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Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimised by pesky pimples that refuse to go away, and black and whiteheads that just seem to come back over and over.

It’s a never-ending uphill battle – trust us when we say we feel you. And you’d think that with the plethora of acne-busting products filling up entire racks in pharmacies, we’d have clear skin in no time. Spoiler alert: No.

It takes trial and error (lots of them, in fact) to figure out what works for your skin. As a rule of thumb, salicylic acid should work, but bear in mind that adult acne may take a slightly longer time to recover… so give them all the TLC you can.

These are the best adult acne-busting products we’ve tried

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And while many products may promise to deliver instant results – do take it with a pinch of salt; pimples can form overnight, but you won’t be able to get rid of them as quickly. They play dirty (literally) like that.

Ahead, some of the best acne-busting products that we’ve tried and stand by:

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