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College Beauty Awards: Acne

Though people may have told you acne goes away after high school, the truth is many of us have to keep dealing with breakouts well into our 20s – and beyond. If you’re feeling stuck looking for the best acne treatment for college students, we’ve got you covered with our favorite cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and more for the 2021 College Beauty Awards.


Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+, $18
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Surface, $18
Alba Botanica acnedote pimple patches, $8

spot treatments

Clean & Clear advantage acne spot treatment, $7
​​Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17
Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment, $14

redness decreasers

Hero Cosmetics Rescue Balm, $13
The INKEY List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment, $9
Indie Lee Banish Solution – clarify and calm, $21

targeting blackheads

AcneFree acne clearing sulfur mask, $12
CLEARSTEM Skincare Clearity Serum, $65


CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser, $15
Nuria rescue rebalancing cleanser, $22
Eminence Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam, $42


Vichy Acne Control Daily Moisturizer, $30
YesTo Tomatoes Detoxifying Moisturizer, $7
CeraVe SA Lotion, $19


AcneFree Witch Hazel Mattifying Toner, $9
YesTo Tomatoes Daily Blemish Toner, $8
Humphreys Soothe Witch Hazel Toner, $11


SLMD Skincare Body Acne System, $58
Pacifica Bacne Warrior, $16
Paula’s Choice CLEAR Acne Body Spray, $25

post-acne marks

Banish Starter Kit, $195
Neutrogena Stubborn Marks PM Treatment, $24
Hero Cosmetics Lightning Wand, $20

Other treatments

Paula’s Choice Daily Skin Clearing Treatment, $18
Elina Organics oil control formula, $48
Carbon Theory breakout control pads, $25


Indie Lee Clearing Mask – purify and nourish, $52
SLMD Skincare Clear Out mask, $34
I Dew Care Yoga Kitten Clay Mask, $23

The Her Campus National Editors write about products we love and think you’ll love too. Her Campus has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. All products are in stock and all prices are accurate as of publication.

Erica Kam

Columbia Barnard '21

Erica is the Contributing Editor at Her Campus. She was formerly the Wellness Editor (2019-20), the High School Editor (2018-19), and an Editorial Intern (2018). She graduated from Barnard College in 2021 with a degree in English and creative writing, and was the Senior Editor of Her Campus Columbia Barnard (2018-20). When she's not writing or editing (which is rare), she's probably looking at food pictures on Instagram.
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