So last week I talked about Acne cleanser HERE,which is the first step to an acne free skin. Today am going to talk about acne treatment.
If you think just an acne cleanser with get rid of all your acne and stop them from returning, girlll think again.. Trust me, it takes more than just cleansing. Dermatologists recommend fighting it with a three-step regimen: a salicylic acid cleanser, a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, and a daily oil free moisturizer. And also some personal steps, like exercising, drinking water etc.. Here is my second step, my skin is combination to oily .
Topical acne medications, commonly used for acne, are those that you put on your skin. They are in form of Lotion, gel, or cream. Acne treatments usually contains an active ingredients: Benzoyl peroxide and Salicylic acid, These are great at fighting pimples, helps reduce the amount of oil your body produces and fights inflammation. These chemicals help existing blemishes heal and prevent new ones from forming. Some are concentrated that you apply a thin coating on your skin in the morning and before bedtime after washing your face, then others can be applied all over the face morning and before bed avoiding the eye area.
Benzoyl peroxide and Salicylic acid clear dirt and oil from your face. But can peel, dry you out and get itchy on the skin if used the wrong way( it happened to me). With Benzoyl peroxide its best to just apply on the affected(where your acne normally appear) and not all over the face. If your acne is all over your face, use them once or twice a day and if it’s drying you out or irritating your skin, switch out your cleanser for a gentle formula instead of one with salicylic acid. Because both can easily strip your skin of moisture.
Do not use these acne treatments on your neck or eye area. Very important guys.. The tissue around your eyes is very thin and delicate. These treatments are much too active and irritating to be used near the eyes and on the neck. Always allow your acne treatment dry thoroughly before going to bed or before applying another skincare products. Also you know Sunscreen is important right? especially when using products like these.. Its compulsory..
So here are the acne treatment have used so far.
First up is URBANSKINRX Acne Control Spot Treatment.($ 24.00)
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 5%/10%
Inactive Ingredients: Carbomer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Water
I used this to the last drop and I will definitely repurchase.. This definitely works great for me. When I want to use this,I apply it on the area where acne normally apply and this can be used everyday.
Next is CLEARASIL ULTRA Rapid Vanishing Treatment Cream. (4500Naira)
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 10%
I love this for all over my face treatment. I don’t experience any harsh dryness at all on my face when I use it. I got this in the monthly subscription box from Beauty boon(www.thebeautyboon.com). I would recommend this for people with mild or occasional acne. Sorry I don’t know the price of this in dollar.
Also I have here Acne.org Treatment Gel. $19.29 (I got this from @the_df_store on instagram, you can order from her stuffs you can’t find in Nigeria)
Active Ingredient: 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Also Contains: Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxide.
This also works really well,but should be applied JUST on the affected area.With just 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide,you had think it would be mild, but no girl it can be excessively drying and itchy on the skin. So use with caution.
Lastly is MARIO BADESCU Drying Lotion. ($17.00)
Isopropyl Alcohol,Aqua (Water,Eau), Calamine, Camphor,Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc,Glycerin, Salicylic Acid
Just started using this and I hardly have acne now, So I don’t really have much to say. But it has some nice reviews, so you can check it out.
So this is all I have so far, you can check any of them out. And you just need one treatment not all, (Don’t be like me) and also you don’t have to buy this exact products, just make sure anyone you get has any of the active ingredient ( benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid). (Please always know the type of ingredient going on your skin)