Keep Breakouts at Bay with These Skincare Products


If you have acne-prone skin, you know the struggle of finding products that work to clear blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. Whether you only occasionally deal with breakouts or struggle on the daily, treating pimples can be difficult. With a plethora of products out there, you may not know where to start. But we’ve gathered the best of the best.

Here are seven products for acne-prone skin that customers swear by.

Drunk Elephant Framboos T.L.C. Night Serum

The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum from Drunk Elephant lifts away dead skin cells, helps rid of fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliates skin to reveal a clear complexion. Using salicylic acid and raspberry fruit extract, the lightweight product also removes excess oil and soothes skin. Not to mention, it’s vegan and cruelty-free!

Promising review from Sephora: Lea says, “I have been using this product for less than 2 weeks, and it has already made a huge difference! I have always had redness, large pores and cystic acne. After one use, the pimples are shrinking. And my pores are sooo smooth.”

Glossier Zit Stick Breakout Eraser

Glossier’s Zit Stick Breakout Eraser is a fast-acting portable pen that’s made with 5% benzoyl peroxide to eliminate blemishes. It can be used up to three times a day and will minimize swelling while treating breakouts. Plus, it’s cruelty-free and gluten-free.

Promising review from Glossier: Abby says, “The Zit Stick actually clears your skin so fast. It cleared ALL my pimples within 1-2 days. I love the easiness of it and the magic of this product!!!”

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Face Oil

Another must-try product for acne-prone skin is the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil from Sunday Riley. Great for all skin types, the oil targets blemishes and blackheads to produce a smooth, clear complexion. Using salicylic acid, tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil, it also nourishes and smooths skin.

Promising review from Sephora: Haley says, “I love love love this oil. I used to have really bad acne along my cheekbones and chin. But after using this for a couple days, my acne is mostly gone. This has worked wonders for my skin.”

Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

Peace Out’s Acne Dots are pimple patches that penetrate pores to clear up breakouts. Using vitamin A and aloe vera, the spot treatment also soothes skin while minimizing redness and swelling. Not to mention, it’s great for all skin types and clears blemishes after just one use.

Promising review from Peace Out: Samantha says, “I love these! They seem to work well for any breakouts. They also do a great job at preventing me from messing with any pimples! I will definitely be ordering again.”

Tula Clear It Up Correcting Gel

The Clear It Up Acne Clearing and Tone Correcting Gel from Tula clears up existing acne, prevents future breakouts and helps minimize any scarring left from past blemishes. The gel also works to tone, soothe and hydrate skin. Not to mention, it’s cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, phthalates and other harmful preservatives.

Promising review from Ulta: Rose says, “I have never found a product that has cleared my skin so quickly! I have been struggling with hormonal acne and have tried so many products. I am so happy with this gel, and I have clear skin for the first time in years.”

Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

Another product great for those who struggle with acne is the EradiKate Acne Treatment from Kate Somerville. The spot treatment zaps pimples to minimize their appearance while preventing future breakouts and clogged pores. It even exfoliates skin, reduces redness and controls oil production.

Promising review from Sephora: Caroline says, “This is the only spot treatment that helps get rid of a blemish OVERNIGHT! It also helps fade away acne scars! I will buy this time and time again. This is the best product for acne treatment.”

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser

Lastly, the Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin from La Roche-Posay is everything. Not only does it help clear breakouts, but it targets excess oil and gently exfoliates skin as well. The oil free cleanser also smooths and brightens complexions. Not to mention, it’s great for sensitive skin and paraben free. 

Promising review from Ulta: Anni says, “I absolutely love this face wash! My skin looks clean and brighter after using. It really clears pimples and prevents them from forming. Plus, it’s fragrance and parfum free.”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

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