Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot Really Hits My Spots

When I did the Battle of the Zit Busters and compared Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and The Jojoba Company’s Spot on Pimple Treatment, I was pretty satisfied with both products in terms of efficacy. They zapped my zits quickly within the next couple of days, which was good. Unfortunately, no matter how well the products worked, I just couldn’t go past the stinky-poo scent that those two zit-busters produced :(

Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot

It was time to find something new. Something that will do the same job without having to hold my breath and count to ten while I quickly slap this on a pimple. I stumbled upon Dermalogica’s Clean Start range when trawling Strawberrynet one bored evening, and my eyes fell on their Hit the Spot zit treatment gel. Added that to my shopping cart, paid and less than a week later, it arrived.

I’ve been using this for 6 weeks now, and my skin couldn’t be happier.

Breakouts have finally met their match! This concentrated spot treatment absorbs without a trace, minimising breakouts while controlling future breakout activity.

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, PEG-8, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sulfur, Bakuchiol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Zinc Sulfate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cyclodextrin, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol

Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot

It’s a rather large tube for 10ml of product, and quite an innovative one too. To dispense the gel, all you have to do is turn the knob at the bottom of the tube, and press. Each squirt dispenses just the right amount of gel to treat 1-2 pimples at a time. I don’t rub the tip of the tube on the zit, because it’s not hygienic. What I do is to simply dispense the gel on a clean fingertip, and then apply it on the skin. Easy peasy.

Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot

What I really like about the Hit The Spot is that it doesn’t stink. In fact, it smells rather soothing, like peppermint, and it barely stings when it touches the skin. It contains sulfur to help stop breakout-causing bacteria, clearing oil and congestion quickly, tea tree oil to help reduce redness and calm inflammation and zinc sulfate to help purify the skin.

Pimple-busting time is about 2 days before the zit clears up. I use this every time my skin starts to break out. You know the red, sore bumps on the skin just before it becomes a full-blown pimple? Massage a bit of this on the affected area helps with the soreness and begins the drying out process before it becomes an actual pimple with pus and all :)

Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot

I use this on Tim every time he gets breakouts (poor guy gets them often from exercising and excessive sweating on the forehead), and he loves it. He couldn’t stand the smell of the previous spot treatment products, but he’s all for the Hit The Spot. Me too!

Dermalogica Clean Start Hit The Spot retails at AU$40 for 10ml and is available at Dermalogica counters at Endota Spa salons and selected beauty salons nationwide.

What I like about it: Cute packaging, soothing pepperminty fragrance from the tea tree oil, zaps breakouts even before they begin, pimples take 1-2 days to clear

What I do not like about it: Lots of plastic packaging for only 10ml of product.



8 comments… add one

  1. LeGeeque

    Love your bored and late night shopping. Makes me feel better that I’m not the only one! :P
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    1. Tine

      LeGeeque: Late night shopping on the iPad is most awesome. I do it when Tim’s snoring next to me :P

  2. emmabovary

    This sounds really good, I like the applicator. I haven’t noticed a bad scent with my Mario Badescu, which is strange. Maybe I just don’t mind the smell? Either way this seems like a great product from Dermalogica :D
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    1. Tine

      Emma: It’s odd, because I think I’m the only one who can’t stand the smell from the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I’ve had comments from readers who didn’t think it smelled bad either. Oh dear, could mine be a lemon then? :(

  3. VNikol

    When I was in beauty school last year, we used Dermalogica & the Clean Start line had just been introduced as a specialty line for teens. Because skin is most active during puberty, the ingredients are beneficial for adult acne as well. I think the extra bulky factor of the tube is to ensure it would tolerate getting tossed into gym bags, purses, lockers & everything else teens do to their stuff. You should check out their Clearing Skin Wash or Dermal Clay Cleanser (doubles as a mask too) & Skin Refining Masque. Active Moist is a great basic moisturizer for all skin types, it’s like a drink of water for the skin. And I have combo – oily/acne prone skin but it’s pretty good. Their SPF Booster is one of my faves, because you can add a few drops to any moisturizer you already have & receive the sun protection you need. ; )

    1. Tine

      VNikol: Oooh thanks for letting me know! Now that’s a great reason for it being so bulky! I love it. I’ve tried the Clearing Skin Wash and Dermal Clay Cleanser. They’re great products from Dermalogica. Dermalogica does some really good products which I began to discover a couple of years ago. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

  4. dom

    Looks like something I need to have in my zit-busting arsenal. I’ve been getting a lot of cystic acne recently :(
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    1. Tine

      Dom: That sucks :( I’m either hormonal or using too many new products to have these annoying lil’ buggers sprout on a regular basis. Do try this one out. It’s pretty good :)

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