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3 Dermatologists Share Their Favorite Products for Fighting Acne

Anyone who’s ever dealt with acne knows finding over-the-counter skincare products is a battle. If it handles the acne you already have, it does just about nothing to prevent new spots from coming up. If it gets rid of cystic acne, it doesn’t touch the blackheads on your nose. And there’s seemingly nothing on the market that both keeps spots at bay and moisturizes your skin. Your expectations were too high if you wanted your acne products to do it all—but that doesn’t mean you have to end your search entirely.

After some proper formulations and good old-fashioned product testing, dermatologists have found products that finally do the impossible: treat your acne—all of it—without leaving your skin a flaky mess in the process. We asked a few of our favorite derms around the country for their favorite products to keep acne at bay, fight blackheads, and keep your skin bright and clear. 

 

Meet the expert
Dr. Rachel Maiman, MD
BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST
Dr. Maiman focuses on cosmetic and general dermatology and is based in New York.

Differin

Acne Treatment Gel

This formerly prescription-only but now drugstore-available gel contains adapelene, a synthetic retinoid. Topical retinoids are the backbone of most acne regimens owing to the fact that they work by several mechanisms to prevent clogging of pores, inflammation, and the growth of P. acnes. Because it’s synthetic, it has been formulated to be gentler than other prescription acne medications. For those who’ve graduated beyond over-the-counter retinol but aren’t quite ready for the full intensity of a prescription retinoid, adapalene is an excellent choice.

–Dr. Rachel Maiman

SkinMedica

AHA/BHA Cream

I recommend this face cream for oily and acne-prone skin for use up to twice daily. It contains four alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHAs) (lactic, glycolic, citric and malic acids) as well as salicylic acid, a popular acne-fighting ingredient classified as a beta-hydroxy-acid. While the use of both AHAs and BHAs has the potential to be more irritating, this product has other active ingredients that reduce this risk. There’s tocopheryl acetate, a stabilized form of vitamin E, and pro-vitamin B5. Both are humectants and emollients, which makes them great at combating the dryness and irritation that can be caused by the use of hydroxy-acids.

–Dr. Rachel Maiman

Meet the expert
Dr. Caroline Chang
BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST
Dr. Chang is a board-certified dermatologist in Rhode Island specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology.

CeraVe

Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser

[This is] a benzoyl peroxide cleanser to clear out pores combined with ceramides and hyaluronic acid which protect the skin from dryness and irritation. This is a great product for acne prone skin that is also sensitive or dry.

—Dr. Caroline Chang

Kate Sommerville

EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment

The active ingredient in this cleanser is sulfur, an underrated anti-acne ingredient I recommend frequently to my patients. Sulfur decreases the bacteria that causes acne, removes oil from the skin’s surface, and exfoliates dead skin cells to prevent blackheads. It is less irritating than many other acne-fighting ingredients and so is an excellent choice for patients who are both acne-prone and also have sensitive skin.

–Dr. Rachel Maiman

Hero Cosmetics

Mighty Patch Original Acne Patches

Hydrocolloid dressings have been used in wound healing for years and these tiny patches are great for use on acne pimples. The best part about these dressings is that they block you from picking at your skin!

—Dr. Caroline Chang

Meet the expert
Dr. Caroline Robinson
BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST
Founder of Tone Dermatology in Chicago, Dr. Robinson specializes in surgical, medical, and general dermatology.

Blk/Opl Beauty

PHA + BHA Exfoliating Toner

The Blk Opl Even True PHA + BHA Exfoliating Toner is a great choice because of the blend of gentle but effective polyhydroxy acids and salicylic acid which help to unclog the pores.

—Dr. Caroline Robinson

Neutrogena

Stubborn Acne Morning Treatment

The Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM treatment uses 2.5% micronized benzoyl peroxide to help to target and eliminate acne-causing bacteria quickly. It pairs well with the Stubborn Marks PM treatment which contains a refined form of vitamin A, retinol SA, that is clinically proven to visibly fade marks and treat hyperpigmentation concerns over time.

—Dr. Caroline Robinson

Panoxyl

Creamy Facial Treatment Wash

Benzoyl peroxide works in several ways. It is bactericidal, meaning it directly kills P. acnes, a bacteria well-known to be implicated in the development of acne. It also removes sebum and dead skin cells from pores and so prevents the formation of clogged pores which ultimately serve as the foundation for more inflammatory acne lesions. This foaming wash comes in concentrations of both 10% and 4%. When used on the face, I tend to recommend the lower percentage, as it minimizes dryness and irritation without compromising efficacy.

–Dr. Rachel Maiman

MM Skincare

Balance Serum

This serum does exactly what the name suggests: it balances out the skin, and that is exactly what I use it for. Because acne-fighting ingredients have the potential to be irritating, I have been incorporating this serum into the regimens I create for patients to help calm redness and irritation, which is important in ensuring they are able to use other products consistently. In addition to calming the skin, this unique proprietary blend of botanicals actually targets acne through independent mechanisms than more conventional acne-fighting ingredients.

–Dr. Rachel Maiman

 



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