15 Best Acne Products, According to Dermatologists

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Dealing with acne-prone skin is complicated, whether you’ve had breakouts since your teenage years or had your first set of pimples as an adult. It is a delicate skin condition to treat because there are then many causes that can trigger the formation of bumps and rashes.

“Acne can be due to a variety of causes,” says Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. This includes increased oil production which leads to clogged pores, slow cell turnover which 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 New York-based board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. “Broadly speaking, 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 red bumps, pus pimples, and even the deepest nodules and cysts.”

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

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Best cleanser for all types of acne

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


Best Drugstore Cleaner

Stubborn Acne Cleanser


best acne serum

Anti-shock solution


Best Multitasking Serum

Clear Genius Clarifying Lotion + Serum


Best leave-in mask

Leave-in Daily Acne Treatment Mask


best detox mask

Instant Detox Mask


Best spot treatment

SOS Spot Roll-On Blemish Treatment


Best toner

Effaclar Clarifying Solution


Best moisturizer for oily skin

Oil Control Moisturizer with Niacinamide


Best SPF Serum

MegaShade Anti-Breakout SPF Serum


Best Nighttime Pimple Patches

Night anti-stain patches


Best Oversized Button Patches

The Mighty Patch


Best budget topical retinoid

Adapalene Gel


The best retinol for all skin types

Retinol Remix


Best LED Acne Device

Anti-escape wand

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