4 Must-Try Acne Avengers

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These products prove that, when it comes to the war on battling breakouts, there’s always a new way to wage it. Here’s the new wave of what works—and what makes them different.

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Retinol, Revised
Best For: All skin types, including sensitive skin, who are also fighting the signs of aging.

Retinol may often be the gold standard for fighting wrinkles, but it’s also a favorite for battling acne. The downside: It can be harsh. Enter Verso Super Facial Serum, a safe-for-sensitive-skin (and redness-inclined) retinol treatment that helps decrease acne flare-ups. $120, sephora.com

What Makes It Different: The brand’s proprietary 
Retinol 8, a vitamin A–derived complex that the company claims is eight times more effective (and hydrating) than standard prescription retinol.

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The Spot Eraser
Best For: Duller skin types who also battle pigmentation

Acne is hard to battle, but sometimes the scars it leaves behind are even tougher. That’s where Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Spot Serum comes in. The gentle formula is designed  to help hydrate skin while it goes to work on fading marks. $170, neimanmarcus.com

What Makes it Different: The Snowise Tri-White Complex, a mix of herbal and supercharged anti-aging ingredients developed after 10 years of research works to lighten post-acne marks and redness.
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Purify Pores
Best For: Red and irritated skin types who need to get rid of spots fast

Potent and fast-acting, OleHenriksen Roll On Acne Clearing Solution purifies skin and reduces sebum production with a powerful blend of salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, zinc and thermal clay. $22, sephora.com

What Makes It Different: While the rollerball design lends itself to work as a targeted spot-treatment, this multitasker can be used over makeup to soak up oil, reduce redness and kill blemish-causing bacteria.
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Hydrate + Refine
Best For: Oily skin types who are always trying to hide their pores

Like a multitasking, acne-fighting primer that makes makeup application flawless to boot, La Roche-Posay Effaclar MAT mattifies and refines oily skin as it works within pores to prevent future breakouts and treat existing blemishes. $32, ulta.com

What Makes It Different: The high concentration of micro-exfoliating LHA with Sebulyse (the brand’s own version of a less-drying 
form of salicylic acid), a 
proprietary ingredient that dissolves pore-clogging sebum right inside pores.

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