The 5 Products Our Editors Swear By For Getting Rid Of Acne

Here's a not-so-fun fact for you: Acne is the single most common skin condition in the United States, with more than 3 million cases occurring each year. To put it in perspective, that's about as many breakouts as there are people in Mongolia.

Given just how prevalent acne is, it's no surprise that there's a vast selection of blemish-fighting products available on the market, with new ones popping up on Sephora shelves every day. (Or what feels like every day, at least.) This is both a blessing and a curse — with so many to choose from, sussing out which formulas work and which are best left behind is a serious undertaking.

To make the process of finding the ones that most deserve a place in your skin-care routine a little easier, we've rounded up the five innovative treatments our editors swear by for kicking their zits to the curb. Because who has time for trial and error when there's a cluster of whiteheads roughly the size of a small country taking up precious real estate on your face?

“I’ll admit that I was skeptical when Dr. Pimple Popper came out with her namesake line — would the products be as addictive as her videos? I’m happy to report that this rollerball is great at zit-zapping. It’s so good, in fact, that I keep it in my purse at all times to put out any skin-related fires. I swipe it on budding pimples and use it to treat existing ones, too. It does the job and helps heal breakouts faster than other spot treatments I’ve tried.” — Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer
Dr. Pimple Popper Acne Spot Treatment, $25.00 Buy
“Isn’t it nice when your fast food comes with one of those little folded-up wet wipes to wash all the grease off your paws at the end of you meal? This is like the beauty version of that: an easy, on-the-go wipe that exfoliates, fights breakouts, and makes skin look smoother and brighter without the need for rinsing after. I use them head-to-toe, which, admittedly, isn’t very cost-effective.” — Alix Tunell, senior beauty editor
m-61 PowerSpot Pads, $58.00 Buy
“Like many acne sufferers, I live in terror of products that contain oil. That’s why I was blown away that this one, which is infused with salicylic acid, not only instantly calmed my skin, but also gave me a well-rested glow after applying it at night. It’s an all-in-one-solution that immediately minimized my pores, calmed breakouts, and gave me the glow of a person who hasn’t been battling acne for all of her adult life.” — Marshall Bright, food writer
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $40.00 Buy
“I had unfairly high hopes for this mask before actually trying it. Seriously, just Google it and you’ll find countless reviews from beauty editors praising the gel formula for ridding their skin of cysts and hormonal acne. Well, I have hormonal acne and nothing ever gets rid of it — or at least make it feel less devastating when I look in the mirror. While this mask won’t make the bumps vanish overnight, it does reduce redness enough that I can actually hide them with makeup, and unlike many acne-fighting masks, it’s gentle enough that you can use it every day to prevent future breakouts. As an added bonus, the cooling sensation feels really damn good when you put it on.” — Samantha Sasso, beauty editorial assistant
Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque, $60.50 Buy
“I couldn't find my insurance card (typical), so I picked this up at CVS instead of filling an acne prescription. Good thing: It obliterated all my acne in a couple months. FOR LESS THAN MY COPAY.” — Cat Quinn, beauty director
Differin Acne Treatment, $28.99 Buy
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