If you suffer from mild to moderate acne, or even if you just have an occasional blemish, there are some great products on the market to help you take control of your skin and get that clear complexion you long for. I suffered with acne for many years, so I definitely know a thing or two when it comes to treating breakouts. There are so many different products out there, the best advice I have is this- strive for calm, healthy skin first and foremost. Once you find a skincare routine that calms, soothes and nourishes your skin, then you’ll be able to effectively treat occasional breakouts when needed.
These are some of my personal favourites that I’ve been using over the past few months (not all at once though!) so I hope that some of you will find your magical product. Different active ingredients work differently on everyone, so listen to your skin and find out what works best for you.
MAC PREP + PRIME BLEMISH CONTROL GEL, $20 USD / $24 CAD: The ultimate undercover weapon; this clear gel goes on completely clear and smoothly, wearing comfortably all day and sealing in the blemish to protect from debris, makeup and other irritants. Great for all skin types, this treatment can be worn alone or under makeup. Plus, I think the rubber applicator is pretty cool. Available August 15 at maccosmetics.com
CLEAN & CLEAR ADVANTAGE SOOTHING ACNE SCRUB, $8 USD / $9 CAD: If you have acne-prone skin that is also sensitive, you want to treat your blemishes without irritating your skin. This scrub is formulated with aloe & avocado to soothe skin and it’s gentle enough for daily use! ulta.com
VICHY NORMADERM HYALUSPOT, $21 CAD: If you need intense relief, and you need it yesterday, this is the treatment for you. Hyaluronic Acid forms a biological bandage-like film over the blemish while Salicylic Acid + LHA treat from the inside to reduce breakouts in as little as 48h. vichy.ca
BIODERMA SÉBIUM GLOBAL, $23 CAD: This treatment not only banishes blemishes directly with soothing, antibacterial ingredients, but it also includes enzymes to break down and prevent the formation of blackheads and post-acne scars; and it does it all without any salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. bioderma.com
BIORÉ BLEMISH TREATING ASTRINGENT, $8 USD: Nothing makes skin feel more clean and fresh than a deep pore astringent. This formula leaves skin feeling tingly clean and totally refreshed while treating blemishes at the same time. ulta.com
TANDA ZAP POWER, $79 USD / $79 CAD: My latest skincare obsession- this re-chargeable tool uses blue light therapy and sonic vibrations that are proven to destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce breakouts. The best part? It does it all without any chemicals. tanda.ca