There is something especially demoralizing about dealing with severe acne as an adult. You have your very grown-up challenges to face (the bills, the work, the constant existential questioning) and you’ve got the (ahem) distinguished look of someone who has lived some life. So, adding a smattering of angry spots and a greasy T-zone to the mix may feel unfair.
Alas, acne doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone, at any time (regardless of your age and with zero consideration for whatever else is going on in your life). And we’re not going to sugarcoat things: It can take a lot of trial-and-error to troubleshoot your breakouts. For many, this involves some intervention by your dermatologist, who will prescribe oral or topical treatments as needed.
In the meantime, here are some seemingly random yet tried-and-true products we always incorporate into our routines whenever we’re going through a bumpy patch.