Stay away from teenage products, as they can often be too harsh, instead opt for a formula that won’t strip your skin of moisture. The wonder ingredient you need is salicylic acid – it helps unclog pores and stops blackheads forming.
Here, six of the best adult acne products that should have you in the clear in no time.
Sarah Chapman SOS Stickers, £26 for 20
These almost invisible stickers sit on spots and release scientific actives over four hours to calm redness, soothe, decongest and accelerate blemish healing. An added bonus? They provide a physical barrier to deter pickers (guilty as charged).
Murad Advanced Blemish & Wrinkle Reducer, £42.07
Murad is a brand with serious skincare creds. This product tackles fine lines and wrinkles and reduces blemishes.
Salicylic acid clears pores and calms redness, whilst retinol and glycolic acid speed up cell turnover for a more luminous, glowing skin.
Epionce Spot Gel, £36
This easily transportable tube might be small, but the formula packs a powerful anti-acne punch.
Dab onto spots and blemish prone areas one to three times daily. Non-drying and easy to use.
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleanser, £37
This carefully calibrated cleanser removes dirt, oil and make-up whilst also brightening and rejuvenating skin.
The non-drying formula is loaded with skin rejuvenating glycolic and salicylic acid. An excellent multi tasker.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel – 30 Application Packettes, £87
These power pads are skin transforming. Gentle acids, anti ageing ingredients and botanicals work synergistically to exfoliate and rejuvenate breakout prone midlife skin.
Each packette contains two pads, which are easy and quick to use. Expect more even toned, brighter skin with less obvious pores.
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, £11
This affordable formula can be used all over the face, neck and back and helps regulate oil production.
The non-drying cleanser is alcohol and SLS free and includes zinc gluconate to calm and soothe sensitivity and redness.