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Feeling bad because of an acne or whitehead, blackhead scar? Well, if so, you are not alone. It means hormonal changes in your body. Millions of people seek these products to improve their appearance. 

Few things water down our confidence like acne does. Adolescents that have increased sense of awareness know this better. But nobody can feel comfortable stepping out of the house to face people with piercing eyes on your skin.

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions whose solution is very much sought after. Due to this, many manufacturers have stepped out to fill the gap.

Most of the products made out there are outright wastage of money and time. 

I once accompanied a friend to an old experienced Indian dermatologist. We were confident her search for the nagging problem had finally come to an end. And it did; or so we thought. 

The catch was that the lady was to live acne-free as long as she spent specially-mixed formula and several creams that were also not very cheap. But she was supposed to be acne-free is all the ingredients were available in her beauty shelf. 

That is where my problem was. I wanted specially formulated products that could solve the problem without having a concoction of medically formulated chemicals in tubes separately. 

I am concerned about whether there are any products that you can use without being dependent on them. 

Here is a list of products used to treat acne that you can try, and remember, they are not arranged on any order. Different products tend to work better for different people.

1. Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment and Gentle Cleanser

Differin gel

One of the bestselling acne treatment products online. It is popular for no reason. Stocks run out so fast and that might lead to conclude that it works.

The product was designed to work by preventing the formation of acne from the pores. It normalises skin colour cell while opening clogged pores and preventing inflammation.

It is well tolerated by most uses and this is because it is based on retinoid that contains Adapalene.

Differin is based water-based, it is oil free and does not contain any alcohol. Being non-comedogenic is what makes it less risky in causing scars and pigmentation of the skin.

Differin is available in 15g and 45g packs. 

Sources say that 87% of users of this product reported a reduction in acne lesions after using it for 12 weeks. Continued use was associated with better results. How true is that?

What we liked

  • Will clear your acne but you need to patient. 12 weeks is not long to wait if you want to have flawless skin. Some use it for 6 months before experiencing positive results.
  • Clears the skin of blemishes and improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles

What we didn’t like

  • Increased skin sensitivity
  • Not enough it the tube to show results. You may need to purchase several tubes for a 3-6 month period. And to clear acne, consistency is very important.
  • Pricey, due to small tube and lengthy period recommended for application 

General advice

Wash your face and wait for at least 20 minutes before applying the chemical. This will prevent your skin from flaking. The skin must be completely dry before using it.

It is advisable to apply at night due to possible burning from exposure to sunlight. Sunlight tends to reduce its effectiveness. If you use it during the day, ensure to wear SPF.

The skin may become more sensitive especially in the first month. But that is expected an it tends to get better with time.

Don’t apply it close to the mouth to avoid getting chapped.    

2. Mighty Patch, The Original

Mighty Patch for acne

These are patches that are designed clear your acne by absorbing the goop and flattening scars or whiteheads on a face.

All you need to do is to wash your face, dry it and apply the

hydrocolloid acne patch and wait it to do its magic.

It has 4 basic steps that you need to if you need to clear acne fast:

  1. Prep the pimple
  2. Stick the patch on targeted pimple
  3. Remove after 6-12 hours
  4. See results and reapply later if needed.

It is that simple. But you need to apply it overnight for best results

and convenience. The area of application should be cleaned

What we liked

  • They pull all the gunk from the acne with all bacteria, making your skin without blemish over time
  • Tough adhesive that promises to make the patch stick around long enough for as long as you need it.
  • Reduces redness and blemishes
  • Variety of sizes of patches that are large enough
  • Fast-acting, most people get results after a couple of days

What we did not like

  • May not work for all types of acne
  • May be harsh for sensitive skin
  • Tends to work better for larger pimples compared to smaller ones

Precautions to take when using Mighty Patch

  1. This is supposed to be used externally, only obviously.
  2. It may be a little bit harsh for sensitive skins
  3. It is not suitable for cystic acne or blackheads.

   3. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

This is also a patch, also called a hydrocolloid dressing that is applied to clear acne fast.

It is averagely priced for a pack of 24 patches with 4 sheets, making a total of 96 sheets. They are among the most recommended by users online and that is because of their efficacy in clearing acne.

Any person would prefer to have flawless skin fast and get back to their duties.  But that is not always the case. You need time to heal, to clear pimples and acne.

The problem with this is that there are many “fakes” in the market that do not work. Unless you bought and used and original product, you may never tell the difference and give and an honest verdict.

What we liked

  • Fast action, and invisible.
  • Great price
  • Transparent colour makes them to easily blend with most skin types
  • Clears spots from autoimmune diseases
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation, which makes the pimples or acne to clear and heal fast.
  • Does not dry skin as much but this may vary with people

What we did not like

  • They do not scar
  • Sizes are a bit weird
  • May require pimples to be pricked to work well
  • Not great if your skin is too sensitive
  • May be great for mature pimples compare to nascent ones that are just forming
  • Does not work on all pimples. Clears acne with whiteheads but not so much on red or hidden pimples
  • Takes a long time to work, 3-4 days to see results. This is not a really long time given that some products take over 6 months of consistent usage.
  • Relatively weak adhesive          


4. Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch

Rael Patch

A popular hydrocolloid with a transparent sticker purposed to adhere to the skin for as long as necessary. By so doing, the hydrocolloid absorbs all pus and impurities from the skin. 

The fact that it is invisible means gives one confidence from curious onlookers, especially in bright daylight. It is however recommended that you apply it overnight for best results.

The patches are made designed in two sizes to fit blemishes of different sizes. You can find 10mm and 12mm sizes in the 36 patches that are included in the pack.

Who can use Rael Acne Healing Patch?

Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch easily fits into many skin types such as those with hormonal acne and even those with severe dermatillomania. They can be by teenagers and older people.

It has been described as awesome, a perfect product, amazing and miracle-working. But there are those, on the other side that didn’t find it particularly scintillating.  They called crap, waste of money and a useless product.

There is no perfect product for all people. Let’s analyse and find out details about its effectiveness and where it failed.

What we liked

  • It works and does so fast.
  • Transparent hollocoloid that make it easy to wear
  • Unbeatable price

What we did not like

  • The adhesive was not the strongest that we have seen
  • Teeny, tiny size that offends some users
  • Tends to work better if the skin is broken

 5. EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum


This hugely popular product is used both as a sunscreen and treatment for acne. It is so popular that its approval rating was 82% of the 10,848 that used and rated it (at the time of writing this).

Its main selling points are easy to spread, sun protection and gentle for those with sensitive screen. It also does well as a moisturiser.

Take note that very popular products as this often suffer from counterfeits. Just be sure of your source and check the Lot number and expiry date. The main issue with most users is the quantity packed for the price paid. A tube may last only 20 applications, not days, which makes it quite costly.

What we liked

  • Multiple ingredients that result in a brighter, flawless skin
  • Fast absorption into the skin
  • Uses zinc oxide that is does not block all sun, hence enhancing access to Vitamin D
  • Prevent frequency and intensity of breakouts
  • Not sticky, no white cast for most users and is moisturising

What we did not like

  • Too small a quantity for the price paid.
  • Not waterproof (not necessarily a bad thing)
  • May peel the face but for some people
  • Some may find it itchy

6. CeraVe Retinol for Post Marks and Skin Texture

CeraVe is a popular brand that makes a wide range of skin care products. The company assures users that it is developed with dermatologists and what that means is that it is professionally blended and medically targeted for specified

conditions. One of these conditions is clearing acne marks and smoothening skin texture.

It is supposed to contain Retin-A, which should be great in clearing acne marks but seems content for this ingredient is negligible or missing. Retinol is not as strong as Retin-A, which means its brightening effect might be mild for some people. Retinol is hard to use as its effects vary for different users.

Good points

  • Minimises discolouration
  • No burning aftereffects
  • Can reduce or minimise wrinkles
  • Reduces redness and less breakouts

Bad points

  • Dependency on the product, breakouts may start after discontinuing its use
  • Reasonably priced           


7. Proactiv Solution 3-Step Acne Treatment

Proactiv 3-step acne treatment system

The product includes three bottles that are used in three steps to treat and clear acne. A company making this product has been

in business since 1995 and specializes in all skin types. Proactiv formula is in three bottles: A cleanser, Toner and Repair Proactiv Solution 3-Step Acne Repair that does treatment.

It is a good product for travellers but no so much for use at home; it doesn’t last long.

The original product works best compared to newer formulations but this also depends on the user. For some people, proactive+ results in very bad breakouts.

Like other products, clearing acne requires consistent application of the product, some work fast, as short as two days.

What we liked 

  • Fast-acting to result in brighter and clearer skin
  • Clears blackheads and acne
  • Works well for young adults as well as mature people

What we did not like

  • Too small for the price
  • Smell can be overpowering for some


These are products that are the best-selling in the country (US). They are popular and have worked for many people. However,

take precautions and use it for your condition. It is advisable to seek medical attention before trying any product, otherwise, it may not work.

Which of these products reviewed above have you tried? What were your results? Would you recommend it? Please share your experience with other users. And if you used a different product, please let us know. 

By jose

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