From deep pore cleansers to sebum regulators, these products can help make pimples a thing of the past.
Rodan & Fields Unblemish Oil Absorb Blot Papers
Get to the source of the problem with these oil-blotting sheets that contain exclusive Zincidone, formulated to reduce sebum production with continued use.
($19; select Macys & Nordstrom, rodanandfields.com)
Leaf & Rusher Acne Serum TX
For a different way to zap zits, this employs licorice to shrink spots, algae to reduce redness, avocado extract to control oil and soy isoflavones to control the hormonally induced breakouts common in adult skin.
($38; Bath & Body Works, Saks)
Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Mud Soap To be used as a cleanser or mask, this clarifying treatment removes all makeup, dirt and oil from skin’s surface and clears out pores, while effectively absorbing sebum.
Acne Recovery Repair Lotion
Choose the desired concentration of salicylic acid—0.5 to 2 percent—to customize the rate of cell turnover from day to day, without overdoing it. Added natural extracts provide soothing and calming benefits.
($99 for 3-part system; acnerecovery.com)
Dermadoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum
Use all over, or dab onto outbreaks; salicylic acid unclogs pores, tea tree oil disinfects, white tea lessens redness.
Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Anti-Aging Acne Serum with Acnostat
Combat aging and acne with one product: Salicylic acid de-clogs pores and reduces the appearance of lines, while patented MMPi20 technology helps reduce redness and boost collagen and elastin production.
($55; Bath & Body Works)
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment
Fewer breakouts equal less stress. This employs 2 percent salicylic acid to unclog pores and remove surface debris, without the red, dry and flaky effects common with antipimple products.
($6.99; mass retailers)