Pampering your complexion is a good thing. But trying every product, laser, and treatment available can leave your face raw, inflamed, and vulnerable. "Some of my patients don't want to hear it, but the ideal regimen tends to be fairly simple," says N.Y.C. dermatologist David A. Colbert.
Scroll down to start recovering with our 3-step program.3-STEP REHAB
STEP 1: RETURN TO BASICS
Three products?a gentle cleanser, a daily moisturizer with SPF, and a night cream?are the backbone of a solid skin-care routine. Commit to using your faves regularly. Do a quick profile on the My Skin app (free on iTunes) to access reviews and recommendations from users with complexions like yours.
STEP 2: TARGET PROBLEM AREAS
Whether it's acne, anti-aging, redness, or uneven tone, pinpoint your greatest skin concern, then find a single treatment that addresses the issue. And stick to it. For acne, "most formulas take weeks to have a true effect on reducing pimples," says Nashville dermatologist Michael H. Gold. He suggests Tanda's Zap Power device ($79; tanda.com) that uses blue light and sonic vibrations to treat lesions.
STEP 3: INVEST IN A FIX-ALL
No matter what's troubling you, everyone can benefit from at-home fractional red-light therapy (try Silk'n Face FX Anti-Aging, $299; silkn.com.) Yes, devices are pricey (most cost around $300), but the collagen-stimulating effects will improve pore size, skin tone, texture, and wrinkles.Read MoreLess