Now, though, with my skin being in what might be its best condition ever (more on that in an upcoming post...!), treatments aimed at reducing nasty imperfections as they appear are vital, and I found myself on the hunt for something that could quickly and painlessly reduce nasty hormonal problems as quickly as possible.
After reading through what felt like a thousand reviews for spot reduction treatments with no real luck, I stumbled across a rave review of Malin + Goetz's acne treatment, and was instantly intrigued by the unusual application process; unlike most treatments, you don't shake the bottle before use, but instead use a cotton bud to bypass the clear alcohol solution at the top of the bottle, and apply the white, sulfur-based mixture that's settled at the bottom of the bottle to the offending imperfection. It leaves a fairly hideous white residue on the areas it's applied to, overnight, which then has to be rinsed off in the morning, so it's not always ideal if you're sharing a bathroom, but it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry or stinging after treatment, either.
Overall, I have to say I am hugely impressed with this offering from Malin + Goetz; although the price does initially seem a little steep, for such a small product, it's lasted me well over 8 months (although I only really use it for 'emergencies'), and it's a complete miracle-worker for getting those angry, red, or painful problem areas to reduce in size overnight - and without the dry, flaky, skin most spot treatments leave behind. Plus, if the solution ever dries out, just pouring a small amount of alcohol into the bottle soon refreshes it!
Would I recommend it? Definitely; for anyone who has uncommon, or hormonal spots, or has a habit of getting one or two huge imperfections once in a while. Not, however, if you suffer from more general 'bad skin' - although I do have a post coming up for those of you that applies to, in the next couple of weeks.
Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment retails for £16.50, and is available from Space NK stores, or on their website, here.
What's your favourite fast-acting treatment for pesky imperfections?