Acne AND Aging? We Feel Your Pain. Here Are 5 Products To Use.


There's nothing quite like adult on-set acne. You've made it this far in life with great skin, nary a breakout to freak you out and then BAM, all of a sudden, your once-perfect pores are in sebum production overdrive. Stress, hormones, changes in diet or medications, age—these are a few of the reasons behind your newfound epidermis shakedown. And to boot, many skincare products you'd like to use to address certain skincare concerns only make your problem worse. Not to fret! (Because we know you were so worried...) We've done the hard trial-and-error of product testing so you don't have to. Here are the products to use—from cleansing to treatments to moisturizing—that will turn that frown upside down (and get it to stay there without injections) sans an eruption of inflammation and congested pores.

1. Dior Instant Cleansing Water

Here's the description Dior provides: "There is no need for water! You can use this with just a cotton pad to remove all makeup and impurities from the skin. Great for on-the-go or those lazy nights when you just can't make it to sink to wash your face!" Considering we've been on to the whole taking-our-makeup-off-while-laying-in-bed thing for years (big ups to Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Cleansing Facial Towelettes for supporting our cause), we are allllll about this. And it actually works. Go figure. Bonus points for not irritating sensitive and oily skin types.

2. Tammy Fender Skin Tone Brightening System

With sensitive skin that reacts to God knows what at the drop of a formulation, natural products usually offer a reparative respite. Unless, of course, you're sensitive to the essential oils that are trying to help and heal. While we've found that some brand's oils can trigger a new wave of breakouts, the expert combination of skin lightening and healing ingredients in Tammy Fender's two-step serum and moisturizer system not only keep breakouts at bay, but also speed up the lightening process of the dark spots left behind from your previous breakout. Yes, please.

3. Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Complex

Gaining all this wisdom over time means we've also added a few more fine lines around the eye area. Pffft, they brightening up our smile. But we're not opposed to doing what we can to help that delicate skin stay moisturized and supple (does anyone actually like the word "supple"?). For years our holy grail eye cream was Tammy Fender Firming Eye Gel (talk about insta-smooth), but our skin got too used to it and we needed an upgrade, stat. Enter Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes. Natural (yay!) and effective (double yay!), this uber moisturizing eye cream nourishes with healing arnica and jojoba oil. We def noticed a that much-desired smoothing effect when applied, and it doesn't disrupt our under-eye concealer. This is immensely important.

4. Kate Somerville Quench Oil-Free Hydrating Face Serum.

Lo and behold, a product that lives up to the name. Hyaluronic acid and plumeria flower extract do the hydrating, while peptides help the body's natural reparative and collagen-boosting abilities. One pump morning and night is enough to quench parched pores and smooth dried-out lines, all without triggering a pesky breakout. Praise be.

5. Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner

La Kate really knows what she's doing when it comes to caring for oily skin. This treatment-and-toner in one uses witch hazel, a natural antiseptic that fights breakout-causing bacteria, phytic acid to gently exfoliate skin without over-drying, and a proprietary complex to control oil production. It's oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free, and you only need to use it once a day. Sign us up.

Integrate these products into your skincare regimen, and you'll be back to baring your beautiful face sans makeup soon enough.