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        Best Acne Concealer 2016

        Murad Acne Treatment Concealer

        Best Acne Concealer 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011

        Murad Acne Treatment Concealer

        As a category, medicated concealers can be better in concept than practice. (The fatal flaw? Dryness. They don’t call it “zit-zapping” for nothing.) But Murad’s spot treatment successfully delivers creamy, blemish-hiding camo while its salicylic acid and Vitamin A tackle oiliness. “By the time you take your makeup off at night, you’ll see the inflammation go down a bit,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Megan Lanoux.

        $21
        Best Zit Zapper 2015

        Tanda Zap Acne Spot Treatment Device

        Best Zit Zapper 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Tanda Zap Acne Spot Treatment Device

        The blue light emitted from this affordable device is like kryptonite to P. acnes, the pesky bacteria responsible for most unsightly blemishes. Hold it to the affected zone for two minutes, then follow with your go-to topical. “It can really reduce a blemish and calm inflammation,” Dr. Palm says.

        $37
        Best Mask 2015

        Bioré Self Heating One Minute

        Best Mask 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Bioré Self Heating One Minute

        After massaging in this dampened mask for just one minute, a pleasant warming sensation takes

        over. That’s how you know the charcoal is attracting dirt “like a vacuum,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Debra

        Jaliman. Rinse, and skin is left clear with a menthol tingle.

        $7
        Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin 2015

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

        Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

        Grapefruit extract cuts through grease, clearing the way for acne-blasting salicylic acid to penetrate the surface. "It's a gentle exfoliate, so it also treats hyperpigmentation," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Melanie Grossman. 

        $8
        Best 2014 Night Cream Acne Prone Skin

        Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Moisturizer

        Best 2014 Night Cream Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2014

        Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Moisturizer

        Fighting an adult blemish battle? Consider this the cavalry. Gently exfoliating hydroxy acids stride around, de-junking pores while collagen-stimulating vitamin C smooths fine lines. So women “dealing with hormonal breakouts who still need the hydration” can rest easy, says Beverly Hills aesthetician Gina Mari.

        $61
        Best 2014 Zit Zapper

        Quasar Baby Blue

        Best 2014 Zit Zapper
        WINNER 2014

        Quasar Baby Blue

        Think of it as a light saber defending the galaxy against acne. Its blue beam targets spot-causing bacteria and calms inflammation, says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi. And unlike topical treatments, it won’t stress surrounding skin.

        $349
        Best 2014 Mask for Oily Skin

        SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay

        Best 2014 Mask for Oily Skin
        WINNER 2014

        SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay

        This isn’t your grandma’s cakey, cracked clay. A modern mix of acids—including a mild glycolic— unplugs pores, while botanical extracts, like chamomile and aloe, spirit away impurities and calm the skin, says Minneapolis dermatologist Charles Crutchfield.

        $51
        Best 2013 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF Acne Prone Skin

        Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 35

        Best 2013 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2013

        Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 35

        Oily types need their moisturizers whipped up as such: light, fast absorbing, and loaded with broad spectrum SPF 35 that won't clog pores. This non-chalky block ticks off all the right boxes and creates a flawless base for makeup, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Melanie Grossman.

        $12
        Best 2013 Masks

        Clinique Acne Solutions

        Best 2013 Masks
        WINNER 2013

        Clinique Acne Solutions

        This treatment puts oil in its place (read: off your face) in five minutes flat. Micronized kaolin clay absorbs grease without drying out skin, while 1 percent salicylic acid prevents and controls acne, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Neal Schultz.

        $22
        Editor’s Pick
        Best 2013 Editor's Pick

        Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2013

        Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

        Your complexion’s forecast with this kit: clear and bright,with little chance of irritation. Twice as nice, the twofer includes an oscillating brush designed just for acne sufferers (the bristles gently prod grime out of pores) and a 2 percent salicylic acid wash loaded withbotanicals, so it clears skin as it softens.

        $169
        Best 2012 Exfoliator for Oily Skin

        Clarisonic Cleansing System

        Best 2012 Exfoliator for Oily Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Clarisonic Cleansing System

        The last thing oily skin needs is a scrub that’s going to force it to pump out even more grease. This oscillating brush has a gentle way of cleaning without messing with the skin's natural oils, dermatologists say. Plus, it's crazy-flexible. "You can use it in the shower, set a timer so you don’t over cleanse, and swap in an assortment of brush heads," says Amy B. Lewis, an N.Y.C. dermatologist.

        $195
        Best 2012 AcneTreatment for Oily Skin

        Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

        Best 2012 AcneTreatment for Oily Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

        This potent pink cream strikes out both minor and major-league zits with colloidal sulfur and salicylic acid, and prevents new ones from forming. All in all, "it works wonders," says Boston plastic surgeon Ramsey Alsarraf.

        $17
        Best 2012 Toner for Oily Skin

        Clinique Clarifying Lotion

        Best 2012 Toner for Oily Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Clinique Clarifying Lotion

        Full of salicylic and hyaluronic acids, plus glycerin, this tricked-out toner acts more like a gentle exfoliator that "makes skin feel smooth and refreshed," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Jeffrey Weinberg.

        $13
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2012

        Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and Toner

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2012

        Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and Toner

        No matter how gunked up pores get, this kit clears them out. Sonic waves loosen dirt and oils so skin can readily lap up the antioxidants of whatever cream you apply afterward.

        $185
        Editor’s Pick
        Best 2012 Cleanser for Oily Skin

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cleanser

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2012

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cleanser

        This winner has an unblemished record of clearing acne without stripping skin. The clean-rinsing gel, with 2 percent salicylic acid, "exfoliates, lifts sebum out of pores, and smells good," says Wellesley, Mass., dermatologist Ruth Tedaldi.

        $7
        Best 2011 Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash

        Best 2011 Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2011

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash

        Yes, it's beloved by teenagers, but this trusty acne wash is surprisingly sophisticated. It sloughs off debris, unclogs pores, and tackles pimples with 2 percent salicylic acid,the strongest dose available over the counter, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Doris Day. Plus, it keeps redness at bay with chamomile and aloe.

        $7
        Best 2010 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Acne Prone Skin

        Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF25

        Best 2010 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2010

        Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF25

        This oil-free and fragrance-free fluid, which Great Neck, N.Y., dermatologist Jeannette Graf describes as "extremely sheer and light," has zero chemical sunscreens, so it won't irritate problem skin.

        $18/1.4 oz.
        Best 2010 Acne Regimen for Acne Prone Skin

        Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer

        Best 2010 Acne Regimen for Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2010

        Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer

        This three-step system fights acne and controls redness with a cleanser, spot-treatment, and moisturizer. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid clear pores and keep oil at bay, says Mount Kisco, N.Y., dermatologist David Bank.

        $19
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