treatments for severe acne

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for treatments for severe acne.

If you have severe acne, you may be experiencing a great deal of frustration. There are many different types of treatments for severe acne that can help you get clear skin once and for all.

$9.70

Been using for a while, doesn’t really do much for my wrinkles and gives me cystic acne. Normally I don’t have cystic acne ever...I love this treatment it started to work instantly after application I would highly recommend this and the texture is so light you can combine it with other treatments

What it is: A non-injective solution for visible, dynamic lines.


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles


Formulation: Lightweight Serum


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Argireline Peptide Complex: Improves the appearance of facial areas prone to developing dynamic folds, including around the eyes and in the forehead area.


 Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents.

$92.00

After having a baby I started breaking out so bad, I had big and small acne. I always had acne but not as much as after gloving birth. ...It is a little pricy and I didn't have bad acne to begin with. I don't know if it is worth the price, maybe if you suffer from sever acne scars it might be helpful.

What it is: A two-step AHA/BHA peel pad pre-dosed with seven acids and 12 antioxidants to clear the complexion, reduce the look of wrinkles, and visibly improve skin tone and texture.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

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

Formulation: Wipes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Glycolic Acid (AHA) and Mandelic Acid (AHA): Visibly reduces lines and wrinkles and balances skin.
- Salicylic Acid (BHA): Clears clogged pores.
- Resveratrol and Green Tea Extract: Supports skin cell lifespan and protects against free radicals.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

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$65.00

With acne prone skin and acne scars, I am always looking for ways to help reduce the visibility of scars. ...I am an avid retinol user and this retinol treatment is effective and gentle. I get super dry and my skin peels when I use other retinol treatments but this Paula's choice retinol treatment is perfect for me.

What it is: An advanced 1% retinol formula with skin-supportive peptides and vitamin C, smooths wrinkles and firms skin to reduce visible signs of aging.   


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Pores, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity


Formulation: Lightweight Cream


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinol (Vitamin A) 1%: A potent, slow-release concentration that visibly improves signs of aging.

$95.00

Amazing, cleared my acne after only 2 weeks of using!!...I haven't used the sulfur acne treatment mask much mostly because it smells really strong but when I have it has been great.

What it is: A quick and complete routine that targets blemishes and blackheads with pore-clearing salicylic acid, sulfur, retinoids, and lactic acid.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinoid Complex: Minimizes the look of pores, addresses visible signs of aging, and helps skin appear clear and smooth.
- Salicylic and Lactic Acids: Salicylic acid dissolves sebum buildup, minimizing the appearance of pores and combating breakouts, while lactic acid visibly clarifies the skin, exfoliating away pore-clogging debris that can lead to acne and blackheads.

$26.00

With this product, my acnes literally flatten the next day with no redness OR purging (but there is some crustiness/hyperpigmentation after the acnes are gone which is a normal post-result)! ...One of the BEST acne spot treatments that I have ever used!!

What it is: A rapid-action formula with two percent salicylic acid to fight breakouts and visibly improve blemish-prone skin in as little as 24 hours.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Oiliness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Unclogs pores and targets breakouts.
- Glycolic Acid: Visibly resurfaces skin and discourages the appearance of post-acne marks.
- Aloe: Calms, soothes, and nourishes skin.

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

MuradRapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

ITEM: 1933100

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL

636 Reviews

$26.00

I saw a difference in my acne very quickly....Average Acne Treatment...I usually get hormonal acne of just one giant zit or two. I tried this treatment twice a day, and it still took weeks to zap them.

What it is: A maximum-strength, two-percent-salicylic-acid gel that soothes the skin, targets acne, and visibly reduces blemish size and redness in as little as four hours.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 2%: Penetrates pores to exfoliate and visibly smooth the skin.
- Oat Extract: Soothes the skin and reduces the look of redness.
- Witch Hazel: Absorbs excess oil and visibly tightens pores.

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

$65.00

I have been using the Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment offered by Peter thomas Roth on my neck and face to help improve previous redness scaring and discoloration from acne and acne scaring. ...This is my new favorite discoloration treatment. My dark spots and post acne marks are fading everyday since using this product.

What it is: Now with a new look and potent Vitamin C, this is a cult-favorite Niacinamide treatment for expert-level brightening results. 


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture


Formulation: Lightweight Cream


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Brightening Complex 15%: Brightens the look of discoloration, dark spots, and post-acne marks.

- THD Ascorbate Vitamin C: Is an ultra-stable form of vitamin C that boosts the visibly brightening effect.


Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, fo

$71.00

Works great for Brightening Acne Scars!...I have been using this as a spot treatment every night. Mainly focusing on the brown / black marks left by healed acne and I have seen a significant improvement on them. they have not completely disappeared but they are much much lighter. ...It works great as a spot treatment...I like this treatment because it is gentle which is not always the case with brightening/acid treatments.

What it is: A targeted, daily concentrate with 21 percent brightening agents to help fade the look of stubborn dark spots, such as sun spots, age spots, post-acne scars, and melasma, before, during, and after dark spot formation.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 10% Azelaic Acid Derivative: Water soluble and more tolerated version of azelaic acid that visibly brightens skin tone.
- 3% Tranexamic Acid: Clinical-grade acid, widely used in dermatology to prevent discoloration.
- 2% Phytic Acid: A resurfacing ingredient derived from rice to exfoliate skin.

$17.00

I like this product because it’s the easiest to apply acne treatment that I’ve ever used - rather than being a spot treatment that you have to then try to apply moisturizer on top of without rubbing it off, this is both acne treatment and moisturizer, so you apply it as the final step of your nightly routine. ...blemish night treatment...This product is fantastic....havent had any breakouts since I started using it ...doesn't dry out my skin like most acne products!!!

What it is: An overnight treatment, with its powerful combination of vitamins C and E, that helps reduce bacteria count on your skin to prevent and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

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

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 5% STAY®-C 50: Prevents and reduces the look of blemishes and breakouts.
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Gently exfoliates, removing dead skin cells and unclogging the appearance of pores.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This is a stable Vitamin C derivative that visibly brightens and evens skin tone.

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