Dealing with acne is such a frustrating thing that pretty much everyone deals with at one point in their lives. Acne appears for many reasons: hormonal changes, environmental changes, overactive oil glands, dirt getting trapped within the pores. Getting rid of it can be as simple for some as finding the right products, and for others it can be a lifelong battle to get it under control. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, there are some things that you can try that will help make a difference.
For anyone with a milder case of acne, try using some products containing salicylic acid. It’s an anti-inflammatory and an anti-bacterial, so it helps kill any trapped bacteria and helps bring redness down. It’s important to note that it does not help with overactive sebum production! It’s main responsibility is to clear out the pores, being a mild exfoliant. You could try one product containing salicylic, but it works best when used together as an entire line. Think of it like this- a whole skin care line= 100%, so using only one product from a skin care line= only 25%. You get more benefits from it if you use it in more than one product.
Benzoyl Peroxide is an antiseptic, so it will kill trapped bacteria and will prevent it from growing. It’s something that works more as a preventative measure than as a spot treatment. There are lots of cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide, so make sure the one you choose contains at least a 2.0%.
Copper PCA’s main focus is oil and shine control. It also helps stimulate the skin’s regenerative processes which repair the outer protective barrier. I’ve used this in form of an astringent. I recommend Clinical Care Solutions ToneZit toner. It comes in a spray bottle, and you spritz it on the skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. It makes a major difference in how oily my skin gets throughout the day.
Products containing retinoids work because they unclog your pores and prevent dead cells from reclogging your skin. They’re an exfoliant, so they also smooth out the surface of the skin and help with acne scarring.
Peppermint essential oil can be very beneficial for someone with acne. It has a cooling effect on the skin and it also inhibits bacterial growth. With antibacterial properties, it works to kill the bad bacteria that buries itself in your pores. Use it as a spot treatment, or use a few drops with your light moisturizer at night.
While there are products that you can try to help beat those breakouts don’t be discouraged if nothing seems to be working for you. You just have to keep trying different things and eventually you will find the product that works for you. Everyone’s skin is very different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Stay diligent in washing your face daily. One day soon you’ll find the right skin care regime for you.