Alcohol aside, it’s all good from a cocktail of soothing and anti-inflammatory extracts to the salicylic acid, a BHA that’s lipid soluble so can penetrate through oil to break down the clog. I sincerely hope you don’t have cause to buy them, but if you do, I think it’s money well spent…