Glossier Zit Stick —A Gimmick Or A Must?

I'm a sucker for anything ‘anti-blemish’. There, I said it. Having grown up with acne throughout my teenage years and still struggling from the odd break-out here and there, spot treatments are by far my most favourite launches when it comes to skincare.

The promise to get rid of a massive pimple as easy as A-B-C and not drying out the skin around it, or result in hyperpigmentation? Girlfriend, I AM IN.

Meet Glossier Zit Stick —recently launched in the UK and marketed as a “spot eraser” that was designed to live in your pocket, bag, and daily life. Now I would never recommend to touch your face when it's not been washed, especially living in a big city —daily grime and polution isn't something you'd want to massage into your skin. The pen mechanism looks fun and is super compact, especially since I travel a lot and tend to be limited to only 1 bag of liquids.

To get any of the product out, you need to twist the pen a few times, glide it directly over your blemish with the stainless steel tip and wait a a bit for it to dry to a translucent finish. I like to use a (clean!) finger to dab it onto the spot evenly and then go watch my series. Whilst it's sold as a spot treatment you can wear during the day, I prefer to only save spot treatments for the night time, when my skin and body are in recovery mode.
The star ingredient in this is definitely the 2% Salicylic Acid, which gently exfoliates the skin and loosens sebum build-up in pores. I definitely notice that my spots shrink much faster when I use Salicylic Acid in my routine. It also contains Tea Tree Oil and Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, which add a boost to the formula while still being gentle on skin.

I've used it for 2 weeks now and can say that whilst I don't really think it's ’erased’ any of my spots, it definitely has helped in bringing them to the surface (to then squeeze, soz) and helped them heal quicker after having squeezed them.

So verdict... is it gimmicky? Yes. But does it work? Also yes. Whilst I enjoy the design of the packaging, I don't really agree with the functionality of it, as I find the constant twisting quite tedious. However, sometimes it's the inside that counts. And this time, it sure does.