Acne spot treatment
The famous remedy for new acne is, of course, acne spot treatment. What is acne spot treatment? It is the application of acne-fighting ingredients onto your acne to shrink or soothe it. It can help to reduce redness, pain as well as swellings. Some ingredients are also able to unclog the blockage that causes acne.
Most acne spot ingredients can be purchase over the counter (OTC). You can also get the product after you visit any skin doctor (dermatologist).
Let's break down the ingredients that you can use as an acne spot treatment.
A type of BHA that has been proven to help with acne. It can go deeper into your pores to unclog the blockage that causes acne. Most acne spot treatment contains 2% of salicylic acid.
When I was a teenager (I still am), I used a lot of this to help me with my hormonal acne. It can kill bacteria that cause acne and reduce sebum production. Thus, it can be drying to your skin. For some people, you may notice that your acne scars become darker after using benzoyl peroxide as your acne spot treatment.
Sulphur is a mineral that presents naturally in your body. It has antimicrobial properties, thus acting similar to salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide but gentler. A lot of OTC acne spot treatment has sulphur as one of its ingredients.
Adapalene is a third-generation topical retinoid that helps to unclog your pores and reduce sebum. It has minimal side effects compared to other topical retinoids such as topical tretinoin. Studies have shown that adapalene is helpful as maintenance therapy of acne vulgaris.
Note: Only a few studies have been done on pregnant and lactating mothers. Thus kindly consult your pregnant doctor if you want to use this in your pregnancy / during breastfeeding.
The smallest AHA has mild anti-inflammatory effects. A small study in 1997 on Asian skin with moderate to moderately severe acne showed significant resolution of comedones, papules, and pustules. In the study, they needed regular treatment with glycolic acid for the apparent improvement of acne scars and cystic lesions. The great thing about glycolic acid is that it also exfoliates dead skin cells. Thus, users will also experience brighter looking skin.
Tips: Use Alluskin Purifying Cleanser for your acne. It's packed with 5% glycolic acid that can help get rid of your acne and unclog your pores.
Hamamelis Virginiana is an ancient plant that can reduce oil and shrink acne. Also can be categorized as astringent. The controversy behind the usage of witch hazel is that it can be drying to the skin. The fact is, only if you're using pure 100% witch hazel extract. Thus, find a product that has a beautiful blend of witch hazel and hydrating ingredients (also without alcohol).
Tips: Alluskin Hydrating Toner is the perfect example of hydrating witch hazel toner. This is a skin-changer toner! Try it today and feel the difference.
Evidence shows that rosemary can fight against acne-causing bacteria (p. acne) effectively. If you have dry and sensitive skin, this can be your bestie as it's non-drying to your skin.
- Tsai, et al. (2013). Rosmarinus officinalis Extract Suppresses Propionibacterium acnes–Induced Inflammatory Responses. J Med Food, 16(4): 324-333. https://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2012.2577.
- Hassanain Al-Talib, et al. (2017). Efficacy and safety of superficial chemical peeling in treatment of active acne vulgaris. An Bras Dermatol, 2(2): 212-216.
- Abbas et al, (2020). Antibacterial activity and medical properties of hazel. Ann Trop Med & Public Health, 23(11). http://doi.org/10.36295/ASRO.2020.231146
- Wang, C. M., Huang, C. L., Hu, C. T., & Chan, H. L. (1997). The Effect of Glycolic Acid on the Treatment of Acne in Asian Skin. Dermatologic Surgery, 23(1): 23-29.