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12 Acne Products to Effectively Zap Zits


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No one likes unsightly acne flareups, so put your best face forward by tackling pesky pimples with these effective products designed to soothe, protect, and heal.

Poof! Patch

Poof! Patch

Instead of hiding zits, decorate them with the Poof! Patch ($20). This collection of body art-inspired hydrocolloid patches is infused with calendula and is the perfect solution to bug bites, pimples, and minor cuts and scrapes. The patch can be used on the whole body to protect and heal it. Designs include owls, moons, butterflies, hearts, and more. The product is also waterproof and long-lasting.

ZitLit LED Acne Fighting Stick

Skin Gym ZitLit LED Acne Fighting Stick

Zap away pimples with Skin Gym’s newest launch. This gentle but effective ZitLit LED Fighting Stick ($35) clears acne and any areas of concern. Turn on the blue light in the device for three minutes to fight breakouts. This blue light destroys acne-causing bacteria. Turn on the red light to prevent inflamed skin and anti-aging as it soothes the skin and stimulates collagen production.

Microcrystal Spot Cover

Rael Microcrystal Spot Cover

A part of Rael’s miracle spot collection that treats the various stages of clustered pimples, the Microcrystal Spot Cover ($11) effectively reduces underground and early-stage pimples. The product uses succinic acid, tea tree extract, and hyaluronic acid to simultaneously reduce excess oil and keep your skin moisturized. The spot covers also provide a protective barrier against irritants. It is vegan and cruelty-free, as well. 

Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber Balancing Act Exfoliating Acne Treatment Serum

This multi-tasking serum prevents new acne and destroys already existing blemishes. Cool as a Cucumber includes no pore-clogging ingredients in their products. The Balancing Act Exfoliating Acne Treatment Serum ($85) gently exfoliates, balances sebum production, reduces pigmentation, and evens skin texture. It is clinically proven to improve the severity and frequency of acne

Antibac Veil

Biophora Antibac Veil

This Biophora light, oil-control cream has non-irritating properties of salicylic acid, niacinamide, and allantoin. The Antibac Veil ($86) clears pores and prevents bacteria buildup. It also hydrates, protects, and mattifies the skin for a clearer appearance. It is an effective skin moisturizer and wound healer. The antibac veil also promotes anti-aging properties. The product can be used day or night to protect the skin.

Restorative Shampoo and Repair Conditioner


The RESTORATIVE Shampoo ($28) and REPAIR Conditioner ($36) from CLEARSTEM are completely acne-safe and a great addition to your shower routine. The shampoo contains high-quality, multi-functional botanicals such as rosemary, spearmint, chamomile, and hydrolyzed castor oil that stimulate the scalp and leave hair purified. The conditioner formula features amino acids and other moister-rich ingredients including kokum butter and hydrolyzed almond seedcake. These ingredients rebuild hair at the cuticle and reduce tangles and breakage.

CLEARGANICS Targeted Blemish Treatment

CLEARGANICS Targeted Blemish Treatment

Infused with skin-soothing and antioxidant-rich fruit extracts, the Targeted Blemish Treatment ($58), works to deliver anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to aid in the reduced appearance of acne. The blemish treatment contains salicylic acid, black tea, frankincense, raspberry and mangosteen extracts. It also works to control acne and prevent new blemishes.

Grace and Stella Acne Patches

Grace and Stella Hydrocolloid Acne Patches

These vegan, cruelty-free pimple patches work their pimple-fighting magic while being completely invisible, which allows you to carry on your day confidently while your zits are completely zapped away. The Hydrocolloid Acne Patches ($9.95) are full of tea tree oil and salicylic acid and are are safe for all skin types. The patches are perfect for penetrating pores and combating acne.

Rael Soothing Spot Gel

Rael Soothing Spot Gel

Have a sudden breakout or stubborn blemish? This fast-acting Soothing Spot Gel ($15) zaps away zits, restoring the skin’s natural radiance. It reduces pimples, soothes the skin, and reduces inflammation using tea tree extract. The spot gel is easily applied and has a lightweight formula that goes on clear and dries fast. It is free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, and it is safe for the most sensitive skin.

Lumene Clay to Foam Cleanser

Lumene Balancing Clay-to-Foam Cleanser

A part of Lumene’s Nordic Clear Collection, this 100-percent vegan cleanser effectively washes away makeup, impurities, and excess oil. With gentle, balancing Nordic ingredients, the Balancing Clay-to-Foam Cleanser ($23) is infused with meadowsweet, Artic roseroot, and hemp seed oil. The cleanser transforms from a creamy clay into a lightweight, non-drying foam that clarifies the skin while keeping it fresh.

Glo Skin Beauty Exfoliating Acne Treatment

Glo Skin Beauty BHA Clarifying Gel Moisturizer

A part of the Acne Collection, Glo Skin Beauty’s breakout-targeting gel moisturizer balances and strengthens skin. The BHA Clarifying Gel Moisturizer ($60) provides a microbiome complex that targets skin barrier repair and retains deep moisture without clogging any pores. Key benefits include minimizing the appearance of pores, clarifying and eliminating shine and lasting hydration.

Murad Deep Relief Acne Treatment

Murad Deep Relief Acne Treatment

Deep Relief Acne Treatment ($45) clears cystic acne in a couple of days. The powerful phyto steroid treatment heals deep, uncomfortable acne without the effects of steroids or prescription pills. It uses amino acid technology combined with maximum-strength two-percent salicylic acid to target the bacteria triggering acne in your skin.

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