Acne, either you've struggled with it or you know someone who's struggled with it. Acne is a common skin condition that happens when hair follicles under the skin become clogged. When oil and dead skin cells get trapped within the pores, that's when the breakouts start to occur. Acne can happen anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen on face, back, chest and shoulders.
There are a few different grades of acne. Knowing which grade you have will be the best way to know what ingredients will help treat it!
Mildest form of acne, consisting of open comedones (blackheads) and closed comedones (whiteheads).
Consists of many non-inflamed closed comedones.
Most common type of acne-mainly inflamed papules and pustules occurring from either hormonal or adult acne.
Cystic acne consisting of large and inflamed painful pustules, nodules and cysts.
Now what we know about the different grades of acne, let's talk about the 5 top ingredients to help treat acne
Salicylic acid is a BHA or beta-hydroxy acid. This ingredient softens keratin, which loosens and dissolves dirt and debris that clogs the pores. Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, helps reduce acne and oil production, minimizes pigmentation, and helps even the skin tone. Salicylic acid is best for treating non-inflammatory blackheads and whiteheads (acne grades I and II). You can find SA in cleansers, masks, spot treatments and exfoliants.