Blemish-fighting treatments are notoriously aggressive on the skin, and if you’re already prone to redness and irritation, you know that managing and preventing breakouts often forces you to choose between a blemish-free face or one that’s dry, cracked and peeling. Clearly, neither of these conditions are exactly desirable, but the good news is that if you do happen to battle with ultra reactive skin and breakouts, you don’t have to choose between the lesser of two evils thanks to these advanced and gentle blemish treatments for sensitive skin.

Whether you’re looking for spot treatment or all over serum for prevention, when looking for blemish-fighting skincare products for sensitive skin, it’s important to opt for fragrance-free formulas and those that contain soothing and hydrating (yet, non-comedogenic) ingredients to offset the potential irritation prompted by common actives, including Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid (the two gold standards for over-the-counter breakout treatments). It also is important to consider the formula’s texture when looking for an effective anti-breakout and non-irritating product. For instance, avoiding thick creams and greasy oils are key to dodging clogged pores and breakouts, while light serums and lotions that are thinner in consistency are likely to be a safer bet. Here are some of the most effective acne treatments that won’t make your skin freak out.

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