Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

Oily, Combination, including Acne-Prone Skin

A targeted acne spot treatment with Sulfur and Vitamin B3.

Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 34.
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Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

A targeted acne spot treatment with Sulfur and Vitamin B3.

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What It Is

With 10% Sulfur, this efficacious acne spot treatment helps reduce the appearance of blemishes while helping prevent future ones from forming. Use this effective treatment as part of your acne skincare routine and discover visibly clearer skin. Target blemishes with our potent acne spot treatment.

What It’s Good For

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of acne blemishes
  • Absorbs quickly and blends evenly into skin
  • Clinically demonstrated* to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne blemishes
  • For acne-prone skin

*Tested in a dermatologist-controlled clinical study  

Key Ingredients

How To Apply

How to Use

How To Apply
  • Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to applying our acne spot treatment with Sulfur
  • Apply a thin layer to blemish once daily and blend into skin
  • Increase to two to three times daily as needed
  • Reduce number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs
  • In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water
  • Discover our other acne skincare products like our facial lotion with Salicylic Acid

Future Made Better

Future Made Better

True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
Responsible Formulation
Responsible Formulation
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Replacement for a Product! I purchased this as I had no choice but to do so after Kiehl's replaced the Salicylic Acid based acne spot treatment I LOVED using and was VERY EFFECTIVE. That product that was replaced is located here: https://www.kiehls.com/acne-blemish-control-daily-skin-clearing-treatment/735.html?dwvar_735_size=1.0%20fl.%20oz.%20Tube This product on the other hand smells horribly like sulfur. And it continues to make your skin stink like sulfer even after you have washed it off with soap. Your pillow will absorb the smell when you lay your head on it at night and stink like it for days after as well. I just don't understand why companies need to discontinue good products only to replace them with something inferior. Change for change's sake? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Perhaps Kiehl's wasn't selling enough of the previous product. I think it is probably because of poor marketing and advertisement. All I know is that it worked and it worked well. Salicylic acid is a PROVEN acne killer, commonly used as the active ingredient across many competitive brands. Kiehl's had mixed up a super effective formula with the other compounds included in that product. Would at least like an explanation as to why they think this is better and who the test subjects were that confirmed this? I called the main company line today in the hopes that Kiehl's really still is an apothecary that could mix up a batch of this stuff and sell to me, but no that was not an option. Only manufactured goods on the website are available. All in all, I like Kiehl's as a company. They're nice people and they tend to make good products. Just annoyed that something GREAT was replaced with something not so great.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed!! So I used to use the blue herbal spot treatment wish was AMAZING! I went online to order more (the one I had been using was a few years old!)...I saw reviews were bad and saying ingredients had changed in it! So....I went to the Kiehls store and explained what I had and how I as concerned the new herbal spot treatment wasn’t as effective and asked their opinion on it vs this breakout control spot treatment. She suggested this breakout control.. so I bought it! Unfortunately it’s awful! I’ve used it for a week now and it hasn’t dried up a single spot. Unlike the old Blue herbal spot treatment! That stuff literally would make pimples disappear overnight! I’m very dissatisfied with this kind :( I don’t recommend.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally - a spot treatment that works! All I can say is that I've tried so many "spot" treatments before and I feel like they don't do anything. I had one of those bumps that was swollen and hurt (but is not white). I used this twice a day morning and night and within 2 days it was gone. Gone! Then I tried it on my son who sometimes gets those sweat pimples and the swelling was down dramatically overnight and also gone in 2 days. Maybe it doesn't work for everyone, but it certainly works better than it's previous version and any other typical Salicylic or BP treatment I've tried - and it doesn't even burn. I don't think it smells like anything, and basically feels like a lotion. THANKS Kiehls, this was a massive improvement!
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like a charm! I am taking a targeted chemotherapy drug called Tarceva. An unfortunate side effect of this drug is an acne-like rash. This product works extremely well clearing up my skin. I apply it at night under moisturizer and wake up with noticeably clearer skin. The scent of this product is very slight in fact I don't really notice any scent at all so I am surprised by some of the other reviews complaining about the scent. I am so glad I found this product and only wish it came in a larger size!
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful I have tried many skincare brands before for my acne skin , but nothing work wonderful like this acne treatment. I gave it a try with the Blue Herbal Toner to clear my skin before applying this product on my acne. Believe or not, my skin is so much better just a week after I use this one since the acne dried up and is washed away in just like 3 days. Never before I feel this much confident about my skin. Plus, I'm also using the Brightening collection to treat the post acne hyperpigmentation. I love this and definitely use it again
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Improve sences I bought this product for big while. I was use old version of treatment. Which is fomula really quick clear my skin and sence is ok. For this new formula i love it as well. I am trying to finish this treatment but only thing i can’t take it anymore is about sence. It’s smell really strong chemical. I wishes, your guys could improve sence with it.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth buying This new acne treatment that is replacing the old formula is not worth it. First of it doesn’t do what it describes and the smell of the product is not pleasant. I recently purchased the acne treatment to replace the discontinued Acne Blemish Treatment,and have been disappointed with the results.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clears up acne fast! My 13 year old uses this and it works great. I notice how she will get a pimple (sometimes a pretty big one) and within a few days, it's almost gone. I'm pretty amazed at how well this works. The only complaint is the price. Otherwise, for my daughter, it works wonders. She has very sensitive skin so all the store bought acne products causes her face to turn beet red and makes her skin itchy. This is the only thing that doesn't do that.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This changed my acne game! I have struggled with my acne for over 2 years and finally realized that the salicylic acid treatments were actually making my face worse. Then I found this sulfur based acne spot treatment and it is LIFE CHANGING! It cleared up my stubborn, cystic acne almost overnight and within a week I was breakout free. Seriously, this stuff works so great for people like me who salicylic acid doesn’t work. I would highly recommend to anyone who is struggling with their acne.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing for deep rooted acne this stuff is amazing I had deep rooted acne that has been reoccurring in the same spots over and over again. I would think it’s gone and it would come back again. But after using this product it completely went away. Maybe I have super dry skin but this stuff is super drying and you must use moisturizer or more acne will appear! overall super amazing though love the results my skin has never been so clear
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not sure what all the hate is about! I love this stuff! I was skeptical because I was a user of the older version of this, the daily acne treatment, and it was just okay, I never felt it did anything. Then I tried this stuff and it's AMAZING. Yah, it's a little stinky but, I know the sulfur is doing it's thing. I apply it to my deep cystic pimples when I feel the pain of them coming on and it quells them immediately. They never blow up to be anywhere near as bad as they normally get and honestly I have never had that experience with ANY acne treatment. I use it day and night but really like leaving a thick layer on a spot as an overnight treatment. I also like pairing it with the acne lotion. I hope they keep making this stuff and if they don't, I'll definitely keep looking for something with the same ingredients because this stuff is amazeballs. Also I don't understand all the hate for it... the scent, or maybe people don't like change? I say definitely try it unless you can't get over weird smells.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hugely Disappointed You should have never changed the formula! I used the prior formula for well I ver 10 years - my go to product the help manage my adult acne. The new formula is gritty, the sulfur smell is offensive, it does not blend well and it doesn't work to treat my acne. Such a huge disappointment after so many years.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't get it So I'm a really huge Kiehls fan. I've carried around their blue spot treatment in my purse for over a decade to quickly treat any hormonal acne that pops up during the day, and probably 80% of my face care routine is from Kiehls. About a year ago, the salesperson informed me they were changing the formulation to a sulfur-based acne spot treatment, and that it worked even better than the salicylic acid blue spot treatment, which apparently had been formulated for teenage skin. I've given the product a fair shot...and I just don't get it. Sometimes, it kind of reduces my pimples, but never to the point where they totally go away, and though it did not initially feel like the product dried out my skin, I now have some flakiness issues. It also layers poorly under moisturizers and makeup...it doesn't really absorb into my skin so basically I can only use it at night. A lot of the time, I feel like it literally does nothing to my pimples, which remain just as red and inflamed as they looked three days prior.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing pimple reduction This product works wonders. I've tried many acne medicines including salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and even ibuprofen creams from Japan. They don't really work well. I went to Khiels this weekend and was recommended this product. I usually get a big pimple every other month. I put this on at night and in the morning I can already tell a huge difference. My Pimple is half the size !! This stuff is amazing. Yes it does smell bad, however it's totally worth it for how effective it is.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing I used this product religiously for a month and seen no relief!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Okay I have been racking my brain for a month and a half trying to figure out what was up with all my silver jewelry tarnishing and now I know. On a whim I decided to look up reviews and I am so glad someone else was having the same issue. My jewelry literally tarnishes in HOURS as in it turns BLACK. I even stopped spray tanning because I thought it had something to do with that. Like everyone else, I went to the store to purchase my normal spot treatment and this was highly recommended to me because the Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is only for "kids" (so rude - I have used it for years). I purchased this one and the texture is so weird. At night, when I put on my Midnight Recovery Oil this all peels off. I have to wait for it to completely soak in for 10 minutes for it to not do that. Lets be real - no one has time for that. I will be returning this.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Other reviewers: WHAT?! I saw this at my local Nordstrom and had to smell what other reviewers were talking about with the strong sulfur smell. You can barely smell the sulfur! And honestly, even if it did - it works great, so I'd use it either way. I've used masks with sulfur in them before and it's a great ingredient for breakouts/acne. I put it on a couple of hormonal pimples that night, and the next morning one was greatly less red and it was no longer raised. The other two were almost undetectable. I will say I put it on before bed after my other skincare, so I'm not trying to wear under makeup. I'm definitely keeping as part of my Kiehl's skincare routine. I did *NOT* receive a complimentary sample, so I'm not sure why it says that on my review...although Kiehl's (if you're listening, I'd love to) ;)
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope I don't care for this product for a couple of reasons. Because of the texture, it's difficult to rub in. It leaves a residual that just doesn't work under makeup. It's also tinted, which I found odd. Just doesn't work for me.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thanks, But No Thanks I'm very indifferent towards this product. I feel it works just as well as the old version, but like the old version it doesn't work very quickly. The difference of this from the old one regarding the texture is that this has a sort of grainy feel and the other was more of a lotion feel. I probably wont be buying this again after I have finished the tube.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The smell of sulfur is overwhelming I went into the store to purchase the Blue Herbal Spot Treatment. The associate advised me it was no longer available and that this product was replacing it. She told me it was a far better product so I purchased it. I used it twice a day, daily, for a week. I put it on my jaw line because I tend to break out there. The smell of sulfur is overwhelming. I told myself I could get past it, so I kept using it. After a week, I couldn't deal with the smell any more. I ended up returning it after a week. Another weird observation I have is that it makes sterling silver jewelry tarnish. I wear sterling silver rings and a necklace every day. I noticed one day my rings turned black. I thought it was strange, but I just polished them and wore them again the next day. Well, they turned black again. I couldn't figure out why because I wear them every day and they have never tarnished. That night I noticed my necklace turned black. I finally researched what could cause silver to tarnish and read that sulfur in the air will make it tarnish quicker. I realized because I put this cream on my jaw line and the necklace was on my neck and that I put my hands under my chin, that the sulfur in this product caused them to tarnish. Since I have stopped using it, my jewelry has not tarnished. It did seem to clear up a few pimples, but it dried out my skin.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worst replacement product ever I loved the Clearly Corrective daily acne clearing treatment, so I was not happy to hear it was no longer available. The store associate said this stuff is the replacement, a superior product. I noticed the main active ingredient was sulfur. The Clearly Corrective treatment used salicylic acid, not sulfur, so I'm not sure how this version replaces the discontinued product. I was told not to worry about the sulfur, Kiehls added something that counteracts the smell. Not true. If you're looking for a replacement to the Clearly Corrective serum, this is not it. This product is drying, can't be used daily on my skin and has an OVERWHELMING smell of sulfur. I used some Monday night, and have washed my face 4 times since then, and I still smell the sulfur!
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total waste of money! I had to return this product back to the Kiehl's store in Sherman Oaks. This acne spot tx do not work!
Date published: 2016-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nothing special I love Kiehls and would recommend their products to everyone. However, I don't know why they replaced their old spot serum for this one. The smell of sulfur is gross, which I would deal with if this stuff worked. It's no better than Alba's "quick fix for a pimple" that you can buy at Whole Foods or Target for 1/4 of the price. I loved the old serum because it didn't smell and I could apply it on a pimple underneath my makeup. I don't have acne, but I get hormonal pimples on my period and the old serum was a dream. I'm none too impressed with this new formula. Please bring back the old one! I'm going to exchange this for the blue herbal spot treatment, which is better than this sulfur treatment but not as good as the original lightening spot serum. Pooey.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this product with the exception of one thing This product works wonders and it does it quick. The only thing I don't like about it, is the residue it leaves after putting it on. The texture is soft at first, but becomes grainy after putting it on. It disappears after while, but initially, it feels like something is wrong. I will say that my blemishes disappear within 24-48 hours of use, no exaggeration.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Product Kiehls Offers I own more than 15 different Kiehls products. The avocado eye treatment, the ultra cleanser, the crema du corps lotion, etc. I love them. And I loved the old blemish treatment so I thought I'd try this new one. It didn't work for me in the weeks I've been using it, and there is noticeable residue after use so it's often impractical to wear under make up, etc. The last blemish treatment was great (worked and always was unnoticeable) please keep it and lose this new one!
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a miracle in a tube!!!!!! That pretty much sums it up!
Date published: 2016-09-02
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