Beauty trends come and go but healthy and clear skin is always in. I’m not saying that anyone with acne prone skin should hide inside until their skin clears but if you’re looking for some (literal) solutions for your spots, then this is for you. Acne can be a result of multiple things from hormones and pollution, to stress. Personally, I’ve struggled with acne for as long as I can remember. Even as a young adult, my acne has since improved but it’s still something I’m insecure about. These products for acne prone skin are all ones that I’ve tried and tested and honestly, they all worked wonders for me and my spotty skin.
Keep reading for 9 products that’ll help keep acne at bay!
Dermalogica Active Clearing Line, $55 – $89
Let me be honest: I have never met a Dermalogica product I didn’t like, and as a beauty editor, I’ve tried a lot of different skincare products from a lot of different brands. From cleansers and serums, to eye creams and moisturizers, Dermalogica is legit and 100% worth the money. The brands Active Clearing Line is also one to know about if acne is something you’re struggling with. Get your hands on the Clearing Skin Wash for a gentle cleanse that calms the skin while (safely) drying out any spots.
Follow that with Dermalogica’s new AGE Bright Clearing Serum and your acne prone skin will have no idea what’s coming. Perfect for young adults, the serum not only prevents breakouts but it also works to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Saving the day is the AGE Bright Spot Fader which reduces the size of active breakouts but also fades post-acne scars or marks. For an extra dose of anti-acne magic, use Dermalogica’s Overnight Clearing Gel to work while you catch your zzz’s. Formulated with tea tree oil to soothe the skin and salicylic acid and meadowsweet to slough off pore-clogging skin cells, this miracle gel will work to stop future breakouts.
Believe it or not, one of the main ingredients in Sisley’s luxe cleansing gel is marshmallow extract which is actually great for moisturizing. This cleanser is soap-free so it won’t dry out your complexion and it’s also formulated with Tropical Resins that work to minimize impurities and rid the skin of excess sebum. After just one use, you’ll notice how clean and fresh your skin feels and I even noticed an improvement in radiance and luminosity, too! For an extra boost of anti-acne magic, pair this cleanser with Sisley’s Intensive Serum with Tropical Resins which purify the skin and salicylic acid that unclogs pores to prevent future breakouts.
You know you’re a skincare addict when you have one cleanser for the morning and one for night. This Kate Somerville cleanser has been my go-to for years and I use it at night after a day in full-face makeup. What I love about this cleanser is that it’s non-drying and is made with sulphur (weird but it works) that reduces blemishes and draws out impurities to unclog congested pores.
Even as a skincare junkie, there are times where I’m naughty and I sleep in my makeup. Whenever this happens, I immediately apply May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver mask to counteract all the damage I’ve done. While this mask is on the pricier side of things, it comes in a powder form and you only need a tablespoon at a time so a little truly goes a long way. Once activated with water, the blend of ingredients like charcoal, and cacao instantly work to draw out all the nasties from your skin.
It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for a new skincare product to show its effects so don’t expect magic to happen overnight, except in this case. Combat active spots with Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion that honestly is a game changer. Before bed, dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle and apply to any active pimples and you’ll wake up noticing that any zits you did have, have either magically shrunk or dried up completely.
Glossier Solution, $29
When Glossier’s Solution launched a while back, there was a lot of hype. With popular internet brands, it’s often the branding and packaging can come first instead of the product, but not here. This chemical exfoliator isn’t for the faint of heart — this baby means serious business as it’s formulated with a 10% blend of three acid groups: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA). Just a few pumps on a cotton round will give you enough to slough away dead skin cells that will reveal a fresh complexion. After 4 weeks, 94% of folks said their skin is clearer — who doesn’t want that?
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