If you’re anything like me, acne has always been a struggle. Since puberty, my skin was very acne prone and it took me years of trial and error to find the products I think will transform your skin and leave it glowy, clear, and smooth. Let’s hop right in to the best skincare ingredients for acne!
- Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide: these are great for whiteheads and blackheads and benzoyl peroxide specifically targets pustules. These will skill bacteria and remove dead skin cells and fight acne like no other. If you have acne, these two ingredients are your first step in combating it. Also, if you have those stubborn, small ‘bumps’ on your forehead, for example, salicylic acid will help with that and remove texture and make your skin look as smooth as possible. Some of my favorite products are from Paula’s Choice, including two exfoliants meant for fighting acne: the 2% BHA liquid exfoliant ($29.50) and the 2% regular strength clear exfoliant ($29.50). La Roche-Posay has an amazing range of products and I swear by their Effaclar Duo ($30). I like to use this as a spot treatment more than an overall product and its magic! A little pricey considering its only 1.35 fl oz but totally worth it. Also, benzoyl peroxide can be pretty drying, so its definitely not an overall treatment, just put it on any effected areas and let it do its magic. Though you can use these two ingredients, they’re extra effective when combined, so its best to get products for both.
These two ingredients tend to be the core for acne fighting products and should be enough to treat most acne. The two ingredients combined provide some of the best skincare ingredients for acne! However, if this doesn’t work or isn’t sufficient, then the next step is tretinoin.
2. Tretinoin: it’s the active ingredient in retin-A and is often used to help not only with active acne but also with acne scars and spots. The most accessible form of tretinoin is in the form of retin-A, though you can usually only get it if you have a prescription. Your dermatologist can easily provide you with a prescription, but retinol is essentially the same thing and is over the counter. One of the most popular retinol cream’s is Drunk Elephants A-Passioni Retinol Cream, but its super pricey at a hefty $74 and personally, I don’t agree with the brand’s ethics so I would not recommend it, though it is super popular and heavily raved about. My personal favorite is CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Retinol Cream ($18.49), which I really like because it doesn’t dry my skin out as much as most other retinol creams do. FYI, be prepared for DRYYYY skin after using retinols, your skin will definitely need a harsh adjusting period. Tretinoin is pretty intense, so be sure to find the dosage that works for you, and monitor your skin to see how it progresses.
3. Tea-Tree Oil: I reallllly liked tea-tree oil for fighting acne, and noticed and big difference when using it. It’s meant to calm acne with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The only tea-tree oil I’ve ever used is from The Body Shop ($10 for .33 fl oz) and I really liked it. I used it as a spot treatment, put some of the oil on a cotton swab and dabbing it on any acne spots. However, be warned that this may be irritating for some skin types and if you have very sensitive skin, I would use this oil with caution. For me, though, this oil worked so well that I ended up buying The Body Shop’s entire tea-tree line and loved it.
Though there’s many more ingredient that are great for the skin, these three ingredients are some of the best skincare ingredients for acne and will make a huge difference to the quality of your skin!