Product Recommendations: Acne Treatments

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Because there are so many acne treatments on the market, it can be really overwhelming looking for one that suits your skin. To make your life easier, here is a list of acne treatments grouped by their active ingredient (ex. benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc.). The below chart also explains the pros and cons of each active used to treat acne and offers both expensive and cheap acne treatment products to help fit your budget:


Active Ingredient Pros Cons Expensive Cheap
Benzoyl Peroxide Kills bacteria; Dries out pimple; Easily found in stores; Available in 2.5%, 5%, and 10% strengths Can irritate skin causing redness, dryness, and peeling skin; Some people are allergic; Bleaches hair and clothing

(Beta Hydroxy Acid; Salicylic Acid)
Exfoliates pores from the inside; Good for clogged pores and blackheads Can make you purge; Can be hard to find one at the right pH

(Alpha Hydroxy Acid; Glycolic Acid; Lactic Acid; Mandelic Acid)
Fades red marks and light wrinkles; May help with clogged pores and acne Can irritate your skin; Makes you more sensitive to the sun; Some people experience purging
Sulfur Dries up pimples; Can calm redness Can be too drying; Smells bad
Tea Tree Oil Antibacterial and antiseptic; Not as irritating as benzoyl peroxide Stinks; May burn your skin if you use it full strength
Retinoids Check here for retinoids product recommendations.

The above acne treatment products are ones that generally get good reviews from people who use them. However, this doesn't mean that a product listed above will automatically work for your acne. You will still have to see how your skin responds to each acne treatment before you ultimately find the one that clears your skin.

This is a growing list of acne treatment product recommendations. It will be continually updated when there are new products, so please check back often!

Last updated: February 27, 2011

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