The Most Effective Acne Treatments Our Readers Love

Simply put, it's our job to find the best beauty products out there for you. From the newest serum to the hottest lipstick color to the dry shampoo that will change your life, we will find it, test it, and let you know what we think. We're not complaining—it's a pretty fun gig, and we'll volunteer to be beauty guinea pigs any day.

But one of the cool things to come out of this is finding out what products you're loving and buying. It helps us figure out what you want to learn more about and what you're into so we can bring even more personalized recs to you.

Because we share a lot of our favorites with you every single day, we recognize it might be hard to keep up. So we've decided to put together a handy weekly list of what we love and what you love. Consider this a CliffsNotes, one-stop shop of what's really trending and worth adding to your cart at this very moment.

This week, we're looking at all acne treatments and products that really work—and that our readers always vouch for. Do you have a product that we missed? We'd love to know. Send us a DM.



This foaming cleanser is formulated with benzoyl peroxide, which reduces acne-causing bacteria and improves inflammation. It targets pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.

La Roche-Posay's toner has salicylic acid to cleanse and control oil production and glycolic acid to dissolve dead skin cells and clear pores.

Whenever I ask any dermatologist for their favorite acne treatment, chances are they're going to say Differin's Adapalene gel. It's a prescription strength retinoid that prevents new breakouts and treats existing acne.

This serum has both AHA and BHA to exfoliate, eliminate pore buildup, and smooth out the skin. It also contains strawberry to reduce excess oil and exfoliate, plus hyaluronic acid for hydration.

Clinique's daily treatment gel works really quickly to clear blemishes and pimples. You can apply a thin layer to your entire face twice a day after you wash your face, or, if you're using other acne products, use it to spot-treat.

Goodbye, body acne! This spray is formulated with salicylic acid to exfoliate deeply and get rid of bumps, pimples, and blackheads. It also contains barberry and licorice extracts to soothe redness and irritation, and panthenol to attract and retain moisture.

You can use these pimple patches overnight to get rid of pimples, as it sucks the gunk right out of them. They're also very subtle so if you wanted to wear them during the day you could.

This drying lotion works as a nighttime spot treatment—just dip a cotton swab into the product and dab it on any pimples. Let it dry and rinse it off in the morning.

Seriously, what doesn't SkinCeuticals' Blemish + Age Defense do? Well, I can tell you what it does: it works to eliminate acne; targets wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone; reduces hyperpigmentation; controls excess oil production; and unclogs pores.

This acne spot treatment contains the highest level of sulfur allowed by regulators, so it's a powerful product to fight acne and prevent breakouts. It also helps reduce pore size and absorbs excess oil.

Here's another face wash with acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide. It's one of the most powerful face washes out there since it's formulated with 10% BPO. You can use it on your face, chest, and back.

These alcohol-free pads are formulated with kaolin clay and salicylic acid to draw out impurities, and tea tree oil and willow bark to exfoliate and smooth the skin. They also reduce sebum, minimize pores, and control shine.

Neutrogena's maximum-strength spot treatment gel contains 10% benzoyl peroxide and has been clinically proven to reduce the size and redness of acne in two hours.

This Paula's Choice product is always a best-seller with our readers—it's pretty much at skincare icon status at this point. The salicylic acid in the formula exfoliates and reduces the appearance of blemishes, redness, large pores, and wrinkles. But it won't totally leave your skin raw, as it also contains green tea to soothe inflammation.

This serum works to treat acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis, and insect bites (yes, you read that right). Ingredients include olive leaf extract and vitamin C, which provide antioxidant protection; zinc sulfate to reduce inflammation; kojic acid to prevent blemishes; and vitamins E and A to condition the skin.

Use this clarifying product to remove oil, dirt, and debris. It's formulated with salicylic, lactic, and succinic acids. And you don't have to worry about it being super harsh since it contains citrulline to calm and soothe the skin.

The Inkey List's cleanser gets deep into the pores to exfoliate and cleanse, while also reducing excess sebum. It's also powerful enough to remove makeup.

In addition to exfoliating and pore-clearing salicylic acid, this spot treatment contains pine and thyme extracts to fight irritant and protect your skin's balance.

Sunday Riley's medicated face oil works quickly to reduce acne and blackhead-causing buildup. Ingredients include salicylic acid, tea tree oil, black cumin seed, hexylresorcinol, licorice, milk thistle, cucumber seed oil, chamomile, and neroli. It dries quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue, too.

Versed's body mist is another great option to treat body acne. The product fights bacteria; controls excess oil; and calms inflammation and redness thanks to ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel.

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