Do you have acne prone skin that frequently suffers breakouts? Discover my favorite tips and simple recommendations that can help you. Having struggled with acne for a long time, I have tried, tested and experimented with many ingredients that you might want to consider including in your skincare routine.
When adding a product to your routine (or formulating for acne prone skin), you should prioritize ingredients and actives that have the following properties and benefits:
- Astringent, sebum control
Here are some ingredients that I have tried personally and find beneficial:
“Willow bark is a natural source of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has strong antibacterial properties and the ability to exfoliate skin, unclog pores and keep pimples at bay. Willow bark is much gentler and will provide similar benefits to salicylic acid without irritation. It is one of my favorite ingredients to address inflammation, congestion, clogged pores, blackheads and blemishes.”
Salicylic acid also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA) has anti-acne, exfoliating and skin-soothing properties. It has the ability to penetrate into the pore and exfoliate inside the pore making it effective to reduce breakouts, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Salicylic acid is found mainly in skin peels, exfoliants, anti-acne products and anti-dandruff products. However, it can cause excess peeling/irritation and may sting on the skin.
The natural alternative is:
Willow bark is a natural source of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has strong antibacterial properties and the ability to exfoliate skin, unclog pores and keep pimples at bay. Willow bark is much gentler and will provide similar benefits to salicylic acid without irritation. It is one of my favorite ingredients to address skin irritation, inflammation, congestion, clogged pores, blackheads and blemishes.
Niacinamide also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a well-studied active that will help with just about any skin problem you may have. Niacinamide can improve the look and feel of skin, brighten dark spots/skin tone and revive healthy skin texture. Applied topically, it has been shown in scientific studies to improve many skin conditions (e.g., acne, rosacea and some forms of eczema) by reducing the inflammation of the skin.
Niacinamide offers many beauty benefits such as: reduces water loss (TEWL), oiliness and improves the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. You will often find this ingredient in anti-aging products, acne treatments, dark spot serums and soothing serums. With so many benefits, it’s not surprising it’s so popular.
Zinc PCA is used in skincare because of its astringent and antimicrobial properties. Zinc PCA can decrease the redness and irritation caused by acne and reduce oiliness. It is also used as an humectant.
AHAs even though it is not necessarily an acne treatment, AHAs do wonders for acne-prone and oily skin types. By removing the dead cells from the surface of the skin AHAs help to prevent a build-up of skin cells forming within the pores which, when left untreated, can develop into blemishes. AHAs can help with uneven skin texture, brighten the complexion and smooth skin. A must for glowing skin.
Retinoids can unclog pores, allowing other actives to work better. They also reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores. Research has shown that retinol can tackle a ton of dermatological concerns, including acne, wrinkles, and rough or discolored skin. Not bad for a single active ingredient. But, retinol can lead to skin irritation/sensitization for some people.
Lemon Extract has long been used for its antiseptic properties. It is widely found in antibacterial products and skincare for oily and acne prone skin.
See also: Burdock, Peppermint/Rosemary/Lemon Balm Hydrosol, Witch Hazel, Benzoyl Peroxide (synthetic & controversial), Turmeric CO2 extract, Allantoin, Honeysuckle, MSM, Charcoal, Clays, Neem, Chaulmoogra Oil, Black Cumin, Helichrysum, Aloe vera, etc.