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    Hundreds Of People Swear By This Spot Treatment For Cystic Acne

    I never pegged myself as an emotional person, but when I saw these before-and-after photos for this TreeActiv cystic acne spot treatment, I may or may not have been sent home for sobbing.

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    Cystic acne is undoubtedly the worst form of breakout to plague us. They hurt like hell, sometimes itch (like is this a hive?! A pimple?! WHAT. ARE. YOU?), and take approximately 17 lifetimes to finally leave your face. And if you pick at it for ONE SECOND it flares into essentially Mt. Everest.


    ^^Me when I pick at it until it's the size of my head. Like why would my own face do this to me?!

    So when I discovered this TreeActiv cystic acne spot treatment ($24.95 on Amazon) that truly reduces swelling and inflammation practically overnight, I called FedLoan to tell them they were getting zilch this month, and bought 1,000 of these.

    Kidding. Maybe. Seriously, this stuff may be pricey but it doesn't just *mask* your breakouts — its all-natural, organic ingredients work to soothe and treat your irritated complexion. Plus it fights future breakouts!

    Promising review: "This product is where it is at! I started getting acne around age 25 and have been fighting it for almost 10 years now. Nothing has worked for me. I have tried ProActive COUNTLESS times, only to be disappointed with no results each and every time. I randomly found TreeActiv while searching for a new acne face wash. I was hesitant, because it's so expensive, but I'm at the point where as long as it works I'll pay whatever the price. I noticed a difference after the very first use with this. It is so gentle on my skin, while being strong enough to actually help! My chin area is my worst, so I put a thin layer on before I go to bed. When I wake up, my skin is calm, not red, and my acne is smaller and visibly less irritated. I use this product every damn day, and my face does not get dried out or flaky." —Lindsay

    It's PACKED with natural ingredients to tackle the toughest (and deepest) of breakouts in a way shorter amount of time than usual. Its main ingredient, bentonite clay, draws out toxins, fights swelling, and calms irritated skin. All you have to do is sleep.

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    It also has pink grapefruit essential oil (to reduce inflammation, kill infections, and promote collagen production with vitamin C), witch hazel (to clear away excess sebum and balance your skin's oil), peppermint and spearmint water (to kill bacteria within pores, balance oil production, and reduce scarring), tea tree water and essential oil (to moisturize, tone, and eliminate even the toughest breakouts), lemon essential oil (to balance overactive sebaceous glands, clear acne, and exfoliate dead skin cells), and aloe vera to promote vitamin E and C and help your skin recover). SO YEAH, IT DOES A LOT.

    Not to mention 780 five-star reviewers already consider it their holy grail product — it has a 4.4 star average rating on Amazon!

    Promising review: "I’ll be honest — I really didn’t want to like this product. I wanted to be rid of my acne, but I wasn’t really interested in shelling out 25 bucks for a quarter-sized container — but OH MY GOSH. I have struggled with cystic acne on my chin and chest since I was 12 (over half of my life). I have tried everything short of Accutane. I tried this about a month before a wedding I was supposed to be in, AND MY CHIN AND CHEST WERE COMPLETELY CLEAR IN TWO WEEKS! This has happened maybe five times ever in my life! I have only had one cystic pimple come up in the month I’ve used this, and it lasted half as long! I cannot tell you how happy I am. I use it nightly on my chest and chin, and then I just rinse it off in the morning. One tiny container has lasted me over a month (which is impressive seeing as I used it to cover large portions). Keep your layers thin!" —CAM

    But obviously some amazing before-and-after photos will be far more convincing than my own rants. ~Cue "I'm A Believer" by Smash Mouth.~

    Promising review: "I have struggled with cystic acne for many, many years (that's an understatement — I am currently 43 years old and this has been an issue since I was a teenager!). This is the first product that actually does what it claims and gets rid of acne quickly. Stress + hormones = major breakouts for me that are painful. I can feel a 'burn' when I apply the spot treatment directly to my problem areas immediately after I get out of the shower at night (when my pores are open from the shower steam), and I can feel the next morning that they are either significantly deflated and/or mostly gone! Sometimes it takes a couple of nights to completely get rid of them because mine are super stubborn, but if I apply it a few nights in a row, it does the job!" —MG

    Most products that claim to be made for acne are really just meant for blackheads or whiteheads so they don't penetrate cystic breakouts (aka why you're stuck treating it for so damn long). This actually has you in mind and will tackle 👏 that 👏 zit, no matter how deep it goes.

    Promising review: "I honestly had low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. I have hormonal cystic acne and this significantly reduced the size and duration of them. It also helped with some of my old scars. I applied it as soon as it started. Sometimes this stoped them in their tracks and sometimes it brought them to a head and cleared them up quickly, because everything came out and calmed the area. I will most definitely be getting more of this when I run out, it might be a tiny jar but it packs a punch." —Bolli

    No more digging at bumps and trying to get them to pop (I should really tie my hands together before approaching a mirror). This not only helps cystic breakouts heal faster, but also ensures you don't scar for weeks after.

    Promising review: "I have had a horrible, under-the-surface cyst that I've been fighting with for weeks.I applied this product overnight and it's the first time I've seen any improvement in weeks. I am so excited about this product. I also used it on another area, and it was completely better in the morning. What an amazing product!" —Jen Swindler

    It IS a small jar, but it packs a major, major punch (its ingredients are v strong). Just a little of this goes a seriously long way! Reviewers say a dab of this reduces swelling almost right away.

    Promising review: "For the past three months, I have been experiencing very painful breakouts. Everything I use doesn't work. On a whim, I was researching for more products on Amazon when I came across TreeActiv Spot Treatment. It was a decent price so I decided to order it. After just two days I was already seeing results! It has a pleasant cooling sensation and I leave it on overnight to help tame my breakout. My skin has been looking so much clearer and I couldn't be happier with the product." —Kate Robinson

    Not to mention it's a solution to actively soothe painful flareups, which we all know feel unpleasant AF the whole damn day. Girl bye.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing and very soothing! I have been having breakouts due to a change in hormones including painful, cystic blemishes. I use this at night and the next day it is at least half the size. The best thing is that it reduces the inflammation and the pain that is associated it with it. The smell is also really nice and refreshing. The container is small as some reviewers have noted, but you really do not need to put a lot on. I still have some left and it is nearly two months since I have been using it. It also works well with to soothe and heal the acne rosacea I have been getting. I just rub a small amount into the areas on my cheeks where I get it and it helps a lot." —S Bachmann

    We all know how expensive treating tough breakouts can be — unless you have a prescription it's a whole lot of expensive trial-and-errors. So the fact that this works and saves us money? My desk mate just offered me a tissue.

    Promising review: "This stuff was surprisingly effective. I’ve had an issue with awful breakouts on my chin that wouldn’t go away after taking Biotin for my hair. I hadn’t had breakouts anywhere near as bad as this since I was a teenager. I tried everything and spent tons of money trying to find something that would calm my acne storm. This stuff got in under control! I’m totally in awe!" —sken

    Honestly I'm not sure two-day shipping is fast enough. I may have to pick this up from an Amazon warehouse tonight. I am READY for clear skin.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing acne treatment. I’m over 45 years old, and I really don’t know why all of a sudden I have this cystic acne outbreak on my chin. After one use of this before bedtime, the acne retreated and eventually withered. Most of my flareup has slowed down. If I feel that a bump is coming up, I’ll use it and expect it to go away the following day. This is a must-buy!" —Jackie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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    But most importantly don't forget this shit doesn't control you! YOU 👏ARE👏 GORGEOUS👏!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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