There might not be a quick fix for acne (although we do have a few pointers to help you out here), but everyone needs a product they can rely on to take down an impending breakout.
From serums to supplements, our tried-and-tested blemish busters are perfect as weekly additions to your routine, or to keep on standby for your next pimple-related crisis.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
This dinky bottle contains a powerful pink potion that shrinks spots overnight. Dot onto blemishes before bed and zit-zapping ingredients, Zinc Oxide, Salicylic Acid, and Calamine, will get to work while you snooze.
It sounds too good to be true, but this cult favourite reliably transforms angry blemishes into smaller, calmer versions that are much easier to camouflage.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%
One of the best acids for blemish-prone skin, Salicylic Acid is a type of beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) that can penetrate deeper in the skin thanks to its affinity with our skin’s natural oils. This means it’s incredible at breaking down the dead skin cells and excess sebum that can clog up pores and lead to breakouts.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, it also has amazing anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory powers, helping to reduce the redness and swelling of active breakouts.
Slot The Ordinary’s mega affordable Salicylic Acid 2% into your routine after cleansing a couple of times a week, all over or just on problem areas, to help keep skin spotlessly clean and clear.
Freck Foreclay Cactus Clay Mask
If, like us, you’d rather fight acne while chilling with a box set and snacks, you’ll love Freck’s cool and creamy Foreclay Cactus Mask.
Smooth onto clean skin, put your feet up and let the Kaolin Clay and Prickly Pear Seed Oil get to work, balancing out oily patches and soothing active breakouts.
Leave on for an episode or two and rinse away to reveal a calm, fresh and super soft complexion. We love using this once a week for a deep clean that won’t dry out combination skin.
Alpha-H Blemish Control Gel
Acne that reoccurs in one place can be tricky to treat without throwing the rest of your complexion out of balance. If you’re tackling hormonal breakouts, which often crop up along the jawline, try a targeted treatment like Alpha-H Blemish Control Gel.
This all-rounder delivers a complex of spot-fighting ingredients just where and when you need it most, without over-drying or irritating sensitive skin.
Best of all, the clear formula can be can be worn under or over makeup, making it easy to apply whenever you feel trouble brewing.
Oskia Pure MSM Supplements
Already got your skincare routine down? Take it to the next level with a complexion-boosting supplement that supports skin from the inside out.
Known as ‘the beauty mineral’, MSM is a form of sulphur with some seriously impressive benefits for skin health. This clever ingredient can help reduce visible acne and acne scarring, and blemish-prone complexions will also benefit from its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties.