Best and Worst Acne Treatments

by Bionic Beauty on 21.Jun.2009 · 9 comments

Total Beauty released an interesting run-down of the Best and Worst Acne Treatments… the ratings were pulled from product reviews submitted to Total Beauty.

I haven’t tried some of the products, but I do agree that Tea Tree Oil is an amazing, all-natural treatment for pimples. It came in as the 5th best and the number 1 worst. Odd, right? Not sure how that happened. Anyhow, I don’t use the Body Shop’s version (it’s between $8-9), instead I pick up a bottle at my local drugstore for about 4 bucks. Much cheaper!! Plus it’s great for adding for disinfecting around the house, and treating skin infections/fungus on people or pets.

My other favorite acne treatments are Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion (it’s sulfur based so it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin! I’ll be posting a full review of this wonderful product soon.), Murad’s Blemish Spot Treatment (also sulfur based… my full review is here), and a weekly mask with Aztec Secret Green Clay (I posted some recipes for acne face masks, moisture masks, etc).
12 Best & Worst Acne Products

Zits happen, so trust these unbiased reader reviews to tell you which acne products actually deliver

Sure, dealing with acne in your teens is cruel — but in your 20s, 30s and 40s? That’s just plain unfair. Here we uncover the top reader-tested acne-fighting products, as well as the products that did not deliver results, so you can save your time and money.

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The Best: No. 6: Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion, $13.50 average rating: 8.7*

Even those who have “tried everything and nothing worked” claim this product is “like a miracle…”

No. 5: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $9 average rating: 8.8*

“Just a dab with a Q-tip is all it takes for my pimples to be drastically reduced overnight…”

No. 4: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads, $36 average rating: 8.9*

“The pads smell great, clear up acne, soften up lines and get your skin glowy…”

Want to see the rest of the best (and find out the worst)? Click here!

What are your favorite acne treatments?


1 Liz June 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I love tee tree oil, although it doesn’t always work for my pimples (dries my already dry skin out… but what acne solution doesn’t!). It IS great, however, for disinfecting my make-up brushes! Which helps the acne too:).

2 Bionic Beauty June 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Liz, Excellent tip on the use of Tea Tree Oil in cleaning your brushes! I also put 2 drops in my normal face mask clay when I’m getting a breakout. It’s watered down enough to make it not so drying… that may help you!

3 Kirsten P. June 27, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I don’t have any major acne, but I might get a zit or two sometimes, so I love using Murad Clarifying cleanser. It really clears your skin, and it leaves a nice radiant glow!

4 Bionic Beauty June 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I haven’t tried the Murad Cleanser, but it looks wonderful. I’m happy to hear you like it!

5 Liz A. June 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm

My daughter who is 15 uses Milk of Mag for her breakouts which dries them and takes away the redness and also takes 1 tab of Zinc everyday, it really has made an improvement in her skin.

6 Bionic Beauty June 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Liz, My Mom used to have me use Milk of Magnesia on my face breakouts too. It really seemed to help! And you are absolutely correct about the Zinc vitamins. I take extra Zn daily- as well as a Flax Oil supplement. Also, my all-natural sunblock is zinc based so that helps too!

Also if anyone has body breakouts, you can use Head & Shoulders shampoo as a body wash. It contains sulfur which will help clear your skin!

7 Pearlin Siow June 29, 2009 at 7:59 am

Proactive works for me. Ever since I started using it more than 15 years ago, I’ve not had a breakout and my skin is radiant.
I’ve also recently started laser treatments and find that they are very effective in clearing my clogged pores!
I’m a laser convert now 🙂

8 Bionic Beauty June 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Hi Pearlin, Thanks for your thoughts and welcome to Bionic Beauty!

What lasers have you used? I’ve tried the Starlite (my review: and I really like it. Seems to help with undereye circles, melasma, clogged pores, breakouts, wrinkles, etc. So many devices only target one issue and that’s just unacceptable since they are usually pretty pricey.

I can’t vouch for ProActiv since I’ve never tested it. Their products contain glycerin and some parabens, which I’m allergic to on my face. 🙁

9 Sylvia April 10, 2010 at 6:38 am

Interesting! Did not know about the tea tree oil. Definitely something to remember..

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