What do dermatologists recommend for getting rid of acne?
Other than having monthly facial treatments, dermatologists recommend using chemical ingredients to get rid of acne and reduce skin breakouts.
These include AHAs, BHAs and antioxidants like hyaluronic acid and retinol.
AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants that work by penetrating deep into the pores and removing clogged dirt and excess oil, which clump together and lead to acne. They also remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, which aids with blackhead removal, whitehead reduction and makes the skin appear brighter and smoother. Salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid are all common chemical exfoliants that you will find in many skincare products. Choose one and stick to it for 6 weeks to notice significant results. Salicylic acid is a BHA that’s especially good for normal to oily skin because it’s lipid-soluble. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are AHAs more suitable for normal to dry skin because they are water-soluble and have small molecular structures. If you have sensitive skin, opt for lactic acid.
Our dermatologists recommend PCA Acne Gel. It combines 2% salicylic acid and a botanical blend to improve the appearance of breakout-prone skin.
Or try the PCA Skin Facial Wash. This combines lactic acid with botanical acids to gently cleanse the skin without disrupting the skin barrier.
AHAs and BHAs (exfoliants) have the added benefit of lightening acne scars because they stimulate cell turnover and are anti-inflammatory.
Two other ingredients that are recommended by dermatologists for getting rid of acne are retinol and niacinamide.
Retinol is a type of vitamin A that penetrates deep into the skin and stimulates cell turnover, boosting collagen production and increasing skin elasticity. This smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of acne scars and blemishes. Retinol prevents acne from forming by eliminating dead skin cells that build upon the skin and clog pores and acts as a mild exfoliant on the surface layer of the skin. At the same time, this balances skin hydration levels and helps to reduce rough patches on the skin. It’s especially good for oily and combination skin types because it decreases the production of sebum.
Niacinamide is a popular anti-acne skincare ingredient because of its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It increases cell turnover which stimulates the production of collagen, boosts barrier functions and evens skin tone and texture. It’s known for fighting congestion caused by acne and reducing redness. This also means it fades acne pigmentation scars.
We recommend PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol Night. It reduces redness and pigmentation caused by acne. As well as this, it significantly reduces the signs of discolouration, and brightens and smoothes the complexion
Lastly, dermatologists recommend DIM supplements for acne. DIM (diindolylmethane) affects estrogen levels inside the body, which is a reproduction hormone that decreases as we age. To counter the effects of aging on the skin (dryness, thinness, sensitivity, wrinkles and fine lines), DIM supplements help to balance estrogen levels in the body. Estrogen is crucial for maintaining healthy and vibrant skin because it activates estrogen receptors in skin cells to produce elastin and collagen and to increase cell turnover. As estrogen levels decline through time, our skin weakens and becomes more susceptible to things like acne.
Dermatologists recommend Osmosis Skin Defense as an anti-aging and anti-acne supplement. The combination of DIM, activated charcoal, N-acetyl cysteine, and sodium thiosulfate works together to help the body regain a natural hormonal balance. Osmosis Skin Defense is the best hormonal acne treatment for all ages and all skin types. Osmosis Skin Defense conatins 400mg of DIM, making it 10 times more effective than prior industry leader Skin Accumax which only conatined 37.5mg.