This product is for those with more chronic acne issues. It clears clogged pores and removes excess oil from oily, acne-prone complexions with a skin toner solution formulated with 8% Glycolic Acid for those without sensitive skin. Concurrently it plumps and hydrates and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Use on clean skin and then apply your oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen. This product is NOT for teenagers.
Murad Acne & Wrinkle Reducer, $58 This dual-function formula reduces acne while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Murad’s proprietary Kombucha Collagen Defense stimulates collagen production revealing a healthier complexion. Meanwhile encapsulated salicylic acid and silver citrate help neutralize acne-causing bacteria while penetrating deep to keep skin clean and clear. With the help of retinol, optimal collagen levels are restored, skin regains a healthy resilience, fullness and has an improved barrier function strength. So future breakouts are minimized. 5. EVE LOM ‘Dynaspot’ Treatment, $34 If you find most acne spot treatments too drying or irritating, Dynaspot is for you. This advanced formula is comprised of naturally antiseptic tea tree oil, soothing fennel and chamomile as well as a carefully balanced amount of salicylic acid to eliminate “spots” quickly without over-drying the skin. Zinc oxide and yarrow to help control sebum production. Developed after years of research, this fast-healing formula can be applied under or over makeup and as often as needed. 6. Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, $18 I love a concealer that simultaneously fights the little bugger! Murad’s Acne Concealer provides easy blending blemish coverage with a highly effective acne-fighting formula. Salicylic acid clears active breakouts and prevents new ones from forming, vitamin A regulates sebum production, and vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea extract provide powerful antioxidant protection. Done and done! 7. SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense, $88 The name kinda says it all. This new product by SkinCeuticals is a dual-performing serum to help treat adult acne and the signs of aging. A combination of 2% dioic acid with alpha and beta hydroxy acids prevent blemishes while diminishing hyperpigmentation and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. This targeted treatment also inhibits an excess of sebum production, unclogs pores and helps prevent skin darkening from UV exposure. Apply to clean skin and cover the entire affected area with a thin layer in the morning and evening. This “serum” really packs a punch! 8. CLINIQUE Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40, $37 Leave it to Clinique to make a BB cream that makes life easier! This all-in-one skin perfector is a multitasking SPF cream for oily and acne-prone skins! It features high-level UVA/UVB protection (SPF 40), moderate coverage and oil-control in an ultra-lightweight, non-greasy formula that also hydrates the skin. The non-greasy texture eliminates shine throughout the day and does not cause breakouts. It’s available in 5 shades and mattifies skin and reduces the look of pores without leaving it feeling dry or uncomfortable. Better yet, it’s long-lasting (for up to 12 hours) for a super smooth, beautiful finish. Brilliant! If you have problematic skin I highly recommend this as your summer foundation. – Lauren Dimet Waters