Dryness, dark spots and 7 other skin problems solved

Does it feel like you’ve tried everything, and your skin still just won't behave? We understand completely. Check out these tried-and-tested topicals that could be the solution to calming your condition — fast. 

The problem: Breakout-prone skin that still craves moisture


The solution: Every complexion needs moisturizing, but for those of us with oily or breakout-prone skin, choosing a cream always feels like a risk. Will it clog our pores? Will it leave us looking a bit too glowy? Enter this lovely, light-as-air gel moisturizer from Simple. It's formulated with softening glycerin, nourishing vitamins and absolutely no oil, so our hydration comes without a side of worry. (Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer, $10.99, for stores see

The problem: Eczema-afflicted skin


The solution: Anyone who suffers from eczema will tell you, it’s tough finding products that are a) incredibly gentle and b) extremely nourishing. Enter Dove DermaSeries, a dermatologist-formulated, two-step daily regimen. Used in tandem or separately, the irritant-free cleanser and moisturizer provide immediate relief from symptoms and build a barrier against further dryness and discomfort with regular use. (Dove DermaSeries products, $7.99 - $19.99, for stores see

The problem: Aging, sensitive skin


The solution: It's true — retinols are the gold standard of anti-aging skincare, shrinking pores, smoothing fine lines and brightening skin like no other ingredient. But what if they're simply too harsh for your sensitive skin? Try this first-of-its-kind serum, which blends a high concentration of retinol with a new technology that strengthens the skin barrier. All the benefits, none of the irritation. (StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Concentrated Serum, $119,

The problem: Rosacea-flushed skin


The solution: Powered by natural licochalcone, a skin-calming licorice root extract, Eucerin’s Redness Relief series of products, which includes the Daily Perfecting Lotion above, has been shown in studies conducted by the brand to neutralize redness and leave skin calmed, soothed and protected — a must-try for those with rosacea. (Eucerin Redness Relief collection, $7.29 - $11.99,  

The problem: Dark and puffy under-eyes


The solution: We clearly are not the only ones out there tired of using one product to target dark circles and a second to deflate bags. CeraVe new Eye Repair formula does both, brilliantly — without inflaming the sensitive tissue around our eyes. Key ingredients include marine and botanical extracts to fight darkness, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth fine lines and ceramides to strengthen and repair the skin barrier. (CeraVe Eye Repair, $13.99,  

The problem: Hyperpigmentation


The solution: When it was observed that soy workers in Asia had spotless, smooth hands, it sparked a full-scale investigation into the healing potential of this ingredient, which is now the foundation of Aveeno Active Naturals Total Soy Complex. Used regularly, Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector, a gently hydrating lotion that also uses Vitamin A, goes to work to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration in as little as two weeks. (Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector, $17.99,  

The problem: Adult acne


The solution: Our teens are far behind us, but fighting for a clear complexion continues on. Maybelline’s lightweight Pure BB Cream provides natural matte coverage boosted by salicylic acid to calm and prevent breakouts underneath. It’s acne-fighting makeup at its best, with SPF to ward off skin damage, and five shades for a perfect match. (Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream, $8.99,   

The problem: Dull complexion


The solution: Noticing that your skin doesn’t look as radiant and glowing as it used to? Never fear: applying this Vitamin C-packed beauty balm will give you an even, luminous glow. Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream’s formula works on two levels, infusing skin with brightening antioxidant skincare and providing instant luminosity with light reflecting pigments. Avoid applying powder on top, which can dull the brightening effects. (Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum, $15.49,  

The problem: Facial hair


The solution: Unwanted facial hair is a true scourge and it seems like nothing really works ... until now. Bliss Fuzz Off Facial Hair Removal Cream is packed with botanicals and skin-loving ingredients to remove hair in three minutes or less without hurting your skin (or your sensitive nose). It actually smells pretty good, and the results are fantastic. We especially love the precision tip that lets us apply the product exactly where we want it. (Bliss Fuzz Off Facial Hair Removal Cream, $24,