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skynICELAND Blemish Dots: Your Zits’ New Worst Nightmare

SKYN Iceland Blemish Dots: Your Zits' New Worst Nightmare
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skynICELAND’s new Blemish Dots with salicylic acid are your zits’ new worst nightmare. The premise: When you get a big nasty, you stick on one of the Blemish Dots — you can leave it on for either a few hours or overnight — and the combo of salicylic acid and tea tree oil (which is amazing, Google that ish) go in and work their magic.

For $20, you get 4 sheets with 12 Blemish Dots each (save 15% by using this link and using the code 15FORYOU) — which was more than enough to split with my co-workers and test these puppies out on different ages and skin types.

SKYN Iceland Blemish Dots: Your Zits' New Worst Nightmare

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Elise, 24/Sensitive & Oily Skin
4.5/5 stars

I use face masks a lot. Like, a lot a lot. I love sheet masks, charcoal masks, mud masks, even homemade honey masks. I’ve used skynICELAND’s sheet masks once before (one of the only things I ever truly loved from my Ipsy Glam Bags) and instantly fell in love.

When I received the Blemish Dots to review, I was pretty blemish-free…which would 9.99 out of 10 times be a good thing, except how can you review Blemish Dots with salicylic acid when you’re zit-free?? So I prayed to the pimple gods, and long story short you should always be careful what you ask for—because a couple of days later, I had a couple of whoppers.

Now there are two sizes of Blemish Dots: One for a regular-sized pimple and one for, like I said, a whopper. If you have what I call “under-the-skin” zits (aka red, inflamed areas that aren’t squeezable yet), the Blemish Dots can be good for reducing swelling. The first night I broke out the Blemish Dots I had three tiny, little problem areas, and by the next morning the swelling had gone down majorly. The areas were still slightly red, but that’s nothing a little concealer can’t fix.

Where they really come in handy though is for the fully-formed zit. The Blemish Dots aren’t an overnight cure; Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your skin won’t magically become flawless with one dot over the course of one night. But after two nights, I noticed the size of my zits dramatically reduced.

Contrary to popular belief, salicylic acid can be your best friend. When you use it on just one spot — aka the purpose of the Blemish Dots — it isn’t too drying. For someone like me, with combination/mostly oily skin, it’s just drying enough.

I gave the Blemish Dots 4.5 out of 5 stars only because when you peel them off of the plastic sheet, it’s super easy to accidentally curl them under. Then you have to straighten it out, and your fingerprints get all over it, and while none of this is detrimental it can be a bit frustrating. I 100% plan on purchasing skynICELAND Blemish Dots and incorporating them into my skincare routine.

Shannon, 26/Combination Skin
2.5/5 Stars

I have combination skin. I usually get oily around my T-zone and dry everywhere else, but I put my head on my hand a lot, which creates little blemishes on my cheeks. I use face masks pretty frequently because I get them in my BirchBox and Ipsy on a regular basis. I use scrubs almost every morning. I’ve never tried (or heard of) skynICELAND before.

I had a few small blemishes, so I kept the Blemish Dots on overnight — around six to eight hours a night. I would give this product a 2 or 3 stars out of five because it didn’t do a whole lot to the blemishes. The Blemish Dots didn’t really decrease in size much at all. The strangest thing is that it left my skin feeling strange. There was a slick circle on my face where I applied the dot. It made my makeup rub off faster than usual even with primer.

With that said, it didn’t really dry out my skin either. The skin felt smoother–almost like I applied a moisturizing mask to one specific spot and left it on for an hour or so. I wouldn’t buy more of the product, but then again I don’t really have issues with blemishes or zits.

Christine, 23/Combination Skin
4/5 Stars

I guess you could say I have combination skin? It’s not really oily, but it’s also not really dry. To be honest, I don’t usually have very many problems with my skin, but I do get the occasional zit in my T-zone area, and especially around my chin. I remove my makeup and wash my face every night, then apply moisturizer. In the morning, I usually just apply some toner before putting my makeup on. Occasionally, I do like to try a mask every now and then, but honestly I’ve never been able to tell much of a difference when I do, so it’s more for fun than anything else.

Right when I received this product to try I didn’t really have any extremely problematic zits, but I stuck a few of the smaller Blemish Dots on what I did have. Because those zits were pretty much already on their way out the door, the dots worked like magic overnight and they were all gone in the morning! I was worried about the dots sticking to my face because I apply a pretty heavy moisturizer at night, but they seemed to stay in place (even though I kept reaching up and touching them to make sure). The only thing I didn’t like is that I could feel them on my face — but I’m sure that’s something you would get used to if you used them on a regular basis.

The second time I used them, however, I had developed a few doozies, and I was excited to try again and see what kind of magic they could work on some *real* zits. One was on my upper lip and it was just under the surface of the skin — I could feel it coming and knew it was going to be one of those that takes a while to finally go away. But the skynICELAND Blemish Dots literally completely got rid of it in ONE night. It’s an understatement to say that I was amazed. On the other hand, the other zit popped up right in between my eyebrows, and I’m not sure if it was the placement or what, but the dot didn’t even put a dent in that one — and on top of that, it left a giant red circle right in the middle of my face that I didn’t enjoy trying to cover up the next day.

So moral of the story: I would definitely buy these again, but I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars because to me, it seemed like these Blemish Dots work best on exclusively my chin area — because that’s where I get most of my zits, that’s awesome! But if I do happen to get one in a different area of my face, I’m not sure this product is up to the task.

Madelyn, 19/Combination Skin
3/5 Stars

I have combination skin; some days it’s shiny and oily, and other days it’s dry and peeling. I only occasionally use face masks because my skin is so sensitive. I never know what products are going to break me out, so I’m usually hesitant to try new things. I’d never heard of skynICELAND, but because it’s a spot treatment and doesn’t go all over my face,  I was excited to give it a shot. I used the Blemish Dots overnight for two nights in a row on the same three spots. I had a spot on my cheek, one on my chin, and I was curious to see if the dots could handle blackheads, so I put one on a cluster between my eyebrows. The spot on my cheek was red and looked like a mountain on the surface of my skin, and overnight it was almost flat, less red, and completely dried out. After the second night, the area was completely smooth with very little redness! Yay!

The spot on my chin was below the surface of my skin and not red at all, so I thought I would see if the dot could get rid of it. In the morning, the spot was really red, had a white a head, and kind of hurt. I’m not sure if the dot did that or if it was the natural progression of the blemish, but I was not very happy. When I woke up the second morning, I was even more displeased because the dot pulled the skin off the top of the pimple and it bled.

I had high hopes for these things to be able to help my blackhead problem, but they didn’t. Both nights, I put a larger dot between my eyebrows, and in the morning it only seemed to take off some dead skin. So, if you’re looking for blackhead treatment, look elsewhere.

Overall, I think the skynICELAND Blemish Dots work extremely well for surface pimples that are in their prime. But they did not work well for me at all with developing blemishes or blackheads. I’ll give them a 3 out of 5, but I’m not sure I’ll order any more of these for myself.

Terra, 25/Sensitive & Dry Skin
3/5 Stars

I am a textbook case for dry and sensitive skin. As a result, I’m super picky about what I put on my face (no salicylic acid or fragrance) and have a really simple skin care routine. I remove my makeup with coconut oil and a warm towel, apply Neossance Squalane oil after, and use a gentle scrub every other day in the shower. This was the first time I’ve ever encountered or used any products from skynICELAND.

When I break out it’s either one really deep blemish or a spattering of small whiteheads. I ended up getting one whitehead on my forehead and the beginning of a deeper blemish on my chin so I applied one of the skynICELAND Blemish Dots to each. I chose to leave them on overnight and prayed my skin wouldn’t have a hissyfit about the salicylic acid. When I woke up, both pimples were completely flat but had a small dot of white in the middle. I removed the dots to happily find my skin wasn’t horribly dry or irritated.

I wouldn’t say that the Blemish Dots completely eradicated those two pimples, but they did keep them at bay and left the surface of my skin flat. I chose not to put another dot on the next day because the pimples were already ¾ of the way gone, but I think I should have because those two pimples definitely tried to hang out for a few more days. I’d give the Blemish Dots 3 out of 5 stars, but only because I just tested them for one night on two pretty tame blemishes. I’d actually like to see how they’d handle one of my really bad breakouts since the first test was promising.

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Last modified on November 18th, 2019

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