Acne Spot Treatments That Really Work

Like the thigh-face makeup trend, some beauty phenomena are far better enjoyed on YouTube than IRL. And nothing embodies this more than the internet’s current skin-care obsession: pimple popping. Sure, we feel elated by every zit Dr. Pimple Popper takes down, but when we wake up and see the little red dots on our own complexions, the feeling is far from mutual. So before you go and try to recreate your favorite pimple popping video, try these spot treatments to take down inflammation and dry out pimples in a cinch.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
1/5 Photograph courtesy of Clinique
Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Because it’s clear, it’s easy to apply and wear under makeup to zap cysts with salicylic acid as you cover them up with a little powder or foundation.

Buy it: $26, Sephora.com

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Clean and Clear Persa Gel 10
2/5 Photograph courtesy of Clean & Clear
Clean and Clear Persa Gel 10

It helps to dry out pimples, and dry them out FAST, thank you very much. It’s great to tap on before bedtime for some overnight action. However, it’s potent—a little goes a long way.

Buy it: $5, target.com

Related: The $4 Product That Completely Cleared Up My Acne

3 Malin and Goetz Acne Treatment Daytime
3/5 Photograph courtesy of Malin+Goetz
3 Malin and Goetz Acne Treatment Daytime

This salicylic acid-spiked formula is great at eliminating problem spots without being overly drying, according to one of our editors who swears by it. (We also like this natural mud that zaps zits and soothes your skin from the Women’s Health Boutique!)

Buy it: $22, amazon.com

M-61 Powerglow Peel Pads
4/5 Photograph courtesy of M-61
M-61 Powerglow Peel Pads

These bad boys come in sheets with ingredients like salicylic and glycolic acid and witch hazel to nix that zit while also packing in the serious soothers like aloe, cucumber, and chamomile to help reduce irritation. Best yet: They’re individually packed and easy to carry to the gym.

Buy it: $28 for 10, bluemercury.com

Differin Acne Treatment Gel
5/5 Photograph courtesy of Differin
Differin Acne Treatment Gel

The first FDA-approved over-the-counter retinoid, this vitamin-A derivative gel works to fight your breakouts, unclog pores, and improve overall skin texture.

Buy it: $12, target.com

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