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By Cynthia Bailey MD. This page was updated on Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Acne treatment products from dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey will help you get rid of pimples and acne scars at any age.

dermatologist's treatment for acne at any age

Knowing how to get rid of pimples at any age involves finding the right acne products for your acne and skin type. Many acne products are drying and others are irritating. There are also 2 germs that cause acne and it is helpful to address both. Plus, acne can strike at any age and what works for a teen may not be right for an adult because complexions change. Acne seems like just one skin problem but it is not. Every person with acne will skin with different needs and acne that responds to treatment uniquely. I try to help you with this here on my web site. First, it is important to understand how acne products actually treat acne.

How do acne treatment skin care products work?

Acne treatment products work to fight acne in 2 main ways:

  1. They unclog pores to get rid of blackheads.
  2. They treat germs that cause pimples.

Thousands of confusing acne products are available, but there are really only 4 main non-prescription acne treatment ingredients to fight acne.

The 4 main important ingredients in acne treatment products are:

  1. Benzoyl peroxide
  2. Salicylic acid
  3. Glycolic acid
  4. Retinoids (such as retinol)

With my acne care products, you can get all 4 of these ingredients at levels that work to stop acne. You can also adjust your skin care routine to fit your skin type so your skin does not get overly dry or irritated. 

You can't get stronger acne medicine without a prescription!

Remember, you always get the best results when you use Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care Routine  that supports clear and blemish-free skin. The essential steps of Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care Routine include:


Build a Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care Routine for yourself from as many of the powerful acne-fighting ingredients as your facial skin can tolerate. Balance your skin's moisture with one of my non-comedogenic moisturizers. Use a non-comedogenic broad spectrum sunscreens to fight sun damage and acne scars from hyperpigmentation. If you wear makeup, use my non-comedogenic mineral makeup.

How you build your Complete Skin Care Routine and use your acne products is important to fixing your acne problem!

That's because the best acne treatment products can be irritating. I want to help you understand acne so that you can create the best skin care routine to control your breakouts. Acne is an emotionally painful skin problem, and you can find a lot of confusing information about it.

What is the most popular dermatologist treatment for acne?

Most people suffering from acne choose to use my Ultimate Acne Solutions Kit.

ultimate acne solutions skin care treatment
It has an acne cleanser and treatment pads with glycolic acid and salicylic acid to clean away oil and reach deep into oily pores where acne starts. The Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion can be used on areas of skin prone to pimples or it can be used as a spot treatment. Most people also add Calming Zinc Soap to add pyrithione zinc to help fight Pityrosporum yeast and its contribution to acne. Retinol Intensive Night Cream can be used at night. It fights both acne, wrinkles and acne scars. (Don't use it at the same time as benzoyl peroxide. It also contains green tea to help fight redness. Daily Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin hydrates to protect skin from dryness. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible or Tinted Sunscreen (tinted also absorbs oil and helps hide acne marks) is applied each day to prevent hyperpigmented acne scars. This is a Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care Routine that is powerful for acne:

CLEANSE/CORRECT: Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser in morning. Calming Zinc Soap at night

CORRECT: Acne Treatment Pads followed by Benzoyl Peroxide in morning and Retinol at night

HYDRATE: Daily Face Cream

PROTECT: Sheer Strength Sunscreen

Makeup, if worn, is applied on top. 

With this routine you are covering all the bases that drive acne - bacteria, yeast, clogged pores, inflammation. It's comprehensive and powerful treatment. 

Want more information about acne? As a dermatologist who has treated acne for over 30 years, I have written extensively about acne on my website to make practical dermatologist's-level information available to you.

You will find important information in different places on my website. All of the information you will find on my website is written by me, a Board Certified Dermatologist who has treated thousands of acne patients in my practice.

  1. On each product page for acne treatment products, I tell you how I use these products in my practice. On these pages, you will also find information on ingredients that are irritating or that can cause an allergic reaction.
  2. In my Acne Advice and Treatment Tips  I explain the different types of acne, such as teen acne, adult acne, back acne, etc. I also have information in the advice section on oily skin and sensitive skin with acne.

I give you all of this physician-level information about acne because I want to help you successfully fight your acne problem.

Read the information on my website and learn how to pick the right acne products for your acne and skin type.

  • If you know what products your skin does best with, jump right into the product pages.
  • If you need more information to understand your specific type of acne, look at my Acne Treatment/Specific Advice pages to deepen your knowledge about your acne, and to learn how to pick the right products for your skin type. 

In addition to selecting acne treatment products, remember you need,

I also recommend a good antioxidant product such as my Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy to help reload your skin's antioxidant reserve to maintain optimal skin health; well hydrated skin that is not suffering from the effect of UV rays and antioxidant depletion is healthier - and healthy skin is better able to resist acne!