For teenage skin
Featuring a salicylic acid cleanser, a benzoyl peroxide acne control lotion, and moisturizer with SPF 15, Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System is a great starter kit for teenage acne, according to Deanne Robinson, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Westport, Connecticut. But she does recommend slathering on a higher SPF (30 or more) before prolonged sun exposure because salicylic acid can increase photosensitivity. Try one of these pro-approved UV protectors. And be sure to read this before applying sunscreen to acne-prone skin.
For adult skin
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According to Sejal Shah, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City and RealSelf contributor, adults who are still battling acne have typically already exhausted the usefulness of benzoyl peroxide (a staple of teen acne products), so trying some alternative acne-fighting ingredients is often helpful. For adult acne, she recommends Peter Thomas Roth Acne System, which relies on salicylic acid and sulfur to eradicate breakouts. It also contains glycolic acid to boost exfoliation and cell turnover, as well as antioxidant-rich green tea extract, which has been shown to soothe inflammation. Don’t fall for these myths about adult acne.
For oily skin
Oily skin? The Murad Get Over Zit Kit includes a clarifying cleanser, acne-clearing lotion, and an oil and pore-controlling mattifying SPF 45 lotion. Both the cleanser and spot treatment contain potent salicylic acid to help unclog pores and reduce shine. These are the beauty secrets women with oily skin should memorize.