The 5 Best Acne Creams

Whether you deal with acne on the regular or find yourself ‘blessed’ with one almighty zit per year, we all need an effective blemish-busting treatment in our skincare stash.

These super targeted treatments are designed to tackle problem zones, like the temples and jawline, delivering effective ingredients right where you need them the most. So, you can fight back against breakouts without upsetting the delicate balance of your skin elsewhere.

It’s not just acne creams; our favourite complexion savers now come in just about every format. From gels to stickers, you’ll find something to sort your spot situation in record time.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

A cult favourite for a reason, this powerful pink potion is a hero for both acne-prone skin and otherwise well-behaved complexions. If you tend to get your worst breakouts before a big event, this is the product you need on standby!

Dab on and leave overnight (or all day if you’re feeling bold) to rapidly shrink emerging spots. Calamine and salicylic acid work to dry out blemishes, while minimising redness to make them appear smaller and easier to camouflage.

Formula 10.0.6 Rescue Me

Need to tackle a zit but also, well…leave the house? Keep Formula 10.0.6’s Rescue Me gel on hand. This clear formula sits almost invisibly on clean skin, and can be worn under or over your makeup.

Made with pore-clearing salicylic acid, this gentle spot treatment helps to take down redness and inflammation – without leaving that all-too-familiar irritated and flaky aftermath.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1%

Move over, Benzoyl Peroxide. Niacinamide and Zinc are the breakthrough acne-fighting duo you need to know about. These skin-friendly ingredients work to reduce inflammation and balance oil production without over-drying or irritating sensitive complexions.

This ultra light, water-based serum is designed to shrink active blemishes and help protect skin against future breakouts. Best of all, these ingredients are thought to help to reduce scarring in healing blemishes. Smooth all over or apply directly onto troublesome areas.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Blemish Fighting Zit Zapping Dots

Totally travel-friendly and mess-free, Yes To Tomatoes Zit Zapping Dots are a seriously on-the-spot way to tackle brewing breakouts.

Place a sticker over your spot and the Charcoal, Salicylic Acid and Tomato Extract infusion will work overnight to detox the area, reducing redness and congestion. Stash a pack in your makeup bag for your next spot crisis.

Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel

A total all-rounder, this Blemish Gel is formulated with a clever complex of Zinc, Tea Tree and Vitamin E to calm and soothe active blemishes – without over-drying or irritating sensitive skin. Salicylic Acid helps to exfoliate and decongest pores, to prevent future pimples and blackheads.

Designed for all ages, this gel is ideal for tackling hormonal breakouts. The clear formula can be worn alone or tapped over makeup at the first sign of trouble brewing.