Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's new acne-fighting lotion. Courtesy photo.



If you want to clear up your acne without a prescription, there's a new weapon on the market that may aide in your battle.

New York Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross's new Trifix Acne Clearing Lotion contains a powerful punch of zit-zapping elements. While the FDA acknowledges that three ingredients are the most effective acne fighters available today - salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and sulfur - the agency mandates that the three can not be used together in one product.

In formulating the Trifix, Dr. Gross worked with colloidal sulfur as the main active ingredient to treat and prevent acne, and then he substituted the effective natural remedies of willow bark extract and farnesol for the other two actives, which have the same anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. Organic aloe and marine botanicals are also included to soothe and comfort the skin, and to prevent the pesky dryness that many other acne products cause.

While that all sounds great, we were a little wary of the sulfur - which conjured images of stinky and goopy cream experiments of teenage acne breakouts past. Yet we found that the Trifix is a super light lotion that smells more like a clean witch hazel, and is instantly absorbed into the skin. Several obsessive sniffings later, we detected only a faint eau de sulfur after the full dry-down.

For best results, decide whether you'd like to use it in the morning or night first, and then either apply in the AM under makeup or in the PM after cleansing and right before your moisturizer. If your skin is sensitive and you experience troublesome dryness, change your application to every other day.

Now off to battle!