Bye-Bye Blemishes: 16 Acne-Fighting Products To Try Now

Like many skin issues, acne does not discriminate. Whether you’re 14 or 44, pimples, blackheads and tender red bumps can plague all ages, genders and ethnicities


Essano Clear Complexion Rapid Action Blemish Gel, $16

Formulated with willow bark, a naturally derived form of salicylic acid, this New Zealand-made anti-bacterial treatment is designed to rid skin of the bacteria that causes pimples.

Available from selected supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

Clinique Blackhead Solutions Self-Heating Blackhead Extractor, $65

Just add water and witness this unique formula warm to skin as you use its massaging nozzle to gently open clogged pores to remove blackhead-causing dirt, oil and debris, minus the painful squeezing.

Available from selected department stores and pharmacies nationwide.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $27

We wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t include Mario Badescu’s best-selling Drying Lotion in this list. A powerful blend of calamine and salicylic acid, this pimple fighter promises to clear and soothe unsightly whiteheads while you slumber.

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, $40

Say goodbye to stubborn blemishes with this maximum strength anti-acne spot treatment, which claims to help to reduce blemish size and redness in four hours. The invisible gel formula doesn’t peel or flake, meaning you can pop a little bit on top of your makeup if needed on-the-go.

Natio Acne Clear Purifying Spot Treatment, $13.50

Combining purifying plant extracts with benzoyl peroxide, this targeted treatment helps to clear breakouts and reduce redness, and is suitable for all skin types.

Available from Farmers and selected pharmacies nationwide.

Acure Acne Spot Treatment, $35

Containing maximum over-the-counter strength 2% salicylic acid, this spot treatment fights zits at their source. The addition of narcissus extract helps to lighten and brighten the appearance of skin, lessening the after effects blemishes can leave behind.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Targeted Gel, $17

This S.O.S wand helps to fight blemishes thanks to three key natural actives. Tea tree oil is renowned for its purifying antibacterial properties, lemon tea tree helps to soothe, while tamanu oil extract works to generate new tissue and improve the healing process.

Evolu Triple Action Spot Crisis Control Gel, $30

Consider Evolu’s targeted spot treatment your triple threat in the fight against blemishes. Formulated to clear, regulate and soothe using powerful natural ingredients like Manuka honey, lentil seed extract and New Zealand kawakawa and aloe, this zit zapper fights acne-causing bacteria, controls sebum and promotes healing.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus, $33

Famed for their science-backed approach to skincare, La Roche-Posay’s foray into blemish fighters extends to this innovative cream. Utilising prebiotics to rebalance skin’s microbiome, this cream stimulates skin’s own immunity and regulates inflammation.

Available from Life Pharmacy stores nationwide.

Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel, $23

Ideal for twice daily use, this gel formulation seeks to address the root of the problem by reducing swelling where pimples start to form. Antibacterial oregano, tea tree and eucalyptus reduce inflammation, combat the cause of infection, and prevent them from spreading further.

Simple Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper, $11

Tell blemishes to roll on out with this on-the-go anti-acne treatment. The rollerball applicator makes easy work of applying the oil-free formula, which works to reduce oiliness in the T-zone.

Available from selected supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix, $34

Suffering from a skin S.O.S? Trust Dermalogica’s emergency spot treatment to deal to pimple-causing bacteria, while camellia sinensis, lavender and tea tree work to calm skin irritation and fade redness.

Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel, $27

Harnessing the power of salicylic acid, this naturally-derived blemish buster works to rid pores of bacteria and oil build up, while caffeine and red algae neutralise redness and calm angry, inflamed skin.

Grown Alchemist Blemish Treatment Gel, $44

Allow the natural anti-bacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant-rich properties of this advanced treatment gel containing polyphenol antioxidants and antibacterial salicin tackle blemishes for a clear, more radiant complexion.

Resist the urge to squeeze or pop a blemish.

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Tier For Teens Spot Stop, $24

Put to stop to spots with this newly-minted pimple warrior. Created right here in New Zealand, the founder of Nellie Tier skincare company formulated this anti-blemish gel with botanical ingredients to soothe and calm angry lumps and bumps, prevent pores from becoming clogged and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Spot Treatment, $45

Harnessing the powering of light therapy, this two-minute acne spot treatment is an at-home version of the red and blue light used in clinics and said to reduce breakouts minus flaking or burning. Apply directly on skin so light is fully surrounding the pimple, and after two minutes of treatment, the device will automatically time out

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