Acne is an ongoing battle. Once you find the right combination of over-the-counter and prescription products to keep breakouts under control, it’s important to stick with them to keep skin in the clear. (In fact, non-compliance is the main reason patients continue to struggle with acne.)
On the skincare front, I recommend a few simple products, and in many cases this is enough to restore a clear complexion. Washing with a salicylic acid gel cleanser is a great first step, as this ingredient works to exfoliate dead skin cells so they don’t stick around and clog pores. There’s also very exciting news on the horizon. New products that aren’t antibiotics are being developed; and they are working amazingly for acne. I can’t talk about them yet, but stay tuned for updates.
Beyond skincare, most of us ladies also wear makeup on a daily basis, and you don’t want your cosmetics to derail your anti-acne efforts. To look beautiful while battling blemishes, check out these products:
Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control
When you’re in the midst of a breakout, loading on the concealer and foundation can attract even more attention. This new tinted skin enhancer/primer contains salicylic acid to fight acne flare-ups and leaves skin with a matte finish. You just might find that this and a light foundation or tinted moisturizer gives you all the coverage you need.
Hourglass Cosmetics Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
Oily skin often goes hand-in-hand with breakouts, and this liquid-to-powder foundation leaves a long-lasting matte finish that won’t make breakouts worse. It contains a special clay called Kaolinite, which can absorb 75 percent of its weight in sebum as it hydrates the skin—and it’s water-resistant!
Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer
When you’re dealing with blemishes, why not cover them up with a product that can actually speed healing? This twist-up pen comes in four shades and features a built-in application for easy touch-ups on the go.
Dr. Leslie Baumann is a board-certified dermatologist, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami.