Cosmetic Corner

Cosmetic Corner: Dermatologists Weigh in on OTC Acne Preparations

Leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on the top OTC acne preparations. See what they're recommending to their patients and why.


 

To improve patient care and outcomes, leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on the top OTC acne preparations. Consideration must be given to:

  • Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser
    Valeant Consumer Products, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America
    Recommended by Adam Friedman, MD, New York, New York
  • Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
    Neutrogena Corporation
    Recommended by Adam Friedman, MD, New York, New York, and Marian Northington, MD, Birmingham, Alabama

    "I combine Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser with benzoyl peroxide 3.7% or Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask with benzoyl peroxide 3.5% with subsequent application of clindamycin lotion, which limits the associated irritation often experienced with leave-on benzoyl peroxide products or combination products containing benzoyl peroxide while limiting bacterial resistance to the topical clindamycin and providing an antiacne impact. Of note, a wash-off product with benzoyl peroxide also limits the risk for clothing and towel bleaching often seen with leave-on products."—Adam Friedman, MD

  • EndZit Products
    Abbe Laboratories, Inc
    Recommended by Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, New York, New York
  • Glytone Acne Treatment Line
    Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique
    Recommended by Marta I. Rendon, MD, Boca Raton, Florida
  • PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash
    Stiefel, a GSK company
    Recommended by Gary Goldenberg, MD, New York, New York
  • St. Ives Apricot Face Wash Blemish & Blackhead Control
    Unilever
    "This is an exfoliating 2% salicylic acid facial scrub, which is great to add into one's acne treatment. It can be used once or twice a week as a gentle keratolytic, helping to prevent comedone formation."—Anthony M. Rossi, MD, New York, New York

Cutis invites readers to send us their recommendations. Body moisturizers, face washes, and antiwrinkle treatments will be featured in upcoming editions of Cosmetic Corner. Please e-mail your recommendation(s) to msteiger@frontlinemedcom.com.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. and shall not be used for product endorsement purposes. Any reference made to a specific commercial product does not indicate or imply that Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. endorses, recommends, or favors the product mentioned. No guarantee is given to the effects of recommended products.

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