What Is Acne Prone Skin?
Hormones, stress, genetics and external aggressors can lead to breakouts such as blemishes and acne. A blemish forms when pores gets clogged with dead skins cells, oil and bacteria, while acne is a series of multiple and consistent breakouts when bacteria are present. Blemishes can be whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Squeezing, popping or picking at a blemish can lead to scars, discolouration and hyper-pigmentation. To help you tackle these skin concerns, you need the right products.
Ingredients To Know
Most spot treatments contain varying percentages of either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients. salicylic acid (a.k.a. beta hydroxy acid or BHA) works beneath the skin's surface to reduce oil inside pores while benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria on skin's surface and in pores. It also thwarts the bacteria that causes zits so it's an ideal active ingredient for treating inflammatory acne blemishes.
There is also alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs—includes glycolic acid) that exfoliates dead cells on the skin's surface. Sulfur draws out excess oil from clogged pores while retinoid improves cell turnover to reveal smoother skin.