While acne is one of the most common skin concerns, the stress of this year has exacerbated existing skin conditions and even added a new category: maskne or mask acne. While visiting the dermatologist is still doable, the health risk of going to smaller spaces prevent many from doing so. For that reason, we've been looking to pharmacy staples and online finds to combat acne.
Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most dependable and effective acne-fighting ingredients. The lower concentration of 4% is strong enough to kill bacteria but doesn't dry out skin compared to other products that have up to 10% benzoyl peroxide.
Along with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, which is this facial wash's hero ingredient, is equally as effective in fighting breakouts. It also has exfoliating properties, so this facial wash effectively washes away bacteria, dirt, oil, and makeup while leaving skin soft and supple.
For very sensitive skin that's also acne-prone, start with this gentle facial cleanser that's formulated with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It cleanses the skin effectively without compromising the skin's natural moisture barrier.
This serum reduces the appearance of acne marks and regulates sebum production. Excess sebum or oil is one of the culprits of acne so adding this serum to your skincare regimen should help. It's also less than $10 which is a big win.
Heavy moisturizers may clog pores so a lightweight gel formula may be better for acne-prone skin. This gel features hyaluronic acid which is a humectant that attracts water from the air and keeps your skin hydrated and plump.
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Dermatologists and beauty influencers have made CeraVe one of the buzziest skincare brands this year and for good reason. Their products are great for sensitive skin and this particular moisturizer is formulated for blemish-prone skin. It has been raised to cult status thanks to its super hydrating ceramides and hyaluronic acid, redness and sebum reducing niacinamide, and SPF 30 for sun protection. It's also pocket-friendly and has a complementing PM variant for your night routine.
The star ingredient, adapalene, is a less irritating synthetic retinoid. Aside from treating acne, dermatologist Dr. Shereen Idriss tells Teen Vogue that adapalene promotes collagen production and minimizes clogged pores. It also smoothens out fine lines and wrinkles. You can get this treatment gel over the counter.
A potent spot treatment, this drying lotion has calamine and salicylic acid that dries out zits in no time. Make sure to let the pink solution settle before using a clean cotton bud to scoop out some of the product. Apply directly on a pimple and expect it to be less inflamed by the next day. Teen Vogue reports that Kylie Jenner swears by this tiny bottle.
Hydrocolloid pimple patches suck out pus from active pimples and create a moist environment to promote faster healing. It also prevents you from picking at your pimples and saves it from being infected or spreading bacteria.
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