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Choose The Best Active Acne Ingredient For Your Skin

Posted On: - 2008-12-07 22:54:54


Acne can be the cause of embarrassment and concern. If not treated properly, it can aggravate and transform into painful blemishes and leave behind permanent scars on your face.

Proper treatment involves recognizing what would work best for your skin and bring out the best results.

Here are some active acne fighting ingredients:

Benzoyl Peroxide
Being a natural anti bacterial substance, it reduces the number of P. acne bacteria from the skin surface so it is clean and healthy. It also scrapes off the dead skin cells and dries out excess oils. All of these properties work toward controlling the triggering causes of acne thus preventing an outbreak.

However, always apply good amounts of moisturizer along with benzoyl peroxide. This is because too much benzoyl peroxide may cause irritation and lead to skin flakiness. Start using an acne skin care product that has a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide, about 2.5 % and then increase the strength as per requirements.

Benzoyl peroxide works best for people with oily skin and require a rather strong treatment to fight off acne. People with sensitive skin should completely abstain from its use as there can be subsequent bad reactions. For those with combination skin, it should be applied on the T-zone and not on the cheek areas.

Salicylic Acid
Oily skin is usually acne prone and does not shed off dead skin cells on a regular basis. These dead skin cells mix with sebum and block the skin pores giving rise to acne and causing pimples and inflammation on the skin surface. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that aids in normalizing dead skin cell shedding and prevents acne damage on the skin.

Salicylic acid is best for people with dry or sensitive skin who require gentle acne skin treatment as compared to benzoyl peroxide. Avoid using it if you are allergic to aspirin.

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that aids in enhancing skin texture by scraping off dead skin cells and stimulating the production of new ones. It prevents the older dead cells from combining with the sebum residues and clogging skin pores. A unique and beneficial property of glycolic acid is that it maximizes the effectiveness of other skin care products.

Glycolic acid is good for all skin types that suffer from acne except sensitive skin. Apart from acne inflammations, it also aids in reducing signs of premature aging like wrinkles and fine lines. However, avoid it if you are pregnant.

Results
• Skin care products take time to work. Don’t expect overnight results. Rather, give it enough time to start working (usually 6-8 weeks). Don’t forget to diligently follow the instructions for the product.

• Look for any signs after application of a reaction. Discontinue use immediately if you notice any irritation, redness, or flakiness

• Don’t change your skin care products very frequently. Stick to a proper skin care routine and wait for 6-8 weeks to see results before deciding to change the plan.

Dr Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has written several articles about acne skin care and anti aging skin care in addition to addressing topics of eye care.