Adult acne can be tough to deal with — especially since your skin gets thinner and less resilient with age. So, that overnight toothpaste on the blemish quick fix that you used in high school is less beneficial as you approach your 30s and beyond. To help you combat your adult acne woes, we’ve narrowed down 10 non-drying acne treatments that still get the job done…and fast!
Tea tree oil is the tried-and-true blemish solution for zapping pimples fast. Apply overnight and follow with a nourishing face cream.
You may remember acne stickers were on the market a few years ago–well they’re making a come back. These acne absorbing covers absorb oil from blemishes overnight without leaving skin feeling chapped or dry.
$7.99, at drugstores
Sulfur and Zinc Oxide work together to kill bacteria and eliminate blemishes by slowing the production of oil in over productive glands. The formula also gently exfoliates and sloughs off dead skin to reveal smoother, brighter skin. And, because it slows the production of oil, it also helps to prevent future breakouts. #Winning
$26, at ulta.com
Chock full of skin healing ingredients like tea tree and grape seed oil, these blemish dots deliver a concentrated dose of salicylic acid to deliver overnight results. And, if you have a sudden breakout at work, the dots are transparent so you can place one over a blemish and it will be virtually undetectable.
$20, at ulta.com
Cult-skin care favorite, La-Roche Posay is known for their gentle, affordable and effective formulas. This cream formula gently exfoliates while micronized benzoyl peroxide clears away acne causing bacteria. Apply over night or under foundation for on-the-go treatment.
($36.95, at laroche-posay.us)
Fight stubborn blemishes fast by coating the tip of a cotton swab with this sediment and apply it to the affected area. Rinse with warm water post-treatment and apply your favorite moisturizer.
$17, at ulta.com
These stickers come with a hefty price tag, but they’re worth the splurge. A cocktail of salicylic acid, grape seed oil, and vitamin c work together to spot treat pesky blemishes while also killing bacteria and brightening skin so you don’t have to worry about hyperpigmentation or dark spots post treatment.
$40, at net-a-porter.com
Sulfate and paraben free, this acne clearing solution targets blemish prone skin and penetrates pores to rid skin of acne causing bacteria. Apply this morning or night before your moisturizer to reveal smoother skin.
$19, at sephora.com
Fresh out of Korean, these acne patches are ideal for target treatment. We also love them because they come in a range of different sizes to treat bigger blemishes. And, if you have oily skin, these are ideal because they have better staying power so they won’t slip off after you apply them.
$18.75, at wishtrend.com
For blemishes that you need to disappear in just a few hours, this drying lotion does that trick, though it’s not the best solution for people with sensitive skin. Coat the tip of a cotton swab with the sediment and apply to affected area. Rinse with warm water post-treatment and apply your favorite moisturizer.
$26, at indielee.com