The 10 Best Acne Products of 2019

Acne Products: The best of 2019

For those experience issues with acne or breakouts, sometimes it can feel difficult to find the best product for your particular issue and experience. When choosing the right product, there are a number of things to take into consideration.

First, there’s ingredients — you have to consider which ingredients will work best with your skin, and which ingredients may have the potential to cause irritation or skin damage. Then, there’s skin type — you have to identify your skin type, and be sure that the products you choose take into consideration your specific skin type or at least skin types that your skin falls within. There’s also production process — certain products are made cruelty free and vegan, while others are made without taking these things into consideration, and it’s up to your discretion whether you choose a product that’s ethically made or not.

These are just some of the things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right product for your acne issues, but once you’ve figured out which of these different things apply best to you and your specific situation, you’ll be able to find the perfect product. Hopefully, after looking through this guide, you’ll see that perfect product and be able to resolve acne and blemish issues in no time!

Editors choice

1. TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment

9.90 / 10

TreeActiv acne treatment is an effective and versatile product for treating a variety of different types of acne and breakouts, for a variety of different types of skin.

TreeActive’s product is not only effective for an acne treatment, but also a fast-acting treatment that works to prevent breakouts as much as it works to treat them. It can be applied at any time and even be left overnight for stronger results. By cleansing the skin of dead skin and soothing the blemished areas, this product helps to make skin feel and look healthier.

The majority of the ingredients used in this product are naturally based, and thus have a lot less potential for irritating skin than the majority of products offered on the market. Bentonite clay is used in the product, which helps to remove excess oils and dirt from skin, while soothing irritation.

This product can be used not only for facial acne, but also for bacne and other types of breakouts. It works to reduce skin production of oil, preventing pores from being clogged with excess oils after continued use. With ingredients like tea tree oil, spearmint, aloe vera, witch hazel, and more, this product is sure to leave your skin feeling clean and rejuvenated without any residual irritation or inflammation.

Overall, this product is a trustworthy, effective, and naturally based product that can effectively reduce acne and prevent it from returning. Application can be done at any time and there’s no reason to worry about how long the product is left on your skin, with prolonged use meaning increased effectiveness. This product is definitely worth the purchase and should be a staple product of any person’s skincare regimen that’s looking to not only get rid of a breakout or blemishes, but to also leave skin feeling and looking revitalized.

Key Features
  • Targets blemishes and irritation
  • Soothes and replenishes skin
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 inches wide
  • Product Weight: .8 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Brand: TreeActiv
  • Naturally based; usable for all skin types
  • Effective and multipurpose
  • Targets blemishes and prevents them from returning
  • May not show immediate results

Humane’s Body & Face Wash is a strong product that will have immediately noticeable results for those dealing with acne or breakouts.

This cleanser is non-foaming, and contains a variety of ingredients that specifically target pores and blemishes. Rather than specifically targeting just blemishes, the product focuses on unclogging pores, ridding the skin of bacteria that causes acne, and reducing and preventing irritation or inflammation.

Although the product is effective at targeting a number of blemishes and skin issues, the majority of the ingredients that are used in the product are not naturally based, and may cause damage to more sensitive skin types. With some of the main ingredients being benzoyl peroxide, sodium benzoate, and sodium hydroxide, there is definitely the potential for this product to dry out and irritate sensitive skin. This product even makes sure to include a legal disclaimer about potential damage for sensitive skin — so it’s apparent that this product cannot truly be used on all skin types.

On the other hand, the product is listed at vegan and cruelty-free, so for those looking for ethically responsible products, this is definitely a good option to consider. Overall, the product is an effective solution for people looking for quick solutions for acne or breakouts. But because of the lack of naturally based ingredients, there’s a larger potential for irritation and inflammation, particularly for sensitive skin types, but for all skin types in general. If you’re looking for a quick solution, this is a good choice to start with in terms of your skin treatment, but maybe not the best to stick with as a staple of your skin regimen.

Key Features
  • Strong product effective at removing bacteria from skin
  • Works to speedily detox skin and pores
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 x 4.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 10.4 oz.
  • Effectiveness Time: 3 to 4 weeks
  • Effective at ridding skin of bacteria
  • Unclogs pores
  • Reduces irritation
  • Strong potential for irritation and skin damage
  • Can't really be used on sensitive skin types

Avarelle’s Acne Patches are a good purchase for those looking for a simple and convenient product to use to get rid of random breakouts and blemishes.

Since Avarelle’s patch pack comes with 40 patches, you’re able to target specific blemishes. The patches are big enough to place on more than a single blemish, but are also strong enough to have an effect on multiple blemishes.

All of the ingredients included in each patch are all naturally based, meaning that the product can be used on all skin types. The tea tree oil and calendula oil help your skin stay smooth and moisturized while cleansing the skin of dirt, toxins, and excess oils.

Patches can be left on blemished areas for however long you please — meaning they can be applied and left overnight to increase their effectiveness. The patches are mostly multipurpose, meaning that they can even out skin tone, lighten dark spots and acne scars, and reduce the visibility of irritation or skin damage.

For those looking for a product that’s more casual in its usage, but can still bring noticeable and immediate results, Avarelle’s acne cover patches are the perfect product. Since it’s been made taking into consideration all skin types, it’s a safe product for everyone to use, and won’t leave your skin feeling or looking irritated afterwards. The pack also contains 40 patches, meaning that you’ll be able to get a lot of use out of the product for a long period of time. All in all, this product is definitely worth the purchase and can easily be incorporated into an everyday skin routine!

Key Features
  • Helps to reduce blemishes and irritation
  • Can be applied to specific blemishes for increased effectiveness
  • Contains tea tree and calendula oil
  • Includes 40 round hydrocolloid patches
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 6.6 inches ; 0.48 ounces
  • Product Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: 20 - 30 minutes
  • Naturally based ingredients; gentle on skin
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Effective for targeting specific blemishes
  • Doesn't help to prevent future breakouts

InstaNatural’s Vitamin C Moisturizer is a useful product for those dealing with recurring acne or breakouts.

Most of the ingredients that are included in this moisturizer are extremely effective for clearing skin of acne and blemishes. The hyaluronic acid in the product helps skin to retain its moisture while the other ingredients work to remove excess oils and dead skin — but also helps to smooth out stress lines, wrinkles, and to help with pigmentation for dark spots and acne scars. Most of the other ingredients that are included in this moisturizer are naturally based ingredients. These ingredients include jojoba oil, organ oil, grapefruit extract, roseship seed oil, and more. These ingredients help to revitalize skin while working as astringents — removing dirt and dead skin from skin and pores leaving skin looking smoother and more detoxified.

With most of the ingredients being naturally based, this product is ideal for all skin types. This means that those dealing with acne issues or acne-prone skin are able to use this moisturizer without having to worry about causing irritation or inflammation. In addition, because the moisturizer is made mostly from natural ingredients, it's able to easily be combined with other cleansers or toners to make those products have a stronger effect.

Overall, the product is a great purchase to use in combination with another cleanser or cleansing product. Its natural ingredients make it easy to use with any type of skin, but also to use alongside a variety of products without fear of drying or damaging skin. 

Key Features
  • Moisturizes skin using mostly natural ingredients
  • Can be used in combination with other cleansers to improve their effects
  • Contains hyaluronic acid & organic jojoba oil
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 3 inches ; 3.36 ounces
  • Product Weight: 4 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Naturally based ingredients
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Can be used in combination with other cleansers
  • Isn't fully effective on its own

Radha Beauty’s Miracle Cream is a great product to use for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. When trying to treat acne-prone skin or an acne breakout, it’s important to find a product that includes ingredients that will not only cater to the sensitivity of your skin, but also help your skin to recover after treatment and stay moisturized.

Radha Beauty’s Miracle Cream not only has ingredients that help to reduce acne, but also ones that help to keep skin feeling refreshed and revitalized. The product includes retinol, and ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stress lines while helping to detoxify and remove acne and acne scars. It also includes hyaluronic acid, which works to keep skin moisturized and visibly healthy when other products are potentially drying and damaging skin.

Since most of the ingredients are naturally based (including vitamin E and green tea extract), and the product doesn’t have any potentially damaging additives (fragrances, parabens, etc.), Radha Beauty’s Miracle Cream is ideal for all skin types. While it works to remove acne and blemishes, it moisturizes and uplifts skin and complexion, helping to increase collagen production and ensuring that skin is not only cleaner after use, but healthier.

All in all the product is definitely a must-buy, and works quick to fight skin issues regardless of what kind of temporary damage your breakout may be causing. If you’re looking for a product that caters to sensitive skin types and will keep your skin feeling fresh and clean, then this is definitely the product for you!

Key Features
  • Uses retinol to reduce wrinkles, lines, and blemishes
  • Moisturizes while fighting blemishes
  • Leaves skin feeling refreshed
  • Contains Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Green Tea
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 2.7 x 2.8 inches
  • Product Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: 2 - 3 uses
  • Moisturizes skin while cleaning pores
  • Revitalizes skin
  • Increases collagen production
  • Can be used night or day
  • Retinol may cause initial irritation
  • May need sunscreen after use to reduce skin sensitivity

The Vitamin C Serum, usable on face and eyes, is a great product for those looking to resolve a variety of issues related to acne.

Comprised of a variety of ingredients that effectively target and remove toxins from the skin, the serum will leave your face feeling smoother, lighter, and evened out. The serum works by increasing your skin’s collagen production, which in turn makes skin appear clearer and healthier overall. While the Vitamin C helps to purify and replenish irritated and weakened skin areas, Vitamin E helps to reduce the visibility of acne scars, blemishes, and stress lines or wrinkles.

The product is versatile in that it can be used at any time of the day, and can be left on for long periods of time without having to fear the possibility of damage from extensive use. Because the product is also non-comedogenic, it works to not only unclog pores, but also to reduce their size and visibility. The product also prevents oily residue from remaining after usage, by absorbing excess oils from skin while making sure that natural oils are not removed.

The product can be used for a number of skin issues: dark spots, acne scars, impurities, under eye bags, and more. And since the product is made from a number of natural ingredients and is cruelty free and vegan, customers can feel comfortable using this ethically manufactured product with sensitive, oily, or acne-prone skin.

Ultimately, this product is a useful purchase for someone looking for immediate solutions to an acne problem. It can be used frequently and should have nearly immediate results, leaving skin feeling refreshed after each use.

Key Features
  • Multipurpose product that can be used for different skin issues
  • Works effectively to reduce visibility of blemishes
  • Reduces visibility of irritation, lines, and unclogs pores
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.2 x 4 inches ; 0.96 ounces
  • Product Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: Several weeks
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Helps with multiple skin issues, not just acne
  • Potential for slight irritation after frequent use

The Tea Tree Oil face cream is a reliable product that will allow you to get a number of uses out of it while helping to fight blemishes in a number of ways.

The product uses tea tree oil, which has historically been shown to be an effective homeopathic remedy for skin issues and blemishes. This product focuses on providing an alternative to the standard skin treatments that tend to cause irritation and inflammation from frequent use. As a result, most of the ingredients that are included in this product work to revitalize and nourish skin instead of simply targeting and reducing blemishes.

Most of the ingredients are naturally based, meaning that the product can be used on all skin types — especially sensitive and acne-prone skin. The ingredients contain a wide variety of natural oils and extracts: Burdock root, goldenseal, pomegranate seed oil, dandelion root, and more. In addition, the product contains salicylic acid, which effectively works as an exfoliator by unclogging pores and removing excess oils and toxins from the skin.

It’s important to also note that this product is vegan, cruelty-free, and non comedogenic. Taking into consideration usage by people with sensitive skin, the product includes no parabens, no drying substances, and no toxic ingredients — which is important when making sure that sensitive skin will be left gleaming after every use.

Overall the product is reliable, effective, and caters to all skin types — especially the more sensitive ones — making sure that any customer will be pleased with effects and use of each product. The consideration put into the creation of the product is immediately evident, and this product will surely be one of the best and most useful additions to your skincare regimen.

Key Features
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 2 inches
  • Product Weight: 7 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: Overnight
  • Naturally based ingredients
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Works to remove blemishes and heal skin
  • Some might find it worsens acne

The Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is an effective and reliable product for treating acne and breakouts.

Made from a variety of ingredients, this cleanser targets blemishes from a variety of different angles, ensuring that blemishes will be reduced and removed, and that pores and skin will feel and look cleaner. Most of the ingredients are antioxidants, which help to revitalize skin just as much as they help to detoxify it. Antioxidants like aloe extract and vitamin C cleanse the skin while helping to prevent irritation and inflammation from the usage of the product.

This face wash targets dead skin cells and excess oils, and in doing so helps to remove surface level issues from the skin such as dark spots, sun damage, irritation, and acne scars. In doing so, the cleanser smoothes out skin’s complexion while helping to even skin tone.

One of the only issues is that the skin cleanser is not particularly multipurpose. Although it helps to remove blemishes from the skin and also to revitalize skin and pores, it’s not as effective at moisturizing skin, and doesn’t have many ingredients that would help limit or reduce irritation and inflammation. This means that in most cases, this cleanser will have to be paired with another type of cleanser or exfoliator, one that in particular focuses on leaving skin moisturized while reinforcing the detoxification done by the Vitamin C cleanser.

Overall, the product is reliable and effective for removing blemishes from the skin, and definitely is worth the purchase. But for more sensitive skin types, it’s not as reliable of a product. It doesn't have as many natural ingredients as many alternatives, meaning there’s potential for skin damage and irritation.

Key Features
  • Helps to revitalize and cleanse skin
  • Clears pores while refreshing complexion
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.1 x 2 inches ; 6.7 ounces
  • Product Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Uses antioxidants to refresh skin
  • Smoothes skin complexion
  • Cleanses skin of dead skin and oils
  • Not great for preventing irritation or inflammation
  • Doesn't cater to all skin types

The Vitamin C serum, made up from a number of blemish-fighting ingredients, is a great purchase for anyone looking for immediate solutions for a breakout, recurring acne, or acne-prone skin.

This serum is a multi-purpose acne fighting product that can be used for a wide variety of issues. For those who are having issues with skin sensitivity to sun rays, the antioxidants of the serum work to protect skin and repair it after potential sun damage. The product contains niacinamide, which helps to smooth skin complexion, reduce irritation, remove dark spots, and give skin a desirable glow!

The retinol in the product helps to cleanse pores by removing dirt and dead skin, making pores both cleaner and smaller. The retinol then works in tandem with salicylic acid, which works to remove any excess oils or dirt from skin, leaving skin feeling immediately cleaner after each use. In addition, the product is filled with a number of naturally based ingredients, such as aloe extract, vitamin C, and a number of essential oils, which help to make sure that skin is not dried or irritated after frequent use.

With the majority of the ingredients in the product being naturally based, this product is usable by most skin types — as long as it is taken into consideration that there may be minor irritation when your skin initially adjusts to the use of the product (for more sensitive skin types). But otherwise, this product is a great purchase for those looking to fight acne or to recover dried and damaged skin. Whether your breakouts are recurring or have only recently happened because of stress or excess oils and dirt buildup, this Vitamin C serum will show effective and immediate results!

Key Features
  • Multipurpose product that effectively targets blemishes
  • Helps to hydrate and revitalize skin
  • Helps heal skin damaged by sun exposure
  • Contains Retinol, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Salicylic Acid
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Product Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: Immediate
  • Moisturizes skin while fighting blemishes
  • Helps to hydrate dry and damaged skin
  • Leaves skin glowing
  • Potential to irritate sensitive skin
  • May temporarily leave skin dry

The Tea Tree Clear Skin Serum is an effective product for treating acne and breakouts, that also helps to reduce stress lines and wrinkling on skin.

Made from a variety of ingredients, this serum is able to not only target blemishes, but to also reduce the potential for the reappearance of those blemishes. Niacinamide works to remove stress lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and dark spots, while the Retinol helps to remove dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin, ensuring that blemishes are instantly reduced and that skin is left much cleaner than before. The tea tree oil and salicylic acid work to exfoliate skin, removing dirt and oil from pores, leaving pores smaller after use and ensuring that oil production stabilizes to reduce the likelihood for pores to be clogged again.

The product was made with sensitive skin taken into consideration, meaning that the effectiveness of the product is meant to be as gentle as possible. After only applying the product 2 or 3 times a week, customers should see rapid and drastic results in cases where one is facing a breakout and trying to reduce its seriousness. In addition, the product is vegan and cruelty-free, meaning that customers can feel guilt free when buying the product, and be sure that the company is ethical in its production processes!

Overall, this product is a great purchase that is definitely worth incorporating into your skincare collection. Its effectiveness is immediate and noticeable, its ingredients are natural and considerate of sensitive skin, and it doesn't need to be used repeatedly to see results. It’s definitely a must-buy, and just as great of a product for people looking to treat acne as it is for those trying to treat skin aging issues, inflammation, and irritation.

Key Features
  • Helps to relieve acne for sensitive skin
  • Hydrates and Revitalizes skin while reducing acne
  • Contains vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.2 x 3.5 inches ; 3.04 ounces
  • Product Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Effectiveness Time: Immediately
  • Naturally based ingredients
  • Cruelty free and vegan
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Too frequent of use may cause irritation
  • Not great for very sensitive skin

Ingredients are one of the most important parts of choosing the right product for acne or breakout issues. It’s important to distinguish between ingredients that will solely help to relieve your skin of blemishes and irritation, and products that will reduce blemishes but potentially cause irritation or skin damage after using them.

Ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid can all help skin to retain its moisture while removing dirt and oils and reducing the visibility of blemishes. But drying alcohols and alcohol-based products tend to accomplish the same amount of cleansing, while leaving skin dried and susceptible to damage post-usage.

With ingredients, it’s also important to look particularly for ones that are naturally based. Natural extracts and homeopathic oils can be secondary ingredients that assist with the process of healing and helping skin instead of simply cleansing it and leaving skin vulnerable. This is why it’s great to look for products that are free of parabens and drying alcohols — because preventing further damage is just as important as removing current damage.

Skin type is an issue that can be confusing at first, seeming overwhelming in terms of identifying what type of skin you have. There are a variety of skin types — oily, combination, acne-prone, sensitive, dry, normal, and other skin types. For those with sensitive, oily, acne-prone, or combination skin types, you’ll need to be much more aware of the possibility that ingredients that aren’t naturally made could have a damaging effect on your skin. With these more sensitive skin types, as long as you make sure that products are free of drying alcohols and parabens, then your skin should be okay!

Lastly, it’s good to consider the production methods that are incorporated for the product(s) you’re looking at buying. If a product is FDA tested and approved, and lists itself as being vegan friendly and cruelty free, you can be sure that the product is reliable and ethically made. In many cases, this shows that a brand is dedicated to bringing the best possible product to their customers, and is thinking of the customers first and foremost when coming up with skincare products.

Overall, these are some of the most important factors to take into consideration when figuring out what product will work best for your skin. And after you’ve had the chance to look through this guide to best acne products, maybe you’ll find something that lines up with all of your specific preferences (relative to these factors), and be that much closer to helping yourself get rid of current and future acne problems!

Resources — Mayo ClinicVerywell Health

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