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pimple creams

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for pimple creams.

Pimple creams are a new generation of spot treatments that are designed to help you get rid of your pimples faster. They're made with a variety of ingredients, including salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and benzoyl peroxide. Here are some great pimple creams on the market today.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 g·ITEM: 1195361

Color: Medium Tan 18 - for medium-tan neutral skin with subtle rosy undertones

7.9K Reviews


My skin is prone to break-outs, and this foundation lets my skin breathe. ...Not only does it cover well and leaves my skin looking soft and even but it has helped me significantly to reduce breakouts in my face. I used proactive and a bunch of other products to control my acne and they kind of worked but the breakouts always came back.

What it is: A clean, loose mineral foundation that delivers buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a matte finish while helping to control excess oil.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provides mineral-based SPF protection.
- Silica/Calcium Silicate and Lauroyl Lysine: Provide a matte finish with a silky, soft-skin feel and helps controls oil.
- Iron Oxides: Provides clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

CLINIQUEAcne Solutions™ Liquid Makeup Foundation

Size: 1 oz·ITEM: 1315035

Color: Fresh Clove

1.6K Reviews


NO MORE ZITS!!...I'm 32 and until I found this lightweight, perfect color match foundation for acne, I ALWAYS had some kind of bad acne. Like, cystic acne. ...I still recommend this if you want to wear a liquid foundation and you have issues with oily skin, break outs, acne, and sensitive skin.

✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

✔ Matte

What it is:
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a skin-clearing makeup with salicylic acid. Helps cover, clear, and prevent blemishes. Oil-free.


Best for Hormonal Acne!!...I use it twice a day and it keeps annoying blemishes at bay and fights hormonal acne!! I have clear skin with the exception of random zits here and there but have always struggled with break outs when monther nature comes to town. ...I normally don’t get acne, so these constant breakouts were new. The Kate Somerville cleanser has a sulfur base so it helps my acne more than salicylic acid (I have papule acne).

What it is: A medicated daily foaming acne wash with three percent Sulfur that delivers clinical-strength cleansing without irritation or over drying.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, Pores, Oiliness

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sulfur: Works to eliminate existing imperfections and keeps new ones from occurring.
- Honey and Rice Bran Extracts: Help calm and soothe skin.
- Natural Oat Extract: Helps to absorb and balance sebum.


ACTUALLY GETS RID OF ZITS OVERNIGHT!...We both use this every time a zit pops up. Let me tell you, this stuff is incredible. ...Works great on big zits!...This product works great for those big juicy zits that can last for a long time. I have oily skin, and I found that it dries up zits fast without drying up the skin around it, and reduces the length of time the acne spot lingers.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
A spot treatment that targets problem areas on contact to help clear blemishes.

Solutions for:
- Oiliness
- Acne and blemishes

If you want to know more…
Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment effectively targets acne and blemishes at the source. Salicylic acid refines skin texture and possesses anti-bacterial properties to suppress acne-causing bacteria, oil-absorbing ginger root extract delivers gingerols to soothe skin, and frankincense helps reduce sebum production.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates


Not only did it help with my post break out hyperpigmentation, but also reduced the acne to where it’s almost gone in one week. ...Fixed my breakout...I also get significant and stubborn hyperpigmentation from every pimple too. Last week I added three new The Ordinary products to my skincare regimen, and not only has my breakout cleared but the hyperpigmentation has noticeably faded, especially the spots from more recent breakouts.

What it is: A multifunctional cream that visibly brightens skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness, Uneven Texture, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Cream

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, oxybenzone, coal tar, and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Formulated without alcohol, nuts, or fragrance, this azelaic acid cream visibly brightens skin tone, evens out texture, reduces blemishes, and provides antioxidant support.


So I've always had sensitive combination skin, I get dry in some areas and have a oily t-zone, and regular hormonal break outs once a month, but nothing major. But suddenly a while back I started getting cyst like acne along my cheeks, never experienced acne like that before and nothing helped, until I tried this one, I had it in the bottom of my drawer and hadn't used it for a while, can't remember what I really thought about it before this. ...It has helped with lighten my blemishes/redness from previous breakouts, helps calm current breakouts, and does not cause any break outs!

What it is: A vegan, soothing gel cream formulated to leave blemish and breakout-prone skin comfortable and calm while helping to combat the appearance of blemishes.

Dr. Barbara SturmClarifying Face Cream

ITEM: 2270049

Size: 1.69 oz/ 50 mL

20 Reviews


I have acne prone combination skin. This cream is very velvety and smooth feeling. ...Sturm’s products everyday in my routine and had to add on products from others brands to address break outs when they showed up. Out of the collection I purchased the mask, serum, face cream & un-tinted spot treatment.

What it is: An anti-aging moisturizer specifically developed for blemish-prone skin that creates a more even, clarified complexion.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Pores, and Blemishes

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Complex of Balloon Vine, Viper’s Bugloss, and Sunflower Oil Extract: Work to improve the skin’s barrier properties to restore its natural balance.
- Zinc: Counteracts the formation of breakouts.
- Bistort Root Extract: Provides a radiant complexion.


I had a back case of breakout last month and was looking for an acne cleanser. ...I had been using the Murad acne cleanser and it just stopped working. It was causing break outs, dry spots and then was oily and still causing break outs.

What it is: A rich, creamy cleanser that targets blemishes as it calms, soothes, and conditions. This cleanser was previously known as Time Release Acne Cleanser.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 0.5%: This encapsulated ingredient works quickly and over time to extend visible blemish-clearing benefits beyond rinse off.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, and oxybenzone. This product is also cruelty-free and gluten-free.

Mario BadescuDrying Cream

ITEM: 2388031

Size: 0.5 oz/ 14 g

4 Reviews


When I have a small zit or a pimple arising, I apply a small amount on the area before I sleep. ...I like the fact that the tan color covers the red of the pimple. It drys out the pimple somewhat. I use it overnight.

What it is: An on-the-spot cream solution for small bumps and surface blemishes.

Skin Type: Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sulfur: Visibly clarifies and absorbs over-produced oil.
- Zinc Oxide: Absorbs excess oil.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also cruelty-free and comes in recyclable packaging.

SmashboxHalo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 1.4 / 40·ITEM: 2569960

Color: Deep Rich Neutral - deep-rich with neutral undertone

623 Reviews


It keeps my skin protected while also covering some of my acne scaring. I have not broken out from using it and I love the glow it gives my complexion....Wanted to love but made me breakout...I really wanted to love it but for some reason it made me break out like crazy on my forehead every time I tried to wear it - I’d still give it a shot if you’re looking for a dewy tinted moisture, unique texture and good coverage!

What it is: An all-in-one, SPF primer-infused tinted moisturizer with lightweight, natural-looking dewy coverage that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.


Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

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