Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel - reivew


I've been religiously applying this product to breakouts I've had for almost a month now. I apply it twice a day before my moisturiser - once in the morning and once in the evening, all along my chin where the blemishes are.

While this product has had some great reviews, unfortunately it's done nothing for me and I can't give it a good rating. Maybe it's better on different blemishes (eg big red ones) and not the ones I've been getting (little heads of the black and white variety). I really hate talking about pimples. Erk.

So now that the whole world knows I have blemishes, let's have a look at the product. Ahem.

Origins claims/product details
  • Battle breakouts fast! 
  • Just a dab of blemish-busting salicylic acid instantly helps speed healing
  • Anti-spot technology helps visibly correct lingering discolouration
  • Skin-calming red algae helps visibly relieve redness
  • And to help skin stay spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates
  • To use: apply as needed to targeted areas on the face
  • RRP $21 AUD for 10g


This had insanely good reviews on the Mecca website, which is why I had my eye on the product and eventually purchased it. A mistake! If you look elsewhere (see eg makeupalley), the reviews are inconsistent and some of them are quite bad.

It's a sticky gel that smells strongly of cloves and leaves a film on your face. I've seen a few lasses complain that it stings (probably due to the high alcohol content) and while I haven't had this issue, I'd be aware of it if you have sensitive skin because you could wind up with dry, flaky patches as others have when using this product.

When I sat down to write this review, I had a look at other reviews and saw that some people felt this product had made their blemishes worse. I'm now wondering whether it's done the same for me because not only did this not clear up my spots, but new ones have appeared. I don't think I can completely blame this product for that, however, because the spots have appeared even where I haven't been applying it - so something else must be going on with my skin.

It's worth noting that this gel only received one star from Paula's Choice (see here), which calls it: 'basically a laundry list of irritants, none of which are helpful at making blemishes go away.'

Those ingredients include alcohol, oregano oil, clove oil and witch hazel - which can lead to dryness, flaking and the stimulation of more oil production. Not ideal!

Another thing to note is that this product isn't as good value as I'd first thought when I saw the price tag. It's really small - I was surprised by its size. Yes it's a spot treatment so you only need a little each time, but do be aware that you're not getting huge bang for your buck.

In sum, while I don't find this product irritating as some others do, I don't think it does anything towards clearing up spots. Indeed, I'm annoyed that I bought it because I feel compelled to use it, but I'm not enjoying doing so because it smells so strong, feels sticky on the skin and does nothing for my spots. Foo!

Back to the drawing board for blemish treatments...

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