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15 Innovative Acne Products Changing the Way You Fight Breakouts

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment

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Let there be light: This techy treatment uses a combination of blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, the same technology used in dermatologists' offices, all in a lightweight, portable device. Hold it directly against any pesky pimple for two minutes, three times per day, to see improvement in just two days. ($20;

See also: Can At-Home Blue Light Devices Really Clear Acne?

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Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser

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With a lusciously creamy and whipped texture, this face wash feels nothing like many of the other, stripping acne cleansers out there. Still, packed with 3 percent sulfur to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores, it does the job to reduce any existing blemishes and prevent future ones from popping up. ($38;

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Oxy On-the-Go Acne Stick

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Benzoyl peroxide is a derm-favorite ingredient for treating pimples (it knocks out acne-causing bacteria), but it's typically found in messy creams. Plus it can bleach your clothes and sheets. Happily, this stick contains the ingredient in a convenient, mess-free form that goes on clear. Swipe it on anytime, anywhere—it's ideal for travel or for keeping in your gym bag. ($6;

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L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Clear & Comfort

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A trio of skin-purifying clays combined with soothing seaweed make this newbie a clear complexion must-have (though we also suggest these masks for every skin condition). Use it all over your face, or apply just on the areas prone to breakouts and congested pores, like your nose, chin, or forehead. Also nice: It works in just 10 minutes. ($13;

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Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

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Using a spot treatment overnight seems like a great idea...until you wake up and realize that it rubbed off all over your pillowcase. Infused with both exfoliating salicylic acid and antimicrobial tea tree oil (plus hyaluronic acid to prevent dryness), apply these adhesive patches over a pimple as a targeted overnight treatment that won't come off. They also come in two different sizes and are translucent, so you can even use them during the day. ($30;

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Osmosis Skincare Skin Perfection Harmonized Water

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Drinking lots of H2O is obviously good for your skin, but this supplement takes it one step further. Many inflammatory skin conditions—acne included—are exacerbated by digestive issues. This water has special electromagnetic waves that improve the vibrational frequencies between cells, reducing inflammation in your digestive tract, and ultimately leaving you with clearer, healthier skin. ($40;

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The ever-popular acne regimen has gotten a major upgrade. The four-step system now contains a liquid cleanser, balancing toner, and oil-free sunscreen, plus a night treatment that contains the newest OTC acne-fighting ingredient, adapalene. A retinoid long prescribed by dermatologists, it's now available without a prescription, and works to treat existing pimples, improve skin tone, and reduce redness and inflammation. ($30;

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Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

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Baking soda may be a pantry staple, but it also has some serious skin-care benefits, namely absorbing oil and gently exfoliating. Mix this powder cleanser with water. As it foams up, it buffs away dead skin cells and cleans unwanted gunk and grime out of your pores. How much water you add to the powder controls just how "scrubby" it gets, allowing you to customize your level of exfoliation. ($9;

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Me Clear Anti-Blemish Device

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Antibacterial blue LED light is combined with sonic vibrations that reduce swelling in this handheld treatment. It also warms the skin slightly, which not only feels good, but also helps the light reach more bacteria for even better blemish-busting results. ($39;

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Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask

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A built-in spoon and mixing bowl make the DIY route super simple. Mix the powder (filled with detoxifying charcoal and lycopene from tomatoes, a powerful antioxidant and natural source of salicylic acid) with water to turn it into a clay. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing for smoother, clearer skin. Fun fact: You can also mix it with plain yogurt or honey to make this mask extra hydrating. ($16;

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Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

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When time is of the essence (you know, when a pimple pops up right before a big event), grab this newbie. Thanks to 2 percent salicylic acid, the highest concentration you can get without a prescription, plus soothing horse chestnut and oat extract, the invisible gel reduces the size and redness of blemishes in just four hours. ($22;

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111Skin 3 Phase Anti Blemish Booster

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By targeting breakouts not only once they've already cropped up, but before and after too, this smart solution is the perfect way to keep skin clear at all times. Butyl advocadate (an ingredient from avocado oil) reduces the amount of pore-clogging oil, colloidal sulfur knocks out p. acnes bacteria, and hydrating hyaluronic acid keeps skin from drying out. Start using it as soon as you feel a pimple forming, or mix a drop or two in with your moisturizer as a daily preventative treatment. ($113;

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes

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Washing your face is obviously a must-do if you want to keep zits at bay, but for nights when a trip to the sink just seems like too much effort, these wipes are the perfect solution. The first cleansing wipes with exfoliating lipohydroxy acid, these clean and slough, but are still gentle enough for even super-sensitive skin. ($10;

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Skin Laundry SleepCycle Pillowcase

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Gross but true: Your pillowcase absorbs all kinds of oil, dead cells, and other nasties from your skin while you snooze, making it a breeding ground for breakouts. Swap it out for this option, infused with antimicrobial silver ion technology that lasts for up to 50 washes. Talk about beauty sleep. ($30;

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Clean & Clear Deep Action 60 Second Shower Mask

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Who doesn't love a good multitasker? Slather on this mask when you hop in the shower and let it do its thing while you suds up; the formula is steam-activated. Glycolic acid and (biodegradable) microbeads exfoliate, kaolin clay absorbs oil and minimizes shine, and menthol makes it feel extra cooling and refreshing. ($5;

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