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Glossier's New Product Claims to Make Zits Vanish Overnight

So, of course, we had to try it for ourselves.
Glossier's new Zit Stick. Photo: Courtesy

Glossier's new Zit Stick. Photo: Courtesy

Glossier's skin-care lineup, which currently spans two face masks, a rosewater mist, two moisturizers, a lovely gentle cleanser, a gel sunscreen, three serums, a constantly-sold-out liquid exfoliator and one lip balm in a variety of scents, is — much like the company itself — growing. On Wednesday, the brand announced its Zit Stick, a spot-treating "breakout eraser," which delivers a targeted dose of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid via a pen dispenser.

Officially launching on the brand's site on Thursday, the product rounds out Glossier's anti-acne offerings, which so far include the acid-based Solution and niacinamide-and-zinc Super Pure serum. Housed in a Supreme-red-and-Glossier-pink tube — which looks pretty much exactly like a dry-erase marker at first glance — Zit Stick features a swivel at the base, which then dispenses product through the narrow tip, which is fitted with a small antimicrobial stainless steel rollerball (shown below). It will retail for $14.

A closeup of the nozzle. Photo: Courtesy

A closeup of the nozzle. Photo: Courtesy

The formula itself is a white, somewhat glue-y gel, though it turns clear on skin. Made with 5 percent benzoyl peroxide, capryloyl salicylic acid, glycerin and niacinamide, it targets spots with a potent dose of ingredients dermatologists have been recommending for years to treat breakouts. But Glossier also conducted its own clinical trial to put it to the test, during which a reported 83 percent of subjects found "a reduction in pimple size" after three hours; 80 percent noticed a decrease in swelling after six hours; and 80 percent "reported that more than half of pimples were erased." 

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Those stats sound, obviously, staggering, so I was eager to try it for myself, despite the fact that I have often found benzoyl peroxide products to be too irritating for my skin. But the appeal of a super-effective, sanitary, portable spot treatment was certainly not lost on me.

In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't have any major cysts when I was testing this product. (Woe is me, I know.) But I did have a number of smaller whiteheads a-brewin', so I got to work covering them in the formula. True to Glossier's claims, it does go on clear — though in my case, that meant it dried down to a shiny film that was already a little more noticeable than I would have liked, and then turned peel-y and pilled in a way that indicated it wouldn't wear so well under makeup. (I didn't even bother attempting.) 

I checked in the mirror three hours after I'd applied it, and while I didn't notice any major changes in the blemishes, they did seem slightly less red than they had been initially. I left the formula on overnight as I slept, and in the morning, I assessed the results. Again, no major nor magical changes to report, except that the redness had mostly died down (a win!) and the skin in the areas I'd applied the Zit Stick was flaky and dry (less of a win). I don't normally have especially dry or easily irritated skin, but I've just come to the conclusion that benzoyl peroxide really isn't an ingredient my complexion loves. Maybe yours will! But for now, I'm remaining loyal to my magical blue pills and pimple patches to quell my own acne struggles. 

The Glossier Zit Stick launches on Thursday on Glossier.com, where it will be sold only in North America for $14.

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