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Best Adult Acne Treatments & Products

By M. Borriero

Do you suffer from acne? Do not despair, you are not alone - we all get spots! Although acne is one of the most widespread inflammatory skin conditions, it is also very difficult to understand what triggers it. In fact, many external and internal factors can cause acne and because there is no such thing as a “cure”, it is crucial to recognise the potential triggers.

What can cause adult acne?

Breakouts are mainly triggered by hormones and excess oil production.

Anything that stresses our body can cause stress hormones to be elevated, stimulating androgen levels (the male hormones) to rise which, in turn, stimulates excess sebum production. Also known to cause acne flare-ups is the use of certain medications such as steroids, antidepressants and antiepileptics.

Diet also plays a huge part in the development of acne: people who tend to consume dairy products and food rich in refined carbohydrates (such as rice, pasta, cereals and bread) seem to have a higher risk of developing acne. According to researchers, another factor that could alter sebum production is smoking. This can speed up skin ageing by causing oxidative stress to skin, reducing blood flow and slowing its natural healing process. 

Although acne is genetic or mainly caused by hormonal fluctuations, breakouts can be triggered also from using the wrong cosmetics. Finding the right skincare routine for acne-prone skin can be a struggle but do not worry, we’ve got you covered! Our Beauty Buyer has curated the best skincare products on the market to help you get clear, blemish free and even looking skin.

Best Cleansers for Adult Acne

If your skin is both sensitive and acne-prone, avoid harsh cleansers that can strip away the natural lipid barrier on your skin. Instead, stick to gentle, calming and sulfate-free cleansers.


CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is a non-irritating cleanser ideal for removing excess oil, dirt and make-up without over-stripping the skin’s natural barrier. Designed for normal to oily skin, this fragrance-free formula contains ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide which help hydrate and soothe irritations while leaving you with a clear, revitalised complexion.


Control hyperactive sebaceous glands with this non-comedogenic Purifying Cleansing Gel by La Roche-Posay which gently purifies the skin, eliminating impurities and excess sebum. Suitable for sensitive, intolerant and allergy-prone skin, the formula contains soothing and anti-irritating ingredients such as La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and Zinc that are especially beneficial if your skin is sore. Expect a clear, healthy and shine-free complexion.

Best Treatments for Adult Acne

One of the most important and effective products that you can include in your skincare routine is an anti-blemish serum. Fortunately, there are a lot of treatments out there designed not only to help fight existing acne and prevent new breakouts but to also target skin concerns such as dryness, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.


A real life saver for blemish-prone skin is the award-winning SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense. A targeted, advance oil-free solution that combines 2% dioic acid with an optimal alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid enriched formulation designed to help eliminate adult acne, imperfections and blemishes, while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Skin Design London Clear Skin Peel is designed for inflamed acne-prone skin. This professional peel contains a complex of BHA, niacinamide and dioic acid to modulate oil production and clear congestion. By reinforcing the skin barrier post-acne hyperpigmentation is reduced and skin is left clear and bright. A powerful solution for both active acne and lingering scars.


Infused with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, cucumber and black cumin seed oil, this acne treatment by Sunday Riley clears blackheads from your nose, chin, and forehead, while preventing and treating acne. U.F.O. (Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil) fights not only acne, but also brightens and reduces post-acne discolouration thanks to the action of two powerful active ingredients, Hexylresorcinol and Liquorice Root Extract. Tea tree and black cumin seed oil combat spot-causing bacteria while chamomile and neroli soothe stressed, blemish-prone skin. With so many key players, this distinctive face oil will dramatically transform your skin’s texture.

Best Devices for Adult Acne

Best Face Masks for Adult Acne

Target excess oil and prevent future breakouts introducing a weekly clay mask to your skincare routine. Formulated with clay, charcoal or glycolic acid – these super ingredients are helpful for those struggling with breakouts. Not to mention that a good clay mask is essential for all those people living in a busy city, where skin is constantly exposed to pollutants and dirt particles.


Formulated with sulphur, this fast-acting, medicated spot treatment mask clears up blemishes and multiple forms of acne, including inflammatory, hormonal and acne rosacea. 4% Niacinamide helps reduce redness and promotes clearer-looking skin, while Zinc and Bentonite help draw out impurities and reduce excess oil. Use it several times a week and you’ll get rid of any uninvited blemish!

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