There’s nothing worse than touching your face and realizing you can feel a zit coming on – or worse, looking in the mirror midday and realizing it’s already there. While the world of blemish-banishers can be difficult to navigate, the ingredients you should be using are a lot easier to narrow down when you pinpoint exactly what type of acne you’re dealing with.
If you’re dealing with those small-but-irritating black bumps (which you’ll normally find in oilier areas of your face), you’re going to want to try a product with salicylic acid in it. Why? Blackheads tend to indicate that your pore is clogged at the surface – and salicylic acid is known for its ability to dissolve oil and fat at the surface of the pore.
Our product pick: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel ($26)
Whiteheads, also known as your basic, run-of-the-mill zit. Because there tends to be a lot of bacteria and swelling involved when it comes to whiteheads, pick a product with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide works to destroy acne-causing bacteria and can majorly help with drying the pimple and reducing its size.
Our product pick: Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment ($7.99)
For cystic acne:
Painful, cystic acne that occurs deep under the skin is thought to be the result of excess sebum production, usually caused by hormonal changes. To put cystic acne in its place, ingredients like zinc oxide and sulfur work together to absorb excess sebum production and reduce swelling, respectively.
Our product pick: EradiKate Acne Treatment ($24)
For acne scarring:
Sometimes, even when the blemish is finally banished, it can leave behind some nasty dark marks – this is where kojic acid comes into play. The ingredient reduces dark spots and aids in exfoliation to lift spots and scars quickly.
Our product pick: La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control ($47.70)
Don’t miss other beauty tips and tricks: The Right Way To Apply Sunscreen, Once And For All and 10 At-Home Remedies To Try When Zits Pop Out Of Nowhere
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