Acne Skin Care

As a dermatologist, I recommend that you use a complete skin care routine to fight acne to get rid of pimples at any age.

Shop my dermatologist-recommended acne products to treat,

  • adult acne,
  • teen acne,
  • back and chest acne.

By preventing acne, you also allow your skin to heal and allow acne scars to fade.

Knowing how to control acne involves finding the right acne products for your skin type.

Acne treatment products work in 2 main ways:

  1. By unclogging pores to get rid of blackheads.
  2. By treating germs that cause pimples.

In spite of the thousands of confusing acne products available, there are only 5 non-prescription acne medication ingredients that I think work well. I have a full range of powerful acne products with all 5 of these key ingredients at levels that work to stop acne.

What are the most effective acne treatment ingredients found in the best acne products?

  1. Benzoyl peroxide (which kills P. acnes, also called C. acnes, the germ associated with acne vulgaris, which is the classic teen acne.)
  2. Salicylic acid (which penetrates deeply into oily pores to help break up clogged pore debris that tucks the C. acnes germ into a nice stronghold where it can worsen acne.)
  3. Glycolic acid (which helps exfoliate skin to loosen clogged pores. It also helps to lighten the appearance of acne scarring.)
  4. Retinol (which helps to dislodge blackheads and reduce acne scarring.)
  5. Pyrithione zinc (which helps reduce the Pityrosporum yeast that often plays a role in Pityrosporum folliculitis type of acne.)

My acne products and skin care routines are built from these 5 key acne fighting ingredients. You can't get stronger acne treatments without a prescription!

Plus, how you use your acne products, and what else you apply to your skin, will determine how fast your acne will improve.

Did you know that some skin care ingredients will block and inflame your pores to cause acne?

Some products inactivate each other so that your routine won't work against acne.

Other product ingredients will irritate your skin and make your acne treatment frustrating.

Here on my web site I give you products and skin care routines that lead to success toward your goal to clear acne fast.

These are the products that I have used to treat my acne patients in my dermatology practice for many years. They work for many different types of acne and complexion skin type combinations.

I also explain how to select and use these products. That's really important. You need the right information to help you find the right products for your acne, whether it's teen acne, adult acne, back or chest acne etc., and whether you have oily skin, dry skin or sensitive skin with acne.

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

Build a Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care Routine (sm) to fight acne using the 4 essential skin care steps:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect

Know that because acne treatment products can be drying or irritating, you often need to also have skin cleansers and moisturizers that are gentle on your skin. Alternate your acne products with these gentle products. Importantly, these products must NOT trigger acne. I've listed my top choices for cleansers and moisturizers below that will help support your acne treatment and help to keep your skin free from irritation.

Prevent brown marks and uneven pigment from acne scarring.

Sun protection is important to help prevent hyperpigmentation. This happens when skin that has healing acne pimples is exposed to UV rays.

Hyperpigmentation from acne is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

It can last for months or years. You want to prevent it! I've included my top sunscreens for acne prone skin. These products all help you to build the best skin care routine to heal your acne and have healthy skin free from redness, irritation and acne scarring. 

If you need more information about the types of acne and treating acne, please see my Acne Tips and Advice Pages. Otherwise, shop below to see the best products to treat and heal acne. You will find my Acne Treatment Kits, individual products and supporting products to help treat your acne so that you have a healthy and clear complexion. 

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Pick products from 1) Cleanse, 2) Correct, 3) Hydrate, 4) Protect.
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  1. Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit  1376

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $79.00
  2. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™  1011

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from the high concentration of acne medicine in the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength.

    $65.00
  3. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™  1010

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    $56.00
  4. Dr. Bailey's Back and Body Acne Kit™

    Back and Body Acne Kit™

    Designed with the right ingredients to clear body acne and prevent acne scars, this is the best back and body acne skin care treatments in a kit.

    $46.00
  5. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

    Calming Zinc™

    My favorite skin cleanser! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully medicated to solve your skin problems.

  6. Dr. Bailey's Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    My Pityrosporum folliculitis is essential if you have that odd type of acne that both itches and hurts, has bright red pustules and tiny flesh-colored bumps studding your skin and that represent clogged pores.

    $117.00
  7. Exfoliating Facial Sponge

    Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
    $3.00
  8. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    $46.00
  9. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $23.00
  10. Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing bacteria p. acnes. It also unclogs pores to treat blackheads, making it an excellent acne treatment for facial acne, back acne, and other areas of skin with body acne.

    $21.00
  11. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  12. Salux Wash Cloth  1045

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  13. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $23.00
  14. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $27.00
  15. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $21.00
  16. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $28.00
  17. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    2.5% is the “sweet spot” in benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. It gives you all the acne-treating power needed to fight acne-causing bacteria and blackheads, but it’s gentle on sensitive skin.

    $16.50
  18. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective non prescription acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria p. acnes. The 5% benzoyl peroxide in this acne treatment cream is strong enough to treat tough acne, but won't irritate most sensitive skin.
    $17.00
  19. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    A full 10% benzoyl peroxide is the highest concentration available over the counter and the most effective acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria p. acnes.
    $17.50
  20. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Gentle, oil free hydration for facial skin. This light glycerin moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin and to use in combination with all of our therapeutic facial products.

    $26.00
  21. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    $47.00
  22. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

    $47.00
  23. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $44.00
  24. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.50
  25. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients you can use to reverse the signs of skin aging. Every serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product to improve your skin complexion quickly.

    $83.00
  26. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Ultra-high concentration retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients to fight skin aging. A serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product, and all-trans- retinol is the best non-prescription retinoid for the job.

    $94.50
  27. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots.

    $39.00
  28. Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream  1254

    Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

    The perfect AHA face cream for normal and combination skin. Available in 10%, 15% and 20% strength for all skin types

    $31.00
  29. Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Professional glycolic acid skin care products are among the best, non-prescription anti-wrinkle face creams that also fight sun spots. Glycolic acid rejuvenates and reverses so many of the signs of skin aging including: dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, sun spots, and crusty age spots.

    $72.00
  30. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $91.00
  31. Dr. Bailey's Pigment Fading Pads

    Pigment Fading Pads

    Made to order Pigment Fading Pads with 2% hydroquinone will even out your skin color. Add a missing treatment piece to most skin care routines to help even out skin color

    $68.00
  32. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

    Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

    Fade an uneven complexion almost instantly with the best pigment lightening products. Reverse fine lines and wrinkles and return your appearance to younger days. This kit has everything proven to do the job!

    $327.00
  33. Dr. Bailey's Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    $55.00
  34. Dr. Bailey's Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Foaming cleanser for complete skin cleansing without drying. Ideal for sensitive skin or skin made sensitive by professional skin care routines (such as glycolic acid, retinol or acne products) or facial skin conditions such as rosacea or seborrhea. The Gentle Foaming Cleanser is an ideal cleanser to alternate with Calming Zinc or your acne cleanser.

    $25.00
  35. Dr. Bailey's Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Non-drying, soap-free and pH balanced foaming skin cleansing for thorough removal of excess oil, dirt, debris and product residue. Gentle enough for all but the most intolerant and sensitive complexions.

    $37.00
  36. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™  1155

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
  37. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $4.00
  38. Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™  1215

    Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™

    Brighten your complexion with the extra clean that comes from using a gentle and non-drying toner after washing your facial skin.  

    $31.50
  39. Dr. Bailey's Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter and smoother skin instantly! Instantly brighter, firmer, and smoother skin that keeps getting better and better with time.

    $82.00
  40. Back Applicator

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  41. Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™  1216

    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Long-lasting, full coverage in a matte finish that won’t flake or cake.

    $24.00
  42. Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Silky and oil absorbing for a light weight matte finish. Use alone or as a finishing powder.

    $20.00
  43. Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Two lovely, soft shades to invoke a natural looking, delicate health-radiating glow to your skin (without the sun!).

    $17.00
  44. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $35.00
  45. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  46. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment  1020

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  47. Glytone Mild Gel Wash  1025

    Glytone Mild Gel Wash

    This is an excellent exfoliating foaming cleanser that preps the skin for glycolic acid creams and lotions. It's an excellent cleanser for acne treatment or to exfoliate as part of an anti aging skin care regimen.

    $31.00
  48. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. Perfect for acne and anti-aging skin care for people with oily or normal skin.I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.

    $43.00
  49. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3  1027

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3

    The same light water base for oily skin as in the Glytone Exfoliation Lotion #2 but with a stronger level of AHA therapy. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin. I recommend conditioning the skin by beginning with Lotion #2 and then advancing to #3.

    $47.00
  50. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash  1030

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body.

    $33.00

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