5 Acne Spot Treatments to Show Pimples Who’s Boss
Few things are worse than waking up with a breakout. Since one pesky pimple is one too many, you have to be prepared to fight back when blemishes strike. Start with an acne-fighting cleanser and follow up with a few dabs of zit-squashing spot cream. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up five of the best spot treatments that can help stop acne in its tracks.
VICHY NORMADERM BEAUTIFYING ANTI-ACNE CARE
This powerful spot treatment—enriched with Air Licium + Phe Resorcinol technology and mineralizing water from the French volcanoes—is formulated with salicylic acid and can help target acne and unclog pores. There are many reasons why we love this formula, chief among them is its ability to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and curb shine.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
Stubborn blackheads and whiteheads are no match against this anti-blemish formula. In addition to clearing them, Effaclar Duo can help reduce the number and severity of acne blemishes thanks to its combination of micronized benzoyl peroxide and micro-exfoliating LHA. Expect pore-clogging impurities, debris, and excess oil to be removed from the surface, as well as a smoother, more even skin texture over time. To use, apply a half-a-pea size amount on affected areas 1-2 times daily.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, $36.95 MSRP
KIEHL’S BREAKOUT CONTROL TARGETED ACNE SPOT TREATMENT
You hear about acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide often, but have you ever tried a sulfur acne treatment? That’s exactly what this formula is—with 10% sulfur and vitamin B3—and, as its name suggests, it’s clinically demonstrated to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. To use, cleanse the skin thoroughly before applying. Start with one application daily, and gradually increase to two or three as tolerated or as directed by a doctor.
KIEHL’S BLUE HERBAL SPOT TREATMENT
This gentle, yet effective gel is inspired by the brand’s original Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion formulated in 1964. Formulated with salicylic acid, extracts of ginger root, and frankincense, the spot treatment helps clear acne blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads. With use, skin appears clearer and feels more comfortable.
Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment, $18 MSRP
ACNEFREE MAXIMUM STRENGTH TERMINATOR 10
It’s got maximum strength in its name for a reason. This acne spot treatment boasts advanced 10% micro-benzoyl peroxide (the strongest concentration available without a prescription) and is formulated to help eliminate acne bacteria and fight breakouts. The formula also contains chamomile, ginger, and sea whip.
AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator 10, $6.49 MSRP
Editor’s note: If your skin is irritated, red, or broken, hold off on using a spot treatment until it heals. Women who are pregnant or nursing should discuss any acne treatments with their doctor first, as certain ingredients—such as salicylic acid—should be avoided. Also, keep in mind that many acne spot treatments can be drying. In addition to wearing broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher and reapply at least every two hours, follow your applications of spot treatment with moisturizer to help keep unwanted dryness at bay. If excessive dryness occurs, stop using your acne spot treatment and visit your dermatologist.
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