14 Acne Skincare Products That Work Fast

by Hidayah Idris and Smita DeSouza
LIFESTYLE  |  May 26, 2020
  • Use these treatments to soothe and heal your blemishes
    1 / 15 Use these treatments to soothe and heal your blemishes

    You’re still breaking out. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t been wearing makeup since circuit breaker. Or that you haven’t left the house in weeks. Or that you have been giving your skin care, but your skin doesn’t care. You’re still getting pimples.

    Pimples and acne are a complicated issue, and can be caused by a variety of factors. Figuring what is triggering your breakouts can take some time. What you can do in the meantime is soothe and help them heal faster with these spot treatments. You’re welcome.

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  • Re:erth Blemish Control, $80
    2 / 15 Re:erth Blemish Control, $80

    This lightweight gel tackles blemish-causing bacteria with anti-bacterial and anti-viral ingredients like lysozyme and colostrum. While this is not a spot treatment, it can be used to soothe inflammation in existing acne and reduce the chances of getting more pimples. It also has water soluble vitamin A that gives skin elasticity and firmness which translates into smoother skin with clear pores—minus the harsh effects of other types of vitamin A. We love the cooling feeling when you apply it, and the fact that it doesn’t dry out the skin like some traditional acne treatments.

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  • Acnes Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch (0.02cm) For Day 26s, $7.80
    3 / 15 Acnes Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch (0.02cm) For Day 26s, $7.80

    The best part of a pimple patch is watching it turn white will all the gunk from within the pimple, and this one does it quickly and effectively. Not only do they form a breathable, protective barrier that keeps dirt and bacteria out, it also stops the growth of bacteria in the pimple within 24 hours and speeds up the healing process. Plus, they are only 0.02m which make them perfect for the day.

    (Also read: Adult Acne: Why You’re Breaking Out, And What to Do About It)

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  • Votary Blemish Rescue Oil Tamanu & Salicylic, $69
    4 / 15 Votary Blemish Rescue Oil Tamanu & Salicylic, $69

    It might seem counterintuitive to apply an oil to a pimple, but this one is packed with two percent salicylic acid that helps clear out the gunk from the pores, while also exfoliating the top layer of skin minimising the chances of further breakouts. It also has anti-inflammatory tamanu oil that helps take the sting out of painful pimples and rosemary essential oil that helps speed up recovery. For some, the remaining post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is lighter than it might be otherwise.

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  • ZitSticka Killa
    5 / 15 ZitSticka Killa

    These are ideal for pimples that feel like bumps under the skin and have no “head” in sight. Don’t even try to pick at them, it will only make things worse. Instead, treat it with a combination of Cleana swabs and Killa patches in this box. Swipe the Cleana swabs on to skin that has been cleansed and the salicylic acid, tea tree oil, vitamin E get to work. Once the area is dry, stick on the Killa patch. The Killa patch has mirco-darts that self-dissolve and deliver targeted ingredients like hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, niacinamide and oligopeptide-76 to help heal the zit quickly.

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  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $19.90
    6 / 15 The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $19.90

    Ahh, the good ol’ tea tree oil. This natural ingredient has anti-bacterial properties to soothe, treat and heal pimples.

    (Also read: What’s Causing Your Acne, Depending On Where You Break Out)

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  • Murad Blemish Spot Treatment, $39
    7 / 15 Murad Blemish Spot Treatment, $39

    Infused with sulfur and salicylic acid, this treatment not only treats existing blemishes, but also prevents the appearance of new ones.

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  • Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment, $55
    8 / 15 Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment, $55

    If your zit decided to appear on your big day, fret not. This tinted spot treatment conceals while treating the blemish, so you don’t have to worry about aggravating it with normal concealers.

    (Also read: 6 Botanical Oils Your Acne-Prone Skin Will Love)

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  • Benzac AC 2.5%, $16.50, Watsons
    9 / 15 Benzac AC 2.5%, $16.50, Watsons

    This benzoyl peroxide treatment kills bacteria to prevent further inflammation, and is purportedly suitable for sensitive skin.

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  • NEXCARE™ Acne Patch Ladies, $8.20, Watsons
    10 / 15 NEXCARE™ Acne Patch Ladies, $8.20, Watsons

    Probably one of the simplest treatments, all you have to do is paste an acne patch on the pimple to absorb oil to speed up the healing process. The plastic film also creates a barrier to reduce physical contact, thus preventing inflammation and infection.

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  • HIMALAYA HERBALS Acne Pimple Cream, $11.30, Watsons
    11 / 15 HIMALAYA HERBALS Acne Pimple Cream, $11.30, Watsons

    Infused with the astringent properties of silk cotton tree and anti-inflammatory benefits of five-leaved chaste tree, this spot treatment treats acne while preventing future breakouts.

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, $56, Sephora
    12 / 15 Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, $56, Sephora

    Like its name, these acne-clearing dots are virtually invisible. They may be thin, but they certainly do the job!

    (Also read: 8 Online Beauty Shopping Sites With Free Shipping to SG)

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  • Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $36, Sephora
    13 / 15 Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $36, Sephora

    The acne treatment Kylie Jenner swears by. Surely that says something?!

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  • Kate Somerville EradiKate To-Go Acne Treatment, $35, Sephora
    14 / 15 Kate Somerville EradiKate To-Go Acne Treatment, $35, Sephora

    If you’re a stickler for hygiene, you’ll love this treatment that comes in handy cotton swabs for one-time use.

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  • Skin Inc Licorice Serum, $68
    15 / 15 Skin Inc Licorice Serum, $68

    While it is not a spot treatment, this serum helps to calm and soothe the skin when you have breakouts.

    (Also read: Going On a Dairy-Free, Raw Vegan Diet Finally Helped My Acne-Prone Skin)

    A version of this article first appeared on www.cleo.com.sg.

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