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4 Product Types for Clearing Acne

13.07.2023 | Skincare

Let’s face it, dealing with acne can be frustrating, but with the right skincare products, you CAN effectively combat breakouts and achieve clearer, healthier skin. In this blog post, we will discuss several recommended product types - cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and a spot treatment, along with ingredients to look for - that can help you on your journey to clearer skin while keeping your skincare routine SIMPLE. These products are known for their acne-fighting properties. Let's dive in!


A gentle and effective cleanser is the foundation of any skincare routine aimed at clearing acne. Look for a product that thoroughly cleanses without stripping the skin's natural moisture. If you have mild or occasional acne/blemishes, consider our Salicylic Acid Cleanser. This gel-based cleanser key-ingredient salicylic acid, helps unclog pores, remove excess oil, and promotes a more even skin tone, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. For challenging acne blemishes, such as irritated spots, whiteheads, or blackheads, we recommend using benzoyl peroxide, which is considered the gold standard ingredient for treating acne blemishes. Our Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide was created in partnership with dermatologists. Its unique formula contains Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid to help combat the drying effects of Benzoyl Peroxide by drawing water into the skin and locking in moisture. Clinically proven to clear up to 95% of acne causing bacteria in 15 seconds*

* Disclaimer: Independent in vitro clinical study to demonstrate antimicrobial activity against Cutibacterium acnes.


A targeted serum can make a difference for acne-prone skin by delivering active ingredients deep into the skin to tackle specific concerns. For acne, we recommend incorporating Niacinamide into your routine. This Vitamin B3 derivative helps regulate sebum production, minimize the appearance of pores, and suits sensitive skin – a true multi-tasking ingredient.  If you are new to this ingredient, consider our Niacinamide Serum. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin, it’s also great for someone looking to minimize t-zone oiliness. If you are experiencing excessive oiliness (all over the face vs. t-zone) consider our Excess Oil Solution formulated with 20% Niacinamide to balance excess oil, improve skin texture and decrease the appearance of enlarged pores.


Finding the right moisturizer is essential, even for acne-prone skin. Many people with acne are confused about using moisturizers. There are thoughts that people are unaware they need to moisturize or fear that it will worsen their skin. For occasional acne look for a lightweight, oil-free formula that hydrates without clogging pores. Omega Water Cream is water-based moisturizer that contains a ceramide complex that improves the skin barrier, and niacinamide which helps to even skin tone and reduce redness. Plus, it doesn’t contain any oils or silicones. If you are experiencing more stubborn acne-prone skin, our new Acne Clearing Moisturizer is formulated with 2% NovoRetin ™, a plant-based ingredient that boosts the effects of retinol. Combined with Stay-C 50, Retinol and Sulfur, it is clinically proven to reduce acne while you sleep. We recommend using this up to two times a week to start and increase if your skin acclimatizes to the product. On the other nights, the Omega Water Cream can be used.


Lastly, when looking to treat acne, a spot treatment that can be used when the “unexpected” happens, is great to have on hand. Look for products that contain succinic acid. It's recommended as a spot treatment for acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces redness and fights acne causing bacteria. Our Succinic Acid Acne Treatment is also formulated with sulfur and salicylic acid that clears blemishes fast and prevents clogged pores. With a non-drying cream formula, it is easily layered under makeup without flaking.


Treating acne requires the use of the right products which can have a positive impact on your skin health. At The INKEY List, we believe in progress over perfection. By incorporating these products into your skincare routine, you will have a well-rounded collection of ingredients to help you achieve your skincare goals.

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Photo of Written by JZ, INKEY's own Global Director of Education

Written by JZ, INKEY's own Global Director of Education

JZ is passionate for connecting consumers with skincare knowledge. From the moment he attended his first brand training, he knew he wanted to be involved in skincare education, and is now living his professional dream life at The INKEY List.