Anyone who has ever had acne knows how frustrating it can be to deal with blemishes. Whether you suffer from occasional zits, adult acne or constant breakouts, many products are on the market that can help you. But which ones are best? Rather than try product after product to no avail, check out our list of the best products to treat acne.
Choose a cleanser that contains blemish-busting ingredients like salicylic acid. We love DDF Salicylic Wash 2% ($35 at Sephora), which regulates excess oil production without drying it out. Also, try Murad Clarifying Cleanser ($35 from Murad), which deep-cleans acne-prone skin so it's less likely to break out.
Moisturizing acne-prone skin can be tricky. You don't want to clog pores or irritate skin, but you still need to hydrate. Choose a product that's lightweight and helps control excess oil. Try Boscia Clear Complexion Moisturizer ($36 at Sephora), which contains no synthetic dyes, parabens, sulphates or other unnatural ingredients that can irritate blemish-prone skin. We also love Bliss No Zit Sherlock Oil Control Moisturizer ($32 at Blissworld) for its ability to calm skin and regulate oil production while delivering a double dose of hydration and zit-fighting salicylic acid.
Say sayonara to blemishes with a mask formulated to treat acne-prone skin. For serious breakout-fighting action, try Kate Somerville Clearing Mask ($45 at Sephora), which heals blemishes while reducing the appearance of pores and acne scars. It can also serve as a spot treatment: Just dab a small amount on zits before you go to bed. Also, try REN ClearCalm 3 Anti-Acne Treatment Mask ($45 at Amazon), which soothes skin and helps prevent the spread of acne-causing bacteria.
The trick to finding a good acne treatment is to find something that treats blemishes without drying out skin. (Zits plus flaky, dry skin are even worse than breakouts alone!) One good option is Dr. Brandt blemishes no more intensolution ($35 at Sephora), which helps clear up breakouts with a non-drying, alcohol-free formula. Also try REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum ($30 from Ren) to reduce redness, minimize the appearance of scars, and calm and hydrate skin while you sleep.
You may think that having acne means not wearing foundation for fear of making blemishes worse, but some makeup actually helps fight breakouts. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup ($24.50 at Clinique) helps tone down redness, treat existing blemishes and stop them from coming back. Also try Murad Acne Treatment Concealer ($21 at Sephora), which treats zits while covering them with a smooth, oil-free tinted formula.