Whether on screen or caught in the paparazzi's lenses, a celebrity's skin must always look flawless. But like us, Hollywood stars can wake up with breakouts, flaky skin, and fine lines. When celebrities urgently need skin care, they send an SOS to the best dermatologists in the country. Here, some of these renowned skin doctors reveal their secrets on how to give your skin the celebrity treatment and discuss which remedies keep the celebs' complexions calm. While they don't always divulge the names of their A-list clients, these superstar skin doctors do share their most effective treatments.
Making a seven-figure salary for a movie can't save you from breakouts. And throwing money at the problem won't necessarily provide a cure. "I tell my clients to steer clear of toners and avoid products with benzoyl peroxide, says Harold Lancer, MD, a dermatologist whose clients include JLo and Kim Kardashian. "Oil is not the enemy; bacteria are what cause breakouts," he explains. "Drying agents create redness and irritation, and encourage increased sebum production, which is the opposite of what you want to achieve. Use a natural absorber like clay to prevent breakouts and mattify skin." Dr. Lancer recommends his own Lancer Skin Care Oil Absorber ($35), or you might try Fresh's Umbrian Clay Face Treatment ($48).