Dear Beauty Queen: What is the best acne product for those over 25?
Beauty Queen: The answer to this question really depends on the severity of your acne. If you have a rogue blemish here or there, a spot treatment may be your best bet, and in that case I recommend Soyka Dakar Drying Potion. You dab it on before bed and zits are practically gone by morning. $25, sonyadakar.com
But if your breakouts are more of a chronic problem, you may get the best results by using a regimen geared toward preventing acne. One of the best I’ve come across is Proactiv Solution. Odds are you’ve seen one of the infomercials featuring Jessica Simpson (along with countless teenagers who are now acne-free), but the truth is, this stuff works thanks to benzoyl peroxide. Just keep in mind that you should avoid this active ingredient (as well as salicylic acid, another popular acne treatment) if you’re pregnant or nursing. Proactiv.com
Bargain pick: Found at drugstores nationwide, Acne Free is another benzoyl peroxide based three-step system that retails for less than $20.