Luckily there’s an acne-fighting ingredient called salicylic acid that can dissolve the debris and oil in the follicle and clear your pore.
The downside? Most products formulated with it not only smell less than stellar, but tend to zap skin moisture. But the natural drugstore favorite, Yes to…, has a new product that doesn’t stink: Yes to Tomatoes Repairing Acne Lotion, which contains 1% salicylic acid from willow bark.
The 97 percent natural lotion is nearly odor-less. And while it’s not moisturizing enough to double as your daily moisturizer, it’s light and fast absorbing enough that it can easily be layered underneath one. That’s perfect because you don’t want to forgo your daily SPF moisturizer just because you’re treating a breakout or blemish. (Really, you don’t.)
In addition to salicylic acid, the lotion uses bisabolol from chamomile to reduce redness, witch hazel to slow (possibly enthusiastic) oil production, and of course, tomato extract, which is loaded with lycopene, a potent antioxidant that helps protect skin and keep it healthy. —Sharon Feiereisen
1% Salicylic acid. Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, water, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit juice, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) bark/leaf/twig extract, propanediol, glycerin, alcohol, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, ethyl palmate, solanum lycopersicum (tomato) extract*, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, bisabolol, xanthan gum, potassium hydroxide, phenethyl alcohol, glyceryl caprylate, sucrose stearate, maltodextrin, silica. *Certified Organic Ingredient.