Excessive oil, dead skin cells and
bacteria are the three primary culprits that cause acne
outbreaks. So the acne products that are chosen to treat acne
should contain ingredients that can combat all these factors. An
ideal acne product should be able to cleanse, treat and then
protect the skin from further outbreaks. There is no one magic
acne product that suits all. Hence some amount of trial and
error is necessary before you find the ideal acne product for
Drugstores and supermarkets are awash with acne products of all
types. One glance at the loaded shelves will tell you that your
acne condition can be treated through specially formulated
creams, gels, masks, scrubs, cleansers and even essential oils.
Some of these acne products are natural products made with herbs
while others are medicated products made using chemicals.
Users of acne products should always do a patch test to check
suitability of the product on their particular skin type. There
is no saying which chemical or even natural ingredient might
result in an adverse reaction.
Some of the over-the-counter acne products available
contain alcohol and acetone. Acetone degreases the skin while
alcohol clears the skin with its antimicrobial properties. Both
these ingredients used together have been found to be an
effective acne product.
Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most common ingredients in acne
products. It causes the skin to dry out and thus further
spreading of acne is stopped. Benzoyl peroxide has bleaching
properties so acne products containing this ingredient should be
used with due care. Use of benzoyl peroxide acne products should
be continued even after positive results are seen. Continued
usage will prevent new acne attacks.
Some acne products contain a combination of resorcinol and
sulfur. These acne products suit some skin types very well.
There are several herbal acne products also available in the
market. Such acne products do not have the backing of clinical
proof of their effectiveness.