Experts Say These Drugstore Acne Treatments Work Best

Just because the road to clear skin can be a long and regimented one doesn't mean it needs to be expensive too. Case in point: Of every acne-fighting product I've ever tried—and I've tried them all, basically—the one I keep as a constant in my daily skincare routine is the Differin Acne Treatment Gel. I talk about it in so many articles and constantly recommend it to friends, family, and anyone who asks (I'm no Differin influencer, I swear) because it is just that good. And for $11, it's a steal. It's also proof that some of the best acne products are ones you can find easily at a local drugstore.

For more on the subject, we turned to dermatologists Cindy Bae, MD, of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York; Adam Friedman, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, clinical instructor at NYU Langone and Mount Sinai Hospital, for advice on how to pick the right drugstore acne treatment and what products they recommend. (They, too, unanimously praised the Differin gel, in case you were wondering.) Scroll down to see what the experts have to say, including what they consider the best drugstore acne treatments.