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Acne Skin Care Treatment Products

Acne occurs when excess sebum and dead skin cells build up and block pores. When this blockage becomes infected with bacteria, it leads to inflammation and impactions like whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and cysts. At Dermalogica, our acne-clearing products are formulated to target every stage of this cycle, gently yet effectively clearing the skin from the inside out.

If you’re over 25 and experiencing breakouts, it’s time to move away from teen formulas to successfully address the complexities of adult acne. Adult skin is typically drier and more sensitised than teen skin and prone to hyperpigmentation or scarring due to slower healing rates. Spot fighting products that leave skin feeling dry or tight will only exacerbate your breakouts, due to dehydration and barrier damage. This leaves skin vulnerable to more infection and in a vicious cycle.

To clear breakouts, opt for gentle formulas that respect the skin's natural acidic pH and moisture levels, along with actives that help manage excess oil and decongest the pores. Active ingredients like Salicylic Acid effectively clear pores, clearing dead skin cells and trapped oils, to help wipe out existing and future breakouts, while Niacinamide regulates excess oil production, reinforces the skin’s defensive barrier and helps to even out skin tone.

How to select the right skincare products for adult acne

While there’s no magic cure for acne breakouts, the right acne treatment products will soothe stressed-out skin, decongest blocked pores, fade acne scarring, and help to prevent future breakouts. When it comes to choosing skincare products for acne, it’s crucial to choose a product that matches your skin and accompanying concerns. Our Active Clearing system of products is designed specifically for adult acne.

The best products for acne-prone skin in Australia

Dermalogica’s range of fast-absorbing acne-clearing products target breakouts and calm inflammation without irritating or stripping the skin’s external barrier. Every product in our Active Clearing range is backed by extensive science and research by The International Dermal Institute and is certified cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly.

If you’re unsure how to layer our skincare products for acne, take our professional skin analysis online, book a free skin consultation with our professional skin therapists or get in touch with our team for further guidance.


What are the best products for adult acne?

With such a variety of acne treatment products and kits available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your unique needs. Our Active Clearing range of acne skincare products harness the best of nature and science to control breakouts and reduce the appearance of related skin ageing. Having products that address breakouts, ageing and repair the skin's barrier simultaneously helps streamline treatment.

Our Active Clearing products can be partnered with other Dermalogica product ranges; our Daily Skin Health and UltraCalming ranges help to address the causes and symptoms of adult acne, such as inflammation, excess oil and dehydration. Speak with your professional Dermalogica skin therapist to curate your personalised adult acne skincare regimen.

How do I choose the right acne skincare product for me?

Clearing acne breakouts usually requires a multi-step approach.:

Double cleansing is key as the foundation to achieving clearer skin and we suggest using an oil-based pre-cleanser before a medicated wash. Try PreCleanse and Clearing Skin Wash.

Follow with a hydrating serum with Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide to boost skin healing and clear impactions - we recommend AGE Bright Clearing Serum. And Always include a hydrating moisturiser to prevent skin drying out - when skin is stripped of moisture, it produces more oil (sebum) to compensate, which leads to further pore congestion. Prebiotic technology can also help balance the levels of breakout-causing bacteria - try our oil-free moisturiser, Active Moist, or for red inflamed, adult acne, try Calm Water Gel.

Masques and exfoliators can help to power up your regimen to further purify and decongest the skin. Sebum Clearing Masque is a medicated, gentle clay masque featuring exfoliating Salicylic Acid, that fights breakouts without drying the skin. Lastly, daily SPF is essential for skin health, plus, unprotected UV exposure can prolong and worsen acne scarring. Oil Free Matte SPF30 is a moisturiser and sunscreen in one that absorbs excess oil for an all-day matte finish, while Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 features soothing botanicals and is suited to sensitive, acne-prone skin.

Why should I buy acne treatment products from Dermalogica?

From resurfacing powder exfoliants to targeted spot treatments and decongesting masques, Dermalogica’s acne treatment products are designed to fight bacteria, improve surface texture, and heal inflamed skin. Deeply cleansing, hydrating and brightening, all of our skincare products for acne are non-comedogenic (congestion causing) and contain no occlusive mineral oil or lanolin, no irritating artificial colours or fragrance, and no drying S.D. alcohol.

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