La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector, $33.90
Battling acne while dealing with sensitive skin can be frustrating, which is why La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range is a hit amongst those struggling with both acne and sensitive skin. Formulated sans preservatives, parabens, soap, colourants, lanolin, Effaclar products are also tested to be hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, making them perfect for even the most compromised skin. A unique blend of piroctone olamine and glycail purified the skin to treat blemishes while micro-exfoliating LHA and healing La Roche-Posay thermal spring water supports self-renewal. It is also fortified with niacinamide to brighten the complexion and minimises scarring.
Mario Badescu Drying Mask, $30, Sephora
Perhaps one of the holy grail acne treatments out there, this clarifying mask is widely raved about as it targets breakouts, congested areas and eliminates pore-clogging sebum. Kaolin purges congested pores and colloidal sulfar keeps acne-causing bacteria at bay while calamine soothes and calms irritated skin. For oily or combination skin types, apply a thin layer all over your skin to clarify complexion two or three times a week or dab directly onto blemishes as a SOS spot treatment.
Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, $33
If the first application is any sign of a product’s effectiveness, then this spot solution from Origins works like a charm. Expect a slight tingling effect as the transparent gel-like formula goes to work upon application, thanks to its 1.5% salicylic acid content and clarifying oregano oil, which works to purge blemishes upon contact. Gentle exfoliators help clear pores of debris while skin-calming red algae and caffeine minimise redness. It also boasts of an anti-spot technology to protect against spot darkening so your skin remain clear and even.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion, $43
This toner has a gentle, medicated formula that prevents future breakouts, thanks to its use of salicylic acid. Saturate a cotton pad with this exfoliating toner and sweep over face and neck, avoiding eyes and lip area to eliminate dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores. It also contains oil-absorbing powders to eliminate shine for a smooth and matte complexion all day long.
Eve Lom Dynaspot, $55
Perfect for reducing the appearance of unexpected breakouts, this fast-working remedy is packed with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pore-purifying ingredients like tea tree oil and salicylic acid to accelerate healing, and zinc oxide, and yarrow extract to regulate sebum production to control excess shine. Dab a little of the pinkish lotion on the problem area and it pretty much fades by the morning without causing any skin peeling like many spot solutions can, so it is perfect for those with dry skin as well.
Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment, $52
This spot treatment was created with adult acne in mind – it promises a rapid zit-shrinking turnaround while imparting a boost of hydration. Sulfur is the main acne-fighting ingredient, glycerin, allantoin and aloe vera hydrate and soothe redness, and niacinamide helps brighten the complexion for a uniformed skin tone.
Murad Blemish Control Blemish Clearing Solution, $78
Ideal for those whose skin is prone to peeling, this spot-clearing product works rapidly to reduce breakouts while maintaining hydration levels. Thanks to its gentle yet potent formula of salicylic acid, Queen of Meadow extract and tea tree oil, all you have to do is apply a thin layer before your regular moisturiser and expect soothed skin, reduced inflammation and improved skin texture over time.
Oxy Anti-bacterial Acne Patch, $6.50
Pimple patches have gained momentum in recent years, and here’s why: not only do they cover up your zit (preventing more bacteria from entering whenever you touch or pick at your zits), but they also draw out the oil and bacteria stuck deep within your pores like a sponge, speeding up the process of healing. The patches are designed to stay on for a recommended 6-8 hours, making it perfect for use overnight as you get your beauty sleep. And these patches from Oxy are super comfortable as they adhere perfectly onto the skin.