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These Anti-Acne Products Will Help You Stop Your Pimple Popping

Pimples are like a bad relationship you can’t seem to shake off. You probably had more of them in your teenage years, but even as you got older, you (unfortunately) still occasionally encounter a few. And while they might have been more prolific in your youth, they leave more damage behind when you’re older and it takes more time for you to recover from the aftermath.

To help make these bad “relationships” a thing of the past, we’ve listed a selection of anti-acne skincare to help prevent and treat breakouts. And because we’re definitely no 16 year old, we’ve selected ones that extremely gentle and are suitable for more mature complexions that might need some extra TLC. You don’t have to thank us, we girls need to stick together.

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#1: Arcona PM Blemish Lotion, $76, Sephora
Using a blend of stabilised retinol, salicylic and lactic acids, this helps clear blemishes while you sleep by decongesting pores and drying out blemishes. It also has antioxidant-rich tea tree and broccoli extract to fight free radical damage. #2: 111Skin Ground Control Anti Blemish Tonic, $98
This helps to neutralise stressed, tired skin while minimising excess oils. its soothing formula reduces inflammation, stimulates skin renewal and is designed to eliminate breakouts before they surface.   #3: Eve Lom Dynaspot, $55, Escentials
With naturally soothing antiseptic extracts carefully balanced with salicylic acid, this targeted treatment eliminates spots quickly without drying the skin. #4: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, USD$77.95 (approx. $104.88), net-a-porter
Free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, this contains 1.5 percent salicylic acid to give you clear, blemish-free skin. Formulated with purifying black cumin seed oil, licorice root, cucumber seed oil and chamomile extract, it brightens pigmentation, softens the appearance of fine lines and soothes stressed skin.   #5: June Jacobs Anti-Aging Blemish Control Foaming Cleanser, $85, Sephora
This has salicylic acid to thoroughly cleanse oily skin and reduce blackheads and blemishes, lactic acid and malic acid to refine skin’s texture while a potent combination of tea tree oil, camphor and extracts of blue daisy, broccoli, willow bark and turmeric help to calm, soothe and detoxify problematic skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. #6: Dior Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay Mask, $92
With a creamy texture, this lightweight mask is made with jojoba oil and natural minerals to treat pimples, minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and mattify skin. #7: Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion, $22.90
The brand’s popular hydrating lotion is now infused with healing properties to treat troubled, acne-prone skin. It has a lightweight texture that hydrates and heals, using a combination of natural plant extracts and hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory botanical agents to treat redness, swelling, and skin irritation, while tranexamic acid also lightens the appearance of blemishes. #8: Kate Somerville HydraClear Hydrating Acne Gel, $85, Sephora
This lightweight, multifunctional acne treatment and moisturiser helps to reduce and prevent breakouts, soothe irritation and control shine. It has bio-derived hyaluronic acid and red algae to give immediate and long-lasting, oil-free moisturisation, without clogging pores. #9: Orbis Clear Acne Spots, $20
This has acne care ingredients like Sophora root extract and Lingzhi extract to treat breakouts and protect skin from external stimuli. It also contains AC Oil Sensor Powder that absorbs excess oil and sebum to minimise acne aggravation while retaining moisture in skin. Apricot Nectar helps to soften skin to help boost the permeation of active ingredients, as well as prevent rough skin and breakouts. #10: The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, $32.90
This lightweight, fast-absorbing serum is made with 100 per cent Community Trade tea tree oil and the brand’s Anti-Imperfection 76 per cent Daily Solution to treat dark spots, breakouts and blemishes gently. Like this? Check out the Laneige Two Tone Bar that makes highlighting and contouring a breeze, stick foundations are big now and this is why and this new skincare range created with space agents is out of this world.