Glam Squad money aside, picture-perfect complexions are achievable and more affordable than you think, especially with acne busting treatments. Just check out what HKI’s last acne product shopping trip turned up…
Looks like ProActiv has got some competition. Clarity MD Acne Solution ($49.95, lovelyskin.com) is a 2-step acne treatment solution that regulates sebum production, therefore reducing inflammation. While Salicylic Acid is usually the hero ingredient in acne products, ‘Clarity’ also contains bakuchiol (a botanical with antimicrobial agents) and bisabolol (a soothing agent) to boost its effectiveness in clearing acne. Clinical tests have shown that after 6-weeks of use, inflammatory acne was down 99% and non-inflammatory acne was down 56%. Does not dry out skin or cause peeling.
HKI calls acne pads the lazy man’s acne treatment. In fact as this post was being written, yours truly was treating her skin to a ZO Skin Health Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment ($45, shop.zoskinhealth.com) rubdown. Sufferers of excess sebum production will appreciate what this product does – it clears skin of bacteria-producing acne as the 2% Salicylic Acid frees clogged pores of blackheads, whiteheads and exfoliates pore-clogging dirt. Also contains botanical extracts so it calms and soothes. Use twice daily, afterwards rinse and dry.
For a whole lot less than $45, you can buy Clearasil Refreshing Super Fruit Pads for less than $7 from your local drugstore. ‘Superfruit’ contains 1% Salicylic Acid along with Raspberry & Cranberry extracts, known for their antioxidant properties and Vitamin B3 which keeps skin hydrated and improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation and overall skin blotchiness. Use daily for the prevention of blemishes. Good for all skin types.
Packed to the brim with 10 antioxidant-rich botanical ingredients, Salicylic Acid to kill bacteria and Willow Bark Extract to detoxify, Alba Botanica Good & Clean Gentle Acne Wash ($8.99, albabotanica.com) digs deep to remove blackheads and blemishes. Every wash leaves your once dull complexion glowing and your pores free of bacteria and grime.