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Top 4 Picks for Anti-Acne Serums

Last Updated on April 2, 2024

Struggling with breakouts and don’t know why your anti-acne skincare routine is failing? It’s probably because you are not using anti-acne serums in your routine. 

The first step for most people when it comes to dealing with acne is using an anti-acne face wash. Anti-acne facewashes contain active ingredients like neem, tea-tree, salicylic acid etc.

But a facewash stays on your skin for barely 30-45 seconds, which is not enough for the active ingredients to work on acne. When you rinse away the facewash, the active ingredients get washes away with the lather too.

The daily CTM routine is essential for maintaining healthy skin. But when it comes to solving complex issues like acne, these simple routine products just seem to fall short.

Your skin needs an extra helping hand to help deal with acne-prone skin. And this is where a serum comes into the picture.

How Does A Serum Work Better?

Anti-Acne serums are formulated with a high dose of active ingredients and hence work much better and faster at treating the skin. They may seem expensive compared to other skincare products but are worth the investment.

Anti-Acne serums have active ingredients that are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory or antioxidant (or combination of all 3) in a hydrating base to help treat acne.  

Here are my top 5 picks for natural anti-acne serums in India. I haven’t used them all but chose them based on their ingredients and customer reviews. 

Top 4 Anti-Acne Serums in India

1. Greenie Mill Tea-Tree And Niacinamide Serum

This light-weight serum boasts of 5% niacinamide aka Vitamin B3 which is known to improve skin’s barrier function and reduce pigmentation. 

The Greenie Mill Tea-Tree and Niacinamide Serum also has tea-tree and basil hydrosol to fight acne. Apart from these key ingredients, it also has hyaluronic acid, green tea, liquorice and allantoin to soothe and hydrate the skin.

You can buy this on Greenie Mill’s website here.  

Also Read: Affordable Oily Skincare Products Under Rs. 500

2. The Ordinary 2% Salicylic Acid Serum

Salicylic acid is one of the best ingredients to treat oily, acne-prone skin. And The Ordinary’s 2% salicylic acid serum is one of the best and cheapest BHA serum in the market.

The serum helps exfoliate the skin from deep within the pores to avoid congestion. I also found it quite effective as a spot treatment for acne when used twice a day. 

It did not prevent my hormonal acne for occurring( in its defense, no other product does) but it does help to keep my skin clear for the rest of the month. 

Where to buy it?

Many Instasellers sell it for Rs 800-900 but I got this from Cult Beauty during their free shipping offer and paid just Rs. 320.

Use it 2-3 times a week in your evening skincare routine. You can also apply it as a spot treatment daily on affected areas. 

the ordinary salicylic acid serum

3. Suganda Antioxidant Serum

Vitamin C serums do seem expensive but are worth the investment if you are struggling to achieve clear skin.

When sebum oxidises, it clogs the pores leading to the growth of the P. acnes bacteria and inflammation. And being an antioxidant, vitamin C helps prevent the oxidization and reduce inflammation.

Suganda’s Anti-oxidant serum contains 4 differents anti-oxidants like vitamin C, green tea, Gotu kola and curcumin. Together, they help fight acne as well as reduce hyperpigmentation and scars.

Buy this from their website here.

4. Juicy Chemistry Organic Frankincense & Hemp Serum

This is a light oil-based facial serum which has some powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

The Juicy Chemistry Frankincense and Hemp Serum has a blend of 6 different oils like tea-tree, neem, clove, jasmine, lavender and turmeric to reduce to fight acne-causing bacteria and inflammation.

Along with this, it also has non-greasy oils like hemp seed and safflower to balance the linoleic and oleic acid ratio in the skin.

Also, the serum provides various nutrients and also moisturizes the skin so you don’t need to follow up with a moisturizer. 

Buy this from their website. Use code DEMURE10 to get 10% off

Also Read: Juicy Chemistry Makeup Remover Review

Always remember that skincare products need at least 4 weeks to start showing results. So stay patient and focus on being consistent with your skincare regimen.

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Rutu Desai is a seasoned beauty writer and expert with over five years of experience working with beauty brands across the globe. With an aim to help people look and feel confident, Rutu shares her expert insights and tips to achieve healthy skin and hair.

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