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The Best Drugstore Acne Treatments: 41K Reviews
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The Best Drugstore Acne Treatments: 41K Reviews

Based on 41,087 Influenster Reviews

We don't want you to have to deal with blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, or any of those skin issues that can plague you as a teen or adult. Thankfully, acne doesn't stand a chance against these pimple-fighting products that Influensters are raving about. These acne treatments are affordable and extremely effective, plus you can find them at your local drugstore.

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Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
BY CLEAN & CLEAR
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars49%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star4%
4.1 / 5 (5,568 reviews)
Buy on Walgreens for $8.79
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Erica S.Erica S. said...
When I first used this product is was extremely amazed with how well & quick it actually works. I'm usually not a big believer on drug store items working that great but I heard rave reviews about Clean & Clear's spot treatment for acne & it was on sale at my local Rite Aid, so I decided to give it a go. It worked just as well as my Proactiv Plus acne spot treatment, but at a way less price. I would wear it under makeup, alone on an au'natural day, &/or put it on before bed. Either way it works. Its completely oil free and i see results within a couple hours and the most by the next morning they are either completely healed & basically unnoticeable or they are completely gone. Only thing that bugs me though is they don't really mention on the packaging is not to use too much. They do say to use a "small" amount, but that's an understatement. If you put it on to thick, especially if wearing under makeup, you'll definitely have a dry flaky patch where ever you put it on your face. ...read more
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Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment
BY NEUTROGENA
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars47%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars15%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star4%
4.1 / 5 (1,440 reviews)
Buy on Target for $4.79
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Chelsea J.Chelsea J. said...
I've had terrible acne ever since middle school, I've been to the dermatologist, tried every product under the sun, and eventually had some sense to go and do some research. The 2.5% BP in this cream is the perfect amount and is just as effective at treating acne as the extreme 10% products with less chance of irritation/negative side affects (check google scholar if you don't believe me.) Neutrogena is one of the few brands that I've found that sells this percentage of BP.

As a spot treatment, you can put this on morning and night after washing your face, and it works wonders. For people with widespread, recurrent acne, you can do the same and spread this all over your face. When using it all over, you might need a moisturizer (be careful to pick one that won't foil your efforts) and need to use more as your skin builds tolerance, however.

The one con of On-the-Spot is that it's a vanishing cream. I like to occasionally moisturize or put on SPF, and the cream will not sit underneath anything. It balls up and comes off. Also, the small tube is expensive, and if you have bad acne, you'll go through it quickly. Neutrogena, make this in a gel and in a much larger tube/ pump bottle, please! ...read more
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Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick
BY BURT'S BEES
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars52%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (799 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $7.84
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Sophia P. said...
I purchased Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick after my usual stick - Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil - was no longer stocked at my local grocery store. This product also contains tea tree oil, along with willowbark ("natural" salicylic acid), calendula, parsley, eucalyptus, juniper, yarrow oil, and many more. I was impressed by how quickly the stick reduced the redness of blemishes from my face. It dries acne very quickly as do most tea tree oil products. It is easy to apply. It does seem to clear and dry blemishes slightly faster than my old Desert Essence sticks, but it dries my skin less. I use it several times a day on all areas of my face where zits have popped up before. It does its job well; zits appear far less often and when they do, they disappear much faster, there is far less redness, they aren't as big, and the best part - less scarring!

The downsides? The product smells bad (to me, anyway - like antiseptic licorice). But once it dries on your skin, you will not smell it and neither should anyone else. The scent is unusual but you will get used to it with time. Another downside is that the product is used up very quickly, so you may need to buy in bulk. I wish they sold these sticks in 3-packs or more.

A similar product is the Burt's Bees Targeted Spot Treatment. I have used both; the stick lasts longer and is easier to apply. ...read more
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e.l.f. Acne Fighting Spot Gel with Aloe
BY E.L.F. COSMETICS
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars46%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star7%
4.0 / 5 (559 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $2.00
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Shannon R.Shannon R. said...
I absolutely love the elf Acne Fighting Gel! At the first signs of a breakout I apply a bit to any blemish in the morning and evening for the first day or two (after washing, before any serums or creams/lotions, and let dry between) and then in the evening for a day or two, until it's gone - and it cuts the blemishes life in HALF! Smaller blemishes even less. After trying it for the first time a little over a year ago, I simply can't go without it. It can be drying if over used however - but as someone with sensitive combination skin, it can be very beneficial and used in moderation to avoid any over drying. Also budget friendly, I would definitely recommend. ...read more
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Burt's Bees Acne Targeted Spot Treatment
BY BURT'S BEES
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars48%
  • 4 Stars32%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (346 reviews)
Buy on Walgreens for $10.99
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Courtney Z.Courtney Z. said...
Miracle product! I switched up my skincare from lots of harsh cleansers to simple things with basic ingredients (this being one of my latest additions) and it absolutely changed my skin. I have very typical teenage skin: breakout-prone, hormonal, oily t-zone and some dry patches. Basically, crazy. This spot treatment does what nothing else could, it cleared up any random spots without messing with the rest of my skin! I love it as a spot treatment, I just wish the packaging was a little easier to use. ...read more
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Clearasil® Ultra 5-in-1 Acne Medication Pads
BY CLEARASIL
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars44%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars7%
  • 1 Star4%
4.0 / 5 (163 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $7.97
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Candi B.Candi B. said...
I recently purchased this because my skin starting acting up after years of no acne and this is becoming one of my all time favs. I have problems with blackheads on my nose and do a combination of masks, charcoal scrubs, night cream and these and it seems to be working. I use these after the shower and then when I wakeup in the morning before I apply my makeup. It really helps to exfoliate my skin and remove any dead skin that may make my makeup look cakey. ...read more
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