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Dermalogica’s mediBac Concealing Spot Treatment Hits The Spot


A few years ago, Benefit Cosmetics had a nifty little product in its stable: a tinted, medicated blemish stick that also functioned as a targeted concealer and looked like a slim, retractable eyeliner. If you had a nasty, crater-sized pimple or a rice grain-sized bump, you could camouflage that bad boy by simply rolling the stick over the blemish. The product has since been discontinued and, sadly, its name eludes me (though, for some reason, I think it was called the Zap It! stick). But, during the time when the product had its own devoted slot inside one of Benefit’s shelves at Sephora, I was a frequent visitor, often releasing it from its store rack.

And while other companies have attempted to release a blemish stick that also doubled as a concealer, I can’t think of any that have really mastered the feat: either the focus is on the pigment, in which case the breakout in question keeps growing and growing like Pinocchio’s nose, or the emphasis is placed on eradicating the blemish, doing little to hide any redness or inflammation.

Fortunately, Demalogica has developed the right stuff with its wildly effective Dermalogica mediBac Concealing Spot Treatment, part of the brand’s mediBac Clearing collection, which focuses on eliminating breakouts. The concentrated formula contains sulfur and zinc oxide to eliminate bacteria (the source of breakouts), salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells that could potentially clog pores, as well as a combination of niacin, zinc gluconate, caffeine, biotin, cinnamon bark extract and yeast extract to calm¬† and purify skin. The natural tint, meanwhile, will blend easily with most fair to medium skin tones.

To use the product, you simply squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your fingertip, pat it onto the affected area, wait five to ten seconds while the ingredients penetrate the area, then blend. Once you sweep powder over your face (be it cream, pressed or loose mineral powder), you should be able to hold your head up high, confident that your breakout won’t stop the show. Not only will any redness be concealed, but you’ll be able to keep the concealer in place, cleverly disguising any protrusions, and you won’t have flaking after the fact since the formula isn’t overly drying. Best of all, the Concealing Spot Treatment works surprisingly fast, clearing up acne within days.

I had a whopper right in the middle of my forehead (talk about a less-than-ideal location!) and, within two days of using the mediBac treatment, I was ready for any HD digital cameras my friends and family whipped out. How’s that for hitting the spot?


Dermalogica mediBac Concealing Spot Treatment,  $25 for 0.33 oz. Available at Dermalogica.com

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