7 Top Acne-Fighting Products
Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes
Removing makeup before bed is crucial when it comes to maintaining clear skin. These face wipes are infused with salicylic acid to sweep away dirt and oil, plus unclog pores and help shrink zits. Stash them in your nightstand—when you can’t muster up the energy to get to the sink, these sheets will help you save face.
To buy: $6 for 25, ulta.com.
Featured May 2015
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Cream Wash
This cream cleanser, complete with salicylic acid, helps reduce oil, redness, and pesky pimples. But, thanks to its calming duo of cucumber and green tea extracts, your skin won’t look flaky or feel tight. After massaging it into your skin, wait one minute before rinsing it off so the ingredients can penetrate.
To buy: $8, drugstore.com.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
Blasting acne from all angles isn’t always the best game plan. It can be super-drying to skin, which can trigger the production of more oil—and possibly more breakouts. If you’re using a prescription acne treatment, reach for a gentle face wash to reduce the risk of irritation. Look for terms like “unscented” and “low lather.” These mild formulas will cleanse the skin without stripping it of natural oils.
To buy: $10, walmart.com.
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Yes, this lightweight lotion hydrates skin (a must to keep oil production in check), but it is its 100 percent natural ingredients, including soothing lemongrass and pore-clearing witch hazel that make this cream a cult favorite.
To buy: $14.50, soap.com.
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
This airy, oil-free liquid foundation not only covers imperfections without caking, but it also helps clear up current zits thanks to the salicylic acid in it. Bottom line: this formula will leave your skin looking flawless, even on days when it’s not.
To buy: $27, sephora.com.
Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment
On those mornings when a big, red monster is staring back at you, pick up this proven pimple-flattener. The lactic acid in it helps dissolve dead skin cells that block the pore while Ethyl Lactate minimizes bacteria and reduces inflammation. Dab it on zits as a spot treatment and use it on breakout-prone areas to help prevent future flare-ups.
To buy: $41.50, reneerouleau.com.
GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment
Get rid of current breakouts and help curb new ones from cropping up by slathering on this face mask once a week. The kaolin and charcoal in it absorb sebum, while glycolic acid exfoliates and salicylic acid unclogs pores. Crushed eucalyptus leaves offer a cooling sensation and a refreshing scent.
To buy: $69, sephora.com.
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