According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54% of women older than age 25 have some form of facial acne. And let’s face, everyone at one point or another is affected with zits, redness and blemishes. The first line of defense is skin care targeted toward acne-pone skin.
So in honor of June being Acne Awareness Month, we thought the following products would be perfect choices for those battling acne.
CLEANSE (HEAD TO TOE)
Recommended for all skin types with enlarged pores, the Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head is engineered with graduated dual-action bristles to help flush and dislodge oil and debris that clogs pores. Made with super-soft, quick-drying DuPont® Tynex® Supersoft Filament, each bristle is uniquely rounded on the end or specifically texturized to provide a gentle and comfortable cleanse. The Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head is compatible with all Clarisonic facial cleansing devices.
Proactiv Deep Cleansing Body Brush $29.95-45.00
Because acne doesn’t discriminate on which part of the body to attack, the Proactiv Deep Cleansing Body Brush is designed for thorough cleansing and everyday skin clarifying of all those hard-to-reach places. Developed to reach the back, neck and shoulders, this portable body brush is designed to be easier and more effective than cleansing by hand.
Available at proactivcatalog.com
Specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, SkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanser combines salicylic acid, an FDA-approved acne treatment, with the exfoliating powers of glycolic and mandelic acids to unclog pores and help improve the appearance of problematic skin. Clarifying Cleanser also includes smoothly rounded microbeads to gently slough off dead skin cells and cellular debris. Used in conjunction with SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, this gentle cleanser treats existing whiteheads, blackheads, and other acne-related blemishes, while helping to prevent future acne breakouts.
Available at SkinCeuticals.com
Blemish + Age Defense
A targeted, oil-free approach to treating adult acne and signs of aging, this 1st-to-market acid blend combines 2% dioic acid with an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation designed to prevent acne, minimize hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Specifically created for the concerns of the acne-prone adult, it goes beyond treating imperfections to additionally address signs of aging. Salicylic acid and LHA combat blemishes; glycolic and citric acids treat fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness; and dioic acid fights acne, reduces excess sebum production, and prevents hyperpigmentation that can cause skin to appear prematurely aged.
Available at SkinCeuticals.com
X OUT, by the Makers of Proactiv®. $24.95
This quick, hassle-free way to clear skin has 3 uses: it’s a cleanser, a spot treatment and a mask. Formulated with 8.5% benzoyl peroxide, X Out™ is a one-step Wash-In Treatment that washes powerful breakout fighting medicine into pores to help kill the bacteria that causes pimples. Smooth beads exfoliate dead skin cells and a unique moisturizing complex protects and soothes skin. X Out™ formula is paraben and sulfate-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, so it’s suitable for all skin types.
Available at Xout.com
A subtly tinted zit zapper that instantly blurs the offending blemish, while treating the underlying cause of the breakout with Willow Bark Extract and Sulfur. Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates.
Available at Target, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, natural food stores, grocery stores, drugstores and AlbaBotanica.com
Eliminate impurities, tighten pores and control shine with a perfectly portable pad delivering a single serving of both astringent and toner. A special blend of ingredients, including Citrus Mint essential oils, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Azeloglicina, create soft and toned skin with oil control. Leaves skin matte, but still hydrated. Comes with 50 pads.
Available at Anthony.com, Ulta.com and Amazon.com
Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots $30 (6 sheets of 12 clear patches)
Get clear skin fast with these innovative, clear acne patches. The Acne-Clear Invisible Dots help to eliminate blemishes as they contain the affected area to minimize the spread of bacteria. Two custom sizes allow for complete coverage as concentrated 0.5% Salicylic Acid works overnight and throughout the day to effectively reduce and heal blemishes. Tea Tree Oil, a natural astringent that helps clarify and refresh skin, helps prevent the spread of blemish-causing bacteria. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural humectant that helps hydrate skin to prevent excessive drying and irritation.
Available at PeterThomasRoth.com
Proactiv Repairing Concealer $24.95-32.00
This concealer instantly helps treat blemishes with salicylic acid while also hiding imperfections. Four shades allow for quick customization to ensure an exact skin tone match, providing natural-looking coverage. The formula boasts allatoin to increase skin smoothness, jojoba to help lock in skin’s moisture and salicylic acid, a medicine that penetrates the follicle and encourages the shedding of dead skin cells.
Available at ProactivCatalog.com or by calling 1-888-710-2161
Proactiv Quick Fix Blemish Pen $24.95-28.00
This new spot treatment starts working immediately, allowing it shrink and flatten emerging and existing blemishes. The Quick Fix Blemish Pen is convenient and refillable with a hygienically-clean silicone tip for easy, on-the-go application. It contains a clear, medicated blemish-fighter with sulfur and mineral-rich green clay to draw out oils and impurities from deep inside the pores, drying out pimples.
Available at Proactivcatalog.com or Amazon.com