I first came across this American brand when I was researching treatments for spots over a year ago. I liked the philosophy behind the brand as they believe that there are nine different skin types with various factors that need to be taken into account. This means that if you’re spot-prone, you’ll likely fit into one of the four skin types that covers the usual problems that come with spot-prone skin like excessive oiliness, enlarged pores and post acne marks. As a consequence of breaking down skin types in to so many variants, there are quite a few products available at Renee Rouleau that you wouldn’t normally come across on the general market like treatments for different types of spots including cystic ones. Therefore I decided to order a couple of products and hope that the evil people at Customs didn’t hold them up during delivery.
Thankfully they didn’t and the first product I’ll review is the Night Time Spot Lotion. I’m a big fan of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion which is quite similar to this treatment. They’re both in a thin liquid form and both are applied by dipping a cotton bud into the liquid and then applying it to the spot. However, the Drying Lotion is in 2 parts and you need to ensure the cotton bud passes through both before applying, whereas the Night Time Spot Lotion needs to be shaken first before you apply it.
It’s difficult not to compare these two as they’re such similar treatments and I’ve only ever come across one other brand that has done something like this (I think it was called Bye Bye Blemish; it used to be available at Boots years ago but I haven’t seen it for a while) and I do believe that this is a really good approach to treating spots. Whilst the ingredients are all spot-fighting high-achievers, what I believe works best in these kind of treatments is that the fact that it’s like applying a blanket over the spot (I wanted to say suffocation but I think that sounds a bit too extreme!) so nothing can get in to help the bacteria thrive. Therefore, the spot only has itself and the spot-fighting ingredients to deal with and this works really well at shortening it’s life span.
|How it looks when first applied.|
When applied, this dries very quickly and forms a matte, white mark on the skin that stays until you’re ready to remove it. The idea is that you apply it to each individual spot, but as I usually get small clusters of the little horrors, I tend to apply it fairly liberally to the patch of spots and then go over the main ‘biggies’ with one more layer. This may well be overkill for most skins but as I have pretty resilient skin it’s never caused any problems.
|After drying it turns slightly more sheer.|
I was hoping this would prove a rival for my beloved Drying Lotion, and whilst it’s a good treatment, I think the Mario Badescu is just a little bit more me. By this I mean that the Drying Lotion packs more of a punch, feels stronger on the skin and, for me, dries the spots with more speed. However, if you don’t get on with Mario Badescu’s offering or prefer something a little more gentle that still packs a good punch, this is definitely a worthy product to try. I do like the fact that it dries quickly (much more quickly than the Drying Lotion) and it’s good for times when I’m trying to be gentle with my skin but still need to treat spots. A little bottle goes a long way and whilst this has been slightly pipped by the Drying Lotion, it’s still in my list of top spot treatments.
I’ll be reviewing the Day Time Spot Lotion soon and you can purchase this from the Renee Rouleau site here for $28.50 which, at time of writing, converts to just under £18.