One of the biggest problems that acne sufferers face is not simply the constant inflammation, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation and hard-to-cover spots, but the fact that most acne treatments leave their skin dry and irritated.
Your average acne face wash, serum or spot treatment is designed to dry out blemishes and absorb excess sebum from your pores to prevent further breakouts. While plenty are effective, the dull, dehydrated and seriously unhappy skin that gets left behind is not fun at all.
The last thing you want after working hard to clear a breakout is even more concerns to be treating. Not to mention that dry and irritated skin is unhealthy skin and certainly won’t be working to the best of its ability to regulate your oil production to prevent even more acne in the future.
Acne-zapping products that don’t suck the moisture from your skin may seem mythical. But what if I told you that you could treat your acne while keeping your skin dewy, hydrated and healthy enough to do some of the acne fighting work itself? I’ve rounded up some of the best products that will treat your acne while being kind to your skin. These heroes clear spots, prevent future breakouts and even work to add a little moisture back into your complexion.
You’ve probably heard the hype and it’s time to believe it. The iS Clinical Active Serum, loved by celebrities, supermodels and more than a few beauty editors, really is a do it all serum. It contains a combination of gentle resurfacing ingredients like white willow bark extract and sugarcane extract as well as bilberry extract that both exfoliates and hydrates your skin. It’s works quickly to banish breakouts, prevent oil-build up and also treat fine lines and pigmentation so you don’t have to overload your inflamed skin with products. And do I even need to mention it won’t dry out your skin? In fact, it actually helps your moisturiser do a better job.
This antioxidant packed serum works overtime to battle environmental aggressors and treat signs of aging all while helping to prevent clogged pores and clear blemish-prone skin. It contains niacinamide that’s great for treating acne while keeping skin hydrated and there are plenty of ingredients that help to renew skin cells so you’re left with fresh and clean pores (and hopefully a few less lines!). It’s a lightweight serum that absorbs beautifully, feels instantly calming and is oil-free.
An innovation in skincare, the Bd serum from Biologi is another of their single ingredient active masterpieces. Containing Australian native Davidson Plum, this heavy hitting serum helps to reduce inflammation, reduce redness, improve the appearance of pores and sun spots and stimulate cell turnover all while packing your skin with antioxidants that improve barrier function. It’s not for those who are new to active products but definitely one to invest in if you need a natural do-it-all.
If you haven’t heard of Saarinen Organics, I urge you to take the time to get to know this home-grown brand. Their Pimple Clay and Mineral Mask is made from 100% natural ingredients and unlike other clay masks filled with fillers, this one won’t leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Instead, green, white and yellow Aussie clay draw impurities and excess oils from deep within your pores to leave you feeling and looking clearer. It comes in powder form which helps to prolong the life of your product and fits in nicely with any acne-fighting skincare routine.