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As a former teen who struggled with acne, I can confirm that I was willing to try just about anything to get rid of those big, red bumps — scrubs that left me red and dry, masks that burned my skin and huge globs of retinol that left me peeling were all par for the course. Why put myself through the pain and horror? It’s no secret: acne can feel embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially as a teenager.
Lucky for today’s teens, gone are the days of certain peach-based scrubs and celeb-backed acne treatments. There’s far more information out there today, and far gentler, more effective solutions to teenage acne. To learn more, I spoke with Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital and medical advisor of Jori Skincare. According to Zeichner, consensus guidelines for treating acne recommend using multiple topical agents to target different aspects of acne. Read on for Zeichner’s favorite products for fighting acne in teens.