Acne Fighting Ingredients

Acne, Zits, Spots, Blemishes, Whatever you refer to them as they are a pain in the ass & something I try to avoid at all costs. Over the years & my experience as a Beauty therapist, I have learnt that there are a few products to Look out for in skincare Ingredients lists.

AHA’s & BHA’s. Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid (AHA’s) & beta hydroxy/salicylic acid (BHA’s) work to break down the ‘glue’ that holds dead, old skin onto your new skin surface. These two acids will help exfoliate the skin leaving you with glowing brighter skin in an instant.  As a general rule of thumb, BHA’s are usually better for oily/Acne prone skin types as they not only work on the surface of the skin, they also give those pored a good old clean too. Salicylic Acid is something I tend to use on my skin pretty much daily in the form of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion. Its the only exfoliant I use, Its less aggressive on Cystic acne due to its anti-inflammatory benefits and won’t aggravate it further. The last thing you want to do is wind up an already angry spot!!


AHA & BHA


Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing bacteria on the skin. You usually find this in gel form, and it tends to leave skin dry & often it can peel too. I would definitely recommend you pair this with a light hydrating serum or moisturiser to combat the peeling side effect. Don’t let these side effects put you off, If you are suffering from Acne, It will be advantageous in the long run.

 

Vitamin C, This wonder active ingredient is a great one to add to your skincare routine if you are having regular breakouts or if you have an uneven skin tone then have a think about adding Vitamin C to your routine, high concentrations (15% or higher) is perfect for treating the most persistent skin problems. You can apply Vitamin C topically however it can also be ingested too, I personally prefer to apply it onto my skin however this is just my personal preference.


Vitamin C Products 


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