Have you ever fallen down an internet rabbit hole?
It starts with an innocent search in the gods of Google, which progresses with a few link clicks, and before you know it, three hours have gone by.
It could well be the reason you found yourself here.
This is all too easy to do, especially when you’re trying to find a cure for your acne breakouts, with an overwhelming amount of information to wade through.
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 there are so many clinical acne grades, it is tricky to treat.
Before you go any deeper in your search, here’s a hand. A comprehensive list so you don’t have to go looking for it – just keep on scrolling to learn more.
What is the best approach to my acne treatment?
In most cases, a multidimensional approach to acne is necessary, because most people have a combination of symptoms.
The most popular ingredients used to treat acne conditions have very different roles on the skin.
Salicylic acid comes from willow bark, this is found in resq anti-blemish complex, it is a naturally occurring exfoliator that breaks down fatty acids like sebum, so pores don’t get clogged, which can cause a vicious cycle on your skin.
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 bacteria; breaking down 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 really is more
Impatience in getting results in this treatment usually results in worsening your acne rather than helping it.
In attempting to dry out acne lesions, we find my clients often use too many products, or apply excessive amounts to problem areas, which results in further irritation and over-drying of their skin.
We appreciate, it is natural to want to try to scrub those breakouts into oblivion, but vigorous scrubbing and the use of harsh exfoliants can make them worse, causing acne inflammation in the skin.
Rarely would you have the time to try out all the products on the market, and it’s not often that we endorse products on our site – simply because if we haven’t tested them out in a clinical setting and monitored the results over a period of months, then we don’t feel qualified to endorse the product.
But on this occasion, we have to admit, to being really impressed with two studies, that have evaluated the choices in topical treatment for acne vulgaris and patient adherence to the prescribed treatment.
So much so, that we thought that we would include them here and also here for you our dear readers. The latter is a super-comprehensive study – one that is backed by science and takes the leg work out of finding the best products to treat acne conditions, 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 analyzed ingredients dug into the science behind treatments, to find the leading products on the market that treat acne effectively.
Hopefully, the products in these studies will also help you on your acne journey, and implement a comprehensive acne treatment plan for your skin, starting you on your journey back to skin health.