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The Best Products For Acne-Prone Skin In 2018

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There are two types of people in the world: those who do everything in their power to prevent breakouts and still manage to get them, and those who can do just about any damnable things in the book of skin care and still manage to wake up with baby smooth skin. Trust me, I know how frustrating it can be, but you can't help the hand we've been dealt if you have acne-prone skin.


The reason behind why certain skin types are more genetically predisposed to inflammation and breakout than others is still unclear in the world of dermatology, but specialists have narrowed it down to one theory: TLR's (toll-like receptors). Their job is to alert your body of any proposed threats and how to handle them, which means that night you fell asleep in your makeup might just cause your body to fight back by producing a pesky pimple the next morning.

Thankfully, brands all over the beauty world are formulating products just for blemish-prone babes to rid their skin of impurities from the inside out. Special ingredients in the newest skin care lines unclog pores, correct dull complexions, and leave the skin glowing. Get your hands on the latest and greatest products just for your acne-prone skin from these Black woman-owned and woman-owned businesses, here:

Beija Flor Naturals Honey Cinnamon Detox Cleansing Bar, $9.

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This facial cleanser is overflowing with natural and organically derived ingredients like olive oil, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. The cinnamon and honey add anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties to soothe inflammation due to acne or skin blemishes.

Kaike Green Tea Mask + Scrub, $20.

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This all-natural detoxifying mask is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin by absorbing oils and impurities from the skin. With key ingredients like French green clay and matcha, this cleanser is sure to reduce blemished and tone the skin.

Base Butter Radiate Face Jelly, $21.

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Try this lightweight moisturizer to rejuvenate, restore, and protect your skin. The lavender, tea tree oil, and Aloe Vera in the formula are key players in keeping the skin fresh, balanced, and glowing!

Bolden Skin Clarifying Cleanser, $16.50.

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This cleanser is a gentle PH-balanced formulation that addresses all key issues that contribute to congested and breakout-prone skin. The cleanser's anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties fight breakouts, while powerful antioxidants renew and protect skin from free radical damage and premature aging.

Specific Beauty Daily Gentle Cleanser, $24.

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In need of a product that removes dirt and pore-clogging impurities? This cleaner is formulated to do just that, leaving skin radiantly renewed. Perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

Three Notes Charcoal & Tea Tree Cleanser, $25.95.

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This Black woman-owned business provides deep-cleansing products with all natural ingredients leaving skin moisturized and refreshed.

Elements of Aliel Joy Cleanser, $29.

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This organic African Black soap based cleanser is packed with the anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, lavender and infused with green tea to clear and prevent breakouts.

JACQ’s Plantain & Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar, $6.

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This Black woman-owned business believes in following nature's lead. This cleansing bar is formulated with plantain peel and activated bamboo charcoal, perfect for rejuvenating oily and acne-prone skin.

Urban Skin Rx Clean and Glow Cleanser, $32.

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Urban Skin Rx is all about providing solutions for ethnic skin. Their Clean and Glow Cleanser is a gel-based formula infused with papaya enzymes and salicylic acid that gently exfoliates dead skin while unclogging pores; leaving your skin vibrant and fresh.

SDOT Beauty DETOX Charcoal + Seaweed Cleansing Bar, $12.

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Detoxify your skin with this mixture of magnetizing, powerful activated bamboo charcoal and purifying essence of seaweed. This cleansing bar draws out impurities and heals blemishes, nourishing the skin with tea tree, grapefruit, and avocado oil that's sure to leave your skin with a healthy glow!

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Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

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Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

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