6 Must-Have Products for Acne-Prone Skin
Do you have acne-prone skin? You’re not alone. Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. (No, it’s not just a teenage problem.) But just because acne is widespread, doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with. Not only can pimples hurt your self-esteem (even though they shouldn’t!), they can also cause unwanted dark spots and marks to appear as your blemishes begin to clear. Luckily, there are products available on the market that can help acne-prone skin types find some relief. Ahead, we rounded up six of our favorites to help get your routine started.
Behold, the gel cleanser your acne-prone skin is looking for. Formulated with salicylic acid and micro-exfoliating LHA, this product targets excess oil, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads to help reveal clear skin. Use it as your daily cleanser to keep excess oil and acne in check.
To Use: Apply a quarter-size amount of Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser onto fingers and gently massage onto your face in a rotating circular motion, using only your fingertips. Use twice daily, morning and evening.
This three-set kit is complete with the ultimate acne-fighting routine — from the Clear Hydrating Cleanser to the Oil-Free Hydrating Moisturizer and Adapalene Gel. You can use the products together for an acne-targeted regimen that will calm, protect and hydrate the skin.
To Use: Wash your face daily with the Clear Hydrating Cleanser and follow up with the Oil-Free Hydrating Moisturizer with SPF. To spot treat pimples, apply the Adapalene gel every night.
If you prefer a non-traditional topical treatment, try these Acne Pimple Master Patches by COSRX. Each set comes with 24 non-drying patches that contain A.D.F hydrocolloid dressing to target impurities and excess oil.
To Use: After cleansing your face, simply peel off a patch and apply it on top of your pimple overnight. In the morning, remove the patch and watch in awe as your whitehead has reached the surface.
Combating acne also includes working to minimize scars and discoloration that pimples can leave behind. To do so, the Glow Tonic by Pixi is a must-have. This concentrated facial toner helps get rid of oil, dirt and grime, leaving your pores feeling super-clean.
To Use: Apply a small amount of toner to a cotton pad or on your (clean) fingers and swipe onto the skin in affected areas.
No acne-fighting skin-care arsenal is complete without a spot treatment. Effaclar Duo is formulated with micronized benzoyl peroxide and micro-exfoliating LHA to help eliminate dull cellular debris and oil, clear moderate blemishes over time and gradually even skin’s texture.
To Use: Apply a thin layer — about half-a-pea-sized amount — on affected areas 1-2 times daily. If irritation or excessive skin peeling occurs, cut down your use of this product.
Acne-prone skin needs hydration, too, which is why Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer should be a key component of your routine. Its lightweight gel formula will help minimize redness while keeping dryness and rough patches away.
To Use: Apply morning and night as the last step in your skin-care routine (before using SPF during the day, of course).