Acne Products That Actually Improve Your Skin

Even if you follow the clear skin commandments, you may still find yourself with a pimple in the middle of your cheek. It could be a side effect of stress, temperamental weather, or even forgetting to wash your face for a few days in a row — we’ve all been guilty of that. Regardless of the cause, you want that blemish gone, stat. Finding an acne-fighting product is easy with so many products on the market. What’s difficult, however, is finding a mixture that works. Loaded with the right amount of blemish-battling ingredients, here are five picks that will do the trick.

1. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Drying lotion

Drying Lotion |  Amazon

Everyone wishes they could make a nasty pimple disappear before a first date or big presentation at work. We can’t promise your face will be flaw-free after one night’s sleep, but Mario Badescu’s Dying Lotion works wonders. Thanks to a blend of fast-acting ingredients, salicylic acid, and calamine, this mix promises to shrink whiteheads and prevent the problem from growing. Users be warned: This pick dries on as a light pink hue, so make sure you wash off this lotion in the morning.

2. Indie Lee Blemish Stick

Blemish stick

Blemish Stick | Amazon

Sure, an overnight fix for a pimple sounds great, but what happens if you don’t have a night to treat your blemish blunder? Before you start contemplating canceling that date, grab Indie Lee’s Blemish Stick. It helps shrink the size of blemishes and heals pores as soon as you start using it. This product glides on clear, meaning that it’s the perfect remedy for those on the go. Plus, this mix is 100% natural, free of parabens, and never tested of animals. Efficient and eco-friendly? That’s a product we can totally get behind.

3. Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner


Juara Toner | Amazon

If you’re cursed with troublesome skin, you may often find yourself struggling to locate a moisturizer that doesn’t cause additional problems. Too oily, and you’ll be left with even more blemishes. But something that doesn’t provide enough moisture will leave your skin scaly, which isn’t ideal either. Enter Juara’s Hydrating Tamarind Tea Toner, an oil-free way to hydrate your skin. It’s perfect for even the most delicate complexion and a trio of tea extracts nourishes your face. Slather this mix on after washing your face each morning and evening.

4. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask


Origins Mask | Amazon

We know what you’re thinking: You’re so not the face mask type of person, especially those of you who are male. It’s easy to write off a charcoal mask as something only appropriate for your little sister or girlfriend, but who really cares about staying manly in the comfort of their own bathroom? This mask from Origins actually betters your complexion. Consider the active charcoal this mixture’s secret sauce, which cleanses and draws out any pore-clogging oils. Leave this on for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mask hardens, and then wipe off the concoction with a warm towel.

5. CosMedix Clarity Serum


CosMedix Serum | Amazon

If you’ve suffered from chronic acne since your prepubescent years, finding a product that actually helps combat pimples is only half the battle because you likely have years worth of post-blemish scars. This all-natural, anti-bacterial mix from CosMedix acts as an exfoliator for acne-prone skin. With a blend of ingredients like tea tree oil, witch hazel, and willowherb, this serum is geared to fight inflammation, produce collagen to keep your skin looking young, and diminish those pesky acne scars. Simply dab the serum on before you leave for the office for all-day coverage.

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