Acne is an unfortunate side-effect of adolescence. Also unfortunate, most people do not just “grow out” of acne. Therefore, using products that can prevent and treat acne is essential. Here are 5 products that can help get rid of your acne.
1. Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment
Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment is a benzoyl peroxide treatment that can treat and prevent acne. This formula only uses 2.5% of acne medication benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is a topical antibiotic, meaning it can be used to decrease bacteria on your face. This is important because it means that benzoyl peroxide can be used to kill the bacteria P acnes, a key player in the development of acne. This means that this specific treatment is suitable for people who struggle with large, cystic pimples. With the continued use of Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, P acnes will be decreased and pimples will begin to clear. The great thing about this formula is that it uses only 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide. This is much lower than other benzoyl peroxide gels that use 10%, but 2.5% has been proven to be just as effective with fewer side effects, such as dryness. This formula is also vanishing, meaning it won’t leave a film on your skin. Pick up Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment at Target for $6.47.
2. ZAPZYT Acne Wash
ZAPZYT Acne Wash is a face wash that is a great way to prevent and treat acne. This wash uses 2% of salicylic acid, a powerful beta hydroxy acid that penetrates deeply to unclog pores. Salicylic acid works by dissolving the top layer of dead skin and debris that can accumulate throughout the day. It then goes deep into the pores to unclog them. Salicylic acid also works to regulate sebum production, which is great news for people with oily skin. Sebum is the natural oil our pores secrete. By using ZAPZYT Acne Wash, you can rely on the salicylic acid to mop up and reduce sebum, which will also reduce acne. This makes ZAPZYT Acne Wash an ideal treatment for those who struggle with blackheads and whiteheads because these lesions are caused by clogs in the skin’s pores. Salicylic acid is also anti-inflammatory and exfoliating, so you can expect to give your face a rejuvenated appearance when using this product. Finally, it’s surprisingly quite difficult to find a fragrance and essential oil-free salicylic acid wash, but this is one that meets those requirements. Being fragrance and essential oil-free is imperative because salicylic acid can be irritating and combining it with fragrant ingredients only increases that risk. Overall, this is an excellent choice for people who suffer from blackheads and whiteheads. Pick it up at Amazon for $9.99
Differin is new to the list of over the counter acne treatments. Despite being available by prescription for decades, it is now available at drug stores in the United States. This is good news because Differin is an extremely effective acne treatment with many benefits. Differin is the brand name for Adapalene .1%, a powerful retinoid that changes how the skin works. This change is the rapid increase in skin cell turnover. This increase in turnover helps unclog the pores of the skin but also prevents new clogs. Because of how deep Differin can penetrate the skin, it is a great treatment for all forms of acne. It is also anti-inflammatory. The only downside is the notorious Differin “purge”. Because Differin will increase skin cell turnover, it will surface any pimples forming under the surface in a much shorter time than if Differin was not used. This gives the appearance that acne is getting worse, but all that’s happening is pimples that would’ve already formed are surfacing in 2 weeks rather than 2 months. Once this purge period is passed, which usually isn’t longer than 2 weeks, the skin will become significantly more clear. The other major benefit of long term use of Differin is its anti-aging benefits. Differin’s ability to rapidly increase skin cell turnover also gives the skin a fresher appearance and works to repair and rejuvenate damaged skin. Overall, this is a fantastic option to control and treat acne, but also improve overall skin quality. Pick Differin up at Target for $12.99.
4. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Azelaic acid is a great acne treatment for those who suffer from sensitive skin and may not be able to tolerate the harsher treatments previously mentioned. Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid that is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, making it an ideal treatment for acne. Where azelaic acid also shines is in its ability to calm down inflammation in the skin, even as severe as rosacea flare-ups. It can also color-correct your face, so if you struggle with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, The Ordinary Azelaic Acid might be a good treatment for you. Overall, where this acne treatment stands out is its gentleness and low risk of irritation. All of the other treatments have a high risk of causing some dryness and flaking, but The Ordinary Azelaic Acid should be much gentler while being just as effective. Pick this up at Ulta for $7.90.
5. Welly Face Saver Clear Spot Bandages
These bandages are a no-brainer if you want to flatten a pimple overnight. The active ingredient in these bandages is hydrocolloid. Hydrocolloid has been a common wound-healing ingredient for decades, but acne is very similar to a wound. Hydrocolloid works by attracting fluid out of the skin to be absorbed into the bandage. This makes it a perfect acne treatment. By absorbing the gunk out of your whiteheads, the pimple can be encouraged to heal and will flatten as a result. These bandages are the perfect overnight treatment to quickly flatten that giant whitehead before a big event. Another plus about these bandages is that they are super gentle, as the ingredient was originally used for wound healing. Overall, this is a great treatment for when you have a pimple here and there but won’t do much if you have a full face of acne. Be sure to pick these up at Target for $8.99.