This Is the One Thing Parents Should Buy Their Kids Struggling With Acne

Teenage acne is many things—embarrassing, persistent, and confidence-depleting are a few words that come to mind—but it doesn't have to be impossible to manage. Thanks to Proactiv's targeted three-piece system, that treats current acne and may stop new spots from forming, your teen's skin issues can finally be resolved. Here's our go-to guide for choosing the best acne treatment for your child.

For Prescription-Strength Acne Fighting Power: ProactivMDⓇ with Adapalene 3-Piece System

Clear, acne-free skin doesn't have to mean a trip to the dermatologist. The ProactivMD 3-Piece system is Proactiv's most advanced system yet, using prescription-strength retinoid—without the need for a prescription, along with an essential cleanser and moisturizer duo.

Every morning and night, your teen should wash their face with the exfoliating Deep Cleansing Face Wash, that gently sloughs away dead cells for fresher, smoother skin. In the morning, follow with the Daily Oil Control Moisturizer to give skin a dose of long-lasting hydration that also works to absorb acne-causing oil. The best part? This moisturizer provides SPF 30 protection from the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays—an absolute must since retinoids can increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun. In the evening after cleansing, your teen should apply the Adapalene Gel 0.1% in a thin layer over their affected (read: acne-stricken) skin, and follow up with a non-comedogenic moisturizer (read: one that won't clog pores).

This system works best if you're looking for a seriously powerful formula to help clear stubborn acne.

For a Streamlined Routine: The Tried-and-True Proactiv SolutionⓇ 3-Step System

There's a reason Proactiv has been trusted to deliver clear skin for generations: Its original Proactiv Solution system remains one of the best treatments on the market. Harnessing the power of benzoyl peroxide, this formula rids pores of acne-causing bacteria, clearing existing blemishes and helping to prevent new ones from forming.

Your teen should start by applying the Renewing Cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and other impurities so their face is fresh and ready for the next step: The Revitalizing Toner. The Revitalizing Toner uses witch hazel, aloe, and chamomile to purify, soothe, and soften skin, without ever over-drying it, like traditional toners can do. Finally, the Repairing Treatment will target skin imperfections to get deep into pores, clearing out bacteria, and shrinking zits all in one. Your teen is left with smooth, even-looking skin without a pimple in sight.

The Proactiv Solution 3-Step System is amazing for teens just starting out their skincare routine or for those who just want a super-simple regimen.

For Targeted Results: Proactiv+Ⓡ 3-Step System

An innovative acne-targeting treatment that's delivered straight into pores? We're sold. Proactiv+'s patented Smart TargetⓇ Technology delivers acne medicine directly into the pores for serious results.

Morning and night, your teen should wash their face with the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, which uses gentle beads to renew the skin's surface, no harsh scrubbing necessary. Next, your teen should apply the Pore Targeting Treatment, a fast-acting treatment that uses blemish-fighting ingredients to stop acne at its source. Once it's fully absorbed, finish up with the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator, which contains salicylic acid to fight acne and botanicals to brighten, tone, and help fade the appearance of old acne marks, leaving skin soft, smooth, and radiant—without clogging any pores.

The Proactiv+ 3-Step System is an ultra-targeted treatment that zaps acne at its source, so it's great for maintaining glowing, clear skin long after the acne is gone.