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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.


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. ...MY GO-TO ACNE TREATMENT!!!...This stuff is simply amazing. I have oily, acne prone skin and usually get a breakout every week.

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


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.


best for adult acne!...Does sting, and if I use it every day, the parts of my skin not affected by my adult acne will have sensitivity issues, but literally cleared the worst breakout of my life (3 weeks ongoing, a new painful zit every day at least) very quickly. ...Using the pads quickly flatten and dry the pimple out. I also notice that the hyper pigmentation from past acne breakouts on my right cheek is slowly starting to fade and brighten.

What it is:
A daily acne treatment featuring Dr. Gross’s unique L-Carnitine Clearing Complex to help fight the five characteristics of breakouts.

What it is formulated to do:
Whether your skin troubles are stress related, hormonal, or family inherited, these pads work to target blemishes at all stages, even before you see them on your skin. In addition to clearing pores, the exfoliating formula provides anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits to help flatten blemishes, address post-acne marks, and fade the appearance of dark spots. Depending on the severity, skin may look clearer, healthier, and more balanced within 10 to 15 days.


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. ...Let me tell you.... I ALWAYS get new pimples and I have a lot of texture on my cheeks.

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.


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.


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: 2270072

Color: 01

8 Reviews


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

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.


Size: 0.45 oz/ 13.4 mL·ITEM: 2341964

Color: Nova - warm beige tint

293 Reviews


I had severe chapped lips and put this on before bad and wore it throughout the next day as well and within a 24hr period my lips healed. ...I also have a tendency to get fungal infections (gross I know) and using most chapstick causes the perfect environment to cause a little break out at the sides of my mouth (looks just like a a cold sore but any cold sore medication causes it to get ALOT worse and my dermatologist said its fungal just like my acne and scalp issues woo) but this stuff doesn't make that happen at all, I use this and their balm and they're INCREDIBLE.

What it is: A high-shine, non-sticky lip hydrator infused with hemp-derived cannabis seed oil.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hemp-Derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil: Hydrates and calms skin.
- Jojoba Oil: Hydrates skin.
- Moringa Butter: Soothes and calms skin.

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 vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Use Kush Lip Glaze overnight for a surge of hydration so you wake up with smoother-looking lips.


really great for cystic acne...I have been dealing with painful, hormonal cystic acne on and off for about a year now and have been searching for a routine that works for my dry/ sensitive skin type. ...I use this everyday or any sight of new acne, it saves my skin from prolonged breakouts I usually get cystic acne around jaw and side of face sometimes under jawline.

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.


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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