The Drugstore Favourite: Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment
Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, SGD11.50/~USD8 (watsons.com.sg)
For a quick fix that won’t break your wallet, try Neutrogena’s On-The-Spot Acne Treatment. Formulated with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, this spot treatment penetrates deep into pores to target the P. acnes bacteria without causing extreme dryness or irritation.
For Pesky Pustules: CosRx Acne Pimple Master Pad
CosRx Acne Pimple Master Pad 24s, SGD5.31/~USD4 (watsons.com.sg)
We’ll say it again, do NOT pop that pimple. To avoid picking at pimples that are ripe for the popping, stick on one of these pimple patches from the CosRx Acne Pimple Master Pad. The hydrocolloid stickers work by drawing out and absorbing oil and gunk from your pores, effectively eliminating the infection but minimising scarring.
For Stubborn Cystic Pimples: Differin 1% Acne Gel
Differin 1% Acne Gel SGD19/~USD14, available over-the-counter in drugstores
Differin’s 1% acne gel is a fan favourite for containing a prescription-strength retinoid, adapalene, which unclogs pores and encourages cell turnover for faster skin repair. It helps fight and regulate cystic acne which tends to hide under the skin surface, making it difficult for topical spot treatments to reach. The best part? You can also use this over-the-counter product all over your face to prevent future breakouts.
For Calming Redness and Inflammation: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, SGD36/~USD27 (sephora.sg)
The award-winning Mario Badescu Drying Lotion spot treatment contains a blend of salicylic acid, sulfur, and zinc oxide to dry up pimples overnight while the addition of calamine helps bring down the redness and soothe inflammation.
The Quick Fix: Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment
Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, SGD30/~USD22 (murad.com)
Murad’s Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment contains 2% salicylic acid, a patented complex inspired by thyme and pine, horse chestnut, and oat extracts. It claims to reduce redness and blemish size within an impressive four hours. Its clear gel formula makes it great for use during the day and night.
For Multiple Blemishes: Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, SGD96/USD~71 (sephora.sg)
For those whose skin responds well to acids, Peter Thomas Roth’s AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel might be for you. It features a blend of salicylic and glycolic acid which aids in unclogging pores and smoothing skin texture. It also helps in reducing blackheads and whiteheads.
For A Natural Solution: Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions
Maximum Strength Treatment Cream
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Treatment Cream, SGD18/~USD13 (burtsbees.com)
Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Treatment Cream features a naturally-derived salicylic acid extracted from Willow Bark to fight breakouts. Licorice Root Extract and Tamanu Oil help nourish and repair skin.