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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.

$28.00

It does what it says - fights pimples and zits. i'm not too sure about future breakouts as i still breakout occasionally and it's not a product you can smear all over your face but it's great at making a pimple or zit either disappear without even coming to a head (which is rare for me) or it'll make it come to a head faster so that it will pop on its own then heal faster, than if i didn't put this product on it at all. ...I've used this product until it's dried up. I have hormonal acne so it's a bit more stubborn than my regular break outs. i can say this does work but it's not as good as my pimple patches for another brand. ...Good investment for smaller break outs

What it is: An effective blemish-fighting acne spot treatment that minimizes pimples, zaps zits, and helps prevent future breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, Pores, Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sulfur (10.0%): Works quickly to exfoliate dead surface skin cells, unclog pores, and help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
- BHAs: Deliver anti-redness benefits to reduce the look of pores while unclogging them.
- Zinc Oxide: A natural mineral that provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum.

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

$20.00

dries some zits out, but made me break out with other ones and also left a mark after the zit dried...It drys the pimple out. You can see the pimples going down the next day

What it is: An acne spot remover that helps quickly fight, fade, and prevent future blemishes for spotless-looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Redness, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Saw Palmetto: Helps control oil, reduce shine, and prevent breakouts.

What Else You Need to Know: This blemish-fighting formula with saw palmetto and 1.5 percent salicylic acid helps eliminate excess oil that can lead to break outs.

$185.00

Flawless Skin minus the acne...Only dislike is if I use it too much ,every night, I start to break out with little whiteheads or cystic pimple under the skin that gets very painful so if it wasn't for that I'd definitely repurchase, price point is high ,but if you don't get pimples from it then this stuff is amazing, like magic in a bottle for what it does to the skin ....My entire jaw line and neck looked like I had a “zit beard.” Constant break outs left discoloration as they healed, and new breakouts would crop up.

What it is: A powerful treatment to visibly soften texture, reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines due to dryness, even the look of skin’s tone, and enhance visible radiance.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Dark Spots, and Pores

Formulation: Lightweight Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Pitera™: Contains over 50 micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and natural acids to condition skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

$159.00

zits be gone!...It kills the zits and acne so much faster than other treatments I’ve tried....I only get the occasional pimple due to hormonal breakout or not washing face after the gym.

What it is: A device that uses the dual power of laser-focused blue LED light and T-Sonic pulsations to address acne-causing bacteria, painlessly, in as little as 30 seconds.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes

What Else You Need to Know: The ultra-hygienic silicone surface inhibits bacterial growth. The blue LED light activates when the device touches the skin to address bacteria. T-Sonic pulsations support natural blood microcirculation to facilitate the skin’s renewal. Red, cross-shaped light precisely targets blemishes. ESPADA is FDA-approved.

$49.00

I was worried this wouldn’t help my zits but after applying to my skin where I would break out, I find it completely removes the zit without drying or damaging the skin!...I’ve been using it every night for about two weeks and I think it’s done a good job of preventing break outs. I do not have severe acne, so my main concern is preventing new pimples.

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

What it is:
A powerful treatment with five clinically proven acne-clearing acids to clear existing acne and help prevent future breakouts.

Solutions for:
- Acne
- Oiliness
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This medicated lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall acne in just one week. Salicylic acid combines with lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebacic, and glycolic acids in penta-acid technology to clear skin of acne-causing bacteria, oiliness, and blackheads while minimizing dryness and irritation.

Dr. Barbara SturmClarifying Spot Treatment

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2270080

Color: 02

8 Reviews

$55.00

Will it magically evaporate your pimple or cover it as well as heavy concealer? No, of course not. ...I put this on my forehead where I have acne & it FULLY covers it!!! All the redness & my ugly pimples are all gone!!!

What it is: A tinted spot treatment designed to cover up and address blemishes, breakouts, and redness.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness, Acne, and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Complex of Maclura Bioflavonoids, Tea Tree Oil, and Zinc Oxide: Helps combat unwanted impurities.
- Vitamin B3: Supports the body’s natural skin renewal.

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

$88.00

I have very dry skin that is breakout prone. I am 29, so I wanted to get a retinol in my routine to help my acne and acne scars. ...Effective at healing acne...I started using this when I had a sever acne breakout. I don't have sensitive skin, so I don't get irritation.

What it is: A cult-favorite retinol and AHA serum clinically shown to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while visibly firming and brightening for glowing, younger-looking skin. 

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

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

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Encapsulated Retinol: Non-irritating retinol that improves the look of fine lines, texture, and elasticity.
- AHA: Exfoliates to improve texture and uneven tone for smoother, brighter-looking skin.
- Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract: Antioxidant that helps reduce visible signs of aging and defend against pollution.

$22.00

I love this product so much! It helped my breakout since I struggle with hormonal acne. I had a bad, deep breakout and this product helped clear it in a week! ...It’s helped get rid of stubborn acne and those under the skin pimples that aren’t ready to come out but you can definitely see the bump / feel a bump.

What it is: A clinically demonstrated, benzoyl-peroxide-powered formula that fights and prevents the appearance of breakouts, absorbs excess oil, and visibly calms redness.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%: Targets acne-causing bacteria on contact.
- Bisabolol: Reduces visible signs of sensitivity and irritation to minimize dryness and flaking.
- Allantoin: Calms and soothes the skin while visibly minimizing redness.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, and mineral oil.

$15.00

miracle pimple paste...This product is a miracle worker - ALWAYS gets rid of your pimples overnight. Must-Have for when you need to get rid of your zits quickly...It soothes all my pimples!...THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF SPOT TREATMENTS! I use this to zap a zit overnight and have also used on the occasional back & bum pimple and it slows them down quick!

What it is: A fast-acting blemish spot treatment that zaps pimples overnight with zero irritation and helps brighten the look of spots from past breakouts.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne/Blemishes and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Clay and Sulfur: Absorb excess oil and balance sebum production.
- Willow Bark: Nature's alternative to salicylic acid, it helps calm breakouts and clear pores.
- Azelaic Acid: Helps prevent spots left by past blemishes.

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

$30.00

Every month I will get a few pimples from hormonal acne. Its usually on my chin or neck. ...Great pimple zapper...I love using this Acne+ 2% BHA Spot Treatment. I saw my blemishes and pimples had gone down right away .

What it is: A clinical-strength, rapid-acting acne treatment that visibly reduces blemish size and redness plus helps prevent new acne pimples from forming.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne/Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Decongests pores to help eliminate excess oil and surface debris.
- 10% Azelaic Acid: Helps fade the look of post-acne hyperpigmentation (acne marks/scars) while visibly improving uneven skin tone.
- 2% Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores and regulate sebum.

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

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