We all know how acne can knock your confidence and make you feel less than your best. The fact is, acne can occur for a multitude of reasons and while it’s important to address the underlying cause, there is also help at hand with some at-home spot solutions featuring powerful ingredients (like salicylic acid) guaranteed to calm, cleanse and clear the complexion on every part of your body.
1. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
This potent AHA and BHA solution will seriously exfoliate your skin, cleansing deep into your pores, dislodging any dead skin cell build up while improving the appearance of any visible blemishes. It also contains Vitamin b5 and antioxidant black carrot that will work together to correct uneven tone and promote healing.
How to use: We’d recommend using the peeling facial in the evening and limiting usage to once a week or even fortnightly – you shouldn’t exfoliate for a few days before or after this treatment. Apply it onto cleansed, dry skin, applying an even layer to your face and neck. Leave it on your skin for 10 minutes max, then rinse with warm water. Make sure you hydrate afterward.
2. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops
This silky serum helps hydrate your skin and correct and soothe redness. The main ingredient Centella Asiatica is a natural anti-inflammatory, while it also has chlorophyll, an antioxidant energizer that’ll replenish skin and protect against environmental damage.
How to use: Apply two to three drops onto cleansed and toned skin. The drops will change from green to match your skin tone, leaving your skin glowing prior to makeup application.
3. Neutrogena – Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask
This is an awesome fast drying, lightweight lotion. It’s easy to apply and dries matte. Unlike traditional masks, this acne face mask does not need to be washed off. Instead, you leave it on your skin, allowing the acne medicine to work hard hour after hour. And its vanishing formula is designed to look invisible so you can use under your face moisturizer or makeup.
How to use: Clean the skin thoroughly before applying this product. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed.
4. Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad, 70 Pads
This product is amazing at preventing pimples and clearing breakouts while leaving your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This facial toner gently wipes out excess oil and keeps the complexion clear, refined, and well-balanced. Only thing to note is quite a strong medicinal smell.
5. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
These patches are always save us whenever a pimple emerges before a big event. These airtight dressings extract and absorb sebum, and they work on any blemish too – blackheads, whiteheads, even cystic acne.
How to use: Carefully place a sticker on your pimple so that it covers the entire pimple. Leave on the pimple overnight and remove before you begin your morning skin regime. You’ll even be able to see what they extract when you peel it away.
6. SUMMER’S EVE Feminine Wash for Sensitive Skin-Delicate Blossom
This is going to sound a little crazy but the thing that helped many people to get rid of acne. Try it you won’t regret!
It’s just a simple foaming wash that has a nice light scent. It doesn’t have any oils, harsh ingredients or sodium lauryl sulfate. It’s also safe for fungal acne.
7. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
This product is wonderful because it gets rid of all the dirt and sebum without overly drying out your skin. This is an amazing acne prone cleanser that does the job. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to deeply cleanse, remove excess oil and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Suitable for normal to oily skin.
8. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
It’ll literally dry out your acne overnight. The formula contains two incredible acne-fighting ingredients; salicylic acid, which will penetrate deep into your pores and help to declog dead skin cells while reducing oil production, and calamine lotion that’ll soothe the skin, reducing redness and swelling.
How to use it: Do not shake the bottle! At the bottom of the bottle is a thick pink paste, that’s the good stuff! Put a cotton bud in until you reach the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, then dab it onto any whiteheads or red bumps.
9. The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum
If you struggle with oily or acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, then this might just be your new best friend. Niacinamide, aka vitamin B3, helps reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, improve uneven skin tone, fight fine lines and control sebum production. The water-soluble vitamin can even help protect against environmental damage and help reduce redness. This particular niacinamide formula also contains zinc (an antioxidant), which is another star ingredient for regulating oil gland activity and balancing the skin’s microbiome, which helps to improve acne.
10. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel is amazing. The 2-step formula is easy to use at home, and you’ll notice a difference within just one use. The first step contains exfoliation acids, and step two regulates the alpha hydroxy acid activity and contain anti-aging active ingredients that’ll rebalance the skin and lower oil production.
How to use: Apply the first step to cleansed, dry skin using gentle circular motions until the pad feels dry. Wait for two minutes then follow with the second pad, again using small circular movements until the pad dries up. Do not rinse your skin after use.