Skin Secrets: Acne


The most common type of acne is called acne vulgaris and may occur on the face, neck and upper body. It is a condition that affects both men and women, and is most prevalent in adolescents aged 16 to 18 years. Acne usually becomes less of a problem after the age of 25 years, although about 15 per cent of women and 5 per cent of men continue to suffer from acne as adults.


Acne is usually related to increased sebum production. Sebum is an oily substance that is produced naturally by the skin. Excess sebum can mix with dead skin cells that build up resulting in a clogged pore. The sebum in a clogged pore promotes the growth of a certain bacteria, P. Acnes, which is always present in the skin. The result of this bacterial growth is irritated, acneic skin. Adult acne may also be related to change in hormones due to childbirth, menopause or stopping the contraceptive pill.


Acne can be controlled with a regimen of dermatologist-developed products that help prevent and treat outbreaks. For healthier, clearer skin, opt for products that have salicylic acid in them, which helps slow the shedding of the dead skin cells inside the pores and prevents the clogging that, along with oil and bacteria, can produce acne.


To help prevent acne, we recommend washing your skin daily with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and exfoliating three times a week with Neutrogena Oil-Free Scrub, which will hasten the skin cell turnover process. To treat blemishes, use Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Gel for Acne-Prone Skin, which contains salicylic acid and is clinically proven to provide results in just eight hours.

Five minutes with: Aerin Lauder

What are your must-have beauty items?

My look is very natural and feminine so my beauty must-haves are simple. I cannot live without Time Zone Moisturizer, Bronze Goddess Bronzer and Pure Color Lip Gloss in Quartz.  These three things are always on my vanity and go with me everywhere, even when I travel.

What are your favourite accessories?

My favorite accessories are timeless and classic: my gold Tiffany wedding band and my Hermes handbag. There is something simple about the band that reminds me of my husband and the bag is one of my staples – it holds everything! I also just bought two pairs of great strappy sandals from Fendi and Proenza Schouler that I can’t wait to wear this spring.

Who are your favourite jewellers?

I love David Webb and unique vintage pieces.

Who are your favourite artists?

Over the years, I have grown to love several artists such as Picasso, Brice Marden, Jasper Johns, Fontana and Elsworth Kelly. I love modern art in my home.

What is your fail-proof outfit?

My fail-proof outfit is well-tailored black pants, a pretty blouse and a simple shoe. And I love black or tortoiseshell sunglasses to pull it all together.

What is your favourite way to spend the weekend?

My favourite way to spend the weekend is with my family at our home on Long Island.  There is something completely relaxing about getting out of the city for the weekend and spending uninterrupted time with my husband and children.

What are your favourite items in your office?

My office is very clean and white, which is the perfect environment for reviewing our ad images. I have a photo of Estée by Victor Skrebneski on the wall behind my desk, which is antique 1930s French. On my desk, I have white pencils, fresh flowers and decorative objects like coral and art books for inspiration.

What are your favourite items in your home?

At home, I like a comfortable, cozy feel. I like to surround myself with modern art, my two dogs, crystal glasses from the Neue Gallerie and my children’s artwork, which is everywhere.