(DON’T) SPOT IT: ACNE SOLUTIONS
Breakthrough products for breakout problems.
Four new products use different ingredients to fight acne. Here, we clear things up on how they work. HOLLY SIEGEL
THE SOUPED-UP STANDARD
PRODUCT: Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System
INGREDIENTS: Benzoyl Peroxide + Salicylic Acid
These two ingredients are tried and true for acne. Salicylic acid exfoliates, helping unclog pores, and can reduce inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria fast, making it one of the most common ingredients in acne products. The downside on both of these is that they can irritate—but Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System is an allergy-tested set that includes a cleansing foam, clarifying lotion, and skin-clearing moisturizer that have been proven to work quickly—without potentially irritating fragrance.
THE MULTI-PRONGED ATTACK
PRODUCT: Dr. Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads
INGREDIENTS: L-Carnitine Clarifying Complex
The good doctor has created a blend of multiple ingredients proven to work on different aspects of acne: L-carnitine, salicylic acid, glycolic and lactic acids, azelaic amino acid, malic acid, glutathione, witch hazel, and willow bark (or LSGLAAMGWW for short. Just kidding.). Dr. Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads help eliminate blemishes and blackheads while preventing new ones and balancing skin.
THE SPOT STOPPER
PRODUCT: Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment
INGREDIENTS: Sulfur, AHAs, and Zinc Oxide
Sulfur is a great ingredient to dry up pimples and keep oil production down. In Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment, it’s paired with AHA (aka benzoyl peroxide—see above) and zinc oxide, a natural mineral powder that absorbs excess sebum (which is why sunscreen can double as a mattifier). The result? A dynamite spot treatment that dials down redness and works on both existing and yet-to-be-terrorizing-you blemishes.
THE UNDERCOVER COVER-UP
PRODUCT: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
INGREDIENTS: Cashmere Kaolinite Clay
All the acne-banishing ingredients in the world can’t help you if your foundation is to blame for your skin’s congestion. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation includes Cashmere Kaolinite Clay to absorb excess oil while a host of other ingredients help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Kate Somerville / EradiKate Acne Treatment
Dr. Dennis Gross / One Step Acne Eliminating Pads
Clinique / Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Starter Kit
Hourglass / Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free