Exclusive: Glossier Is Launching Zit Stick, an On-the-Go Spot Treatment for Acne
Article by Allure
There's no getting around it — if you let it, a breakout can ruin your day. Luckily, for the 50 million of us dealing with acne (and that's just in the U.S.), Glossier just launched Zit Stick — an acne-fighting spot treatment designed to treat your blemish no matter when (or where) it pops up.
Since the company's launch in 2014, Glossier has been formulating new skin-care and makeup launches left and right — one of the most buzzed-about being its first acne product, Solution, which dropped earlier this year. Luckily for anyone who's ever gotten a zit, Glossier's Solution — the exfoliating toner that totally changed one Allure writer's skin — was just the beginning.
Today, Glossier officially introduced benzoyl peroxide-based Zit Stick, which looks sort of like a Tide pen.
And like a Tide pen, Zit Stick is designed to be used on the go, as it's a translucent formula that rolls on under or over your makeup. "We started to think about how treating zits tends to be a private affair — something you wait to deal with until you can apply that thick, visible spot treatment at home," Melissa Souto, Glossier's director of product marketing and development, tells Allure. "That's what got us thinking about Zit Stick, a solution that lets you start to treat a pimple fast, the moment you feel one coming on, no matter where you are."
To banish breakouts, Zit Stick relies on a double-duty formula of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. "Benzoyl peroxide is perhaps the most effective ingredient we have in treating acne," Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "It works by lowering levels of acne-causing bacteria on the skin to help calm inflammation."
But, as you probably know, if you've tried a benzoyl-based product, the ingredient can also be too drying, and what's the point of getting rid of your pimple if you're left with a flaky, irritated dry patch? Glossier thought of this, opting for a formula with half the benzoyl peroxide of many acne treatments to cut down on the risk of overdrying the blemish.
That doesn't mean Zit Stick is lacking in firepower. The formula also contains capryloyl salicylic acid, which is a "gentler derivative of salicylic acid," says Souto. "It exfoliates the surface of the skin to reduce stress on the skin and help the benzoyl peroxide do its magic."