One of the most common concerns you see skincare products targeting is acne. From acne clearing washes to pimple patches, the market is filled with solutions. However, some can be more harmful than others, so it’s important to do your research and focus on ingredient lists.
When tackling hormonal acne, everyone’s made the mistake of attacking with the harshest of products or picking at your pimples. In reality, all you need to do is incorporate an acne-fighting acid into your routine to help prevent and heal breakouts.
Salicylic acid is the powerhouse of all acne-treating ingredients. Salicylic acid is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that exfoliates your skin by unclogging your pores and helping to control oiliness that can cause further acne (via Allure). If you look closely enough, you’ll find salicylic acid is an ingredient in most acne-targeting skincare products, so try to find a simple version of it and make sure to always apply SPF after using.
Another acid that can help offer some anti-inflammatory properties to your acne is azelaic acid. Azelaic acid works to also unclog and clear out your pores while also helping reduce any redness or irritability of your breakouts (via Healthline). Another added bonus to azelaic acid is that it can help heal any scarring or hyper-pigmentation once your pimple calms down! That’s a win-win.