You’ve woken up to a spot the size of Africa, slap-bang in the centre of your forehead, but before you think about cancelling that date or caking on the concealer, we’ve got a better way to deal with it. Say hello to the best blemish-busting buys we’ve tried – and watch your spot shrink asap!

The quick fix

Don’t be put off by the name… this nifty little stick isn’t only for teenage skin. Applied under or over makeup (it won’t leave a tell-tale tide line), it dries out all kinds of spots, even those bigger than the night out you’ve just had.

Nip + Fab Nip+Fab Teen Skin Fix Blemish Treatment £5.29 Buy Now

Night nurse

This before-bed treatment contains a hefty dose of witch hazel. It’s gentle enough to be used all over the face to help stop spots that are about to form.

Witch Witch Overnight Clearing Serum 50ml £5.99 Buy Now

The cult buy

Loads of celebs and bloggers swear by this stuff. It’s a smart little gel that hydrates (that’ll be the vitamin E), as well as clearing and purifying to regulate sebum production. We use it in the morning under our makeup and before bed to keep skin in the clear.

La Roche-Posay La Roche-Posay Effaclar K[+] Anti-Blemish 30ml £15.99 Buy Now

Budget-friendly buy

If you’re on a budget, this super-affordable, super-effective spot-zapper can’t be beaten. It’s formulated with salicylic acid – the gold standard of blemish treatments – as well as niacinamide, which helps to tackle the dark marks that often follow bad breakouts.

Superdrug Superdrug Calm Skin Rescue Gel 15ml £2.99 Buy Now