By Michelby Whitehead
I don’t know any woman who doesn’t hate acne flare-ups with a passion. Whether you suffer from it genetically, only during menstruation, or due to allergies, it’s time to put aggravating acne in its place with these treatments. Self.com recommends the following ingredients that can be found in most over-the-counter face washes.
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that works by dissolving excess oil and gently exfoliating away dead skin cells. Keep in mind, salicylic acid can dry out the skin if over-applied, so it may be wise to choose only one product containing the ingredient to use every day.
Although it’s totally fine to use salicylic acid in a face wash, you may find that you have better results when using it as a toner, moisturizer, or leave-on spot treatment because these products give it more time to do its work.
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that gently exfoliates the skin, helping to get rid of the dead skin cells that can clog pores. Just like salicylic acid, you can find glycolic in washes, peels, moisturizers, and serums at your local beauty store or drugstore.
Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial ingredient, and it’s very effective at killing the P. acnes bacteria that cause breakouts. However, benzoyl peroxide isn’t without its downsides! The leave-on creams and cleansing treatments can dry out sensitive skin — and bleach clothing if you aren’t careful.
The aforementioned treatments are best for acne that isn’t severe. If you are looking for more aggressive treatments, consider ‘costlier’ solutions. Under the care of a doctor, a cortisone shot can be injected in the cystic areas of your skin, allowing the pimples to go down within a few hours. Medications like isotretinoin can also help banish blemishes, but be advised that side effects like depression are common.
What remedies have worked for your breakouts?
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