acne skin products

acne skin

Acne skin

There are tons of acne skin
products on the market. It is a multi-billion dollar industry
with huge marketing budgets and enough information to make your
head spin. Here’s my quick overview of acne skin products that
you can find in your drug store or on the internet. Keep an eye
on the active ingredient. You’ll find that most of the best
known brands have the same ingredients and will have the same
effect on your skin.

Acne Skin
Benzoyl peroxide creams and gels

Benzoyl peroxide creams and
gels are the mainstay of over the counter treatments. If you
have mild acne, try a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream. You
don’t need anything stronger which will just irritate your
skin. Keep in mind that it can take several months before
benzoyl peroxide has a positive effect. You must continue to
use it even after your acne has cleared up or your acne will
return. Don’t spot treat! Apply a thin layer over all of your
acne prone skin. Use it in combination with salicylic


Acne Skin
Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid pads, creams
and gels are usually too weak to have a positive effect by
themselves. However, they help benzoyl peroxide to penetrate
more deeply into your clogged pores. The most effective way to
use these treatments is to apply a thin layer of salicylic acid
followed by the benzoyl peroxide.

Acne skin

You will find lots of
“medicated” cleansers on the market that contain benzoyl
peroxide or salicylic acid or less common “active” ingredients.
The truth is that cleansers stay on your face for only a few
seconds and they don’t do much good. Stick with mild cleansers
such as Cetaphil which you use instead of soap because it is
less irritating to the skin.

Acne skin
Pore Strips

Pore strips are fascinating to
look at because they get covered in all sorts of black spikes
after you’ve attacked the blackheads on your nose.
Unfortunately, they won’t help your acne but may make things
worse because they can irritate your skin.

Acne skin
Medicated washes, scrubs and soaps

Just like with the cleansers,
there isn’t much value in putting these things on your face
only to rinse them off a few seconds later. Save your

Acne Skin
Keep this in mind

You should use a little common
sense when deciding what to put on your face. In general, avoid
things that are likely to irritate your skin. This includes the
many “home remedies” for acne that would have you rub sugar,
lemon juice, and strange irritating herbs and spices on your
face. If you have mild acne, stick to 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and
use it in combination with salicylic acid for the most benefit.
Pretty much all the other acne skin products are not worth the
money. If you have moderate to severe acne, these over the
counter topical treatments aren’t going to do you much