If you regularly deal with acne and pimples, you may already be dotting a spot treatment on breakouts before bed, but sometimes that's just not enough. It takes using a product all over your face to reduce the size of pimples, blackheads and cysts and to prevent any new breakouts from forming. From treatment toners that help balance skin to cleansers that use charcoal to attack breakout-causing impurities like dirt, oil and makeup, sometimes it takes adding that one extra step in your skin care routine to make your skin look its best.
We tested some of the best acne treatment products that work in conjunction with your spot treatment to find out what really works. Read on for our favorites and try adding just one new product to your routine for real results.
Great for unbalanced, oily skin, this toner can help clarify and balance your complexion so it produces less pore-clogging sebum, resulting in fewer breakouts. It is formulated with panthenol, an ingredient that promotes cellular turnover and makes the barrier of your skin stronger, producing healthier, fresher skin.
Formulated for blemish- or acne-prone skin, this oil-free, seriously hydrating moisturizer doubles as an acne treatment. The lightweight gel seeps right into the skin and uses salicylic acid to reduce current blemishes and prevent new ones from popping up and saying hello.
If you're already using a cleanser, moisturizer and spot treatment to help rid your complexion of unwanted blemishes, consider adding a lightweight serum to your routine as well. This serum feels like nothing on the skin but does everything from reducing the number of acne blemishes to improving skin clarity and texture thanks to 2 percent salicylic acid.
If you're looking for a more luxurious and natural option, these blemish control pads are where it's at. They use alpha hydroxy acids, tea tree oil and a blend of broccoli, blue daisy and willow bark extracts — all ingredients that work to smooth and clarify the skin after use. Plus, they're gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin types.