Finishing High School unfortunately for many of us does not mean finishing the acne problem: at least 15% of women in their 30's and 40's still suffer from those pesky zits. Diet and stress, in addition to hormones and specific types of medication, are key contributors but there are plenty of dermatologist-approved solutions that can help you reduce and treat your acne. But first, a note on what kind of ingredients you should look for in an effective acne treatment.
What are the best ingredients for acne prone skin?
We know that treating acne is always a mix of practicing better eating habits and changing up your exercise regime (or at least, just getting started finally...that's a mental note for us.) Additionally, you want to select an effective acne cleanser to help treat your condition. It's so easy, however, to get lost between and overwhelmed with all the different acne products out there--just how can we tell the good ones apart from the, let's say, not-so-effective ones?
We're talking about looking for facial cleansers with with glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Eliminate pore-cloggers like makeup, excess dirt and other impurities to clear your face, reduce the appearance and aging and, most importantly, slow or stop the growth of blackheads and acne. The exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid also treats inflammation associated with acne.
Remember the holy trinity of these 3 key ingredients when shopping for an acne solution: glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid.
So what are some of the best acne facial cleansers out there that contain these key ingredients? We thought you'd never ask. Supplement your usual morning day routine with any one of our four top picks:
The CLENZIderm M.D. from Obagi contains 5% benzoyl peroxide and 2% salicylic acid uniquely formulated to treat your acne at the very root. The powerful cleanser exfoliates deep within the pores to stop or slow down the growth of acne.
The Neo-Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser from Neocutis contains 10% glycolic acid, which, as we know, helps to remove dull, dead skin cells on the surface to clear the way for a brighter skin complexion.
Additionally, the exfoliating skin cleanser also contains glycerin to boost moisture retention--get that skin hydrated! A non-irritant, the Neocutis Skin Cleanser is perfect for more sensitive skin in need of clearing.
The Gentle Facial Cleanser from Glycolix is an all-purpose lathering wash that contains 10% glycolic acid, helping to exfoliate dead skin cells for clearer acne-free complexions. Additionally, the cleanser helps to prepare the skin for further leave-on acne skin care products.
Additionally, the face wash contains contains aloe vera extract, which like the use of glycerin for the Neocutis cleanser, helps to keep your skin moisturized on an all-natural basis.
Don't think we forgot about the importance of benzoyl peroxide, a key ingredient to the Acne Gel solution from Replenix. Benzoyl peroxide is the best combatant for the acne-causing bacteria called p. acnes. Additionally, Benzoyl peroxide contains antibacterial properties that work to clear blemishes and treat breakouts.
Take a look at our acne collection for a complete selection and get started on achieving clear, acne-free skin. Happy shopping!