The top-rated acne-banishing products that actually work

Oh, acne. Whether it’s blackheads, pesky pimples and/or stubborn cystic breakouts, it’s fair to say we’ve all experienced the negative physical and mental effects of it.

While many people associate this chronic skin condition with adolescent puberty, acne continues to be the most frequently diagnosed condition by dermatologists, affecting 30 to 40 per cent of adults.

With unpredictable triggers like genetics, hormones and stress, treating and clearing and having control of acne can be an extremely difficult task.

If you’re having a difficult time dealing with your breakouts, just know you’re not alone.

Here, we’ve gathered together a list of the best acne-clearing products that work according to reviewers going through the same thing.

Scroll through the products below to find the best one to caters to your skin needs.

Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser

Origins Zero Oil

What is it: An oil-reducing foaming cleanser.

Customer review: “Cleans my sensitive, over oily, acne prone face without drying it out. Smells good without being perfumed or medicinal. I've seen a dramatic reduction in oiliness, acne breakouts, and blackheads since using this product with the oil-free moisturiser. Can't think of one single con with this product.”

Shop it: $23.50, Sephora

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel

GLYCOLIC FIX OVERNIGHT PURIFYING GEL



What is it: A gel formulated with glycolic acid and salicylic acid to help increase cell turnover and unclog pores and blackheads.


Customer Review: “
I have started seeing results just after one use! No it doesn’t even out your complexion over night, but surely improves the skin texture drastically after single use. My skin redness has disappeared, pores closed and skin has smoothed out overall.”


Shop it: $24.29, Priceline


The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil


What is it: A natural anti-bacterial spot corrector used to speed up the healing of unexpected pimples and imperfections.

Customer Review: “Great product, have been using for a couple of years now. When you see the signs of a pimple or one pops up over night (love those). Clean and cleanse your skin then dab a drop of this product on the blemish it will be gone in a couple of days. It really is brilliant, love this product. I have the bigger one and the small one for travel, there is no way I could travel without it in case I get a pesky blemish when Im away. Highly recommend and its very affordable IMO (In my opinion).”

Shop it: $9, The Body Shop

Glamglow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment Mask

Glam glow

What is it: An activated charcoal mask formulated with six exfoliating acids to visibly clear pores.

Customer review: “I seriously love this mask. I bought a small one first to test it out before spending on the big one and it did not disappoint. My skin feels clearer and glows after use! I try to use it twice a week. Highly recommend!”


Shop it: $37, Mecca

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant


What is it:
A powder-to-paste formula that gently exfoliates the skin.

Customer Review: “Love this product. I have had concerns with skin texture and bumps FOREVER, and this product is the only thing that has made my skin smoother. Not even a month in and i'm already seeing results.”


Shop it: $86.50, dermalogica


Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment


What is it: A device using red and blue light technology that helps target acne-causing bacteria.

Customer review:” I've found that this acne light pen actually works for me, it reduces redness and dries up light to mild acne-especially on my chin which I've been trying to rid for weeks. When pen is switched on and applied to face it feels slightly warm, move pen tip around affected areas, good to keep handy at work and use three times per day to see some results.”


Shop it: $23.99, Priceline

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Stripes

What is it: Charcoal powder-infused pore-strips.

Customer review: “Noticed less oil around my nose the day after I used the strip. Doesn't hurt at all to remove. Will definitely buy another pack.”

Shop it: $7.29, Priceline

Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

Kate Somerville EradiKate

What is it: Banishing acne treatment — use this on pimples you can feel under the surface before they pop up.

Customer review: “I’ve been buying this product for a while now and as a teenager who breaks out A LOT this is my saving grace! They’re gone the next morning, even works for blind pimples which I loveee! Dosnt’t effect my sensitive skin either.”

Shop it: $40, Mecca

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

What is it: Vitamin C serum infused with antioxidants.

Customer Review: “Been using for about a month my skin is super even and soft. I've had acne for a long time and have scarring as a result and this seems to minimise the appearance of scars. Pores are minimised and is one of the only products that didn't cause my skin to break out as soon started using it.”

Shop it: $122, Mecca

Murad Acne Clearing Solution

Murad Acne Clearing Solution

What is it: A lightweight gel cream that treats and prevents breakouts and diminishes redness without over drying.

Customer Review: “This is an outstanding product for anyone suffering from actual acne, bumps, scarring, and large pores. I've only been using this for a week, and I have already seen a tremendous difference in my skin. It has reduced the size of any large bumps and created an evener texture and surface to my skin.”

Shop it: $44, Sephora

Words by Alyssa Tria

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