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    Updated on Apr 24, 2019. Posted on May 6, 2018

    These Acne Products Don't Just Work, They Work Fast

    Because pimples are never a welcome visitor.

    There's never a good time for a pimple to pop up, which is why fast-acting acne treatments are key. There are a ton of awesome options, but treating the zit head on is one of the best ways to handle breakouts. Yes, pun intended.

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    Treatments are always the answer because, unlike Britney here, you should never, never, pop or pick at breakouts.

    1. This Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream uses benzoyl peroxide to kill the bacteria that causes acne.

    2. Sticker patches like these Acne Pimple Master Patch from Cosrx suck up the gunk that causes white heads to form overnight. So when you wake up, the breakout is flatter– AKA much more manageable.

    3. Instead of using harsh chemicals, this Spot Treatment from Osmia Organics uses a potent blend of essential oils like lavender, lemon and cypress, to rid skin of zits.

    4. While blue light helps to penetrate the skin, red light reduces inflammation. Meaning this drugstore tool, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment, uses both light therapies to calm down angry breakouts in minutes.

    5. Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment comes from a favorite French drugstore brand, La Roche-Posay. It uses benzoyl peroxide as well as Lipo-Hydroxy Acid to both target imperfections and exfoliate the skin, leaving you with a super smooth complexion.

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    It's quite effective, so only use once a day.

    Get it from Ulta for $36.95.

    6. This Murad Acne Spot Treatment is on the pricier end, but after just a drop or two a breakout is gone in mere hours — yes, hours. These fast results are thanks to its high amount of salicylic acid (the highest that's available over the counter).

    7. I used to use a prescription retinol when I suffered from bad acne as a teen. When my prescription ran out, I had a hard time finding anything that truly gave me the same fast-acting results until this Differin Gel became available over the counter.

    8. Here we have Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers, another sticker option from a company that doesn't even specialize in skin care. These stick on so well that even the restless of sleepers will wake up with these still on.