skincare ingredients acne

Acne is so high school, but luckily your skincare knowledge is not. Are you ready to battle your acne like never before? To finally show it who's boss with your glowing, flawless complexion that lingers beneath? We know you are! Next time you buy a cream or a cleanser, look for these skincare ingredients that will help treat—and beat—your acne for good.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser

This is the ultimate bacteria-killer for fighting acne, but be careful to not use too much as it may dry out your skin. If you're on antibiotic creams, benzoyl peroxide will also supplement them by offering a secondary cellular process that kills acne-causing bacteria. Experts recommend that you start with a face wash containing 2.5% benzoyl peroxide like Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask.


Sephora Murad Acne

Often used as a spot treatment for your spots, sulfur is a necessary skincare ingredient for anyone battling their acne. Sulfur promotes skin cell turnover, dries pimples out, reduces oiliness and helps to prevent the spread of acne-causing bacteria. Use a spot treatment like Sephora's Murad Acne Complex Spot Fast Fix on your pimples overnight or just while hanging out at home.

Salicylic Acid

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action

A form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that penetrates the oil glands of your skin and sheds away the dead cells that cause acne, salicylic acid is a common ingredient used mainly for one reason: it works. To keep your oil levels low and ensure you have fresh skin at the surface so your other products can penetrate into your cells, use a salicylic acid product like Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action. Finally say goodbye to your acne-spotted high school days.

Kojic Acid

La Roche Mela-D

After using a salicylic acid product, which will wipe away the top layer of dead skin, go to work on the dark spots and marks left behind after a breakout with a kojic acid product like La Roche Mela-D. This little wonder will help you to achieve a smooth, balanced skin tone once again.

Tea Tree Oil

Avo tea tree oil

Less harsh but a great alternative if you're into using natural products, tea tree oil has wonderful anti-bacterial properties that will help fight the bacteria that causes your acne—and keep it away for good. Though slower acting than other medical-grade ingredients, tea tree oils like this one can be effective for battling your acne in the long term.


Sephora Perricone OVM Serum

Best prescribed by a healthcare professional or a dermatologist, retinol is an ingredient used in medical-grade skincare treatments that is great at battling your blemishes. Retinol increases skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen synthesis. Because of this, your skin will usually go through a drying, flaking process before new skin cells are regenerated and your skin is clear. As it can be a harsh product, try a lighter, less-symptomatic retinol product to start with, like Sephora's Perricone OVM Serum.

Bye bye high school spots—you're a grown ass woman. Get started on your new skincare shopping and be sure to look specifically for these acne-banishing ingredients!

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