By Tanvi Chaturvedi
Skin tone: fair to medium
Skin type: oily, sensitive and acne prone
This Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick by Boots is another recent purchase. My skin is highly prone to breakouts. Every now and then I find a zit sitting on my face. No matter how diligently I follow my skincare regime but these unwanted zits keep coming back. This stick isn’t quite a wonder product, but it’s not far off. In basic terms, it’s a treatment which you rub onto spots as they appear and it helps to reduce them.
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Price: AED 22 for 6g
This easy to use Blemish Stick gets to work instantly on fighting the spot-causing bacteria. It is formulated with anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil and skin calming Witch Hazel to help clear spots and blemishes instantly, whilst keeping your skin clear and healthy.
Suitable for all skin types.
How to Use:
Dab onto affected area as often as required, avoiding delicate eye area. Suitable for all skin types but especially for oily/combination skin.
Alcohol denat., Aqua(Water), Propylene glycol, Glycerin, Sodium stearate, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) water, Cetyl alcohol, Melaleuca alternifoliate (Tea Tree) leaf oil,
Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Tris(tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) citrate, CI42090 (Blue 4)
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It comes in a pastel green coloured push up bullet form. One needs to rotate the product clockwise to pop it out and then you can twist it back. You can either dab this straight onto the spot or onto your finger and then onto the spot. The packaging is quite sturdy and convenient to use. It’s a small bullet that can easily fit into the handbag and is quite travel-friendly.
My Experience with Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick:
I bought this stick just to try it out of curiosity because it’s a spot treatment. Anything that claims to soothe down the angry zits attracts me immediately. I have a zillion of anti-acne products that I have tried on. Some are helpful; most of them are useless.
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Boots Blemish stick claims to contain tea tree oil and witch hazel. Both ingredients are meant to heal and soothe down the angry zits. But, thanks to my bad luck, this product didn’t work for me the way I had expected. As soon as you open the bullet you can see the green coloured, hard, gel-like product which smells strongly of tea tree oil.
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The smell is quite strong for sensitive noses. It stays on for a while even after application. You need to dab the product on the spot and leave it overnight. That’s how I use it whenever I get a zit. I have noticed that it does work on small zits and reduces the redness immediately.
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It soothes the skin as soon as you apply it and you feel a cooling sensation which is very calming. For bigger zits, it takes up to 3-4 days to completely heal but they do leave a scar behind. Plus, it doesn’t dry the skin around the zits, which is a huge yay as most of the anti-acne treatments tend to dry your skin.
Pros of Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick:
⦁ Dermatologically tested
⦁ Suitable for all skin types
⦁ Reduces redness immediately upon application
⦁ Sturdy and convenient packaging
⦁ Easy to use
⦁ Works on small zits
⦁ Does not dry out the skin
⦁ A little goes a long way
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Cons of Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick:
⦁ Contains a lot of chemicals
⦁ Unavailability in India
⦁ Doesn’t work on huge zits
⦁ Overpowering fragrance for sensitive noses
⦁ Stings if applied near eye area
IMBB Rating: 3/5
Would I Recommend Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick?
For acne prone skin, I won’t recommend this as it is not strong enough to combat huge zits. However, it does work on smaller zits very rapidly. It reduces redness to a great extent. I think it’s a product worth trying once, but don’t expect a miracle out of it.
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