The Best Ingredients To Use Based On The Type Of Acne You're Dealing With

July 4, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
shefinds | beauty

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.

For blackheads:

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)

For whiteheads:

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

[Photo: The Fashion Guitar]

SheFinds receives commissions for purchases made through the links in this post.

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...


This $12 Night Cream Gets Rid Of Wrinkles Overnight--& You Can Get It At The Drugstore!

December 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's better than the expensive stuff!


The Anti-Aging Tinted CC Cream Every Woman Over 30 Should Start Using ASAP

December 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's got SO many good reviews!


This Anti-Aging Serum Is Selling Out At Sephora Because It Gets Rid Of Dark Spots For GOOD

December 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We can't believe how fast it works!


This Hair Growth Vitamin Works SO Fast It’s Selling Out On Sephora

December 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a serious game-changer!


This $7 Drugstore Product Makes Dark Spots Disappear SO Fast

December 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's only how much?!?


The $19 Anti-Aging Lip Product Every Woman Over 40 Needs To Try

December 13, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's SO good!


The One Supplement You Should Have Every Morning To Stop Hair Loss, According To An Expert

December 13, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Your hair will thank you for this!


The Best Lip Balm You Should Switch To ASAP If You Have EXTREMELY Dry, Cracked Lips

December 12, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's a best-seller!


9 Products You Should Try If You Have Naturally Thin Hair To Add Volume Instantly

December 11, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
You need these!


The One Shampoo You Should Switch To ASAP For Thinning Hair, According To A Dermatologist

December 11, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You can get it at the drugstore!