Prescription drugs Retin-A and Accutane were the early heroes in serious acne care. But at-home products were designed for teenage skin — too harsh and drying for adults.
At home: Salicylic acid is still the best, says Brandt. But add retinol and you're getting some antiaging help too. There are also treatments targeted for adult skin, with moisturizers and natural anti-inflammatories. Try Murad Moisturizing Acne Treatment Gel
, $43, with salicylic acid, retinol, and chamomile extract.
At the Doctor's Office:
Isolaz combines a suction-like device to deep clean pores and an intense pulsed light laser to kill acne-causing bacteria. Atralin Gel
, a new topical retinol, is less irritating thanks to the addition of moisturizers and humectants. And Solodyn Extended Release Tablets
, a new oral medication, has none of the nauseating side effects of previously used antibiotics
Brandt speculates that we'll see new antibacterial lasers and continue to see less irritating forms of topical retinoic acids.