7 Best Acne Treatment Products To Fight Breakouts + Prevent Pimples

The Best Acne Treatment For Your Skin Type

By Courtney Leiva

The difference between those of us with clear skin and those of us constantly dealing with clogged pores, blackheads, and acne: the right acne treatment.

Well, that and genes… but we’re guessing that if you were one of the few to never wake with a bright red pimple the morning of a big job interview or a chin covered in bumps the night of a hot date, well, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article anyway (you lucky ducks, you!).

So what is the best acne treatment we’re all relying on to keep our skin crystal clear and breakout free?

Well, we have an arsenal of ’em and we’re dishing…

Ready to find your perfect acne treatment? Read on, pretty lady!

The 7 Best Acne Treatment Products To Fight Breakouts + Prevent Pimples

To get a deeper clean… Whether you’re washing off sweat or makeup, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to cleanse your skin before bed, regardless of your skin type. If you’re prone to breakouts, though, it’s essential to use a cleanser with an acne treatment inside to ensure your current breakouts are treated and any future blemishes are blocked before they even have a chance. Our pick: Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser ($27), which not only relies on Salicylic Acid to fight breakouts, but also uses vitamins and botanicals to leave skin refreshed and comfortable.

When you need a multi-tasker… Target blackheads, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles all at the same time with the Hydroxatone Anti-Acne CC Cream ($23). The lightweight formula simultaneously works to treat existing acne, absorb excess oil, calm redness, prevent future breakouts, moisturize dry skin, and even your skintone, all in one super-easy-to-apply acne treatment.

If you have super-sensitive skin... Even the most sensitive skin types respond well to ZAPZYT Pore Treatment Gel ($8.19), an acne treatment which penetrates pimples easily with its pore-unclogging salicylic acid formula that’s also packed with aloe to calm and soothe sensitive skin and antibacterial and antimicrobial agents to prevent future breakouts.

To get down and dirty (err, clean) with those pores… Turn to the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay ($30, sephora.com), a 20-minute peel-off acne treatment mask that uses red clay to unclog pores, remove impurities, and control oil. Used weekly and you’ll not only see an immediately improvement in your skin’s tone, texture, and quality, but you’ll see cumulative improvements over time too!

If you have enlarged pores... Shrink ’em stat with the Arcona Shot Repair Tabula Rasa ($26, arcona.com), a spot treatment you can apply twice daily to get rid of existing blemishes, kill bacteria, shrink large pores, heal ingrown hairs, increase skin circulation and stimulate cell renewal. We especially love this for skin that’s not only dealing with the occasional (or not so occasional) breakout, but also starting to show the first (or twentieth!) signs of aging too.

If you have lots of little bumps… If your clogged pores present more as small white bumps (usually around the chin) rather than red pimples, try Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish ($30), a smooth, creamy cleanser acne treatment that gently polishes away skin imperfections (without drying your skin out!) for a soft and radiant complexion.

When your skin is dry but still breaking out… Moisturize acne-prone skin with Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Gel Moisture ($26), a fragrance and colorant-free gel moisturizer that infuses water-based moisture into your skin to keep your skin hydrated, without adding any unnecessary oil. Plus, the acne treatment moisturizer has anti-irritants and antioxidants too for healthy, clear skin. (And, no, it won’t make you breakout!)