The Best Acne Treatments

For the battle against blemishes, these powerful winners—out of 100 tested—are spot-on.

1

Best Cleanser: Belif Problem Solution Cleansing Foam

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Harsh washes are tempting but strip the skin, making oil production worse. This foam gently unclogs pores with soothing tea-tree oil.

To buy: $24; sephora.com.

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2

Best Serum: iS Clinical Active Serum

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Need anti-aging and antiblemish? This worth-it splurge treats acne, brown spots, and fine lines.

To buy: $130; dermstore.com.

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3

Best Moisturizer: Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator

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This multitasker hydrates all over while also mattifying an oily T-zone. Plus, it contains acids to clear skin.

To buy: $34; sephora.com.

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4

Best Spot Shrinker: Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment

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At the first sign of a painful, under-the-skin whopper, dot on this lactic-and-citric-acid gel to speed healing.

To buy: $45.50; reneerouleau.com.

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5

Best Mask: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

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The silicone tip delivers the black mask onto skin without getting fingers messy. Once dry, it peels off in one sheet (um, fun), taking the grime with it.

To buy: $16; target.com.

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6

Best Exfoliator: BeautyRx Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads

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Every other night, swipe a pad over clean skin, wait 15 minutes, then rinse. You'll shrink existing zits and prevent new ones.

To buy: $70 for 50 pads; beautyrx.com.

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