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Adult acne seems like a cruel joke. Weren't we supposed to leave zits behind with our fluffy '90s bangs and high school boyfriend?
While some women are lucky enough to outgrow teen acne (or skip it entirely -- jerks), the rest of us need help dealing with the recurring blemishes in our 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. That's when this list of the best and worst acne products becomes especially handy. With it, we can navigate the endless acne treatment options out there and home in on the best acne products that will truly make a difference in our skin.
Of course, products aren't the only acne solution. That's why it's great we talked to Doris Day, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the New
York University Langone Medical Center. She gave us these tips on how to prevent zits from popping up in the first place:
• Get seven to eight hours of sleep at night, which is the time needed for skin to recoup and heal any damage done during the day.
• Cut out dairy. The additional androgen hormones in cow's milk can cause hormonal imbalances in women and result in breakouts.
• Eat antioxidant-rich cranberries, pomegranates and blueberries to help your face (and body) heal faster.
• Change your pillowcase daily to remove any bacteria or leftover makeup residue.
Then, try these reader-tested acne products that reviewers say turn acne into a distant memory -- just like that cheesy haircut (and equally cheesy high school boyfriend).
Worst No. 3: Benefit Boo Boo Zap!. $16