The only consolation about fighting acne and wrinkles simultaneously is that I’m not alone in this sad, sad battle — anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of adult women (yes, even those over 40) suffer from adult acne. Fortunately, skincare lines have responded to our need to fight these two banes of our existence with super advanced formulations made to baby our grown-up skin.
ISSUE: Summer 2012
DEPT: Beauty Kit
Get skin as clear as 30-something China Chow, host of Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.
An anti-inflammatory that unclogs pores.
Kills the P. acnes bacteria.
Tea Tree Oil
Not into chemicals? Try a more au naturel approach.
1.This creamy, cooling cleanser features encapsulated salicylic acid that works even after it’s washed off. Murad Anti-Aging Time Release Acne Cleanser. 2. A potent combo of salicylic acid, lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA) and glycolic acid clears blemishes and mattifies while providing 24-hour hydration. Vichy Normaderm Triple-Action Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion. 3. Micronized benzoyl peroxide gets deep into pores, while LHA exfoliates to minimize post-blemish scarring. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment. 4. My go-to treatment, this lotion attacks the source of hormonal acne, DHT. Clearogen Acne Lotion. 5. Liquefied benzoyl peroxide is 1/10,000 the size of other similar products, which allows it to penetrate deep into the pore rather than just sit on the surface. Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion. 6. A soothing gel that mattifies on contact and dries up pimples. Lush Grease Lightning. 7. Apply this mask at night and the next morning blemishes are smaller, calmer. Sanitas Skincare Tea Tree Mask.