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Team Fantastic’s top blemish-busting products

Team Fantastic’s top blemish-busting products
Gigi Gordon
Beauty Writer9 days ago
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To mark Acne Awareness Month, we asked the members of #TeamFantastic who have acne-prone skin for their top tips, desert island products and best hacks.

As anyone with this skin type will know, it takes a lot of trial and error to find the products that work best for you. Here at LOOKFANTASTIC, we try and test a lot of different products on a weekly basis, so the formulas that we swear by really are the best of the best.

From cleansers to toners, here are our team's top blemish-busting products for acne-prone skin.


As someone who has suffered with acne ever since I was a teenager, mastering my skincare routine has been essential. Having tried many different products in my lifetime, I feel as if nothing could top this product.  

I love The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%+ Zinc 1% High Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula because it's lightweight, doesn’t feel harsh on the skin and most importantly keeps my acne-prone skin at bay. I also love the Ordinary as a brand because they are cruelty-free and dedicated to raising integrity in skincare. This product helps my acne by reducing redness and controlling excess oil on my face, which would usually result in nasty breakouts. 

After cleansing, I apply 2 drops of the product to my fingertips and rub it between my hands and then pat gently onto my face, focusing on my problem areas. Once it has dried, I apply a moisturiser to ensure my skin is hydrated as this can also contribute to breakouts. This 3-step approach is something that has rescued my skin and one I will always swear by. 

  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% High Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula 30ml

    The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% High Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula 30ml

    4.53 Stars 318 Reviews


The CeraVe Smoothing Cleanser has absolutely transformed my skin. The formula isn’t too harsh for my sensitive skin, but effectively smoothes out the bumpy texture caused by whiteheads. Since using the cleanser, the bigger blemishes around my chin and jaw area have significantly decreased and new ones are much smaller. The gel formula foams up when massaged into the skin and a little goes a long way without compromising on effectiveness.
  • CeraVe Smoothing Cleanser 236ml

    CeraVe Smoothing Cleanser 236ml

    4.48 Stars 124 Reviews


My favourite product for combatting blemishes has to be the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules. I love that the product mixes the active ingredient retinol with hydrating and soothing ceramides. This makes it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or who is introducing retinol into their routine for the first time. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

Retinol, also known as vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant that increases cell renewal. Among its many other benefits, retinol helps to unclog congested pores and so prevents future breakouts! And the ceramides help keep acne at bay by regulating oil and sebum production!

After cleansing, I simply apply 1 capsule all over my face and neck. Make sure when you use this you don't use any more actives on your face at the same time.

  • Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules - 90 Capsules

    Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules - 90 Capsules

    5 Stars 13 Reviews
  • FARMACY Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleansing Toner 120ml

    FARMACY Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleansing Toner 120ml

    5 Stars 3 Reviews


I am absolutely obsessed with the FARMACY Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleansing Toner! I previously struggled a lot with blackheads on my nose and breakouts, particularly on my chin and cheeks. Formulated with 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid), this toner evens out my skin's tone, reduces breakouts and speeds up the healing process when I do get the occasional blemish.

I have super sensitive skin and was worried about using toner, as I thought it would sting or dry out my skin. However, FAMARCY'S formula is non-stripping and never leaves my skin feeling tight. Instead, my skin feels nourished and looks super glowy - great for that on-trend glass skin look! I apply this around 3 times a week after double cleansing, and have definitely seen such a huge difference since I started using this!

Shop all the best products for acne-prone skin, here on LOOKFANTASTIC.

Gigi Gordon
Beauty Writer
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As a haircare obsessive, I’m always on the lookout for new products and methods that will define my crown. I can never stick with a hairstyle for too long, and I love to pair minimal makeup with a bold lip. I specialise in haircare, with a mission to make all hair types and textures look and feel fantastic. If you’re after a new routine or product – I’m your girl, I’ve tried every haircare challenge and all the curl creams I can get my hands on. I couldn’t live without my wash-and-go routine, and I follow the Curly Girl Method religiously. Unable to find my perfect salon, I’ve always cut, braided and dyed my own hair, working as a freelance hairdresser since 2016. Although I’m a long-time fanatic, I’ve been writing about beauty since 2019, working with haircare specialists from Cantu, Boucleme and Mielle Organics to uncover the best tricks and tips. Felicia Leatherwood is my haircare guru, and Scary Spice is my all-time icon.