Beauty Question: which products do you recommend for acne?
12 Nov 2014
Time for me to answer another beauty question! Today’s topic is a question I get asked a lot when people hear about my skin issues. If you’re new to my blog: I’ve been suffering from mild acne for years. Luckily, I have in ‘under control’ now, but my skin is still very sensitive and acne-prone. Because I often get asked which products I recommend to treat acne, I have made a list. This list isn’t in a particular order; these are products that have worked for me in the past or that I’m currently using. Of course, there’s no guarantee that they will all work for you (everybody’s skin is different), but if you suffer from acne, they are definitely worth checking out!
Below are my current favorite acne products. No particular order. 🙂
Acnomel Adult Acne Medication Tinted Cream
Acnomel Adult Acne Medication Tinted Cream: This is an acne medication meant for adults only. Its main ingredient is sulfur, which is known for treating acne and blemishes. Itâ€™s tinted, so you can mix it with your regular moisturizer, if it’s your shade. Or you can use it at night, which is what I did (it’s too light for me to use it during the day). It’s not as drying as other acne medications, because it does not contain Benzoyl Peroxide. You can read a review I wrote on it here. The post is kinda dated, so it’s not as ‘informative’ as the reviews I write these days. LOL! You can find Acnomel in most drugstores or on Amazon.
Dr. van der Hoog ClearSkin Sulfopowder
Dr. van der Hoog ClearSkin Sulfopowder: This is a tinted powder that also contains sulfur (3%). It’s part of Dr. van der Hoog’s â€˜Clearskinâ€™ line for oily, acne prone skin. This powder works well against acne and blemishes and is a decent mattifier. It does make you appear a little pale on pictures, but that’s the only downside. This is only available at drugstores in The Netherlands, not in the US. Dr. van der Hoog is a Dutch brand. I used to be obsessed with this powder, you can read my (dated) review here.
Proactiv Basic 3-Step System
Proactiv Basic 3-Step System: I’ve used Proactiv for a quite a while. I had their Renewing Cleanser (basically an exfoliater, it has tiny little beads), the Revitalizing Toner and the Repairing Treatment (a lotion). The products did make my skin a little dry and flaky, but they did work. I tried looking up these products for this post, but I guess Proactiv has rebranded everything since. Not really sure if they still offer these exacts products I was using years ago. In any case, you can see them here if you’re curious (also from archives).
Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser + Penetrating Acne Serum
Coral Actives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser/Penetrating Acne Serum: Both these products contains Sea Whip Extract and the serum also contains 6% Benzoyl Peroxide. Coral Actives is an acne treatment with a moisturizing formulation: the moisturizing formulation minimizes the traditional side effects of Benzoyl Periode. Great stuff! I feel like I’ve mentioned Coral Actives a million times before, so just read one of the reviews I’ve written on it. You can purchase the products here. The packaging has changed recently, but the products are still the same.
Dermesse Tretinoin Cream 0.1%
Dermesse Tretinoin Cream 0.1%: This is what I’m currently using. Retinoin is a topical retinoid used to treat mild to moderate acne and is especially effective for those with comedonal acne (many blackheads and whiteheads). Itâ€™s also known as Retin-A and is a powerful acne treatment medication, derived from vitamin A. I’ve written a full review on it not too long ago, check that out here. Tretinoin was previously only available through dermatologistâ€™s offices or plastic surgeonâ€™s offices. This has now changed, you now order directly from here.
So these are the products that I recommend if you have (moderate) acne. Hope it was helpful!