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This super affordable miracle ingredient immediately banishes blemishes

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The Inkey List’s newly launched Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment is 2021’s first Product of the Week and a must-have for unwanted breakouts

Dominic Cadogan is Dazed Beauty’s assistant editor. It has only just dawned on them that 2021, is 2020 in a different wig and they’d like a refund – immediately. Here, they share their choice for Product of the Week – a weekly round-up of the Dazed Beauty team and wider community’s must-have buys. 


Brand: The Inkey List

Product: Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment

Price: £6.99


Your fave no-nonsense skincare brand The INKEY List has a new release and if it’s not in your virtual shopping basket, then you’re missing out. I was lucky enough to try the Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment before it launched a few days ago and I can already say with confidence that it’ll be a mainstay in my routine. 

Despite all the lotions and potions I slater on my face on the daily, I still unfortunately suffer from the odd breakout every now and then (spoiler alert: it’s very normal!). While my traditional solution for spots was to pick, scratch, and pray for their swift demise, that is no longer the case. 

At the first sight of a blemish – or those pesky under the skin spots – I immediately grab the delightfully green cream, just a dab on each problem area will do. Succinic acid has a gentle peeling effect to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and reduce redness/irritation. The formula also includes sulfur and hyaluronic acid to reduce oils, as well as salicylic acid to shrink blemishes and blackheads. 

You immediately notice a difference to any redness and irritation that stops you picking and by the time you wake up the next morning, you’ll desperately be trying to remember where the spot was because any sign of it will be long gone. 

“Succinic Acid has been in European medical circles for a while and we predict we will start to see this ingredient more and more within the beauty industry – the same way Tranexamic Acid appeared onto the scene,” explains The INKEY List co-founder Mark Curry. “Its amazing properties – skin reconditioning and antioxidant properties – could make this an ingredient generalist, right up there with the likes of retinol and vitamin C.”


If this product was food, it would be… Green juice made from apples, cucumber, kale, and celery. 

Who would use it... Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. His head makes up his whole body (I think) so a breakout would be pretty catastrophic. Luckily the green hue of this treatment would match his skin perfectly.

It sounds like… “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”, the Kermit the Frog version obviously. 

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