Nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives and it is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting over 40 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In honor of Acne Awareness Month, we’ve compiled a list of effective acne-fighters with innovative ingredients that reduce oil production, unclog pores and kill acne causing bacteria in order to banish breakouts.
Sublime Beauty’s Blemish Terminator Blemish Serum
This serum combines 2% salicylic acid with 2% glycolic acid. The combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliates dead skin cells to unclog pores and absorbs deeper into the skin targeting hyperpigmentation and dark marks leftover from previous flare ups.
$35 via www.sublimebeautyshop.com.
Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment
This two-in-one problem solver helps to eliminate breakouts and minimize pore size. Salicylic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory, exfoliating dead skin cells to help reduce pore size and sebum build up. Oligopeptide-10, a patented SmartPeptide® with skin calming properties, has been shown to help bind cellular toxins and kill acne-causing bacteria.
$32.50 at spas and online via www.apothederm.com and www.dermstore.com.
Jan Marini Skin Research Bioclear Lotion
A powerful combination of acids – glycolic acid, salicylic acid and azelaic acid – that addresses a variety of skin concerns including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne, rosacea, acne scarring, large follicles and porous skin texture. Bioclear drastically resurfaces skin while lessening the appearance of aging and sun damage. Skin will appear dramatically softer, smoother, more luminous and hydrated.
$60 at spas, physicians’ offices and www.janmarini.com.
Karin Herzog Oxygen Face
The high concentration of oxygen, a natural antiseptic, penetrates deep into the skin to neutralize subcutaneous bacteria, eliminate accumulated toxins and clear surface acne. This light cream helps to enhance nutrient absorption, optimize skin functions and limit the formation of excess sebum, clogged pores and blemishes.
$65 via www.karinherzog.com.
Repêchage Hydra Medic Face Wash Foaming Gel Cleanser
Hydra Medic Face Wash is a soap-free formula that deep cleanses without causing dryness. Salicylic Acid neutralizes bacteria while gently exfoliating the skin. Infusion of antioxidant synergistic tea blend soothes inflamed skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Active ingredients include: Porprhyridium Micro-alga, Green Tea Extract, Rooibos Tea Extract, Salicylic Acid, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga Odorata Flower Oil), Basil and Lavender Oil
$30 via www.repechage.com
Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control
A skin-perfecting tinted skin enhancer that creates a flawless finish as it moisturizes and treats acne prone skin, while fighting future breakouts. Long wear, natural coverage conceals imperfections instantly, helping to diminish the appearance of blemishes, pores, acne scars, and uneven skin tone for a smooth, matte, flawless finish.
$48 via www.miracleskintransformer.com.