There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning and being greeted by a massive pimple that has taken up residence on your chin. Popping it will make things worse (though you still really want to) and no matter how much concealer you use, you will not be able to completely cover it up–unless you resort to using Miley Cyrus’ genius pimple-hiding hack. Instead of focusing on concealing the zit, you should focus on treating the pimple, and use products that help prevent breakouts.
Here are 11 products for acne-prone skin that treat pimples and help keep your complexion clear:
Watch out for strong toners as they can suck out ever last drop of moisture from your skin. This toner contains a blend of salicylic acid, witch hazel and lemongrass which remove any stubborn traces of dirt and makeup, while helping to prevent future breakouts.
This alcohol and oil-free cleanser lives up to its name. It keeps pimples at bay and gets your skin squeaky clean without leaving any residue. It also contains aloe and chamomile to soothe stressed skin.
4. Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel ($15.50, Origins) Don’t confuse this potent acne-fighting gel with a stain remover. This treatment has salicylic acid, caffeine and red algae which all work together to shrink pimples fast, and correct that telltale post-breakout darkness.
Control breakouts and excess shine with this non-drying, clay-based mask. It gets rid of extra oil without drying out your skin, while the salicylic acid formula helps prevent pimples.
6. Body Clear Body Wash ($6.49, Neutrogena) Zits can pop up in random places besides your face, like your chest, back, and even your arms. This body wash contains salicylic acid which helps treat pimples, without drying out your skin.
7. Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment ($18, Paula’s Choice) If you need to get rid of a breakout ASAP, this cream will do the trick. It contains 5% benzoyl peroxide, which is double that of the regular strength formula. Don’t worry, it is effective but still gentle, so it won’t irritate your face.
It’s likely that your face will be happy if you use this acne wash. The gentle formula uses a combination of anti-oxidants from the Brazilian rainforest, salicylic acid and olive leaf extract to prevent new zits from popping up.
Harsh scrubs can irritate acne-prone skin. This specially-formulated scrub helps eliminate breakouts and blackheads thanks to salicylic acid. It also has green tea and mandarin extracts, so you don’t have to worry about it having an unpleasant chemically smell.
It totally makes sense that you should be treating your pimple when you are covering it up. This acne-fighting concealer has salicylic acid so it helps heal your blemish at the same time it disguises it. Genius.
These pimple-reducing wipes will make you reconsider your dislike for tomatoes. The wipes use salicylic acid, witch hazel and tomatoes, which help control oil production, to keep your face spot-free.
This calming mask soothes irritated skin. It reduces redness associated with breakouts. Plus, it is suitable for sensitive and dry skin.