Witch hazel doubles as an astringent and a disinfectant, so it works to deeply cleanse skin and calm any irritations—all while healing damage from past breakout. “It’s 100 percent natural and works on sensitive to normal skin,” says dermatologist Marina I. Peredo, MD. She swears by Dickinson’s Original Pore Perfecting Toner, formulated to clear blemishes and refine pores. Throw it in your purse or gym bag; since it’s a natural ingredient, it can be applied throughout the day as a quick refresh whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up (or when you just want to make sure you’re tackling that breakout.)
Since witch hazel is a natural blemish-fighter, it works especially well for pregnant women who want to clean up their skin care routine.
A hero ingredient for breakout days, glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant that helps increase cell turnover. The faster your cells replenish, the quicker you’ll heal from breakouts, fade blemish scars, and get rid of dirt and impurities. (While you’re dealing with breakouts, check out if any of these seven sneaky reasons for acne might be affecting you.) Glycolic acid should be part of a daily skin care regimen for blemish-prone skin. As glycolic acid can be difficult to tolerate at first, work it in to your routine once or twice weekly in a serum or toner. Eventually—trust me!—you’ll be able to use glycolic acid daily, and your skin will be all the brighter, clearer, and healthier for it. We love Glo Skin Beauty’s Renew Serum, which combines glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol for an all-in-one glowing skin cocktail.