12 Skincare Products We Use In Our Daily Lives To Treat And Combat Adult Acne

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I knew when I hit middle school that I could expect acne to invade my face, as it did for most other kids my age. What I didn't expect was for it to become severe and persist well into my 20s.

Adult acne is increasingly common, and if you suffer from it, you know that treating it is an ongoing process filled with ups and downs. Some days, months, or even years are better than others, and you have to continually experiment with various treatments and products as your skin changes.

For the members of the Insider Picks team who have dealt with and are still actively dealing with adult acne, these products have helped treat those unsightly and painful bumps and blemishes. We can't say enough good things about these 12 skincare products, which truly work to improve our skin and confidence.

A drying gel that you can wear outside of the house

Alba Botanica

>Alba Botanica Acnedote Invisible Treatment Gel, $14.15, available at Amazon

I know a lot of people love the pink Mario Badescu drying lotion spot treatment, but I'm way more partial to this one because it comes out and dries as a clear gel — which means I can wear it even when I'm out of the house, and put it on over or under makeup.

It has salicylic acid to dry out whiteheads, and chamomile and aloe extracts to soothe inflammation. Just be careful about putting it onto a pimple you've already popped because it'll sting. 

Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor

A clay mask with rave reviews

Aztec Secret


Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $10.95, available at Amazon

This hyped-up $9 mask with over 12,000 five-star reviews that's everywhere from the Sephora beauty blog to vlogs with 1 million plus views is the real deal, but it's definitely a labor of love. What I mean by that is that while the clay mask acts like a vacuum for your pores in the 5-15 minutes that it's on, it also might feel like your face is going to fall off in the duration.

The directions call for equal parts water and powder when mixing it together before application, but I've started adding more water to the mix to keep it from feeling so tight. And if you have sensitive skin, you might want to start with only leaving it on for 5-10 minutes.

You can find my full review here, but basically, I use it because it noticeably helps the clarity of my skin rather than because it's just a fun addition to a Girls Night In. In fact, it really isn't fun to wear — but it works. And the fact that it's $9 and so long lasting that it might outlive me is also a bonus. Pro tip: it's usually a few dollars less if you buy it on Thrive Market (currently $6.59)

—Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter

A night cream with surprising acne-fighting benefits


NO B.S. Retinol Night Cream, $50, available at Amazon

I honestly don't know what it is about this moisturizer that has helped with my acne so much — but every time I use it when I'm dealing with even the most painful, deep, cystic acne, it somehow manages to pretty much disappear the bumps.

I've never experienced a night cream that did anything but keep my face hydrated, though this does that too (and extremely well). Maybe it's the high concentration of retinol, which can increase collagen production and elasticity, or maybe it's the aloe which can soothe and reduce inflammation in the skin. Either way, this paraben- and sulfate-free night cream has worked wonders for reducing my acne overnight. I know it's a bit pricey, but it really does make a difference. 

Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor

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