Acne is frustrating. There is no doubt about it. It is one of the most common skin concerns affecting children, teens, adults, and even older adults, across all ethnicities. The most important step toward clearer skin is finding the right product for you. Finding the product that will be best for you also means understanding the key ingredients in the acne treatment product, including what they do and how they work.
1. Salicylic Acid
How It Works: Salicylic acid dissolves oil, debris and dead skin cells from inside the pores, while exfoliating dead skin cells on the surface. Although it penetrates oil-filled pores, making it effective for those with oily and acne prone skin, it is also safe to use on even the most sensitive skin types.
Why We Love It: Salicylic acid is safe to use on most skin types in without overdrying the skin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient in acne treatments, aiding in the reduction of breakouts.
What We Recommend: Salicylic Treatment Pads
2. Benzoyl Peroxide
How It Works: Benzoyl peroxide effectively penetrates the pores, immersing the follicle with oxygen, which then kills the bacteria below the skin’s surface.
Why We Love It: Benzoyl peroxide works on contact with the skin, which makes it an amazing ingredient for cleansers, as it spends so little time on the skin before it is rinsed off .
What We Recommend: Sensitive Acne Cleanser
How It Works: Niacinamide aids in the reduction of breakouts by easing inflammation and preventing water loss. It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hydrating benefits also promote a more even skin tone.
Why We Love It: By including niacimide in products, the skin’s moisture content is normalized, helping prevent further breakouts by reducing excess oil from being produced.
What We Recommend: Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer