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serums for acne skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for serums for acne skin.

If you have acne-prone skin, there are plenty of products that can help alleviate and treat acne. Serums are a great way to treat acne because they help target specific problems, and they're usually packed with beneficial ingredients. Here are some great options for serums for acne-prone skin.


I have very sensitive skin and have always broken out from trying new skin care and make up products. ...This serum helps a lot for my break out skin. I can see the noticeable difference after 3 days. ...holy grail for sensitive and acne prone skin

What it is: A high-strength vitamin-and-mineral blemish formula with 10 percent pure niacinamide and one percent zinc PCA.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and signs of congestion, visibly brightens skin tone.
- Zinc PCA: Visibly regulates excess sebum activity.

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: Niacinamide (vitamin B3) reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion.


HG acne spot treatment...does what its meant to do for a really great price. at the first sign of a breakout i'd use this as a spot treatment and it'll stop the breakout in its path! ...this serum has softened and cleared my face. reduced break outs and made my skin smooth. it works for me.

What it is: A nonirritating squalane-based serum formulated with salicylic acid to effectively decongest the skin and exfoliate its surface.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Decongests and exfoliates.
- 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol: Soothes.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.


I see a huge difference in my skins texture and the next day i feel the pimple almost completely gone!...He definitely made me pores on my chin and cheeks smaller, but it made my forehead breakout with little bumps. I also started to get a few small pimples on my cheeks.

What it is: An exfoliator that works beneath the surface of the skin to help unclog pores, target blackheads and reduce excess oil.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Oiliness, Pores, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 2%: Helps to gently exfoliate the skin and unclogs pores to reduce blemishes.
- Zinc Compound 1%: Helps control oil.
- Mutli Molecular Hyaluronic Acid 1%: Helps to hydrate and plump skin.


I was so excited when I saw this new product by EADEM! This dark spot serum is hydrating and doesn’t make me breakout. ...I am on my 5th bottle and this product has not only faded stubborn dark marks but has also stopped my skin from getting new ones. I have very dark, acne prone skin and I noticed when I do get a pimple or two, this serum helps calm my skin and pimples heal without the severe pigmentation that comes with it.

What it is: A fragrance-free serum—uniquely formulated for skin of color—that rapidly reduces visible dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and post-acne marks while bestowing a healthy-looking glow.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Uneven Texture, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Blend of Niacinamide and Encapsulated Vitamin C: Visibly brightens, fights acne, soothes skin, and supports collagen.
- Amber Algae: Fades and discourages the appearance of dark spots, preserving skin's natural tone.
- Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes: Visibly resurface skin without irritation.


For the past few years, I have battled with keeping my hormonal acne under control. Rose md gifted me this serum....Great Serum!...I am obsessed with the Rose Ingleton MD Blemish Control Booster Serum. Anytime I have a breakout, this is the first serum I reach for.

What it is: A daily blemish serum designed to calm skin and address acne breakouts for a smoother, clearer-looking complexion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Turmeric: Fights breakouts with antibacterial properties.
- Fruit-Derived AHAs: Unclog pores.
- Niacinamide: Targets inflammation.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This clean, vegan booster serum harnesses the power of fruit-derived AHAs, turmeric, niacinamide, and flower extracts.


ITEM: 2345122

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL

58 Reviews


I was looking for a budget BHA serum after my cosmetologist recommended it for pores, and while I didn’t notice a huge difference in my pores with this specific serum I did notice a huge one in texture, my skin was so much smoother! ...This product completely changed my skin texture and helped heal any acne scaring. It made a noticeable difference within the first week of using, I had a really bad break out on my cheeks and chin and it cleared it up and prevented more pimples.

What it is: Vegan formula serum containing 6% blend of BHA and PHA targeted to visibly smooth skin on first use. Helps eliminate dead skin cells and visibly reduce pore size after 28 days.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores

Formulation: Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 6 percent Natural Salicylic Acid (BHA) & Gluconolactone (PHA) from gaultheria leaves and corn, known as excellent exfoliators.
- Salicylic Acid (BHA) is perfect for oily to normal skin prone to breakouts; helps eliminate dead skin cells.
- PHA is a gentler type of acid than AHA; helps exfoliate for a smoother look.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is also vegan, and comes in recycling packa


Best Serum ever......This has been one of the best serums for acne...with that in mind I don't suffer from acne but I do get the occasional breakouts and sometimes the very small pimples that can eventually develop into a much bigger pimple but since I've been using this I have seen such a massive difference in the amount of breakouts I've been getting...I will always purchase this Serum as it helps with fine lines and wrinkles to which is a bonus...I mean who wants lines and wrinkles...definitely not me. ...helps little breakouts...I developed "perimenopausal" acne and stopped being able to use antiaging products because they caused breakouts.

What it is:
An oil-free face serum developed specifically for adult skins experiencing breakouts along with lines and wrinkles.

What it is formulated to do:
Gentle, hydrating formula with salicylic acid helps clear and treat acne without dryness. Potent anti-aging technology visibly improves lines, wrinkles, texture. See skin that’s clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Appropriate for all skin types, this product is non-acnegenic, allergy tested, 100 percent fragrance-free, and dermatologist tested.


i’ve been having hormonal breakouts lately, which means extra scarring and dullness. this serum has really boosted my skins glow and helped my acne scars fade! ...After a few weeks, my skin looks calmer and more uniform. Post acne marks are fading nicely, and I think it keeps pimples away nicely.

What it is: A serum-oil hybrid infused with superfoods and vitamin C that acts like a topical skin vitamin, visibly brightening, tightening, firming, and smoothing dull, rough skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Uneven Texture, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 15 Super-Greens Complex: A blend of vegan collagen, spinach, and more that provides skin with nutrients and antioxidants.
- Highly Stable Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate): Supports collagen production and reduces the look of wrinkles.


Acne begone! But strong smell......I had never heard of this serum before but it was a godsend! My skin has suffered from hormonal acne the past few years, with stubborn pimples that just wouldn’t go away. ...A good multi faceted product for acne & brightness...It’s more of a multi-faceted product in that it works on acne, skin smoothness and wrinkles, and skin tone and brightness.

What it is: A two-in-one brightening and clearing serum that helps prevent breakouts while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles.
- AGE Bright™ Complex: Promotes a brighter, more even skin tone.


i got this on friday, i have been dealing with horrible break outs, after using this product for only 6 days i already see a reduction in my pimples, also all the acne marks i had along my jaw line due to my break outs, are pretty much gone now! ...OILY & ACNE PRONE MUST HAVE!!!...I have yet to have another big breakout, only an occasional small pimple. If you have oily/combo acne prone skin, YOU NEED THIS.

What it is: A powerful yet soothing AHA and BHA acid serum that gently smooths, addresses the appearance of breakouts, and visibly refines pores for clear, hydrated skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

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

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Clarity Acid Complex 10%: Visibly diminishes blemish-causing pore buildup, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and smooths the look of bumps and fine lines.
- Strawberry: Helps reduce excess oil, exfoliate, and even the look of skin tone.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates skin by holding up to 1000 times its weight in moisture, keeping skin visibly plump.

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primers for acne prone skin
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toners for acne-prone skin
“I had scars from old acne as well. This toner, after three weeks of constant use (part of evening skin care and a small dab on chin in morning) removed acne break outs completely”
scrubs for acne
“i am constantly looking for a scrub that i can take seriously. the vast majority of scrubs barely have any particles in them at all. i am a serious, committed exfoliator, and i have wasted thousands of dollars (probably) on scrubs that just had no guts. i've tried SO many facial scrubs, from every company. even clinique's scrub for women is wimpy. ”
serums for oily skin
“Before I started using it, I had really oily skin and this has definitely managed my skins barrier really well by maintaining its hydration throughout the day and preventing my skin from overproduction of oils on my face”
lotions for acne
“I also use it on hormonal acne or when I feel I’m about to get a pimple or zit, I’ll apply a few drops only because it’s so watery, it’s not that easy”
masks for acne-prone skin
“This Theraputic Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask by Peter Thomas Roth is perfect for acne prone skin”
skin care products for acne scars
“I have very sensitive skin that is very acne prone so I deliberately waited to review this product so I could use it for a few weeks to make sure it didn’t make me break out”
treatments for acne
“I don’t always have break-outs, and this is not my day-to-day serum. However, after I had a nasty break-out and a week of using this serum, the results were amazing”
moisturizers for acne-prone skin
“Unfortunately, I don't believe it goes well with acne, oily skin. Although it didn't break me out, when my period came around, my chin had a bad hormonal breakout”