7 Best Pimple Creams for Getting Rid of Acne

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Acne eradication comes in many forms: scrubs, cleansers – hell, even stickers. The problem is that most of them tend to operate under a scorched earth-style policy. They’re drying and harsh, sucking the life out of acne and leaving flakes or irritation behind. Hate it? Try pimple cream.

Pimple cream tends to be highly concentrated in potent ingredients, but it isn’t always as harsh or irritating to dryer skin types. These seven creams are effective when it comes to clearing breakouts, but they’re not going to leave your skin thirsty. In fact, they can actually help moisturize your spots, depending on their ingredients.

1

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

This legendary lotion is known as a miracle cure for getting rid of pesky pimples. It’s a celeb fave for a reason. Mario Badescu’s signature product uses salicylic acid to dry out pimples overnight.

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2

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

This Clean & Clear product basically zaps pimples off your face. It’s a thin gel packed with salicylic acid, so it clears the pores of any gunk, dirt, or oil. Luckily, it’s also pretty affordable. 

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3

Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

Versatile enough to work for all skin types, Kate Somerville’s Eradikate treatment helps fade pimples over time and prevent future breakouts. Ingredients like sulfur help minimize the appearance of pores. 

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4

Murad Acne Control Skin Perfecting Lotion

Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you should shy away from moisturizing lotions. This light, oil-free Murad lotion helps keep the face healthily hydrated without being brink-of-breakout shiny and slick. 

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5

Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion

Not only does this Kiehl’s lotion have the usual salicylic acid on its list of ingredients, it also has some other powerful allies to help shrink zits. Aloe and Vitamin B3 work together to keep the skin balanced and hydrated. 

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6

Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment

Some treatments go way overboard on the powerfully drying ingredients. This Neutrogena spot treatment keeps things evenly balanced with a small amount of Benzoyl Peroxide that still produces big results. 

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7

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Spot Gel

This roll-on formula is infused with salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, green tea, and aloe. It  nourishes the skin but also helps to reduce redness, calm swelling, and heal irritated spots or breakouts.

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