6 Of The Best Pimple Creams For Getting Rid Of Spots Fast


Dips and surges in our hormones are completely inevitable and out of our control, and so too are the breakouts that often accompany these fluctuations. 

Blackheads, whiteheads or about-to-burst pustules, no matter the type of pimple, there’s a quick-working formula just waiting to accelerate the shrinking and healing process. 

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And when there’s only a matter of hours between your big event and getting rid of that unwanted pimple, you don’t have any time to waste on a treatment that won’t deliver hard-hitting results. 

So to avoid pimple creams that won’t effectively banish spots and fast, we’ve rounded up the best of the best non-drying and fast-acting formulas. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Acne Moisturiser

Don’t be fooled by the name, La Roche-Posay’s ‘moisturiser’ works effectively as a targeted spot treatment rather than just an all-over cream. Give the acne-fighting ingredients like niacinamide, zinc and salicylic acid 12 hours to reduce the size and redness of imperfections.

“I have now used this product for some time and have noticed that my acne has cleared up really well. The acne scars and blemishes have also reduced. It also reduces pores and clears the skin.” – Shali_Nialler

Read more La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Acne Moisturiser reviews…


Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel

This gel works to rapidly reduce the swelling of active blemishes. Plus the addition of antibacterial ingredients like tea tree help to limit the spread of future breakouts and fight the cause of infection at the root. 

“This is one of the blemish control products I have ever used – and I think I have tried most of them! It is a clear gel that is absorbed into the skin almost immediately and does not leave your skin feeling dry or sticky.” – Kerri347

Want to know more? Read Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel reviews…


Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment

Kiehl’s potent glycolic acid formula penetrates the skin to clear blackheads, whiteheads and other persistent blemishes. Plus, the transparent formula means you can get away with wearing it alone or underneath makeup during the day.

“It is fantastic for shrinking any bump that has appeared on my face – which happen a lot on my chin but also my forehead and even my cheek areas too.” – crystalclearwater

Read more Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment reviews here…


Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

For an overnight blast that won’t leave a path of dry, flakey skin in its wake, the Paula’s Choice anti-acne treatment is an effective pimple-reducing cream that’s suited for all skin types.

“The product is smooth and thick, easy to spread and doesn’t leave your skin feeling thick. After a few minutes, the products completely absorbs into the skin. I have noticed that my skin is smoother and clearer since using this product” – Erin837

Read more Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide reviews here…


Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance EXPERT

Using a trio of complementary and innovative skin-healing ingredients, Avene’s light emulsion helps to reduce sebum, smooth texture and reduce the redness of blemishes.  Plus, the gentle formula will keep the skin underneath and surrounding the pimple hydrated and smooth.

“This product is extremely gentle and well worth it. Although it is a little pricey if you use all over your face twice a day. I think its well worth it.” – ahlmyers

Want to know more? Read Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance EXPERT reviews here…



tbh Skincare acne hack cream

Using their unique XBIO™ technology, tbh’s topical acne-fighting cream destroys the extracellular matrix that is responsible for protecting acne-causing bacteria. By leaving this bacteria exposed, the congestion site can be effectively and quickly eradicated.

The acne hack cream is perhaps the star of the tbh range.  the cream does work on active acne to dry out and reduce inflammation.  You can see results within days.” – jupiter

Want to know more? Read tbh Skincare acne hack cream reviews here…

Main image credit: Getty Have you tried any of these pimple creams? Which is your favourite?

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  1. I’ve never tried any of these products. Thankfully I don’t have too many issues with spots. To treat the very occasional one I do get, I put a Mecca brand dot spot on it, and it clears it up really quickly.

  2. I have only used Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pimple Cream but I can only dab it on with a cotton bud otherwise my skin around the sounding area goes really red. It's good to see I do have some alternatives.

  3. Teens these days have so many great options. My daughter has started a skincare regime and is concerned with spots and blemishes. I remember the good old clearisol. It burned the skin and was ghastly looking possibly worse looking than the blemish itself.

  4. I haven't used any of these, but I do use Sukin's Spot Clearing Gel (if I want to pop something on for day-time) & Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion (at night & if I want to get rid of zits fast).

  5. Not used any of these, luckily I get breakouts rarely so when I do I don't usually use any product for them. In the past I did found that using spot clearing products helped to get rid of them a lot faster and help to reduce redness though.

  6. I still get the odd spot from time to time but not on my face. I remember the days when I would be due to do something important or special and sure enough a zit would pop up. Makeup sort of helped but they were still noticeable.

  7. I haven't tried any of these products. I still get the odd pimple and use Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel – a fab product that clears the skin almost overnight.

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