Do you struggle with breakouts? You are not alone. Statistics indicate that around 9.4% of the global population suffers from acne. It also happens to be the eighth most common condition in the world.
While it is not physically harmful or contagious, it can still have a negative impact on those who have it. One survey revealed that 71% of people with problem skin feel less attractive because of it. Fortunately, the unattainable beauty standards are starting to shift and there is now a rising #acnepositivity movement. Because the goal shouldn’t be flawless skin – which is impossible – but healthy skin.
Clear and clear
Breakouts can be a pain. And while you might feel tempted to pop rogue pimples, all dermatologists would advise against this as it can lead to infection, scarring or both.
Instead, you should take preventative measures by including certain ingredients in your skincare routine. Here are four that are effective when it comes to keeping acne at bay.
- Salicylic acid By far the most popular ingredient for those who deal with breakouts, salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) – a type of exfoliant – that can deep clean pores to remove the build-up that can lead to acne.
- Benzoyl peroxide Another popular ingredient, benzoyl peroxide works to prevent breakouts by killing any bacteria on your skin and removing dead skin that can clog your pores. Just go easy – it can be harsh and cause sensitivity.
- Retinol One of the most popular and effective ingredients available, retinol is a form of vitamin A and can – when used carefully and as instructed – work to improve skin cell turnover, prevent pimples and delay signs of ageing.
- Tea tree oil If you are looking for the best natural ingredient for tackling breakouts, tea tree oil is it! This is because of its antifungal properties. It might not work as quickly as chemical alternatives but is nevertheless effective.
Want to add some effective acne-busting products to your skincare regimen? Shop them online or at your nearest Edgars store.