11 Best New Acne-Fighting Products
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By Sally Wadyka
Let's face it: Whether you're 13 or 30, no one likes breaking out. Lucky for you, this latest crop of blemish-fighting products is more powerful than ever. Here, 11 cleansers, masks and treatments that will help clear up your complexion.
No Rx Necessary2 of 12
Clinique's new gel promises results that are on par with prescription-only topical treatments, according to the brand's own 12-week acne reduction study. The gel uses a hard-hitting combination of salicylic acid to exfoliate dead surface skin, an algae to help reduce oil production, and sea whip extract to soothe redness.
SHOP NOW: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical clearing gel, $17, clinique.com
Double Duty3 of 12
Even though your biggest concern right now might be blemishes, it's never too early to start fending off the first signs of aging too. That's the idea behind Obagi's new 360 collection. The trio includes an exfoliating cleanser to clear pore-clogging dead skin cells, broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent sun damage and retinol lotion to minimize the appearance of fine lines.
SHOP NOW: Obagi 360 3-piece set, $114, lovelyskin.com
Clean Sweep4 of 12
When pores start to clog with dirt, grime and acne-causing bacteria, pimples are primed to erupt. Dr. Lin Skincare's cleansing pads are made with 2 percent salicylic acid to break up dead skin cells and gently unclog pores. Plus, they contain some soothing botanical extracts to reduce redness and irritation.
SHOP NOW: Dr. Lin Skincare acne clarifying wipes, $7, ulta.com
Take Cover5 of 12
Hydroxatone's new CC cream, which comes in four shades as well as a translucent version, is a multitasker. It works as an easy-to-blend liquid foundation, and contains salicylic acid and natural marine extracts to help clear breakouts and calm irritated skin.
SHOP NOW: Hydroxatone anti-acne CC cream, $39, ulta.com
Wash Out6 of 12
While it's important to keep acne-prone skin clean, it's equally important not to be overzealous and strip skin of all its natural oils. Environ's mild gel cleanser pairs exfoliating salicylic acid with soothing tea tree oil to cleanse skin without drying it out.
SHOP NOW: Environ B-Active Sebuwash, $30, dermaconcepts.com
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Peel Appeal7 of 12
Acne-prone skin needs a deep cleaning every week, and a peel-off mask is a great way to get rid of seven days worth of built-up oil, dirt and bacteria. Try First Aid Beauty's version, which uses detoxifying red clay to help draw out impurities.
SHOP NOW: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue purifying mask with red clay, $30, sephora.com
Three's Company8 of 12
Proactiv's latest three-product system addresses not only breakouts, but also irritation, texture and tone. The collection includes an exfoliating face wash, a pore treatment and a moisturizer with ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to keep your complexion radiant.
SHOP NOW: Proactiv+ 3-Step System, $30, proactiv.com
Zit Zapper9 of 12
Tanda's rechargeable hand-held device packs a trio of pimple-fighting technologies. It uses sonic vibration and a warming sensation designed to open up pores, allowing bacteria to be exposed to blue LED light therapy, which helps prevent new blemishes. Plus, existing pimples will look immediately better—one zap should show a reduction in redness and inflammation.
SHOP NOW: Tanda Zap Power, $79, sephora.com
Welcome Matte10 of 12
If you have oily skin, which is often prone to acne flare-ups and a telltale shine, apply Phytomer's lotion after you wash your face. It'll help reduce oil production, thanks to a natural marine ingredient that absorbs excess sebum, and leaves skin looking smooth and matte.
SHOP NOW: Phytomer Acnipur blemish solution fluid, $57, beauty.com
Out, Damned Spot!11 of 12
Turo's spot treatment—which can be used at night or under your moisturizer during the day—has salicylic acid to unclog pores, as well as an anti-inflammatory ingredient derived from lilac that's supposed to regulate oil production and minimize scarring.
SHOP NOW: Turo Skin anti-acne spot treatment, $22, turoskin.com
Spot Check12 of 12
When a pimple pops up on the eve of a big event, just dab on a bit of Murad's quick fix treatment. This is the brand's first product containing benzoyl peroxide, a popular acne-fighting ingredient used to dry out blemishes. Murad combines over three percent benzoyl peroxide with botanicals to help reduce inflammation and minimize discoloration.
SHOP NOW: Murad acne spot fast fix (available Feb. 25), $16, murad.com
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