According to The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), adult acne is increasing, affecting up to 15 percent of women. With this number comes too many treatments to count, both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription. While dermatologists recommend scheduling a consultation before you choose a method, they also understand that an in-person visit to the office might not be in the cards right now.
If you’re more comfortable tackling your acne at home for the time being, here are four expert-recommended OTC products to add to your skin-care lineup.
“Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads ($4) would be my first OTC choice for treating acne. Salicylic acid is great for a gentle exfoliation, chemical exfoliation and for helping to dry up the oil that contributes to acne. I also like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($7), which has effective ingredients and is gentle and refreshing.” — New York dermatologist Jody Levine, MD
“As a dermatologist, I see severe and significant cases of acne that typically require medical intervention with prescriptions. However, I do recommend products that are noncomedogenic—which means they won’t make acne worse—as part of a treatment plan. To that end, I recommend Vanicream Cleansing Bar ($5) for face-washing and CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($12).” —Eagan, MN dermatologist Charles Crutchfield, MD
“My favorite product for combating acne is Dr. Zenovia Skincare Advanced Retinol Night Repair Treatment ($72). Retinol is one of the most researched and proven actives in dermatology and almost all dermatologists believe in the science of retinoic acid as a key player for acne and anti-aging. Retinol helps regulate sebum production and increases cell turnover, preventing the formation of blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. In addition, retinol is an infamous collagen protector.” — Newport Beach, CA dermatologist Zenovia H. Gabriel, MD
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