Dr. Nick Lowe Anti Blemish

As with Neal’s Yard, skin care from Dr. Nick Lowe has been on my radar for such a long time, but I’ve never taken the opportunity to try it out, until now that is and where better to start than with a range designed to combat my oily / combination and blemish prone skin. The range is produced under the watchful eye of Dr Nick Lowe, a clinical dermatologist practising in both London and Los Angeles and has been doing so for over 30 years. He’s also a clinical professor of dermatology.




The Dr. Nick Lowe Anti-Blemish Range is comprised of three key products, the Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Oil Control Day Cream and the Spot Gel, winner of a Cosmopolitan 2010 beauty award. For a range that’s predominantly retailed through Boots featuring on the shelves rather than a stand-alone concession, the range carries a relatively premium price tag. The Purifying Foaming Cleanser is £10.49, Oil Control Day Cream at £15.49 and Spot Gel £9.49. Not presented in the fanciest of packaging, bottle or wrapper or being sold to you by a glammed-up beauty queen, rest assured when I tell you every penny goes into the design, formulation and quality of the actual product.


The only other anti-blemish foaming cleanser I’ve tried before is that is Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions, which being free of foaming agents comes out of the foam-creating style pump bottle as a little bit listless and lifeless. This on the other hand produces a thick, rich and firm form whilst still being free from forming agents. When applied onto wet skin it feels smooth and and doesn’t disappear before you have chance to work it in. Once rinsed off, my skin is not left feeling tight, dry and gasping for moisturiser which is a very common occurrence in combination / oily and anti-blemish facial washes. With the exfoliating powers of salicylic acid, the antibacterial benefits of willow bark and Arnica as well as niacinamide, vitamins A, C and E, this really is the right stuff to kick oily and blemish prone skin into shape.


This is a weird one and not what you might expect for a moisturiser designed to control oil and fight spots. When you get your fingers into it you’ll find it’s quite thick and buttery, something you would associate as being designed for a drier skin, but this is not the case. Again with salicylic acid, willow bark and Arnica, as well as niacinamide and vitamins A, C and E, it actively helps to fight blemishes and oiliness throughout the day. When I first applied it onto my skin I thought it was too rich and thick but within a matter of seconds it disappeared, not leaving an oily or greasy residue, but in fact leaving me looking dewy, fresh and mattified. Not only was my skin left feeling soft but also very well hydrated which is a big plus in my books as oily skin is often dehydrated. I would say that this is suitable for a combination skin type as it left my dehydrated cheeks more balanced but also it kept the shininess down on my T-Zone throughout the day.


An emergency treatment to treat those nasty blemishes that pop up from time to time, featuring concentrated amounts of the aforementioned ingredients delivered in a light-weight gel base. There are many of these types of treatments out there and this is as good as any of them, but personally I prefer something a little stronger, it didn’t manage to take down a couple of my nastiest spots, but it did really targets the small ones well.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 13:29 January 7, 2013
Thom Watson

No you’re right, there is a non-foaming cleanser in the range, I’ve not tried that one yet as I tend to prefer things that foam as I often find non-foaming cleansers leave me with a small amount of residue (probably just a psychological effect rather than actuality) but yeah, let me know if it’s any good!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 13:20 January 7, 2013
Pampered Prince

I have a Dr Nick Lowe cleanser to try at home but I have used it yet. It’s not the foaming one though. It does however contain salicylic acid. Maybe it’s not from the blemish range but a different range (not sure)

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