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).

Salicylic Acid Products

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 fl. oz.


The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep.


This treatment is submerged in a carrier fluid, the bottom pink portion is the actual treatment. Dip a cotton swab into this pink portion and dab onto your acne. This product is meant to be left on overnight, so it can be quite drying on your skin. Again, this is a great spot treatment for thos stubborn pimples that will not go away. This product clears up acne very fast, overnight reduction in size and redness can be clearly seen.

4.3 Stars – 601 Reviews

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM


CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion PM helps repair damaged skin and maintain the skin’s natural protective function with ingredients not commonly found in other moisturizers. Its patented multivesicular emulsion (MVE) technology releases theses ingredients over time, penetrating deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish.


Though this product is marketed for nighttime use, using it during the day is also great as long as you use a separate sunscreen. This product contains niacinimide, which helps fade dark spots with continued use. It is marketed towards dry skin, but those with oil skin might like this light weight moisturizer as well. It miosturizes without leaving your face greasy, but if you have severe dryness and flaky skin it might not be enough. It wears well under sunscreen and makeup. This brand also does not add filler ingredients or fragrance to their products so they work great for those with sensitive skin.

4.6 Stars – 1,523 Reviews