Launch of the Honest Beauty Acne collection by Jessica Alba

Do you remember slathering your face with a fruity, grainy paste after gym class in high school, only to follow it up with an alcohol-laden astringent in hopes of drying up any trace of breakouts? Chances are the last person you imagine doing the same is Jessica Alba. In fact, the actress and entrepreneur started taking acne medication as a teenager and continued to battle versions of it well into her 30s. Now Alba’s Honest Beauty has created a simple collection of acne-focused products that fight even the toughest blackheads and whiteheads without the burn or chemicals. “It’s really about having healthy skin, not zapping or erasing the problem,” she says of the line.

Since launching The Honest Company in 2012, Alba says one of the ways it has differentiated itself from other brands was with its in-house private labs and regulatory team. She attributes details like these to creating a more discerning consumer who demands better quality and healthier ingredients. “We can formulate and even source our own raw materials in-house,” she says. Some of these ingredients include the brand’s proprietary colloidal sulfur, wintergreen-derived salicylic acid, and niacinamide, which were obtained to help balance the skin. “If we want to treat the cause of acne, we also think about what we can do to heal the skin at the same time,” she says.

Available at Ulta and on the brand’s website, the Honest Clarifying Trio is packed with effective ingredients that treat breakouts while strengthening the skin barrier. Colloidal sulfur, the most active and microscopic form of sulfur, helps absorb excess oil that can contribute to breakouts and helps unclog congested pores. Apple alpha hydroxy acids include malic, glycolic, lactic and citric acids which naturally exfoliate the skin and increase cell turnover. And wintergreen-derived salicylic acid exfoliates, helps clear current breakouts, and prevents future blemishes.

“I wanted to create a line where you don’t have to change everything in your routine,” Alba explains. She recommends incorporating all three products into your usual line of hydration and sun protection for clear and, most importantly, healthy skin. Plus, they’re endorsed by Alba’s daughter, Haven Warren, who shares her skincare regimen with the trio on TikTok.

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A natural foaming acne cleanser

Made with colloidal sulfur to absorb excess oil, this gentle cleanser helps prevent and control future breakouts while removing dirt and impurities. The cream-to-foam formula, also known as the brand’s SLS-Free Surfactant System, removes dirt and debris without stripping skin too much. While sodium lauryl sulfate tends to dry out, we’ve all been guilty of favoring them for their frothy lather. Luckily, this sulfate-free cleanser gives you the same luxurious feel without drying out your skin. Finally, four types of AHA (malic, glycolic, lactic and citric acids) exfoliate, ward off blackheads and stimulate cell renewal.

A healing serum

This serum repairs the skin and provides it with the hydration it needs without clogging the pores. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients to minimize the appearance of breakouts. The zinc helps balance the skin’s microbiome, while the niacinamide helps improve the appearance of redness, but the best part is you get the hydration and repair without clogging pores. Wintergreen-derived salicylic acid helps exfoliate and azelaic acid minimizes the appearance of most post-blemish pigmentation.

Powerful spot treatment

When you have a pimple that needs a little more breakout power, this treatment minimizes pimples in as little as 48 hours. Packed with salicylic acid, glycolic acid (which exfoliates and promotes faster recovery from blemishes) and witch hazel (a natural astringent that absorbs excess oil to dry out blemishes), this formula reduces the appearance of blemishes by reducing the size of the rash and treating redness. The result of this potent stain cocktail is clearer, more even skin in the blink of an eye.

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