Acne Products: The Ultimate Bestsellers (September 2012)

Surveyed 69 products out of bestselling data from 7 retailers in the previous month.

Ranked #1. Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Acne Clarifying Collection $169
 Famous vibrating handheld cleansing device now tailored to acne-prone users

Ranked #2. Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel $85
 Mini chemical peels at home kit  

Ranked #3. Shiseido Pureness 1-2-3 Oil-Control Set $33.50
Excellent product line for moisturizing and cleansing oily or combination skin 


1. Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Acne Clarifying Collection    Buy Here
Fighting against acne is a long journey. Clearing your face by using the right face wash and tool is a crucial first step in achieving great skin. The ever-so-popular Clarisonic finally released a special edition acne-care model along with a newly developed clarifying face wash. The dual system promises to thoroughly remove makeup, dirt and oil from your face. The Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid, which dries and clears blemishes. It not only allows skin to heal but prevents new blemishes from forming. Enriched with vitamins and botanicals, it also soothes redness.

Mia2 is a fantastic face-wash tool patented with sonic technology at 300+ micro-movements per second. The result? The company slogan claims to clean your face “six times better than your hands alone”.  This is a compact version of the Mia, and includes a travel case. Instruction says to alternate by using on forehead  for 20 seconds, then move on to nose/chin for another 20 seconds, and last both cheeks for 10 seconds each. The one-minute pulsing T-Timer correctly measures and the optimal time as you massage your damped face.  It will pulse when it’s time to cleanse the next area of your face.

2. Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel    Buy Here
This is a mini chemical peel at home kit with a two-step process. Chemical peels are thought to help people with acne problems.  I have two friends who did this at the dermatologist’s office and said it really cured their acne nightmare. If you’re not ready to see your dermatologist yet, try this product at home first.

You’d use first-step pre-soaked towelettes to exfoliate, then after two minutes apply the second towelette which gives you vitamins and anti-aging boosters.  The patented two-step treatment claims to diminish wrinkles, treat breakouts, reduce pore size and dark spots, and improve skin tone and texture. The manufacturer also states that it is gentle enough for all skin types, including normal, oily, combination and aging skin.  You should still test this to see if the treatment will be too harsh for your skin. There is an original version Alpha Beta Daily Peel which has less concentration of acid available, but has 30 applications.  Another option is try the 5 extra-strength application kit.

Also after using this peel, there are some precautions on taking care of your renewed skin. Alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) may increase skin sensitivity to the sun and possibility sunburn. Use a high SPF 50+ PA+++ sunscreen every three hours, limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.  Use skincare products without alcohol or exfoliation when using this peel.

Active Ingredients:

  • Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids – promotes cell renewal, anti-aging.
  • Retinol – smoothes wrinkles, increases moisture and elasticity.
  • Ubiquinone (CO-Q10) – anti-oxidant, builds collagen.
  • Resveratrol – anti-oxidant and antiaging polyphenol.

Ingredients (Step 1): Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Disodium EDTA, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate.

Ingredients (Step 2): Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Simethicone, Octoxynol-9, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

3. Shiseido Pureness 1-2-3- Oil Control $33.50 (valued at $53)    Buy Here 

After you’ve cleansed your face thoroughly, you’re not 100% done until you hydrate your face properly with the right moisturizer.  When you’re bothered by acne, maintaining the right pH balance will actually prevent new ones from forming. Shiseido Pureness is an excellent line for oily, combination, or acne-prone skin. It cleans, preps and moisturizes with ideal ingredients. The trial set includes:

  • Pureness Cleansing Foam ($22), an ultra-fresh foam with purifying granules designed for oily and blemish-prone skin. The gentle formula effectively lifts away the pore-clogging impurities, makeup, and excessive oil.
  • The refreshing, alcohol-free Pureness Balancing Softner ($24) brings out radiance, softness, and balance to blemish-prone skin. Fast-absorbing formula lightly rehydrates, smooths and refreshes. Skin becomes dewy and set for moisturizer.
  • Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer Oil Free ($33) is a lightweight moisturizer with oil-absorbing powder that promotes a smooth, shine-free finish. This pH-balanced, texture-perfecting essential helps reduce surface shine as it provides exceptional hydration to skin. It protects the skin’s natural moisture balance with the Shiseido-exclusive Hydro-Balancing Complex. This mattifying effect is ideal for oily, blemish-prone, and combination skin.

We also highly recommend using Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets Oil-Free Alcohol-Free ($18) to wipe off dirt and makeup prior to washing face with foam cleanser.  These 100% cotton cleaning pads are gentle and non-agitating for acne-prone skin. It keeps the skin’s natural balance while taking away impurities, makeup, and oil that can clog pores. Overall, Shiseido Pureness is an exceptionally well-formulated product line for acne-prone skin.  With patience and care, you’ll gradually see improved skin.

Acne can take a toll on your self-confidence, especially for young people.  But don’t give up! Remember that this is a process that many dealt with, that you’re not alone in it, and with time and extra care your problem will subside. There is hope! If you don’t see improvement In a couple of months, seek help from a dermatologist right away. Don’t poke or squeeze your pimples; acne scars will require substantial laser treatments to  remove.  Having gone through a Fraxel: Restore treatment once myself, I can tell you that it was the most painful surgery I’ve experienced!  I seriously can’t imagine going through it 4-5 times to remove acne scars, although a friend of mine did and her skin looks remarkably great today.


Deep Cleansing Foam: Water, Stearic Acid, PEG-8, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Sorbitol, Poloxamer 184, Beeswax, Sodium Lauryl Glycol, Carboxylate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Polyethylene, Menthol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Peony Root Extract, Rosemary Extract, Trisodium EDTA, Talc, Ethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance, Zinc Oxide, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides.

Balancing Softener Alcohol-Free: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Eysenhardtia Polystachya (Palo Azul) Wood Extract, Xylitol, PPG-13 Decyltetradeceth-24, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Citric Acid, Dimorpholinopyridazinone, Magnesium Chloride, Peony Root Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Rosemary Extract, Calcium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance, FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Green No. 3.

Mattifying Moisturizer Oil-Free: Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Glycerin, Silica, Xylitol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraoctanoate, PEG-6, PEG-32, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Chloride, Peony Root Extract, Calcium Chloride, Eysenhardtia Polystachya (Palo Azul) Wood Extract, Rosemary Extract, Glyceryl Stearate Se, PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Trisodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance.

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