Hi everyone! I love samples. Its a great way to discover new products. Its how I discovered my favourite mascara, the Guerlain Maxi Lash, for example. A long while back, when I was placing a Sephora order online, I selected as a sample, the Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector. I’d been using it for at least 6 months or so, and then about a month ago I used it up. I wanted to do a review as well as let you know about a less expensive dupe.The Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector promises to “shrink breakouts” and “fade dark marks.” Here’s the full product description:
“Treat the first sign of a breakout and fade the red and dark marks left behind with this powerful spot treatment. Formulated with 5% benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria. Works on old and new acne marks to fade discoloration on all skin types. It treats inflamed blemishes, dries out blemishes, kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces redness. This product also evens out skin tone and marks caused by acne damage.”
My experience with this spot corrector was that it was very effective at quickly reducing blemishes, particularly if I applied it at the first sign of a breakout. I really thought it was a great spot corrector and it definitely sped up the healing time for blemishes. I was impressed.
When I used it up, I went on the Sephora Canada site to order the full-sized version. However, Dr. Lin Skincare no longer seems to be sold through Sephora, at least in Canada. At first I was disappointed, but then I decided to read the ingredients to see if I could find a similar product. I was surprised to find that the Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector was actually just 5% benzoyl peroxide. That’s it – no other special ingredients.
I headed to my local drugstore, and as I suspected, there were plenty of drugstore brands that offered 5% benzoyl peroxide products. I chose the Life Brand Clear Action Medicated Acne Gel which, if you look at the ingredients, is identical to the Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector.
The Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector is available on Amazon for $19.99 USD (or approximately $26 CAD). The Life Brand Clear Action Medicated Acne Gel is just $7.19 CAD for the same 28 g (1 oz) amount of product.
I’ve been using the Life Brand Clear Action Medicated Acne Gel as a spot treatment for the past month, and it is similarly effective as the Dr. Lin. The only major difference I have found is with the packaging. The sample size of the Dr. Lin had a long, thin applicator that dispensed a tiny amount of product – perfect for spot treatment. The Life Brand tube just has a generic round opening and I frequently squeeze out much more product than I intend to and more than I need.
I hope you’ve found this review helpful! If you’d like to hear more about the skincare products I use, I have a post about my Skincare Routine for Sensitive Acne-prone Skin, and a more recent Updated Skincare Routine.
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl<3