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Goodbye Old Friend: La Prairie Blemish Control Gel

During a stay at a Beverly Hills hotel, I decided to treat my severely broken-out skin to a facial. The spa at the hotel used La Prairie products and I was really impressed with how clean and tingly my face felt when I was finished. The facialist told me that if there was one product I should splurge on (this brand is quite pricey), it should be the La Prairie Cellular Purifying System Blemish Control Gel ($70).

I bought it and within a few days I could not believe how dramatically my face had calmed down and cleared up. From that day on, every time I've gotten a doozy of a zit, my La Prairie Blemish Gel has been my go-to product. While of course I have tried many less expensive spot treatments this one always seems to do the job for the really painful, disastrous, cystic kinds of pimples.

What makes it so awesome is that you can feel the gel stinging, almost burning your skin. It's made with such a high concentration of salicylic acid that you can only use it for a few days or it will make your skin peel. Don't make me feel like I am some sicko for enjoying this sensation—you know as well as I do that when you've got a blemish to blast, you're counting down the minutes until it's gone.

Unfortunately, six months ago, I went to replenish my stock and was told it had been discontinued. I have since been able to find more bottles on the online grey markets, but I'm definitely bugging out thinking that my supply is eventually going to get cut off. Do you have any other amazing zit creams you can recommend?

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sandinmytoes sandinmytoes 9 years
it looks like still has your la prarie product available too!
redmed redmed 9 years
I am with you motherhelen, my best move ever was going on a birth control pill (yasmin) that contains a hormone that acts like spironolactone. It actually blocks the testosterone's response on your skin.
cheekykarin cheekykarin 9 years
Benefit's Boo-Boo Zap clears blemishes and also reduces redness & puffiness after eyebrow plucking. It clears without causing the flakies.
asiamjr asiamjr 9 years
i love murad's acne spot treatment. works like a charm!
tinkerbelle76 tinkerbelle76 9 years
Philosophy On A Clear Day Blemish Serum... It is zappy, and will most definitely give you that tingle you are looking for. It comes in a bottle with a dropper so you never waste any. I have been using for quite sometime, and it is always effective. I even used it on my boyfriend the other day and he was amazed that another one of my girly products actually worked. Luckily for him, I don't mind sharing. (shhh... He has become addicted to my eye cream)
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I like Mary Kay's Acne Gel. I was out of my Clean and Clear and a lady I worked with sold me on trying this. It works just as quick as the Clean and Clear but isn't as abrasive on your skin.
Katikins Katikins 9 years
I'm also a fan of Burt's Bees Blemish stick. Love the smell and Bella - it does give you that sting that you are looking for (not all the time, but it's caught me by surprise a couple of times!) Way more affordable than $70! And I love that it's completely natural. Good luck!
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I love Proactiv's 3-step skincare system. If I need to spot treat, I'll use either their refining mask or their benzoyl peroxide treatment.
combsy combsy 9 years
i still havent found an amazing zit zapper (besides my trusty persagel, which isnt really an immediate fix)...however, a product called acnease changed my life. got rid of my acne from the inside! best acne product i have ever come for everyone ive known to try it, and has a money back garuntee. you can check it out at
Dragun Dragun 9 years
I got a sample of Leaf & Rusher Acne Treatment Gel and while it's spendy, it did a fabulous job of zapping spots. Gonna try the Clean & Clear one now though, after reading GingerMiller531's response!
lattegoodness lattegoodness 9 years
I've found that Burt's Bees Blemish stick works great, PLUS it's all natural. You know what all's going on your face, as opposed to chemicals that, for all we know, might cause cancer 10, 20, 30 years down the line. It's a bit pricey ($8 at the nearby Walgreens here) but definitely worth it. Smells nice and spicey too! Here's a link:
damien damien 9 years
Where did you hear this was being discontinued? The La Prarie USA website still has it for sale: is the link. I've had the best luck with Neutrogena RapidClear spot treatment and Clean and Clear Advantage Spot treatment (only use the clean and clear at night, it's really gooey). They're about $5 each, so trying them out isn't painful on the wallet. All of the high end spot treatments I've tried never end up doing much for me :-(. Good luck!
MsSwank MsSwank 9 years
Also, try Clean & Clear Astringent with salicylic acid. This helps as well.
MsSwank MsSwank 9 years
Clean & Clear Spot treatment - works well as an overnight treatment, but you have to scrub it off in the morning (it leaves a clear film on your face which doesn't do well under make-up). Also, as with any salicylic acid, there's a fine balance before your face starts peeling, so you definitely need to moisturize well afterwards. All in all, it's very affordable, and clears up the skin nicely.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Try my aspirin & honey mask!
motherhelen motherhelen 9 years
I've found the Zeno to work on my break-outs also. I invested a fortune on my face with trying many high and lower end acne products and having monthly facials. I finally decided to go to the dermatologist. I am on an oral product(Spironolactone-not an antibiotic) and have two topical creams (Tazorac and Metrogel)that have made my complexion look fabulous. I now don't even wear foundation. I can swipe some primer on and go. Good luck!
kate939 kate939 9 years
didn't work for me, it's a waste of your money. just buy a blow torch, feels the same.
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
I didn't have any luck at all with a zeno. I thought it was kind of a crock. Did it actually work for some people?
sioux5ita sioux5ita 9 years
for the price of 2 bottles of the discontinued la prairie, i would buy a xeno from sephora or walgreens.
xxxxxxy xxxxxxy 9 years
BEST PRODUCT EVER:: Rapid Clear Cleasing Pads from Neutrogena. they are about 9 dollars canadian. i have combination skin, and i saw the product and it said "clears up acne in 8 hours!" i was amazed. after taking off my makeup, i take one pad, and smooth it over my whole face, then went to bed. it doesnt smell that pleasing, but IT DOES THE JOB! after waking up in the morning, it doesnt form a substance on your face at all. my face felt amazingly soft, and the redness in my face is dimished! i even use it for my backne, which also cleared up in ONE NIGHT! i recommend to ALL of you who are having acne problems. Neutrogena is the way to go!
Vannuccia Vannuccia 9 years
I can't believe they're discontinuing this!! I always find Clean & Clear Quick Clear spot treatment gel works quite well- it's cheap and does the job.
aehunter86 aehunter86 9 years
I really like Dr. Brandt Skincare Pore Effect when my skin is overall yucky & N.V. Perricone M.D. Acne Treatment Gel Cream if I just have a monster zit... Hope this helps! I get them both from
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