Tarte CosmeticsBlemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment
0.33 fl. oz. for $16
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Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment mixes beneficial ingredients with bad ingredients that won't help acne, ultimately landing itself on the naughty list.

The good ingredients, such as niacinamide and azelaic acid, really do offer benefit for breakout-prone skin, including their ability to help fade post-acne marks. Had this product's pH been in the appropriate range, the 1.5% salicylic acid also would have been a tremendous help for unclogging pores (but as is, the pH is slightly too high for optimal exfoliation).

Where things really take a turn for the worse is in the high concentration of SD alcohol—a major skin irritant—joined by skin-aggravating witch hazel and sensitizing plant oils. All of this spells disaster for acne-prone skin (see More Info for a detailed explanation on why).

In short, it's true that this product bullies your blemishes… but not in a good way.

  • Contains beneficial niacinamide and azelaic acid to help fade post-acne marks.
  • High concentration of SD alcohol weakens skin.
  • Sensitizing witch hazel and fragrant plant oils can actually make acne worse.
  • Not formulated in the optimal pH for salicylic acid to work its pore un-clogging magic.
Last Updated:02.20.2018
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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An acne treatment gel with a proprietary skin-recovery complex to clear breakouts quickly and promote balanced, smooth skin with no redness, dark spots, or scarring.
Active: 1.5% Salicylic Acid. Other: Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Carbomer, Octadecenedioic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Azelaic Acid, Caffeine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Eugenol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Oil.
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Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that “would prove that glamour can be good for you.” This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundations—noted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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