Acne treatment ingredients

I always write about what I use to treat my acne when they pop up. Rather than talking about what I use to treat my acne, I will be explaining why those ingredients assist with reducing acne and acne scarrings. 

For me, the three main ingredients that I use to treat both my acne and acne scarrings are: 

  1. glycolic acid
  2. salicylic acid 
  3. retinol/ retinoid

What is glycolic acid? 

Glycolic acid is a type of water-soluble alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) within the AHA family, glycolic acid has the smallest molecule, yet it’s a powerful alpha-hydroxy acid. Glycolic acid has smaller molecules than other AHA. 

Glycolic acid works by creating a peeling effect, which allows our skin to appear more even and smoother. 

For those who suffer from acne-prone skin, glycolic acid works by breaking through the bonds between the outer layer of the skin cells, including dead skin cells, and the skin next cell layer. 

The peeling effect will result in less junk in the pores, which will result in lesser breakouts. 

Glycolic acid can be used like other anti-acne agents but still retain the moisture in our skin compared to other anti-acne agents such as; benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which causes dryness in our skin when using those ingredients. 

What is Salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is known as BHA, beta-hydroxy acid, which means it’s an oil-soluble acid. Salicylic acid is used on acne skin to slow down the shedding of the cells inside the pores to prevent clogged pores and breakdown whiteheads and blackheads. 

Salicylic acid can also be a great exfoliate for acne-prone skin. It exfoliates oils, dirt and impurities in our pores, which will result in fewer clogged pores and fewer breakouts in the future. 

What is Retinol? 

Retinol is a type of retinoid known as vitamin A. Retinol is known to have great assistance with skin repair and improve the appearance of scars and marks. 

The small molecules are travel down deeper into the middle layer of our skin and neutralise free radicals and result in an increase in collagen production which will benefit our skin by reducing the fine lines, wrinkles and ageing signs.

These ingredients are beneficial to acne-prone skin, but please keep in mind to use any product with care and as told. Incorrect use or misuse of any product cause irritation or damage. 

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