More money, more problems? In some ways, we believe it. For common people on a budget, no long-lost family members have the audacity to come asking for cash infusions, for one. Plus, we’re immune to getting ripped off by financial managers, because joke's on you, world: We don’t even have them.
But it’s easy to poke a few glaring holes in the theory, and one of them comes with how the well-to-do are able to tackle a problem like acne. Because for those with unlimited time and resources, popping in for a pricey dermatologist visit at the first possible sign of a baby blemish ain’t no thing. (Who are we kidding? Ringing your derm for a house call is more like it.) From there, cortisone shots and other advanced fixes are employed to magically erase any little disturbance in the order of perfect skin.
For those who don’t have gobs of money to throw at a rising zit, there are over-the-counter treatments to help get us through. But which will take us from congested, inflamed, tender, and self-conscious to looking as if we have a derm on speed dial, too?
For that, we turned to big-league dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, who also serves as the director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “I recommend treating acne at home in the same way that we approach it in the office: You want to get to the root of what causes acne by combining multiple different active ingredients that address different causative factors,” he says.
Dr. Zeichner's go-to combination for at-home treatment? Topical benzoyl peroxide products paired with salicylic acid cleansers or scrubs. “Benzoyl peroxide helps lower levels of acne-causing bacteria on the skin and helps reduce inflammation, while salicylic acid helps remove excess oil and exfoliate the dead cells from the surface of the skin,” he says. Find the skin pro’s other first-line remedies, ahead, which make getting rich-girl skin possible without the pesky side effects of overwhelming wealth.