Topical Zone


A crop of new topical treatments with tried-and-true active ingredients like sulfur and salicylic acid promise to provide breakout relief—and more.

Photographer: Kenji Toma

Boscia Willow Bark To-Go exfoliates skin with beta hydroxy acid and combats blemish-promoting germs with cleansing lavender, rosemary, clove and fennel. A click-pen applicator makes the spot treatment a cinch to apply. $15;

Photographer: Kenji Toma

Jaime Earl Restorative Serum is aimed at ultrasensitive and aging skin. The gentle formula helps treat acne, psoriasis and eczema with MSM, a source of skin-healing sulfur. $52;

Photographer: Kenji Toma

Dermadoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Intensive Medicated Blackhead Treatment chemically exfoliates clogged pores to treat blackheads within two months using glycolic, salicylic and azelaic acids. $42;

Photographer: Kenji Toma

Unlike traditional cream and gel spot treat­ments, Bare Escentuals RareMinerals Blemish Therapy comes in the form of a translucent powder. The healing dust, which contains sulfur, mattifies greasiness and also hides redness. $28;