BEST ANTI-ACNE PRODUCTS

In order to make the Best Products list, anti-acne products must be able to truly make a difference in breakouts by:

  • Disinfecting to kill acne-causing bacteria
  • Exfolating the skin’s surface and inside the pore
  • Not containing needless irritants like alcohol or menthol
  • Not triggering excess oil production
  • Working to absorb excess oil

For killing acne-causing bacteria, benzoyl peroxide is considered the most effective topical treatment. Generally, benzoyl peroxide products come in concentrations of 2.5%, 5%, and 10%. As a general rule, it’s best to start with a lower concentration to see if that works for you. If not, you can then try the next higher concentration.

If you find that the higher concentrations of benzoyl peroxide don’t work, then it may be time for you to consult a dermatologist for a prescription topical disinfectant and/or for other topical acne treatments (e.g., Retin-A, Avita, Tazorac, or generic versions of these [active ingredient tretinoin, and, in the case of Tazorac, tazarotene]). Differin (adapalene) is also a very good prescription option.

For exfoliating inside the pore lining and helping with blackheads, BHA (salicylic acid) is preferred over AHAs (such as glycolic acid) because BHA is better at cutting through the oil inside the pore. Penetrating the pore is necessary to exfoliate the pore lining. However, some people (including those allergic to aspirin) can’t use BHA, so an AHA is the next option to consider. If that describes you, please refer to the list of Best AHA Exfoliants elsewhere on this site.

For absorbing excess oil, use gentle, non-drying cleanser and, when needed, mattifying products or absorbent masks. Oil-blotting papers are also an excellent way to keep facial shine in check when you’re away from home.

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Can cosmetics change the acid balance of your skin? The Beauty Brains

Do you know how cosmetics can change the acid balance of your skin? Then you should listen to this episode! Plus this week we begin a brand new feature: a game called Beauty Science or Bull Sh*t.

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Show notes
Beauty Science or Bull Sh*t
In this new game, I give Perry 3 beauty science news stories and he has to tell the real from the fake. You can play along at home – just hit the pause button before I give the answer and see if you can outsmart Perry. Here are this week’s headlines, can you tell which one is TRUE?

1. Researchers have developed a vegetable alternative to petroleum based aerosol propellants.
2. Researchers have created the first detailed 3D model of curly hair.
3. Researchers have increased skin lotion stability with oil droplets shaped like hamburger buns.

Question of the week: Does the skin’s acid mantle affect how AHA products work?
BrainyBimbo asks…I’ve been told hydroxy acid products have to be in a certain pH range to work. But I’ve used products that were NOT in that range and they seemed to work for me. Is it possible that my personal skin acid mantle changed the pH of the products so they would work? Continue reading