Treatments for Acne

I have come to terms with the fact that I will always deal with some form of a breakout. It’s the harsh reality but its how my skin is. The sooner I got that in my head the better.

I mean, I have been on a your skincare routine for years never took the time to get to know what my skin loves or hates. Didn’t know half the acids and chemicals that I was putting on my skin I was clueless. 

Going from one skincare product to the next can make your skin not react in the best way. I have developed a great interest in skin, having good skin has made me buy less makeup and I have become more aware of my skincare needs.

One thing about skin is that it is ever-changing. What works a few months ago may not work today. I have tried so many products on my skin same made my acne worse some have stopped in its tracks.

In today’s post, I will be talking about the acne treatments that will help you clear your acne.

I have never set foot in Dermatologists offices but I do follow a lot of there advice in terms of treatment you can use. If your acne is very bad I do suggest you go a Dermatologists they can prescribe medications to treat acne, cleansers and even antibiotics. The over- the counter product could do more harm than good.

The root of my acne is an overproduction of sebum. Having hormonal acne has been terrible. So which ingredients should you look out for?

Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid

Many products that you can find at Dis-chem and Clicks that are for acne have these two ingredients. Concentrated vitamin A derivatives are also sometimes used, in addition to sulfur or zinc compounds.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This works but not for everyone, me, in particular, I found the products containing this active ingredient made my skin so dry. So my skin sort of double up in the sebum production and in short all hell broke loose. Skin is personal and what works for me might not work for you.

Benzoyl peroxide helps kill bacteria found inside pores, which helps prevent pore-clogging. This can reduce infections, redness and inflammation, but sometimes causes negative reactions like dryness, burning and peeling. It is advisable to start with a lower percentage to test your reaction, such as a lotion with 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide.

Salicylic AciD

Now, this is the reason for my skin clean currently. I think it was luck that I found an active ingredient that works well with my skin. Like I said I have told everyone who lends me an ear about Salicylic Acid. But some came back saying it works others are not so happy.

Salicylic acid is another common active ingredient that helps remove excess cells that trap sebum and bacteria inside pores. It can also cause redness and dryness, especially on sensitive skin. Start with a product containing 0.5 percent to 3 percent salicylic acid. 

This is not the end-all and be all of the active ingredients. These two are just the most common in the acne treatment section. Have you tried any products containing these two products? Comment down blow !