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Mary Kay® Acne Treatment Gel

1 oz.


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Mary Kay® Acne Treatment Gel*  is the treatment your skin needs to penetrate pores and eliminate most blackheads, pimples and blemishes while preventing new ones from forming as well.

  • Clinically proven to dry and clear acne blemishes.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Dermatologist-tested.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

*Over-the-counter drug product

All prices are suggested retail.

Mary Kay® Acne Treatment Gel

Learn about Blemish-Prone Skin

Blemish-Prone Skin

Acne or blemish-prone skin is a remarkably common skin condition. While many adolescents may experience acne, this condition also can appear for the first time in adults in their 20s or 30s or even later in life. Generally, however, if you had acne as a teenager, you are more likely to have it again as an adult. Eighty to 100 percent of all teenagers have acne to some degree, and an increasing number of adult women also have some acne.

In addition, once acne is present, excessive scrubbing or frequent cleansing will not control it, and any rough manipulation of the skin may further irritate and inflame the lesions or even lead to the formation of new acne lesions.

View Acne Myths and Facts

Acne Myths and Facts

Myth: Eating greasy foods and chocolate will cause acne breakouts.
Fact: Research has shown that foods seem to have little effect on the development of acne in most people. Following a strict diet will not clear your skin. Acne occurs when pores become blocked, trapping oil inside. As the skin continues to produce oil, the blockage grows, resulting in acne blemishes.

Myth: Picking a blemish helps the pimple to go away faster.
Fact: Neither blackheads nor whiteheads should be squeezed or picked open unless extracted by a dermatologist under sterile conditions. Skin injured by squeezing or picking can become infected or scarred.

Myth: Stress causes acne.
Fact: While stress does not cause acne, it can trigger flare-ups. When the body encounters stress, it increases the production of cortisol, which can increase the production of oil.

Myth: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
Fact: Actually, overwashing your face, stripping it of essential oils, will not eliminate acne nor will excessive scrubbing, which could cause skin irritation and more flare-ups. The best way to clean the face is to gently wash it twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser. Then use an appropriate acne treatment, such as a product which contains benzoyl peroxide.

Myth: There is a cure for acne.
Fact: There is no cure for acne, but it can be controlled with regular use of an acne regimen. Mary Kay® offers four great products that, when used together, can help minimize and control blemishes, promoting an even complexion.


It’s time to take control of acne. Mary Kay® Acne Treatment Gel* helps you enjoy clearer, healthier-looking skin. You can benefit from Mary Kay® Acne Treatment Gel* if you have mild or occasional acne. Some results may be seen within days, but a majority of users will experience the maximum reduction in acne lesions after using it for eight weeks or more. It is a water-based gel clinically proven to dry and clear acne blemishes and allow the skin to heal.


*Over-the-counter drug product

Application Tips

  • Clean the skin thoroughly before applying.
  • Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily.
  • Because too much drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, and then gradually increase to two or three times daily, if needed or as directed by a doctor.
  • If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.
  • If going outside, use a sunscreen. Allow benzoyl peroxide to dry and then follow directions in the sunscreen labeling.

How It Works

Benzoyl peroxide kills acne within the pores and on the surface of the skin.

Key Ingredients

  • Benzoyl Peroxide (5%) For acne treatment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined the ingredient to be both safe and effective, within certain concentrations, for the self-treatment of mild or occasional acne. These products are available “over-the-counter” (without a prescription), which indicates the ingredient is used in a product as an active ingredient determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be both safe and effective, within certain concentrations.
  • Cucumber Extract is a soothing agent known for its calming and soothing properties. It’s also a skin brightener known to provide a brightening effect, resulting in more even-looking skin. Some ingredients provide immediate benefits via optical diffusion and light reflection, while others provide a more even-looking skin tone over time.

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