Breakouts & Blemishes: 4 Products to Help Fight Flare Ups
Forget what you’ve been told—dealing with acne doesn’t get easier after your teen years. Blemishes that occur in your 20s and beyond are a similarly challenging battle, especially when it comes to finding products that actually work for adult acne. Some formulas are too drying and irritating, others too strong, and still others not potent enough. We know how frustrating this trial-and-error process can be, so we went ahead and rounded up our favorite zip-zapping elixirs to aid your quest for clear, acne-free skin. Ahead, four formulas—from cleansers to spot treatments—to help you break free of breakouts.
L’ORÉAL PARIS GO 360° CLEAN ANTI-BREAKOUT FACIAL CLEANSER
This salicylic acid cleanser is designed to fight acne with deep pore-by-pore cleansing. The formula—which is oil-free and dermatologist tested—works hand-in-hand (literally) with the included scrublet to control breakouts and significantly decrease the number of blemishes, blackheads, and acne on the skin’s surface.
GARNIER CLEAN+ BLACKHEAD ELIMINATING SCRUB
Give pores the deep clean they deserve with this charcoal-infused, salicylic acid gel exfoliator. It works to deeply cleanse skin (bye, bye blackhead-causing dirt, oil, and impurities), tighten the look of pores, and smooth the appearance of oily skin. Need a little refresher on why charcoal should be incorporated into your skin care routine? Read this.
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO
Meet one of our all-time favorite spot treatments. The formula—with micronized benzoyl peroxide and micro-exfoliating LHA—works to visibly reduce the number and severity of acne blemishes by targeting pores and clearing away dulling cellular debris and oil from skin’s surface.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, $36.95
KIEHL’S BLUE HERBAL SPOT TREATMENT
Here’s another spot treatment we always keep handy when acne strikes. The gentle, yet effective blend is formulated with salicylic acid and infused with extracts of cinnamon bark and ginger root to dry and clear most blackheads, whiteheads, and acne blemishes—and prevent new ones. As with all acne medications, excessive drying of the skin may occur. Start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor.