Acne Awareness Month might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that our breakouts have ended. Summer brings sticky hot weather that causes excessive sweat, our hair oils to run (sometimes down our faces and necks) and extensive exposure to the sun. So we need to keep our skin clear now more than ever.
No matter the season, it’s important to keep skin clean and hydrated, but everyone’s formulation needs are different. And while there are some amazing prestige items and rescue skin care out there that cost some big coins, there are some effective products that keep skin looking just as great as their pricier counterparts. So you can keep a little money in your pocket for a hot new bikini to show off your glowing blemish-free skin.01InstaNatural Niacinamide SerumThis serum is packed full of some of the best things you can give your skin: rosemary, avocado oil. hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide.
INSTANATURALavailable at InstaNatural $18 SHOP NOW02La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel CleanserThis beta hydroxy acid medicated cleanser breaks up dirt and oil so it doesn’t build up on the face and clog pores.
LA ROCHE POSAYavailable at ULTA Beauty $15 SHOP NOW03Dr.Jart+ Focuspot Blemish MicroTip PatchIt’s about the long game with this mask filled with polypeptides and hyaluronic acid, but your patience will pay off for clear, unbothered skin.
NO7available at Walgreens $10 SHOP NOW06Mario Badescu Drying LotionWith a potent mix of BHAs, sulfur, and calamine, this drying gel sucks the yucky life out of pimples so they vanish and heal quickly while you get your beauty rest.
MARIO BADESCUavailable at Sephora $17 SHOP NOW07Divine AHA Skin Resurfacing TherapyThis skin resurfacing solution is truly divine with its high concentration of glycolic acid and lactic acid to clear up blemishes and stave off breakouts.
CLEAN & CLEARavailable at Target $5 SHOP NOW09Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wash & ScrubThe wonders of African black soap are packed into this nourishing scrub with tea tree oil and tamarind, helping to detoxify and balance skin.
SHEA MOISTUREavailable at Shea Moisture $11 SHOP NOW10Foxbrim Naturals Pure Jojoba OilPutting oil on the face to fight acne sounds counterproductive, but it’ll become quite intuitive with this pure jojoba oil that can be used on the body and hair too.