45 best skincare products for acne of all time
If you're struggling with acne, we've got some helpful tips for finding the best products to treat it. We'll help you understand the ingredients to look for and how to find the right product for your skin condition.
One of the most common skin conditions is acne. This skin condition, which can cause many problems and worries, is usually caused by a combination of factors:

— skin inflammation
— excess oil (sebum) production
— comedone formation
— C. acnes bacteria

Effective acne treatment requires a comprehensive approach. It's crucial to address all four processes: reduce inflammation, and skin oiliness, prevent comedones, and bacteria called C. acnes.

At the same time, it's important not to negatively affect a skin microbiome while avoiding killing beneficial bacteria that form a protective barrier.
How to choose products for acne-prone skin?
Acne-prone skin requires comprehensive care, and many products aimed at fighting this condition are multifunctional. The most active of them are:

1) Acids - they fight comedones and inflammation
2) Retinoids - also help to fight comedones and inflammation
3) Benzoyl peroxide - works with bacteria
4) Niacinamide - regulates sebum production and helps suppress inflammation

All of the above products (they are also called actives) can be quite aggressive to the skin microbiome, so it is vital to give problem skin support during anti-acne therapy. For that purpose, gentle cleansing, adequate moisturizing, and nutrition, as well as the use of pro/prebiotic and soothing products, could be beneficial.
Recommended products
Mild cleansing
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Paula's Choice CALM Ultra-Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Biore Gentle & Breathable Acne Face Wash
Products with probiotics
ma:nyo Bifida Biome Ampoule Toner
ma:nyo Bifida Biome Complex Ampoule
[By Wishtrend] Pro-Biome Balance Cream
Andalou Naturals Probiotic
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
Restorative and soothing products
Meebak Cica Gel Face Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
COSRX Snail Mucin 92% Moisturizer
MIZON Snail Repair Cream
DearKlairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream
PURITO Centella Unscented Recovery Cream
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Mild acne, especially if there are no signs of inflammation but only the appearance of comedones, typically does not require harsh products. Exfoliation often suffices. In this case, products with azelaic and salicylic acids will help. If there are no visible effects, you can try to use retinoids. Now there are many products with quality formulas that work gently but effectively.
Recommended products
Azelaic acid
Azelaic Acid 5% Facial Serum with Niacinamide
Farmacy 3% TXA Brightening Toner for Face
Q+A Azelaic Acid Balancing Serum
Naturium Azelaic Topical Acid
Paula's Choice BOOST 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Cream
Salicylic acid
Paulas Choice 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant
The INKEY List 2% Salicylic Acid Cleanser
COSRX BHA 4% Blackhead Power Liquid
Paula's Choice CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser
Salicylic Acid Acne Pads
La Roche Posay Effaclar Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Retinol Night Serum For Face
The INKEY List Retinol Fine Lines and Wrinkles Serum
Olay regenerist retinol 24 night serum
COSRX Retinol 0.5 Oil, Anti-aging Serum
Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment Cream
Medik8 R-Retinoate Day & Night
Medik8 Crystal Retinal Regenerating Retinaldehyde Serum
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For moderate acne treatment, when there is inflammation, it is recommended to use retinoids together with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents such as benzoyl peroxide.
Recommended products
Benzoyl peroxide
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Treatment
Perrigo 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel
CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment
Tree of Life Refining Niacinamide Serum
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ma:nyo Galactomy Niacin Essence Korean Niacinamide Facial Serum
COSRX Niacinamide 15% Face Serum
COSRX Niacinamide 5% + Snail Mucin 74% Dual Essence
Paula's Choice BOOST 10% Niacinamide Booster
La Roche Posay Niacinamide 10 Face Serum
For best results, use a combination of anti-acne products. However, avoid applying multiple products simultaneously. First, you should try applying different products on different days.

For example, apply acids or retinoids on one day and benzoyl peroxide on the next. It is important to develop a scheme where products combat the acne issue without causing skin irritation or hypersensitivity.

Ideally, retinoids, antibiotics, or acids should be used once a day at night to avoid discomfort from not-always-pleasant textures. On the contrary, benzoyl peroxide can be applied twice a day.

As everyone's skin is different, as well as its reactions, the anti-acne care routine should be, ideally, selected by a doctor. If such an option is unavailable, gradually introduce different products into your skincare routine based on your skin's unique needs.

We've already discussed the importance of sun protection, and it's crucial to use SPF when you undergo anti-acne therapy since many active anti-acne products can increase sensitivity to the sun and cause pigmentation.
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