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15 Best Acne Treatments and Products for 2020

by @vanzillascott
Jan 22, 2020


Unsurprisingly, acne is one of the buzziest words on the app. Our community topic on acne-fighting products has over a hundred contributions from helpful Supergreaters who want to spread the word about products that did (and didn't) work for them.

Your pores are connected to oil glands under your skin and follicles are "the plug" connecting your glands to your pores. They also produce a liquid called sebum, and sebum carries dead skin cells to the surface of your skin. Pimples happen when the follicles get blocked and oil starts building up underneath, eventually getting infected with bacteria. Cue the swollen, red bump that appeared out of nowhere (but actually came from underneath the surface of your beautiful face).

There is not one sole cause for acne, and it can be triggered by hormonal factors, genetics, medications, cosmetics, stress and of course, the cursed period breakout. Whatever the cause of your breakouts, we've got the reviews to help. We combed through your recommendations and came up with a list of your 15 favorite acne products

1. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The bubble gum pink color of this lotion pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it—it's a cult classic. Like pepto bismol and calamine lotion the pink color suggests this product works!

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2. Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector

One thing that may be causing your acne is dead skin cells that get trapped in the pore. Glossier's Solution is the solution to this problem. Comprised of three acid groups, this solution exfoliates away the deceased cells.

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3. Skin to You Rated X-Foliate Facial Scrub

One product, two ways. SkintoYou's Rated X-Foliate can be used as a gentle facial scrub daily or an exfoliating facial mask when when the dead skin build up becomes overwhelming.

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4. Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Acne Absorbing Spot Dot

This has to be the easiest acne treatment ever. Stick the patch directly on your zit overnight and by morning your pimple has vanished with the only evidence it ever existed being the oil spot it left on your patch.

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5. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

If Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion is too drying for your skin, this may be a better alternative. Made from only two percent salicylic acid, this spot treatment is gentle yet effective at reducing the size, swelling, and redness of pimples.

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6. Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser

Though it seems like smearing the charred remains of wood all over your face would clog more pores rather than clear them, that is exactly what it does. But, don't smear charcoal from the grill all over your face. This charcoal is specially made to lift bacteria out of your pores.

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7. Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel

Like Clean and Clear's Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment, Origins Super Spot Remover also uses salicylic acid to reduce the appearance of pimples. But unlike Clean and Clear, this acne treatment also contains ingredients to help with acne-caused discoloration.

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8. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

Do you ever put on your acne treatment and then realize you forgot to shower? Me neither. But if you have, COSRX's pimple patches are waterproof so you can scrub down without fear of your patch going down the drain.

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9. Versed Nix It Complexion Solution

Tea tree oil seems like the ingredient that does it all as for as acne fighters go. It not only helps reduce the appearance of pimples like salicylic acid, but it also may help reduce the appearance of acne scars after the pimple is gone.

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10. WKND Cosmetics Simple Pimple Patch

If you wore a pimple patch overnight and woke up just a hint of a pimple still, throw on a WKND pimple patch. It's discrete enough to be worn during the day so you you can nix that zit ASAP.

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11. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Dermatological Acne Treatment System

If you need a acne treatment system to get your zits under control, La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Dermatological Acne Treatment System comes with a medicated gel cleanser, a clarifying solution, and a dual action acne treatment.

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12. The Ordinary Peeling Solution AHA 30% + BHA 2%

For the acne fighters who want to see their zits bleed (not literally), there is The Ordinary's Peeling Solutions. This blood-looking solution is a chemical exfoliator that will win the war against old skin cells.

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13. Star Face Pimple Patch

Star Face's Hydro-Stars will make you wish you had more acne. Okay, maybe not, but these star shaped patches will at least make you feel cute with the zits you do have.

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14. Glossier Zit Stick

It's the Tide To-Go Pen of acne treatments. Made with 5 percent Benzoyl Peroxide, this zit stick kills the bacteria that cause zits while tea tree oil and a more mild form of salicylic acid reduce irritation caused by zits.

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15. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Tighten your pores and polish your skin with the witch hazel in Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. If you usually use witch hazel after cleansing your skin, this product will eliminate that step for you.

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