Acne is among one of the most common skin conditions.
It’s a condition I see daily in my clinic.
Research has found that a staggering 95% of people, experience acne at some point in their lives.
Yet finding a product that treats this condition is not easy.
The most frustrating part is that for most people, their acne experience presents itself differently and because there are so many clinical acne grades, this skin condition is tricky to treat.
Acne treatments are riddled with alcohols like isopropyl alcohol.
SD alcohol and denatured alcohol, instantly remove any oil that may be sitting on the surface of your skin.
so it gives the impression that the ingredient is working effectively.
But what you may not know, is that simple alcohols strip the acid mantle, which keeps your skin’s pH in check.
When your acid mantel is damaged, this upsets the protective micro flora on your skins surface, making it susceptible to bacteria, so you’re also more likely to have a break out!
THE BEST APPROACH TO ACNE TREATMENT
In most cases, a multidimensional approach to acne is necessary.
This is because most people have a combination of symptoms, and treatment kits offer what individual products cannot.
The most popular ingredients used to treat acne conditions, have very different roles on the skin.
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that comes from willow bark, which is a naturally occurring exfoliator.
It breaks down fatty acids like sebum, so pores don’t clog.
Glycolic acid clears debris from the follicular wall, which if left untreated, can lead to comedones — whiteheads, blackheads, and other non-red bumps.
Benzoyl peroxide attacks the P. acnes bacteria, breaks into oxygen and benzoic acid, which rip through the bacteria’s membranes.
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, states that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are by far the most common acne ingredients, and they’re effective in double-blind studies of patients, with mild-to-moderately severe acne.
LESS IS MORE
Impatience in getting result in this treatment, usually results in worsening your acne rather than helping it.
In attempting to dry out acne lesions, I find my clients often use too many products, or apply excessive amounts to problem areas, which results in further irritation and over-drying of the skin.
Vigorous scrubbing and use of harsh exfoliants can make acne worse, causing inflammation in the skin.
THE NAKED TRUTH
Rarely would you have the time to try out all the products on the market.
And it’s not often that I endorse products, or even reviews for that matter, but I was so impressed with the recent study on acne treatments carried out by Reviews.com, that I thought I would include it for my readers.
It’s a comprehensive guide, that takes the leg work out of finding the best products for treat acneic conditions.
Reviews spent months researching 42 acne treatment kits, to find the top products that effectively unclog pores, heal breakouts, and soothe redness.
With the help of leading dermatologists and skincare experts, and reviewing double-blind half-face studies, they analysed ingredients and dug into the science behind treatments, to find the leading products on the market that treat acne effectively.
You can find their original research and their top picks here: http://www.reviews.com/acne-treatment/.
Hopefully the products in this review, will help you implement a good treatment plan for your skin, starting you on your journey to skin health.