Top 5 skincare products for acne [reviewed 2023]

Hannah Wilson

With countless acne treating skincare products on the market, it comes as no surprise that acne sufferers are often overwhelmed by the choices available to them. That’s where we come in…

At Face Dr, we’re dedicated to helping our readers and clients find effective products that work for their skin. When it comes to treating acne-prone skin, quality is key. We sift through the industry’s noise to bring you honest recommendations with proven efficacy that we know will give you lasting results. If you'd rather skip the lesson and get personalised recommendations from a Skin Expert, book your free online skincare consultation below. Read on to find out more about our top skincare products for acne.


Everyone’s skin is unique, so what works for some people, might not work for others. That being said, we’ve put our research brains to the task and found a range of widely reviewed products which contain quality ingredients that have been proven to treat pimples, blackheads and all the other bugbears that come with acne. From masks to makeup removers, here are the top 5 products for acne-prone skin.

#1 ZO Skin Health Acne Control

#2 ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Masque

#3 All Skin Med R Essential Renewal Serum

#4 ZO Skin Health Dual Action Scrub

#5 The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

woman with clear skin after using acne skincare products

#1 ZO Skin Health Acne Control

ZO Skin Health Acne Control


In all honesty, there’s no such thing as an overnight cure for acne. That being said, there are some targeted treatments that really do hit the spot. ZO Skin Health Acne Control is loved by many of our Skin Experts and their clients who suffer with spots and excess sebum production.

The 10% benzoyl peroxide in this punchy whitehead treatment effectively targets blemishes and will have you seeing results in no time. With glycerin to rehydrate and tea tree oil to help fight off blemish boosting bacteria, you’ll wonder why you never used it sooner.


#2 ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Masque

ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Masque


This pore purifying mask is a must have for any acne sufferers out there. The anti-inflammatory, natural, clay-based formula is designed to help treat and prevent breakouts. 

With sulfur to help calm irritation and bentonite which will absorb all those surface oils and detoxify your pores, this mask should definitely become a bi-weekly treat. Apply to cleansed skin twice a week and remove with warm water. If irritation occurs, reduce use to once a week.


#3 AllSkin Med R Essential Renewal Serum


R Essential Renewal Serum


This is a gentle, lightweight serum that promotes epidermal renewal. Creating a smoother, brighter and clearer complexion, this serum gel is perfect for those with uneven texture and blemishes.

Begin this treatment as a preventative measure for photodamage and uneven skin texture. We like to recommend this product to clients with overly reactive, sensitive or delicate skin, as it is gentle enough on the skin but active enough to get the job done. 

#4 ZO Skin Health Dual Action Scrub

ZO Skin Health Dual Action Scrub

ZO's Dual Action Scrub provides exfoliation for the removal of dead skin cells and excess surface oils, preventing acne and breakouts before they have a chance to occur. This scrub is also ideal for removing unfriendly bacteria from the skin and keeps pores clear.

This product is recommended by our Skin Experts and regime advice varies depending on your skin type and acne severity.


#5 The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

If you’re strapped for cash, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% should definitely be on your shopping list. This no frills formula works to purify congested skin with perfectly balanced zinc and niacinamide concentrations. 

If you’re after a product that balances sebum production, reduces pore size and prevents future break outs – all at a staggeringly low cost – this is the product for you. 

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    Hopefully this list has helped you on your way to finding the perfect products to treat your blemishes, blackheads and breakouts. Acne-prone skin can take a long time to figure out and we know how valuable professional guidance, such as ours, can be while you’re on that journey.

    If you’d like to speak to one of our GPs or in-house skincare professionals about acne or any other skincare problems, you can book a free online consultation by clicking here. We can help you address a host of skin concerns including acne rosacea, acne vulgaris and acne scarring.

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