Do your Acne Products have the Right Stuff?
Acne is a common dermatologic condition and one that creates a lot more stress than anyone should have to shoulder. Young people with chronic redness and inflammation are highly susceptible to significant emotional turmoil. Chronic skin irritation also presents a risk of long-term scarring. As such, acne is not just a common problem to “get through,” it is a condition that needs prompt and efficient care.
At Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center in Coatesville, Kennett Square, and Exton, PA, acne management is something that we approach scientifically and compassionately. Any level of acne can be distressing. Our professional acne treatments are designed to meet the needs of the individual patient. We encourage people with acne to schedule a consultation if their use of over-the-counter acne products does not lead to the desired outcome within a few weeks, or if acne worsens with the use of such products. When choosing over-the-counter acne products, is it important to look for effective ingredients such as:
- Benzoyl peroxide. Acne results from the presence of P. acnes bacteria on the skin. This type of bacteria loves to hide out in the pores, where oxygen cannot reach. Where there is oxygen, there can be no thriving of the P. acnes bacterium. Benzoyl peroxide introduces oxygen into pores that have become clogged, thus killing acne-causing bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is often found in acne facial cleansers and spot-treatments.
- Salicylic acid. This derivative of beta-hydroxyl acid is dual-active against acne. First, it dissolves excess oil, and then, this acid exfoliates the uppermost layer of skin. The less dead, damaged cells there are on the surface, the less debris there is to clog pores. Salicylic acid may cause slight irritation. If this occurs, use the product every other day (or every third day) rather than daily.
- Nicotinamide, or niacinamide (or nicotinic acid). This derivative of vitamin B3 supports healthy skin. Because it soothes inflammation, protects hydration, and slows the production of sebum, or oil, in the skin, this ingredient is valuable in its opposition of dryness.
Don’t struggle to control hard-to-manage acne all alone. Contact your dermatologist for treatment that works.