According to acne statistics, 85-90% of the global population has experienced breakouts at some point in their life; with more females battling blemishes than their male counterparts. So it makes sense that the beauty marketplace has a considerable amount of products dedicated to helping keep skin clear and glowing. The private label skincare industry is no different, and high levels of active ingredients are being offered so that people can brand their own blemish-banishing products.

These private-labeled products help to clear their clients’ skin while they are realizing high-profit margins and establishing loyal customers who consistently purchase products. We’ll review the best ingredients to include when developing a private label line for clear skin and some strategies that will help your clients achieve optimum results!

How Do I Know If My Skin is Blemished?

A blemish is any noticeable imperfection and when it comes to skincare, this term is typically used when referring to pimples, blackheads, or the discoloration that often appears because of these breakouts. People often treat blemishes for cosmetic reasons and depending on the specific imperfection being addressed, there are a myriad of products that can be used to accelerate the clearing of the skin.

What Is the Difference Between a Blemish and Acne?

Acne is a medical condition of the skin and although it is often characterized by the presence of pimples, blackheads, and other forms of congestion, it is actually a disorder of the hair follicles and oil glands.  As such, it should be diagnosed and treated by a medical doctor. But for many people who suffer from an occasional breakout, many cosmetic treatments will help alleviate the blemish and keep skin clear and radiant.

How Do You Treat Blemished Skin?

There are a multitude of ways to keep skin clear and uncongested and a combination of these practices will yield the best results!

  • Develop a routine that includes washing and exfoliating the skin. Spot treating any breakouts will help them disappear more quickly and reduce the chance of discoloration during the healing process.
  • Exercise and sweat as much as possible. This flushes pores, accelerates the healing process, and imparts an instant glow to skin. Make sure that your skin is clean (especially free from makeup) before you begin to dump a deluge and also wash and tone after exercise to rinse away salty sweat and help to treat and tighten pores.
  • Avoid extended sun exposure that can stimulate sebaceous glands (making breakouts more likely) and trigger inflammation (increasing the chances of discoloration).
  • Keep hair and hands away from the face and have a professional extract the pores to minimize tissue damage and shorten the time it takes for a pimple or blackhead to clear.

What Ingredients Are Good for Blemished Skin?

Ingredients that actively reduce bacterial load, help exfoliate dead cells, and cleanse impurities and purify pores will make the most dramatic visible improvement in the skin. Look for these blemish banishers on ingredient lists to ensure a trustworthy product with a track record for positive results.

Salicylic Acid

This beta-hydroxy acid works wonders to help keep skin clear. It breaks the bonds between dead skin cells helping them to exfoliate; even from the inside of pores.  This keeps pores unclogged and the oil is free to move up to the surface of the skin where it belongs, not trapped inside. 0.49% or less is used in cosmetics. You may also see Willow Bark on some labels which contains salicin, a precursor of salicylic acid.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

Glycolic, Lactic, and Mandelic acids are all Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) that can be found in nature in sugarcane, citrus, almonds, and milk. These small and mighty molecules penetrate the dermis quickly stimulating exfoliation and new cell production. They eradicate dull skin and can even keep skin hydrated without the use of heavy creams or oils.


A Vitamin A derivative that works by helping the skin to rapidly exfoliate. It also rebuilds the skin’s tissue and is known to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It is commonly used for anti-aging and pimple annihilation.

Tea Tree Oil

This essential oil is known for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties. It also helps soothe inflammation.


Where there are breakouts, there is often inflamed and fussy skin. Syricalm® is a natural product derived from Poria cocos (Mushroom) and Phragmites (Reed Grass). It effectively reduces inflammation and strongly supports skin in dealing with external stressors.

Skin Care Products for Blemished Skin

Trilogy Labs offers powerful anti-blemish formulations in our private label skin care line. Here are a few popular and noteworthy products that can become a part of your personally branded clear skin collection.

Purifying Foaming Cleanser

This powerful but mild wash blends the anti-inflammatory benefits of Tea Tree oil with the antibacterial properties of Willow Bark extract.

 Glycolic Gel Cleanser

Exfoliates, improves skin freshness, and enhances complexion with 10% Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Peel oil. This foaming gel cleanser deep cleans without stripping natural oils.

Repair Bar

Salicylic Acid and Resorcinol provide mild desquamation of cellular debris in this “soapless” bar. Lecithin, Coconut and Safflower oils blended with Soybean protein help soothe blemishes, rashes, and other irritations.

 Glycolic Toner

Treat overexposed skin with this multi-functional anti-aging elixir. Glycolic Acid chemically exfoliates helping to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.


This blemish banishing treatment contains Glycolic Acid (AHA) combined with Salicylic Acid and willow bark extract (BHA). Witch Hazel delivers astringent benefits and Blue and Sacred Lotus Flower extracts support balanced oil production minimizing the appearance of pores.

Blue Tansy Mist

Spray away irritation and breakouts with a blend of botanicals targeted to calm and heal mask-induced skin challenges. Blue Tansy helps to clear congested pores and reduce redness while Mallow calms over-sensitized skin. 

Clear Skin Serum

This simple yet effective formula of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial ingredients combined with Willow Bark extract helps to eradicate blemishes. Wild Turmeric inhibits oil production reducing oily shine.

Clear Skin Mask

Striking a perfect balance between gentle and effective, this Kaolin and Bentonite clay treatment helps to fend off flare-ups while Lemongrass and Aloe soothe inflammation and ensure healing. Salicylic Acid and Willow Bark extract prevent excess oil production while removing debris from pores and combating bacteria.

 Retinol Mask

This 3-in-1 mask exfoliates, tightens, and rejuvenates skin for a one-step treatment that delivers immediate gratification. Pineapple and Papaya enzymes enhanced with Lactic Acid provide effective yet gentle elimination of dead cells revealing fresh, glowing skin that’s receptive to active ingredients. Retinol helps firm skin by stimulating collagen production, reducing fine lines, and increasing elasticity.

Charcoal Mask

Calm troublesome skin with a blend of purifying ingredients that banish blemishes. Charcoal attracts and removes impurities while Peppermint Oil supports the reduction of breakout-inducing bacteria. Kaolin and Bentonite clays reduce oily shine, while skin is softened, tissue is toned, and circulation to the surface of the skin is increased.

Find Blemish Skin Care Products for Your Private Label Skin Care Line

Trilogy Labs offers many private label skin care products with active ingredients that will help alleviate your client’s most blemished and fussy skin. Explore our products by trying samples and experience the difference that using high-quality plant-based products has on your skin! Click here to shop samples, learn how to create your own skin care brand, or contact a Project Consultant at 239.939.5454.

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