The best spot treatments for an acne-free summer

These potent formulas will zap pesky pimples in no time!

18 May, 2023
The best spot treatments for an acne-free summer

We’ve all been there. We’ll wake up a day or two before an important work presentation, a vacation, or a first date, and find a bright red pimple staring back at us. Our first thought is to get rid of it, ASAP, but it’s easier said than done. With the right care, breakouts can take days to clear up, and even then, we’re left with dark spots in their place. 

However, there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments in the market that promise to significantly reduce, if not completely remove acne. Do remember though that these work on regular pimples like whiteheads, and not on cystic acne, which may require extra steps.  

So, the next time a zit rears its head, banish it with these five acne spot treatments. And if all else fails, there’s always concealer!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu

This bestselling formula features on multiple acne spot correcting lists, and is the favourite of beauty editors and the skincare community around the world. The reason? It works, and fast! Simply dab a bit of the lotion on your whitehead and leave it overnight. You’ll wake up in the morning with the redness significantly reduced and a drier-looking zit. Hurrah!  The formula acts quick because of the blend salicylic acid, sulfur, and zinc oxide, all which are effective in tackling breakouts.

Get it for: ₹1,600

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment


While Mario Badescu drying lotion is effective, it works best when used overnight. So what do you do when you discover a pimple in the morning before you getting ready for work? This is where Murad’s acne treatment comes in—its clear texture isn’t visible, and the strong formula banishes spots within four hours. In addition to salicylic acid, the pine and thyme extracts fight irritants and inflammation for clearer skin. 

Get it for: ₹2730 (approx)

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment 


Clinique’s Anti-Blemish solutions trio is known for being helpful in treating existing acne and preventing future ones, but this one in particular is much-loved for its efficacy. In addition to creating a barrier against acne-causing bacteria, the lightweight formula also helps calm and soothe your skin. Plus, acne treatments can be too harsh, but this one lightly hydrates to avoid dryness.

Get it for: ₹2,600

The Ordinary Salicylic Solution

The Ordinary

If you might have noticed by now, most of the quick-acting acne spot treatments feature salicylic acid on the ingredient list, as it is known to unclog pores and reduce redness. So, if you’d rather use the magical zit-zapping elixir in its purest form, then give the The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution a try. It will remove dead cells that can be a big culprit in clogged pores and help clear congestion for blemish-free, clear skin.

Get it for: ₹500

The Pink Foundry Overnight Spot Corrector

Pink Foundry

One of the few Indian brands that offer acne spot treatment, The Pink Foundry is a favourite among skincare enthusiasts and for good reason—its powerful formulation of zinc oxide, salicylic acid, calamine, sulphur, and glycerine helps in getting rid of angry red pimples fast. All you have to do is dip a clean cotton swab into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle (don’t shake it before using!) and dab it gently on your pimple, and let it stay for a few hours. Easy-peasy!

Get it for: ₹900