The End of Acne: Nine Products That Will Change Your Skin Forever
To say we invented clear skin is a pretty bold statement. But we're going to go there. What gives us the right? Our formulator, Dr. James Fulton, was the scientist, dermatologist, and acneologist responsible for the gold standard ingredients used in dermatology offices around the world for nearly fifty years.
Dr. Fulton co-developed Retin-A, laying the foundation for retinoid therapy. He stabilized benzoyl peroxide so it could be used at home without requiring a chemistry degree. He developed and patented the most effective non-prescription retinoid, vitamin A propionate. And he was the first to recognize and leverage multi-functional mandelic acid as a skincare ingredient.
It was Dr. Fulton's own journey with severe acne that led him on the quest to develop real solutions. Not just game-changers; life-changers. So if you've been struggling to find acne treatments that work, you have come to the right place. Here are nine products that will change your skin forever.
The first stop on your acne-ending journey is a targeted, acne-fighting cleanser. Your goal is not just to remove dirt and oil but to prevent acne from forming. Nothing is better at that than benzoyl peroxide. This essential compound penetrates the pore and releases oxygen to kill bacteria. Comedolytic properties mean it also peels away impactions. Acne in all its forms—from vexing little white bumps to angry red pustules—can be treated with benzoyl peroxide on both face and body.
Our 3% BP Exfoliating Cleanser is the king of acne cleansers. Excellent for targeting acne on the face, back, forearms, or for use after a sweaty workout.
"I have struggled with acne all my life, and I just wish I found this product sooner! I am in my mid-twenties, and this is the only product that has ever completely cleared up my skin. It is worth the investment!" —Haley
For acne-prone skin that's sensitive or prone to hyperpigmentation, mandelic acid is a gentler acne-fighter that doesn't skimp on results. Its smaller molecular size means mandelic acid is absorbed more slowly by the skin, so there is no irritation to detract from its multiple benefits—antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, melanin-inhibiting, and micro-exfoliating.
Our Mandelic Acid 3-In1 Exfoliating Cleanser blends this superhero AHA with green tea extract, grape seed oil, kiwi extract, vitamin C, and honey for the ultimate healthy cleanse. Exfoliate, control acne-causing bacteria, and promote a smooth, even tone with this fresh, hydrating scrub.
"I am a 34-year-old woman of color with oily skin. I struggled with acne and hyperpigmentation most of my life, and into my adult life, this product has made such a significant difference in the appearance and texture of my skin." —Linda
These textured single-use pads are steeped in a therapeutic blend of acids and hydrators to decongest pores and remove excess oil without stripping or drying the skin. Salicylic acid flushes pores and calms inflammation. Mandelic acid kills acne bacteria and prevents acne scarring. Niacinamide repairs the skin barrier, boosts resiliency, and brightens. Lactic acid exfoliates, softens, and pulls moisture into the skin.
The ease factor of a swipeable pad that can be toted along in a gym bag, purse, or carry-on is a bonus for keeping skin shine-free and clarified on the go.
"I've fought acne my whole life. As I'm aging, now I have dry skin, plus acne, which is SO hard to address. Since I started using the Daily Repair Pads, I haven't had a breakout. They've literally changed my life." —Heather
After co-developing Retin-A, Dr. Fulton developed and patented vitamin A propionate, a non-prescription alternative that delivers the strength minus the irritation. It became the foundation of Vivant's multi-tiered vitamin A therapies.
Exfol-A is an advanced vitamin A formula amplified by a powerhouse acid trio of lactic, kojic, and glycolic. This Aestheticians' Choice Award winner for Best Retinol Serum accelerates cell turnover, peels away impactions, brightens, and protects against acne scarring. It's especially adept at targeting deeper impactions and more resistant acne and also works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making it an excellent choice for adult acne.
"Best thing that ever happened to my skin. I cannot live without this product, completely transformed my skin, and I'll never live without it." —Xenia
"Magic in a bottle" is how customers describe this powerhouse formula for clearing acne, brightening tone, and gently resurfacing skin's texture. Antibacterial mandelic acid and hydrating lactic acid combine forces to unblock pores, stimulate repair, and prevent future breakouts. Niacinamide's ability to block the transfer of melanosomes rounds out the brightening superpowers of this transformative trio, contributing to a luminous complexion. This Swiss army knife of serums also boosts ceramide synthesis for a stronger skin barrier and healthier, more elastic tone.
"The best! I have been using this product for four years now, morning and night, and after a lifetime of acne struggles, this is the only thing that has transformed my skin. I have not broken out since using this four years ago." —Marne
Deploy this highly-concentrated benzoyl peroxide gel when you need a power boost to clear resistant breakouts, cystic acne, hormonal acne, or speed healing of inflamed nodules. Formulated for rapid penetration deep into the follicle, it works quickly to kill acne-causing bacteria, peel impactions, and disrupt the acne cycle to create long-term improvement in your skin. We don't recommend spot treating since that approach leaves bacteria to thrive in surrounding areas. Use 10% BP Gel over your entire face as needed.
"BP gel is a life changer! It cleared my hormonal acne. I'm a nurse, and the stress and 12-hour long maskings caused my skin to break out horribly around my cheeks and chin. An aesthetician put me on 10% BP gel for a month, then added a Vitamin A cream (also from Vivant) into my routine. My face has cleared up, and people have commented on how great my skin looks. I'm so happy with this product. It works!" —Cindy
Body acne can be especially tough to clear because clothing can cause friction and trap dirt and oil against the skin, exacerbating breakouts. We created Clear Body Therapy to combat your most stubborn acne issues. The lactic acid and vitamin A formula rapidly exfoliates problem areas, leaving smooth, ultra-soft skin in its place. These two powerful cell renewers also brighten and help promote collagen to reduce scarring and promote a smoother, more even tone. This powerful formula is recommended for the thicker skin of the body but can be used on the face if skin is acclimated to level two or higher of Vivant's vitamin A therapies.
"Miracle for Body Acne! This is the only product that has cured my back and chest acne! I work out every day, and it has caused horrible back and chest acne but, within a week of using this product, my acne was almost completely gone. Now, after using it for three weeks, my back and chest are completely clear! Amazing stuff. Definitely worth it." —Lauren
This nourishing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory lotion is a hydrator that thinks it's a serum. Allantoin, derived from the comfrey plant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-psoriatic, and wound healing properties that have made it popular as a soothing agent for centuries. It's blended with linoleic acid-rich grape seed oil, anti-inflammatory oat protein, whole leaf aloe, and zinc peptides in a non-comedogenic formula to support a strong skin barrier and bring angry skin back into alignment.
"My go-to. This moisturizer is my holy grail and a must every day. I have acne-prone skin, and this does not break me out." —Devin
If benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid had a baby, it would be sulfur. It has all the best qualities of salicylic and BP—calming, antibacterial, keratolytic (peels pores), sebum-reducing—but it's less potent than either, making it perfect in mask form where it's highly concentrated and left on to do its work. Our Sulfur Clay Mask is the definitive detox. It pulls impactions to the surface faster, rids the skin of excess sebum, and improves circulation, leaving skin refined and deeply cleansed. For added firepower, apply BP 10% Gel Medication under Sulfur Clay Mask.
"I'm amazed with this product. It cleaned my clogged pores and really cleared my face. I have tried literally every acne product out there, and nothing has helped. Now I can go out without makeup, and it feels amazing." —Mabel