7 Best Pimple Creams that Actually Do What They Say

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While we have provided you abundant tips on how to battle acne and acne scars, using homemade recipes, here is a compilation that will introduce you to the best topical creams available in the market (both cosmetic and medical stores), in order to help you get rid of pimples. While some of these are prescription drugs, others can be purchased regularly. This list will help you decide what is the best suited for you, with the intensity of your condition.

1. Retinoid Cream for Acne


Very often, Tretinoin Cream is a top choice in acne treatment. Retino-A 0.025% or 0.05% are the types of tubes available, and contain the derivatives of vitamin A. Retino-A, an excellent treatment for overall spot reduction of cystic acne, suppresses bumps that are under the skin and stick around for days. A small amount of Retino-A, when applied on the spot, stifles the growth of the cyst, while it is yet to emerge out of your skin. It prevents the scarring that a popped pimple may cause.

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However, excess use of Retino-A on a certain spot may burn the skin from that area, and result in a dark mark. Therefore, apply your Retino-A in a small amount using a Q tip cotton bud, and daub it on your zit. Remember, the drug is prescription grade in a majority of the countries; therefore, consult a dermatologist before opting for it.

2. Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cream


Benzac AC gel is the most popular gel that contains benzoyl peroxide. Though it is very effective for fighting with the acne bacteria, it is known to cause skin dryness and irritation. That is the reason why many people discontinue its use, even after using this cream for a short while. The greater the percentage of the drug, the higher is the irritation. It comes in 2.5%, 5% and 10% levels of concentration. Studies suggest that even a 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide is equally effective as the 5% and 10% gels. Therefore, you needn’t to use the stronger versions, thinking they may be more beneficial or effective.

It is proven that within 48 hours of initiating the treatment, Benzac AC kills 94% of the bacteria. Since it is water based, it is appropriate for moderate to mild acnes. It absorbs excessive oil, kills the harmful bacteria, and in comparison to benzoyl peroxide, does not dry out the skin.

3. Salicylic Acid


There are a number of acne creams based on the salicylic acid available in the market. However, not all are effective. Garnier Pure Active Pimple relief roll-on is an efficient cream that contains 2% of salicylic acid.  The drug works well on teenage pimples and blackheads, but it isn’t enough for cystic acne. Excessive application may darken the skin that is affected by the pimple, and the dark marks may even remain for months.

Another effective gel for acne prone skin is Sebonac gel that contains 1% of salicylic acid.

4. Himalaya Acne-n-Pimple Cream


Himalaya creates a unique combination of natural components to fight with acne and pimples, and avert their recurrence. This herbal cream gives a cooling effect to your skin and contains silk cotton tree, lentil, Barbados aloe, alum, and five leaved chaste tree.

Silk cotton tree treats skin inflammations and eruptions. Lentil (Masoor dal) reduces the blemishes and pigmentation marks on your face. Barbados aloe works as a natural moisturizing agent. Aloe hydrates your skin and makes it soft and smooth. These organic ingredients together treat acne and various skin impurities, and give a natural glow to your face.

5. Glycolic Acid Cream


Glycolic acid removes dead skin cells from the skin, which is beneficial in two ways.

It helps you battle pimple scars and does not let the pores clog. This way, it prevents the occurrence of acne and removes the acne marks. The various topical creams available in the market are:

  • Glyco 6, containing 6% of glycolic acid
  • Glyco-A, containing 12% of glycolic acid
  • Glyaha Lotion, containing 10% of glycolic acid
  • Decroma-6, containing 6% glycolic acid
  • Golic containing 6% glycolic acid

However, glycolic acid may cause irritation, skin damage, and reddening. The AHAGLOW face wash is a safe bet in this regard, and contains only 1% of glycolic acid.

6. Nomarks Cream


Nomarks cream is supplemented with anti-oxidants and natural actives. The anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial, and 100% natural actives penetrate through the deep layers of your skin, to reduce the acne marks and recurrence of pimples. With continuous use, Nomarks can diminish the dark pimple marks. It can even be used for the spot treatment, in case of mild acne.

7. Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pimple Clearing Cream


The Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pimple Clearing Cream effectively targets the breakout, and helps you get rid of the pimple. It is clinically proven and the breakthrough formula provides you with a visibly cleaner skin, by reducing the pimples’ redness and size.

These anti pimple creams are widely available in medical and cosmetic stores across India. If your problem is acute, refer to a dermatologist before you begin the treatment, using these tubes and lotions.