You probably thought you'd no longer have to deal with breakouts once your teen years were over — but adult acne is real, and it's frustrating AF. One study, published in The Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, found that up to 85 percent of women and 15 percent of men experience adult acne.
When it comes to acne, the right skin care routine can make all the difference. And what better place to put together a roster of pimple-fighting products than the beauty mecca, Sephora? You can find everything from cleansers to toners to spot treatments to masks that'll effectively keep your skin healthy and clear.
Here, we've rounded up 13 best-selling acne products at Sephora so you can finally enjoy a zit-free complexion.
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The first step to clearer skin? Finding the right facial cleanser. Salicylic acid is a great ingredient to look for in a cleanser because it's gentle yet effective. The 2 percent salicylic acid in this cleanser exfoliates dead skin cells and unclogs pores, while the zinc compound in the formula minimizes excess oil and calms inflammation.
Give your cleansing an upgrade with this new brush attachment for the Clarisonic. It's designed especially for those of us who find themselves with blackheads, whiteheads, and clogged pores on the regular. The bristles are densely-packed and soft, so you never have to worry about inflammation when you cleanse your skin.
Another powerful ingredient to banish acne is sulfur, which you can find in this mask suited to normal, combo, and oily skin types. 10 percent sulfur — the max OTC amount — gets rid of existing breakouts and helps prevent new ones, while kaolin and bentonite clays sop up excess oil and aloe vera soothes skin.
Apply this lightweight gel to your face post-cleansing to put an end to your current pimples and keep future breakouts from happening. It's chock full of effective acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid, lamincaria sacharina extract, and witch hazel. You can apply it all over or use it as a spot treatment, depending on your needs.