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Acne Treatment: The Ultimate List of Products You Must Try

A good skincare routine is essential for healthy skin. Your skin goes through so much throughout the day, dealing with pollution, free radicals, and makeup, all of which can accelerate skin damage and lead to acne.

If you don’t know what the best acne products are, here we have the ultimate list for you.

These products will help fight breakouts at their source and will naturally help calm and cleanse the skin by controlling oil production, helping to normalize the skin and heal the skin of existing blemishes.

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Gentle enough for everyday use and with no harmful side effects, here are the top products that will help clear up your acne.

Sally Cleanse 2% Salicylic Acid Oil Control Cleanser (Primer Pack €33 / Refill €30)

Sally Cleanse Spot Zapper

Sally Cleanse 2% Salicylic Acid Oil Control Cleanser is a moonlight treatment cleanser that works as a spot zapper and micro-mask on the side. Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that penetrates deep into pores to dissolve sebum (i.e. oil) and dead skin cells, which helps fight pimples, blackheads, bumps and bumps.

Nerdy tip: use Sally as a spot remover or as a micro-mask. If you have oily skin or are prone to any form of congestion, whether it’s blackheads or keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), Sally is your new best friend.

AHA Cleanse Brightening + Exfoliating Lactic Acid Cleanser (RRP Primer €31 / RRP Refill €28)

AHA Cleanse is your active cleanser and micro-mask that reveals inner glow and smoother, more even skin as easily as the wave of a magic wand. Count on 8% Lactic Acid and 1% Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) to harmonize lightening and gentle exfoliation, while flooding your skin with moisture, resulting in a plumper, plumper complexion.

Use AHA Cleanse 2-3 times a week, along with PreProbiotic Cleanse, for luminous, glowing skin.

Preprobiotic Cleanse Hydrating Cleanser (Primer Pack €29 / Refill €26)

Skingredients® PreProbiotic Cleanse Hydrating Cleanser (100ml) is your dream creamy, lightweight cleansing lotion that’s suitable for all skin types, including oily skin! It’s a cleanser gentle enough to nourish and balance your skin, with the muscle to remove stubborn eye makeup and cleanse the day’s leftovers.

PreProbiotic Cleanse contains the three 3 Ps: prebiotics, probiotics and polyhydroxy acid (PHA) to hydrate, nourish and gently exfoliate your skin.

This Works Morning Expert Multi-Acid Pads (€40)

It works morning expert
It works morning expert

Stop morning breakouts with This Works Morning Expert Multi-Acid Pads, an exfoliating product that can be easily incorporated into a morning skincare routine to start the day with a smoother, brighter complexion.

The soft cotton pads of this daily exfoliator are infused with alpha hydroxy acids to slough off dead skin cells and unclog clogged pores, promoting skin resurfacing. Enriched with a blend of Azelaic Acid and Licorice Root, these pads help reduce the appearance of blemishes and calm inflamed skin.

Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion (€65)

This triple action correcting serum is designed to target blemishes, visibly decongest the skin and reduce future congestion. It contains Mandelic and Salicylic Acid exfoliating ingredients to unclog pores. It also contains antioxidants and revitalizing ingredients to help manage inflammation.

Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Spot Treatment ($29)

This spot treatment can be applied topically up to three times a day. It contains AHAs and BHAs to deep clean and unclog pores and Clove Oil to prevent lipid oxidation and Kaolin and Niacinamide to absorb and remove excess oil. This powerful spot treatment without benzoyl peroxide visibly improves the appearance of blemishes.

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NUXE Radiance Peeling Lotion (€23)

NUXE Very Rose Radiance Peeling Lotion is like a gentle, daily micro-exfoliation for your face. Inspired by expert rituals, this peeling lotion offers gentle daily exfoliation for a “new skin” effect, day after day. This exfoliant contains 98% ingredients of natural origin including Rose Floral Water and Fruit Acids. Salicylic Acid removes oil and exfoliates pores, removing excess oil and diminishing blackheads and breakouts over time. The delicate rose-scented formula gradually removes dead skin cells. Skin looks renewed and smoother; the complexion is radiant and even.

Patchology Good Fight Clear Skin Mini Sheet Mask ($12)

The Good Fight Patchology Mask
The Good Fight Patchology Mask

Don’t let the size of these X-shaped sheet masks fool you; they may be mini, but they’re mighty. 10 minutes will wash away impurities and inflammation, so you can always put your best face forward. The tea tree and willow bark will hit the spots directly while the peppermint will soothe the skin. By the way, grumpy skin.

Dermalogica Clear Start, Post-Breakout Fix – (€25.00)

If you’ve popped a pimple, the best thing to do is immediately apply Clear Start’s Post-Breakout Fix, which helps restore damaged skin after a breakout and helps fade the spots left behind. Can be used on any of your stubborn marks, new and old.

IMAGE Skincare CLEAR CELL Clarifying Gel Salicylic Spots (€42.50)

Image Clear Cell Spot Treatment
Image Clear Cell Spot Treatment

Clarifying Salicylic Blemish Gel is a powerful spot solution that targets existing blemishes, helping to reduce their appearance through exfoliation. A localized salicylic acid solution that targets blemishes, helping to exfoliate and clarify skin. Australian Pepperberry and Sea Algae help soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Formulated with natural extracts of ginger and cinnamon bark. For best results, use after cleansing and apply a small amount directly to blemishes.

IMAGE Skincare CLEAR CELL Clarifying Repair Cream (€84)

This multi-action gel-cream helps reduce the appearance of blemishes through surface exfoliation while minimizing the visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and uneven skin texture. The proven benefits of salicylic acid help reduce the appearance of blemishes, clarify pores and eliminate excess oil. Apply generously in the evening on cleansed skin.

EMUAIDMAX® Multi-Function Ointment (€63.99)

EMUAIDMAX® multi-purpose ointment quickly penetrates under the upper layers of your skin to attract cysts and blackheads embedded in the surface of your skin. It eliminates all the bacteria and fungi that can cause infection and irritation to the distressed skin. It works to promote rapid skin repair and acts as a preventative measure for future acne breakouts. Natural ingredients calm inflammation and relieve itching, pain and discomfort almost immediately! Available in Boots stores nationwide and online at

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