Best Acne Treatment Guide – Covers Teens, Adults, Men, Back, Creams, Scar and Natural Products

Acne is a skin condition in which pores become clogged with dead skin, bacteria and oil and then become inflamed and can turn red and swell up. There are many things you can do to treat your acne. Below is a guide with product recommendations and information to help you fine-tune your skincare routine. The products recommended are in no particular order, and were chosen based off consumer reviews and quality of ingredients.

Salicylic Acid – Best Products and Treatments for Acne

Salicylic acid is a BHA, or beta hydroxyl acid, and chemical exfoliator. Chemical exfoliation is much less harsh on your skin than physical exfoliation is and can be more effective. BHA’s help remove layers of dead skin, and help unclog pores. BHAs are also known for being quite drying. BHAs are typically preferred for oily, acne prone skin due to these properties. They are great for treating blackheads and white bumps on your face because of their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Those suffering from Rosacea might also want to try incorporating a BHA into their routine to even out their skins texture.

There can be minor irritation associated with the use of BHAs, so it is very important that you remember to moisturize your skin after use, even if you have oily skin. BHAs have been shown to work better in lower concentrations so that they do not cause too much irritation. As with any skincare item, you should patch test (more on this in the How To Patch Test section) to ensure no reaction takes place. Purging can also take place when using this product so make sure you know the difference between purging and having a reaction (more on this in the Purging vs. Having A Reaction section).

If you want to layer your AHA and BHA treatments, put the AHA on first and BHA second. BHA’s do not cause as much photosensitivity as AHAs so they can be applied in the morning or at night (or both).

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates both the skin’s surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin’s appearance, feel, and function which leads to healthier skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smooths the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The lightweight, non-occlusive formula allows for a faster and deeper exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it’s an ideal choice for stubborn clogged pores or blackheads. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8.


This BHA liquid is intended to be used all over your face, followed by a moisturizer. This product evens out skins texture while fighting acne at the same time. It can help slightly fade scars and pigmentation but not much as it is not intended for that purpose. It also helps minimize the appearance of large pores. This formula can be used on any skin type, but if you want something targeted more towards your skin type, there are other options.