15 Best Acne Products, According to Dermatologists

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Dealing with acne-prone skin is complicated, whether you’ve had breakouts since you were a teenager or got your first breakouts as an adult. It’s a tricky skin condition to deal with because it exists So many causes that can trigger the formation of bumps and chipping.

“Acne can be due to a variety of causes,” says Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. These include an increase in oil production that leads to clogged pores, slow cell turnover that causes dead skin to build up and clog pores, and reactions to topical creams or makeup.

In addition to all the different causes of acne, there are also different types of the condition, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. “In general, acne is divided into inflammatory and non-inflammatory subtypes,” he says. “Non-inflammatory acne includes blackheads and whiteheads typically seen in the T-zone, [and] Inflammatory acne includes the red bumps, pus pimples, and even the deeper nodules and cysts.”

If you’re prone to breakouts, you probably know there’s no shortage of acne products on the market, which is great but also intimidating when you don’t know what to look for. Luckily, with the help of top dermatologists, we’ve rounded up the best acne products. Read on for the best treatments, serums, cleansers, moisturizers, and more to get rid of pimples.

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Best cleanser for all types of acne

Acne+ 2% BHA + Azelaic Acid + Niacinamide + AHA Cleanser


Best Acne Serum

Anti-Bump Solution


Best multitasking serum

Clear Genius Clarifying Toner + Serum


Best leave-on mask

Daily leave-on acne treatment mask


Best detox mask

Instant detox mask


Best spot treatment

SOS Spot Roll-On to treat skin imperfections


Best toner

Effaclar clarifying solution


Best moisturizer for oily skin

Oil Control Moisturizing Cream with Niacinamide


Best SPF Serum

MegaShade Breakout-Proof SPF Serum


Best pimple patches overnight

Spot patches overnight


Best oversized pimple patches

The mighty patch


Best budget-friendly topical retinoid

adapalene gel


Best retinol for all skin types

Retinol Remix


Best LED Acne Device

Anti-Breakout Wand

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