There are multiple causes of acne, so it is a good idea to seek medical attention if necessary and get to know which type of acne you have before loading your skin up with products. However, topical products can help immensely with treating acne, which is all about reducing inflammation and maintaining a healthy skin barrier by not skipping on moisture altogether. Be sure to add moisture when you feel your skin needs it. Completely drying out your skin will not get rid of your acne any more effectively and will leave you with flaky patches.
- What to use in the morning: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution ($9.30), will help reduce inflammation and penetrate deep into clogged pores and exfoliate the skin. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($9.90) helps to repair the skin barrier and is best combined with retinol in a routine.
- What to use in the evening: Retinol 1% ($12.70). Retinol can sometimes cause irritation when using it for the first time. If this is the case, it can be diluted with other creams at the beginning to get the skin used to it. Sun protection is very important when using retinol products so always wear SPF during the day. 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($13.90) is a noncomedogenic (nonclogging) product that will maintain moisture in the skin without clogging the pores.