Complete Guide to Problem Skin and Acne Treatment

By Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor

With our acne & problem skin treatments guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is the best acne treatment for your face and what are some natural acne treatments. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our problem skin and acne treatment page.

Top Problem Skin and Acne Treatment Brands

  • The Ordinary
  • Murad
  • Mario Badescu
  • Sunday Riley
  • Malin + Goetz
  • Dr. Barbara Sturm

Problem Skin and Acne Treatment FAQs

flat lay of acne skin care products including serums, creams and facial brush

What is the best acne treatment for your face?

When it comes to tackling acne, there are many over-the-counter treatments you can use to help minimise breakouts, soothe inflammation and reduce redness. However, the best acne treatments will utilise the likes of salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide. These particular ingredients are great at killing the bacteria that causes acne, removing excess oil and exfoliating away the dead skin cells that clog pores. As a result, regular use of these treatments will help to calm your complexion and control future acne breakouts. If you're not sure where to start, you can always rely on brands such as Paula's Choice, Dermalogica, Mario Badescu and Clinique to supply the best acne treatments for your face.

What are some natural acne treatments?

There are a few natural acne treatments you can try if you want to stay away from formulas that are heavy on the acids and chemicals. The most common natural remedies for acne include tea tree oil and witch hazel. You'll often find that the best acne treatments utilise these ingredients as they are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, meaning they can calm breakouts. However, it should be noted that these oils are also quite strong when in their purest form, and could cause further irritation if not used correctly.

Zinc is also a good option if you're looking for a natural acne treatment as the mineral has the ability to reduce inflammation and heal skin. Again, it's often one of the ingredients found in acne treatment formulas, however you can buy zinc supplements and use them alone.

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What is the best acne treatment for teens?

Unfortunately, as we approach our teenage years our hormones tend to go wild and can sometimes change the appearance of skin. We understand that as a teenager, or as a parent of a teenager, you may be reluctant to putting strong formulas that are packed with acids on your face in order to try and curb acne breakouts. And while there are no specific or alternative ingredients that are better for teenage skin, some of the best skin care brands do offer over-the-counter products that are a little more suitable.

Brands such as La Roche-Posay and CeraVe offer gentle formulas that target both acne and oily skin, whilst NIP + FAB have the Teen Fix collection – an entire skin care range that is dedicated to keeping teenage skin under control.

As well as introducing the correct products and treatments into your skin care routine, dermatologists would suggest that those in their teenage years wash their face daily – twice a day if your skin is oilier – with the appropriate cleanser.

What is blue light acne treatment?

Blue light acne treatment is a non-invasive procedure that helps to control mild to moderate acne breakouts and calm inflammation. It essentially uses a wavelength of blue light to create an antimicrobial effect that kills off the acne-inducing bacteria that clogs pores and oils glands.

Blue light acne treatment is typically carried out in-clinic by a dermatologist but you can buy handheld devices to use at home. The treatment needs to be carried out over several sessions, typically eight times over a four week period, to see visible results. Those with severe acne should be warned that blue light treatment can actually worsen skin.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.