What To Look For In An Acne Product
With such a wide range of acne products available, it’s easy to get lost in it all. To make it nice and easy, we’ve provided you with a list of three key ingredients to look for. The next time you’re shopping for a new product to try out, be sure to consult this guide to help you to make the right choice.
This beta hydroxy acid has quite a few different functions that work together harmoniously. As it’s oil soluble, it gets deep into your sebum-ridden pores to clean out any dirt and dead skin cells, unclogging them and preventing acne from forming. Also, by exfoliating the pore lining, clogs are loosened up and sebum can flow easily. It also helps to soften keratin, a protein that makes cells skin together. This makes dead skin cells a lot easier to slough off the surface of your skin, meaning less clogged pores, less breakouts and healthier skin can surface. Plus, it helps to fight against whiteheads, blackheads (which are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and keep at bay). It’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial too.
You’ve gotta team your BHA with an AHA. Found in many fruits, alpha Hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid work as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells on the surface of your skin (although they can’t penetrate pores like salicylic acid can).
Dead skin cells prevent your skin from absorbing products, so adding an AHA will improve the overall productivity of your skin care regimen and you’ll see better results. They help the growth of new cells, and increase the production of collagen in your body, which is great for pitted, and ice pick scars.
Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera Or Chamomile
Whether it’s cysts or lesions, acne is often very inflamed, painful and loves to draw attention. With all these chemicals in the mix, it’s a good idea to turn to the holistic world for a helping hand. Tea tree oil, for example, is great to use as a spot treatment. It helps to shrink spots faster, it’s anti-bacterial and antiseptic, and can even help to break up the build up of oil, dirt and debris in your pores, similar to salicylic acid. Aloe Vera gel and chamomile also have soothing properties, and aid in the healing process.
Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol helps with skin resurfacing. For combatting hyperpigmentation and scarring, as well as fighting on-going acne, this is definitely a strong contender. You may decide to visit a dermatologist and start with a low concentration, gradually working your way up to a higher strength as your skin becomes more tolerant. Alternatively, there are plenty of over the counter Retinol products. We recommend seeking professional advice before including a new Retinol product into your routine. It also helps pores appear smaller and works as an anti-inflammatory too.
With your newfound knowledge in skincare ingredients, you’ll be well on your way to winning your battle against acne…
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