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Top 10 Acne Products

How To Treat Acne With Ten Stellar Acne-Fighting Products

How To Treat Acne With Ten Stellar Acne-Fighting Products

If you made it through puberty, you know the indignity and frustration that comes with having acne. Because let’s face it, it happens to all of us. Since we want you to fight the good fight when it comes to having clear skin, here are the top ten products currently available to stop acne before and after it starts. It’s important to us that you banish those blemishes for good, so get a glowing, gorgeous complexion with this collection of lotions, potions, creams and more. We make our picks using an algorithm, which takes into consideration top-selling products, reviews, and media coverage. In short: these products work. Time to go clear and ensure you’re always putting your best face forward. 

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May 11, 2017

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The Rankings


Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime

Our Score

BEST FOR: Anyone with normal to oily skin types

HELPFUL TIP: Do not shake. After cleansing, dip a cotton swab into the sediment and apply directly to your blemish at bedtime. Do not rub in. Leave on overnight for best results


Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

Our Score

BEST FOR: If you’ve long struggled with acne, this pack of 60 pads will clear up blackheads, refine pores and reduce your appearance of fine lines.

USERS SAID: “I've tried so many acne treatments and this is the only one with positive results! It is a little drying at first, but my skin got used to it so quickly. Within 2 weeks, I had clear skin, which I haven't had since I was a child. I'm in love with this product!”


Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Beta Wash

Our Score

BEST FOR: Removing excess oil

HELPFUL TIP: Dilute the wash with a small amount of water and rub palms together to mix. Massage onto the face and neck with the fingertips.


Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

Our Score

FUN FACT: This clay treatment can be used as a mark to purify, a deep cleanser you can use daily, or as a spot treatment for imperfections.

USERS SAID: “I absolutely love this mask. I love that you can use it as a mask or just for blemishes. When my skin gets really oily in the heat, I get huge pores. This is the first mask that I have used that gives me an almost instant response.“


Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel

Our Score

BEST FOR: Quickly getting rid of your blemishes and correcting post-pimple darkening

USERS SAID: “I’ve only used this for three nights now but I see a significant difference. every blemish is practically gone, which is crazy and I'm guessing they will be completely gone very soon. Overall I think this product is totally worth it!”


Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

Our Score

FUN FACT: This contains the highest level of sulfer to fight pimples by reducing their size and redness.

USERS SAID: “I can't say enough good things. I put it on before I go to bed and in the morning there's already a significant difference. And I'm talking about when I use it on the deep, angry red blemishes that I get around a certain time of the month. The ones that are persistent and recurring. After 3 days, my skin is smooth again.”


Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

Our Score

BEST FOR: Getting your glow back

LOVED FOR: This sustained-release formula also moisturizes your skin, so it’ll be totally radiant and dewy when you wrap up. 


REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Our Score

BEST FOR: Brightening and retexturing your skin—this essential mask uses four acids to minimize pores, fight hyperpigmentation and reduce fine lines in just ten minutes.

USERS SAID: “This has been one of my favorites for years! The smell is fantastic! It's like rubbing marmalade on your face. Whenever my skin is super dry and flaky, this saves me every time!”


GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This kit uses a blend of six acids and charcoal to calm your complexion, giving you incredibly soft skin that glows from within.

USERS SAID: “Having used this mask my skin is the calmest it's been since I was in elementary school. My pores are microscopic, I haven't broken out ONCE, and the natural redness in my cheeks has calmed down (massive bonus for me)!”


Clinique 'Acne Solutions' Clinical Clearing Gel

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Treating hormonal acne

USERS SAID: “I’ve been using this product for 3 years now. My acne is hormonal and my breakouts get really severe. Anytime I feel a pimple coming, or when it's already at the skin's surface... I apply this stuff on it and around it to prevent any more pimples from developing.”

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