12 Unexpected Products That Secretly Fight Acne

We don’t have to tell you that adult acne is a major problem, especially for women. Despite the deluge of new in-office treatments and products hitting Sephora, Ulta Beauty and the like, it’s a problem that’s only getting worse. Some doctors say they’re seeing double the amount of patients with adult acne compared to five years ago, according to a report in The New York Times.

While hormonal (think: getting off birth control pills) and environmental factors (think: stress) are often to blame for a new crop of breakouts, so are multistep beauty routines. That’s right, not only is that 20-step, Korean-inspired beauty regimen eating up a huge chunk of time and wallet space, it may very well be doing more harm than good.

But the news isn’t all bad. In fact, there are a number of products not explicitly created to treat acne that do a great job at both treating and preventing future breakouts. Here’s a look at some of the best and why they work.