Just when I thought I left every trace of acne back in middle school, I moved to New York. Between the weather shift—I quickly learned that pollution is a real killjoy to a clear complexion—and quick uptick in stress, my blemishes came creeping back in full force. After testing every zit-zapping product I had collected on my desk (just in case), these seven were the most effective.
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This clean cocktail of glycolic and salicylic acids, vitamins C and E, green tea leaf and kaolin clears breakouts, brightens tone and soaks up excess oil.
This luxe, all-natural blend of tea tree, myrrh and thyme will make anyone a believer in natural skin care—one cleared pimple at a time.
Differin Gel ($11)
It’s not a new product, but it is my holy grail. It doesn’t get better than this clear, lightweight gel—it’s the first OTC topical retinoid treatment—when clear skin is a must. (I wear it under my makeup every day.)
Your skin will feel clean and balanced after swiping this 100-percent natural salicylic acid toner all over. It controls oil, breakouts and blackheads without stripping any moisture.
Make the most of your beauty sleep with this potent, all-over acne treatment that delivers on its promises: it clears breakouts, minimizes the look of pores and evens skin texture and tone.
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