Beat Your Breakouts Forever
By Elizabeth Flahive
L'Oreal Paris Acne Response Intensive Adult Acne Kit
Photo Credit: Gisel Florez/Gisel Florez
Skip the granular exfoliants (generally too harsh for sensitive skin) in favor of peels. "Acids like lactic and glycolic typically in at-home peels stimulate collagen production, plump up skin with moisture, and smooth its surface," says NYC dermatologist Dr. Virgil Hatcher. "You want to slough off the dead skin cells that trap pimple-producing oil." A series of in-office peels, stronger than the at-home versions, deliver antiaging and antiacne power in one punch. Prescription retinoids (Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, and Renova) are another more aggressive option.
DIY: L'Oréal Paris AcneResponse Intensive Adult Acne Peel Kit has it all: a gentle cleanser that preps skin for a 2 percent salicylic acid peel and a neutralizing moisturizer with soothing botanicals to deter redness.