10 Acne-Fighting Products That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin

June 27, 2022
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | skincare.com by L'Oréal
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum, CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser and Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum on graphic blue background

Although they are effective, acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be drying. Because of this, it can be difficult to find ways to clear your complexion if you have dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin. Luckily, there are products out there that are formulated to target blemishes without stripping your skin of its essential moisture. Scroll on for seven of our favorite options for creating a personalized pimple-zapping routine.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Salicylic Acid Acne Serum

Formulated with salicylic acid and lactic acid, which is best known for its gentle exfoliating properties, this acne-fighting serum targets breakouts using a three-pronged approach. It treats existing breakouts without stripping the skin, fades past acne marks and redness and even prevents new pimples from forming. 

SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment

This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer is a soothing, brightening powerhouse that’s gentle enough for all skin types. The gel formula contains azelaic acid, alpha arbutin and a botanical blend that work to even skin tone, increase cell turnover and help subdue redness for a fresher, brighter complexion. 


Vichy Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector

Keep this spot treatment in your skincare collection to target breakouts as they come. It’s made with 10% sulfur, glycolic acid and niacinamide, which helps prevent moisture loss while controlling blemishes.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment

This dual-action spot treatment tackled blackheads, whiteheads and other pimples with a combination of benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating lipo-hydroxy acids. But because it also contains glycerin, it helps attract moisture to the skin and keep the area from over-drying.



CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser 

Made with benzoyl peroxide, this creamy cleanser works to clear existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. It’s great because it's non-comedogenic and developed with dermatologists. The formula is also hydrating and infused with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides that helps maintain the skin barrier. The result? Skin that is soft, clear and comfortable.



Pixi Clarity Tonic 

After cleansing, follow up with this clarifying tonic made with glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to gently exfoliate, minimize the appearance of large pores and clear the complexion. The addition of aloe vera helps soothe the skin, making it possible to use both morning and evening.



Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment 

Whether you have sensitive skin, cystic acne or both, this oil-free lightweight lotion is a must-try. Made with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, it works to fight existing acne breakouts and prevent future ones on your face and body. It controls excess oil production, soothes the skin and visibly reduces the appearance of redness.It also minimizes dryness and flakiness.



Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

This serum clears your complexion while offering hydrating benefits. It combines willow bark, salicylic acid, vitamin C, CoQ10, aloe vera, green tea and organic fruit acids in a formula that aims to reduce breakouts, unclog pores, even out the skin tone, fight against free radical damage and hydrate the skin.



Oxygenetix Acne Control Hydro-Matrix 

Not only does this moisturizer help clear blemishes and unclog pores, but it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Talk about a two-for-one product. Plus, it provides deep hydration and moisture thanks to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and aloe vera.



Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum

If you want to give exfoliating acids a break, this niacinamide and zinc serum works to nourish the skin for a visibly smoother texture. It’s super lightweight, suitable for sensitive skin types and doesn’t have a greasy or sticky feel. 



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