Tried, tested and true acne treatments we swear by for clear skin

Our favourite can't-live-without blemish-busters.
Tried, tested and true acne treatments we swear by for clear skin

We polled editors on their favourite acne treatments — these are their go-to picks to help clear up breakouts.

Acne Editor’s Picks

I love Origins Charcoal mask. My skin actually looks like something good has happened after I use it. It takes the redness out of my cheeks, which often plagues people with acne-prone skin. Anyway, I’m a fan. Katie Underwood, Associate Editor. Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $32, Origins.

acne treatments Origins clear improvement charcoal mask

One pump of this lightweight spot treatment transforms annoying red pimples to barely there blemishes overnight, without drying out your skin. Erinn Stewart, Assistant Fashion & Beauty Editor, Entertainment. Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Fast-Acting Salicylic Acid Acne Spot Treatment, $25, Sephora.

acne treatments Philosophy Clear Days Ahead spot treatment


My go-to blemish banishing system is twofold: A Clarisonic does the dirty work (exfoliation and deep clean), while Cetaphil gently clears and cleanses. The end result is always a fresh face. Jessica Wellman, Senior Designer. Clarisonic Mia 1, $159, Clarisonic.

acne treatments Clarisonic Mia 1

I swear by the super healing powers (a combo of sulfur, zinc and AHAs) of this overnight spot treatment. It reduces redness while you sleep, and works to heal deeply rooted blemishes. Kate Gertner, Associate Style Editor. Kate Sommerville EradiKate, $31, Sephora.

acne treatments Kate Sommerville EradiKate

Since I always seem to break out after long-haul flights, I pack this mask and apply as soon as I arrive in my room. It’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin, but the AHAs help clear out all the gross recycled-air debris. Vanessa Taylor, Fashion & Beauty Director, Entertainment. Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, $64, Pai Skincare.

acne treatments Pai Copaiba Mask

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