24 October 2014
From oily complexions to dry skin, each of us showcase a very unique skin type – which is hugely important when combatting the effects of Acne. While many of us recognise that certain ingredients are highly effective in treating this skin condition, it’s important to bear in mind that they only produce the best results when complementing a particular type of skin.
Salicylic acid is well-known in the beauty industry for its remedying properties – and works best for comedonal acne; which affects the skin’s surface due to the overproduction of sebum (forming small blackheads and whiteheads). Meanwhile benzoyl peroxide is best used for sore, red blemishes – and as it dries the skin, it’s ideal for targeted areas (never use all over – however, vitamin A derivative Retinol is good for an all-over face treatment); working in conjunction with moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated.
AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) come in several forms – including citric and glycolic acids – and while works in a similar fashion to salicylic acid, is gentle enough to use even on the most sensitive skin (when used in low doses). Lastly, tea tree oil is favoured as the natural alternative; used on occasional breakouts and though similar to benzoyl peroxide, is much gentler on the skin.
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