REVIEW: Dr. Nick Lowe Spot Gel Anti Blemish

My skin has been really bad lately...normally I suffer with combination/dry skin, but after being really ill over Christmas and eating badly over the festive period (opps!) I had a horrible breakout on the side of my chin. I am so clueless about spot/acne treatments etc as I spend the majority of the time looking for the exact opposite! But in LOOK magazine the other week, they rated this product top for getting rid of spots. So because someone had so kindly done the research for me, I went to Boots to get some. For those who haven't heard of Dr. Nick Lowe before, he is an NHS-trained dermatologist working in both the UK and the US, and is also a lecturer at University College London. He is also responsible for the rise of the infamous Botox skin treatment, and he's treated thousands of the most well-known rich and famous! Therefore it seems fitting that he decided to bring out his own skincare line. The gel is described as:

Targeted and instant action! The perfect anti-bacterial gel to keep blemishes under control. The high potency of the anti-bacterial active ingredients helps fight the causes of skin breakouts.

Additional features and benefits:

* Salicylic Acid to effectively target blemish prone skin
* Willow Bark, Tea Tree and Thyme for their anti-bacterial properties
* Arnica to help soothe and reduce inflammation of blemished skin
* Vitamins A, C and E
* Dermatologically tested
* Allergen free fragrance

The blurb kind of confuses me...I'm not sure whether it sees itself as a spot preventer, or targeter. But anyway, I applied the clear gel to the affected area and did this a few times throughout the day as I don't really wear foundation or anything. Unfortunately, after a few days, I didn't see the dramatic results I was hoping for. Thankfully, it didn't dry out my skin or anything nasty like that, and I guess it reduced the redness slightly, but ultimately didn't get rid of my breakout. On the plus side, it's very economical, since you use hardly any, and the squeezy tube works really well. I suspose it did soothe and reduce inflammation, but that was about all...

Overall (the skip to bit!): Unfortunately this product didn't solve my skin problems, but at the same time, it didn't make them any worse. I think for me personally I won't be using this again as a spot treatment, but rather give it a go at being a preventer as I think that's where it's more likely to achieve good results. If you're interested in trying this it costs £8.95, which for me is a bit pricey, so get it on offer from Boots for £6.95.

So have you tried Dr. Nick Lowe products before, and what's your favourite spot/acne treatment? It's a confusing world to me and I'd love to hear what you guys think!



  1. I'm sorry this didn't work out for you. From the sound of it, it does seem too mild for the spots.

    The one I use is from Garnier. It's called Garnier Pure - SOS Anti-Imperfection Pen. I don't know if it would work for you. It works for me! :)

  2. Oooh Garnier seems to have a lot of fantastic products, I need to check them out! Thank you lovely :)


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