The 5 Best Serums For Acne-Prone SkinPublished on February 14, 2020. Updated May 15, 2020
The word serum is a huge buzzword in the beauty community at the moment, but are serums truly worth the hype? Serums are essentially highly concentrated skincare formulas that address a host of issues from hydration to anti-aging to acne. If you’re someone who struggles with excess oil and acne, you’re in luck! There’s a serum out there for every skin type, including those with acne-prone skin. Whether your breakouts are due to monthly hormonal changes or excess sebum production, or both, there are serums out there to help soothe your skin and actually prevent acne while also evening out texture and skin tone.
Who says you can’t have glowing skin if you struggle with acne? This serum by TruSkin is designed for acne sufferers with active ingredients that will not only help heal blemishes but will go the extra mile and fade scars, dark spots and hyperpigmentation. What gives this serum its superpowers? A formula that contains vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide (B3), salicylic acid and tea tree essential oil to help unclog pores, soothe irritated skin and give you a vibrant complexion.
The beauty brains behind Neutrogena know that even those with oily, acne-prone skin want a concentrated serum to keep skin moisturized while addressing texture and tone. Its main active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which our bodies contain naturally, so the skin will soak it up and you’ll feel the benefits immediately. This serum is also oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores.
Taking a different approach to antioxidants, this serum by Theraderm is formulated with OPCs, oligomeric proanthocyanidins, which are found in the skins of fruits and vegetables, such as grape seed extract, red wine extract, and pine bark extract. OPCs are thought to be more potent than vitamin C in helping protect skin from UV damage and even repairing what damage already exists. The brand also claims the formula will reduce redness caused by rosacea or acne.
If you have acne-prone skin you’ve probably done a deep dive and learned that some blemishes are due to excessive sebum production. Basically, when you have excess oil on your skin that mixes with dead skin cells, a blockage is formed that creates acne. This serum by Dr. Wade combats excess sebum using tea tree and tamanu oils to reduce inflammation. It’s also formulated with niacinamide (AKA vitamin B3) and vitamin E to address redness that often accompanies a breakout. And finally, it has hyaluronic acid to ensure that your skin remains hydrated.
This hyaluronic acid-rich serum by TruSkin is perfect for those who experience breakouts due to hormonal imbalances, yet also want powerful anti-aging ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is a potent ingredient in skincare that can hydrate and plump the skin. This serum is also formulated with vitamin C and E, two key anti-aging ingredients. We like this brand because it’s made in America, is cruelty-free and most important for those with acne-prone skin, it contains natural ingredients that are fast absorbing and won’t clog pores.