Best Skincare Products for Acne prone skin

There are thousands of products on the market that claim to be effective in controlling or eliminating Acne and breakouts. One thing I have learned treating thousands of people with Acne prone skins is that almost all  products deliver some short term improvement in breakouts, but there are very few products that are effective long term  in controlling Acne and breakouts for most clients.

Mild breakout is often readily controlled with a daily routine of cleansing and toning with a mild salicylic acid solution ( 0.5 – 2% ). Salicylic acid is very effective for controlling mild Acne and breakouts as it is oil soluble and therefore able to penetrate the sebaceous glands and help dissolve the mixtures of oil and dead skin cells that block the pores. Salicylic acid also assists in reducing the appearance of post acne marks. Other mild acids like glycolic acid and trichloracetic acid can also be helpful in exfoliating the excess dead skin cells and clearing the pores. These should always be used in low concentrations.

Benzyl peroxide is also a very commonly used medication for Acne and breakouts. All the  best known advertised Acne treatments are benzyl peroxide based and it can also be found in combination with some prescription Acne medications. Benzyl peroxide does work well for many clients and can be effective for long periods of time. It is less effective for moderate and severe breakouts and it can be very drying for the skin, particularly in higher concentrations. It is also a bleaching agent and will bleach clothes and bed clothes.

Topical antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors for Acne. They are also combined with topical retinoids in a small number of prescription medications. In my opinion, topical antibiotics are the least effective Acne treatments on the market. They promote the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria and should be avoided.

Topical retinoids ( tretinoin ) are the most effective skincare products for breakout prone skin. Unfortunately, they have significant side effects ( sun sensitivity and skin dryness and cannot be used during pregnancy ) which has made them unpopular with many doctors. An alternative topical retinoid adapelene is more commonly prescribed by doctors but in my opinion, is not as effective as tretinoin. It has the advantage of not causing sun sensitivity but can be very drying to the skin. It is important to use tretinoin in low dosages to start with, to allow the skin to adapt to it ( 0.025% is recommended). It treats all parts of the Acne cycle and is also helpful for treating Acne scarring. In my practice, I combine tretinoin with a mild bleaching agent to help resolve the pigmented scarring that is so common with Acne. I also like my patients to use a 2% salicylic toner, preferably daily.

Before you buy any more skincare products for your Acne, read the ingredient list and make sure they contain something that will actually help your skin.

Abby’s Story

Abby is a huge success story for SGA. She has suffered moderate to severe acne for 5 years and tried absolutely everything to control her breakouts, including antibiotics and other acne medications. She describes the impact of acne on her life as paralysing. It impacted daily on her ability to complete normal everyday tasks we all take for granted. Because she wanted to fall pregnant , she was looking for a drug free solution.