Did you know that acne affects 5.6 million Canadians? That’s nearly 20 per cent of the population! Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria, thus resulting in red breakouts and blemishes. October is acne awareness month, and in honour of this, we present 10 products that can help ease and correct the symptoms that are associated with this challenging skin ailment. —Jennifer Cox
Carbon Theory’s Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Breakout Facial Cleansing Bar (available at Shoppers Drug Mart, $13) won Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty 2020 for good reason. Organic activated charcoal draws out impurities and excess oil, while organic tea tree oil leaves skin visibly healthier and purified. The addition of shea butter keeps skin nourished and hydrated without clogging pores.
Neutrogena’s Stubborn Texture Daily Cleanser (available through Amazon, $11) helps prevent and treat stubborn acne and visibly smooths uneven texture. It is formulated with 4% glycolic and polyhydroxy acids to exfoliate and clarify, while salicylic acid to fight acne.
The Clearing Spot Fix from Jack Black ($27) is a spot treatment that contains the highest level of sulfur (10%), a natural mineral that fights acne and blackheads, and allows the skin to heal. It absorbs excess oil, eliminates acne-causing bacteria, and soothes the skin without the use of alcohol, and it contains fermented Reishi mushroom, an adaptogen known for its healing, detoxifying and moisturizing properties.
Sos Paste, which is manufactured by Uriage, begins working from the first application by accelerating the spot maturation process, causing redness and other unsightly blemishes to disappear quickly. It is formulated with purifying schist oil that have naturally absorbent green clay and zinc.
AviClear is the first and only FDA-cleared energy device for the treatment of mild to severe acne. It helps to treat acne at the source by selectively targeting and suppressing the sebaceous gland that causes acne safely and effectively. Designed with patient comfort in mind, AviClear is enhanced with AviCoolTM contact cooling for an optimal and safe treatment experience. Prices vary.
La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo Global Acne Treatment ($27) is both an acne treatment and a 24-hour hydrating face lotion. It is formulated with dermatological ingredients including salicylic acid, and it’s the company’s best acne treatment that targets all stages of the pimple lifecycle, while ensuring perfect tolerance, even on sensitive skin.
We love the Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment foaming cleanser from Kiehl’s ($36) because it contains salicylic acid, which helps clear up blemishes, and helps purify pores and remove traces of dirt and oil so that new breakouts won’t occur.
The Aveda outer peace foaming cleanser ($41) deeply cleanses pores and helps to dissolve oil, makeup and other impurities. Its secret weapon is powerful plant extracts including tamanu, amla, Boswellia, and saw palmetto.
For a mega-dose of acne fighting power, turn to Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide from Paula’s Choice ($18). It’s an effective acne treatment that works immediately to fight stubborn acne, prevent future breakouts, and reduce red marks.
My Clarins CLEAR-OUT ($24) zeroes in on any skin imperfections to help soothe and heal on contact. It’s a cooling, non-greasy gel that dries out and visibly reduces blemishes and imperfections while calming any skin irritations and reducing overall redness.