Six Ways to Cleanse, Treat, and Prevent Acne
Published Jul 12, 2013
Acne is the number one skin disorder in the United States, with 95% of people experiencing breakouts at some point in their lifetime. Whether you’re a chronic sufferer, a monthly (ahem) victim, or you just get the occasional zit before a first date or big interview (we’ve all been there, right?), we have some brand new bacteria-fighting, anti-acne products for you.
These super-handy peel pads from spa line June Jacobs are formulated to combat stress and hormones, while also treating existing blemishes and preventing new ones. Natural extracts like willow bark, tea tree oil, and blue daisy pair up with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and antioxidants like green and white tea to fight free radicals. Paraben-free, too!
We’re obsessed with this zit buster. Whether you apply it to a pimple you already have or to an area where you feel one coming on, it does the trick with 2% salicylic acid. Dab it on a blemish before bed, and you'll see noticeable results overnight—less redness and less irritation. It's powerful stuff, so use just a bit on the area you're targeting. That's all you need!
If oily skin is the culprit behind your breakouts, swipe this bad boy on after cleansing to keep shine and oil at bay. It not only sweeps up dead surface cells and tightens pores with AHAs, it contains mineral powder to mattify. Plus, marine-sourced ingredients like sea kelp keep you hydrated.
Perfect for drying up those little bumps around the jawline and forehead! This generous pot holds a sulfur-helmed team of ingredients—including aloe to soothe. Bonus: The light, opaque shade helps neutralize redness on most skin tones.
This organic, vegan formula boasts acne-busting natural essential oils, including evening primrose oil, which prevents over drying and flaking. Dab onto blemishes for a gentle, all-natural, pleasantly herbal application, and wake up to smooth, hydrated skin and smaller blemishes.
Hourglass’ luxurious, high-performance foundation wasn’t originally marketed for acne-prone skin, but when they were flooded with emails from customers claiming it cleared their complexions, the brand commissioned a study. It turns out that the Immaculate formula helps control oil, smooth skin, and may improve acne scars and prevent breakouts. A velvety-soft finish that helps our skin look better now and later? Sold.