Treating acne can be inexpensive

Dermatologist Dr. Shirley Chi says there are lots of effective drugstore products for acne. So we took her to a CVS store to find her favorites. Right off the bat she mentioned four things you don't need to waste your money on.

"Generally dermatologists don't recommend spot treatments because you're chasing an acne bump that's already started. You don't need a toner. A toner is just an extra step that can actually make your skin very dry, especially the alcohol-based toners," said Dr. Chi.

Medicated, sensitive skin should also skip harsh exfoliation scrubs.

"Your skin does not like to be further irritated, especially when you are using medicines and chemicals on your face," said Dr. Chi.

Save hundreds by saying avoiding fancy facials. Dr. Chi says manipulation of breakouts and hot steam can make acne worse.

"So in general I say forget the facials and go to the spa and get a massage because that's what you need. Save your money," said Dr. Chi.

She says there are products that will give you more bang for your buck.

"The one I like a lot for milder acne is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash," said Dr. Chi.

Look for salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide for aggressive acne.

"The Clean & Clear Acne Cleanser actually has 10-percent of benzoyl peroxide. This is the strongest benzoyl peroxide you can buy," said Dr. Chi.

If you also have sensitive skin you need to pick a cleanser that works with the other treatments.

"I love the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser," said Dr. Chi.

Sun exposure makes acne worse, but so can heavy sunscreens. Dr. Chi's anti-acne pick is Bull Frog Quick Gel.

"The actual vehicle which is the gel, it evaporates because it's water and alcohol based so it evaporates and leaves the sun block on your skin," said Dr. Chi.

Dr. Chi also says when purchasing 3 step acne systems, like Proactiv, you don't always have to buy the whole kit. In fact, one Proactiv product she especially likes is the sulphur mask.



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