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If you think that stopping breakouts in their tracks while maintaining smooth, healthy skin that looks no worse for the wear sounds like a pipe dream, we don’t blame you, but we are here to tell you that you’re wrong. Ditching acne without zapping your skin of moisture is well within the realm of possibility, thanks to these tried-and-true acne products that won’t dry out skin. Buy ’em, try ’em, love ’em. You’re welcome.
Mario Badescu Drying Cream ($17, mariobadescu.com)
The name says “drying,” but don’t be fooled: While this cult favorite will certainly zap zits into oblivion with a potent combo of zinc oxide and colloidal sulfur, the high quantity of aloe helps to heal and soothe the skin as it works. You’ll be able to skip that dry, flaky in-between stage entirely.
Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion Acne Treatment ($42, katesomerville.com)
This lotion works deep within the pores rather than on the surface of the skin to clear existing blemishes and discourage future ones. A powerful concentration of benzoyl peroxide fights acne while argan and sesame seed extracts sooth and hydrate skin and regulate oil production.
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay ($25, sephora.com)
Breakouts aren’t the only thing this innovative purifying mask cures: The wealth of beneficial ingredients, like Canadian willowherb and rose clay (which gives the mask its pleasant pink tone), will restore radiance, refine pores, and gently polish the skin’s surface for a seriously glowing, healthy-looking complexion.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment ($36.95, laroche-posay.us)
This fast-acting formula uses both benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating acids to turn dull, blemish-ridden skin into a clearer, more even canvas. It treats existing breakouts as they happen as well as clogged pores and blackheads, and the smooth, easily absorbed texture makes it a cinch to apply and wear under makeup.
Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control ($48, miracleskintransformer.com)
The results of this treatment are both instant and long-term: A lightweight tint, similar to that of a tinted moisturizer, visually corrects acne and redness, while salicylic acid works to fade away existing blemishes.
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