Acne forms when a pore becomes blocked up with excess sebum (oil produced by your skin), dead skin cells, and/or bacteria.
There are a variety of factors that may cause the pore to become clogged:
As far as treatments, there are both oral medications and topical products that can be used to treat and prevent acne.
Oral medications require a prescription, but there are both over-the-counter and prescription-strength topical products available.
A dermatologist can also prescribe topical prescription products, including:
Often, these products will be used in tandem with oral medications to achieve the best results.
Without a prescription, there are a variety of over-the-counter products, such as:
We’ll go over some of the key ingredients to look out for below.
If you’re looking to add some skincare products to your routine to help fight acne, there are a few effective ingredients to look out for.
All of these ingredients have been proven to help fight acne.
While a face wash formulated with one of these ingredients can be beneficial, you’ll get the best results by using exfoliants, serums, and/or treatments containing some of these key ingredients.
You’ll find some great product recommendations here on Skincare Hero.
Keep in mind that you should only add one new product to your skincare routine at a time.
That way, you can see how your skin reacts, and best determine whether a specific product is working for you.
It’s also key to stay consistent with your general skincare routine.
Everyone (including those with acne) should be cleansing and moisturizing their skin on a daily basis to remove potentially pore-clogging debris and keep the skin hydrated and balanced.