12K Reviews: The Best Drugstore Acne Treatments
Acne doesn't stand a chance against these pimple-fighting products! They're affordable and extremely effective, plus you can find them at your local drugstore!
As a spot treatment, you can put this on morning and night after washing your face, and it works wonders. For people with widespread, recurrent acne, you can do the same and spread this all over your face. When using it all over, you might need a moisturizer (be careful to pick one that won't foil your efforts) and need to use more as your skin builds tolerance, however.
The one con of On-the-Spot is that it's a vanishing cream. I like to occasionally moisturize or put on SPF, and the cream will not sit underneath anything. It balls up and comes off. Also, the small tube is expensive, and if you have bad acne, you'll go through it quickly. Neutrogena, make this in a gel and in a much larger tube/ pump bottle, please!
The downsides? The product smells bad (to me, anyway - like antiseptic licorice). But once it dries on your skin, you will not smell it and neither should anyone else. The scent is unusual but you will get used to it with time. Another downside is that the product is used up very quickly, so you may need to buy in bulk. I wish they sold these sticks in 3-packs or more.
A similar product is the Burt's Bees Targeted Spot Treatment. I have used both; the stick lasts longer and is easier to apply.