Skin-Care RX

Doctor-created skin-care lines are sold in dermatologists' offices, department stores and specialty stores like Sephora. But are they any better than other skin-care products? "Generally, these products contain stronger concentrations of ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids," says Susan Taylor, M.D., director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Here are a few dermatologist lines for you to try, based on what's right for your skin type.

If you have acne, try Proactiv. Pimple-fighting benzoyl peroxide is the main ingredient in this line developed specially for skin prone to breakouts (800-235-6050).

If you're starting to see faint lines and wrinkles, try:
* M.D. Skincare has everything from cleansers to vitamin-C-based sunscreens. Our favorite is the Alpha-Beta Peel Home Facial System, a do-it-yourself peel kit ($65; mdskincare.com).

* Murad skin-care products are infused with antioxidants like vitamin C and pomegranate extract. One of its best products: Eye Complex SPF 8 ($50; 800-33-MURAD).

* DDF (Doctor's Dermatologic Formula) contains a wide variety of products, but the gel-based sunscreen that absorbs instantly is a must-have ($22; ddfskin.com).

If your skin is oily (or just looks oily), opt for the Dr. Mary Lupo Skin Care System. One of our favorites is the nongreasy Daily Age Management Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 ($23; drmarylupo.com).

If you want scientific-based skincare with a botanical bent, look no further than Dr. Brandt Skincare. This line contains something for everyone (even men). We like the Lineless Soothing Mask ($35; at department stores or sephora.com).

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