Treating Acne at any age can be tricky. It is important to take a thoughtful approach and understand how the products you choose work.
Acne poses many challenges for our skin: excess oil, clogged pores, redness and of course whiteheads and pimples.
Here’s what you should consider when looking for the best acne treatment:
Surprisingly, no drugstore brand made our list but we took a deep dive into many of the better quality lines including the big TV brand, Proactiv… (or jump to our top pick’s review)
Here are the acne systems we think are worth considering:
& Skin Repairing
Proven to Heal
The top 4 products reviewed are antibiotic-free and do not require a visit to a doctor’s office. Be sure to read the detailed reviews (or jump to the Exposed in-depth review).
What the Pros Say: Review Summaries
Best Overall Acne Treatment 4.5/5
Our Top Recommendation – If you have sensitive skin, this kit is definitely a good option for you. This product has all the key ingredients and more, utilizing both scientific and natural actives to effectively treat and prevent all kinds of acne, from blackheads to pimples. It contains benzoyl peroxide to help treat pimples, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid to treat blackheads and whiteheads, and it contains green tea, aloe vera, and passionflower extract to reduce inflammation and redness.
High-quality ingredients with an ideal combination of active ingredients, this kit has the highest customer ratings on both Amazon and Google Shopping, & comes with a full one-year money-back guarantee.
Although it is still generally very affordable, this kit is slightly more expensive than some of the other kits in this list.
Mild Acne Treatment – (Runner Up)
Clear Control Kit 3.5/5
This kit is designed to treat and prevent very mild acne and works best with normal to oily skin. It contains salicylic acid, which helps open pores and fights blackheads and whiteheads, and sulfur, which helps dry out excess oil. It also contains a few natural ingredients, like passionflower and sage extract, which can both help reduce inflammation.
This acne treatment kit is the most affordable option in this list, making it a great place to start if you are hesitant to invest too much money into your skincare right away.
The products in the Murad kit do not contain ingredients that effectively prevent or treat pimples (pustule or papules), though it is a good solution for treating white/blackheads.
CLEAR Regular Strength
This is a classic acne treatment kit, containing the two most popular ingredients on the market: salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. By combining these ingredients, this kit can effectively treat blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. It is relatively gentle, meaning it’s a great option for dry to normal skin types.
This kit contains only three products and involves a very simple routine, so it’s a great option for those who struggle to stick to new habits.
Surprisingly it does not contain any anti-inflammatory ingredients and isn’t the best for sensitive skin types and can reduce its effectiveness.
Overall Acne Treatment (Runner Up) 4.0/5
This kit is a good option for those who have both oily and sensitive skin. The benzoyl peroxide effectively treats pimples, while the sulfur helps dry out excess oil that can contribute to blackheads and whiteheads. It also includes sage and green tea extract, to help prevent sensitive skin from having an inflammatory reaction to the benzoyl peroxide or sulfur.
This kit is the best one in this list for skin that is both oily and sensitive.
Unfortunately, this particular kit is far more expensive than the other options by nearly $150.
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