Skincare Ingredients for Acne

Keeping your skin pimple-free can be super frustrating. Between finding the right product combo and figuring out when and how to apply everything, you can get as stressed about your skincare regimen as you are about your breakouts

When it comes to getting the best results from your skin care products for oily, blemished, problem, acne-prone skin, it’s so important to use certain skin care ingredients.

Active Ingredients

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)

Two types of alpha hydroxy acids that are used in nonprescription acne products are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are synthetic versions of acids derived from sugar-containing fruits. They treat acne by helping to remove dead skin cells and reduce inflammation. Alpha hydroxy acids also stimulate the growth of new, smoother skin. This helps improve the appearance of acne scars and gives the impression of smaller pores.

Salicylic acid (BHA)

Tackle oily skin with a lotion, pad, gel or toner containing salicylic acid — a form of beta-hydroxy acid. It works as a liquid exfoliant to prevent excess oil from clogging pores and causing breakouts. Salicylic acid dissolves oil buildup on the surface of the skin while acting as an anti-inflammatory to reduce irritation.

Benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide helps kill bacteria. As with many treatments, it’s best to start with the lowest strength option (2.5 percent) to see how your skin reacts and minimize the risk of irritation. Possible side effects include dry skin, scaling, redness, burning and stinging, especially if you have sensitive skin


It’s essential to adapt your daily skin care routine to suit your oily complexion. Opt for a serum or gel moisturizer containing retinol to help unclog pores and prevent future breakouts. Most  retinol-based products can cause your skin to become extra sensitive to the sun, so use it at night to avoid burning and peeling.

Natural Ingredients

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree is a very effective natural anti-blemish ingredient and has long been used to treat acne and infection, thanks to its strong antibacterial properties.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Tea Tree oil is just as effective as benzyl peroxide at treating acne, but has fewer side effects. Using pure Tea Tree oil may be too harsh for people with sensitive skin, so we recommend choosing products that contain Tea Tree as part of an expert blend of natural actives.

Willow bark

Willow bark is a rich source of naturally occurring salicylic acid, which has long been used to enhance skin cell turnover, to smooth the skin and balance the skin’s natural sebum production.

Willow bark extract offers the same benefits as salicylic acid, but unlike synthetic versions used in mainstream anti-blemish products, it does not irritate or dry out your skin. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce redness and calm angry spots. 

Green Tea

Green Tea isn’t just for drinking, it’s also the ideal ingredient in skin care for teens with acne. Green Tea is rich in powerful antioxidants that protect the skin against oxidative damage and help to reduce inflammation of the skin.

When sebum undergoes oxidative damage, this can lead to clogged pores and blackheads, so by reducing oxidative stress, Green Tea can help to prevent blackheads and pimples from forming.

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a tropical plant whose leaves produce a clear gel. The gel is often added to lotions, creams, ointments and soaps. It’s commonly used to treat abrasions, rashes, burns and other skin conditions.

When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel can help heal wounds, treat burns and fight inflammation. Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne


It’s not just for making pottery – clay is a calming ingredient in acne treatments (usually masks) thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Clay helps to soothe the skin and temporarily reduce oil production

Baking Soda 

(Sodium Bicarbonate) is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. It dries up excess oil. Baking soda not only helps eliminate breakouts and reduces inflammation, it is also an exfoliator and helps remove dead skin cells! Because of this, it also works great to reduce any old scars or acne marks.


Nature’s powerful antibiotic.

Lemon Juice 

Lemons have natural antibacterial and astringent properties to help clear your skin


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