When we were teenagers, we dreamed of being adults. Making our own rules, living in our dream home and finally having clear, acne-free skin.

Turns out adulthood is a lot different than we imagined.

The unfortunate reality for many of us is that adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Even worse? The clear skin we imagined never happened, and finding the right products to treat adult acne is hard.

“We tell patients there is no magic potion or lotion, and even if something works for a few months, it may stop working at some point,” says Dr. Shervin Naderi, a Washington, D.C., facial plastic surgeon. “We form an understanding that their treatment may need to be monitored, adjusted and altered from time to time.”

While we can’t fix all of life’s challenges that come with adulting, we can improve acne. We asked top experts on RealSelf for their favorite products to treat adult acne, no prescription necessary. Here are their top picks:

 

11 acne products recommended by top experts on RealSelf

 

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