Trying to figure out which acne product to buy can be confusing. There are an overwhelming number of options. Blemish-fighting agents work by killing acne-causing bacteria, exfoliating dead skin cells that clog pores, removing excess oil, or decreasing inflammation. Here’s some help decoding all of those ingredients in over-the-counter acne treatment.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA)
AHAs slough off dead skin cells that cause pimple-prodcing clogged pores and leave you with softer, smoother skin. They can be applied all over the face. Types of AHAs include glycolic and lactic acid.
Kills bacteria, removes excess oil, and exfoliates dead skin cells. You’ll find it in strengths ranging from 2.5% up to 10 percent in pimple-fighting cleansers, lotions, creams, gels and spot treatments.
Clay helps soothe the skin and temporarily reduces oil production. It is a calming ingredient in masks, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
This beta-hydroxy acid is an effective and powerful exfoliant that helps keep pores clear by exfoliating inside the hair follicle. Salicylic acid is related to aspirin, which has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s usually better tolerated than glycolic acid.
This mineral decreases excess oil and inflammation and helps to exfoliate dead skin cells. Sulfur is helpful for acne and rosacea. It smells like rotten eggs, but find one that is paired up with other ingredients to help combat the odor.
This natural blemish-fighter has antibacterial and anti-imflammatory properties to help calm acne. It can be too harsh for some, so people with sensitive skin or eczema should be careful about using it.
Read the ingredients on your bottles and jars before you purchase them. These are some of the most potent acne-treament products out there and I hope they help you find a solution to your acne.
Veronica Barton-Schwartz is an aesthetician with over three decades of experience and one of the leading experts in skincare in California and beyond. Whether she is discussing skincare on national television and in magazines or doing facials at her spa in Malibu, Veronica is dedicated to her beauty business on a daily basis. Veronica has treated celebrities, First Ladies and many more. With the knowledge acquired from many years of skincare study and her relentless pursuit of the very finest products available, Veronica worked with dermatologists and plastic surgeons to create her own line of advanced formulas to help everyone achieve beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. To learn more about Veronica visit www.veronicaskincare.com.
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