Ingredients for Acne Prone Skin

Hello my favourite people, I have compiled some of the best ingredients to look for when purchasing over the counter products for to treat mild and moderate acne. I hope you find this post helpful! Please remember to click the share button, enjoy.


The active ingredients and products to look for to treat acne prone skin, in my recommendations are only for MILD/MODERATE/PERIODIC ACNE/BREAKOUTS.

  • Benzoyl peroxide: This ingredient kills the bacteria that cause acne, helps remove excess oil from the skin and removes dead skin cells, which can clog pores. Over the counter benzoyl peroxide products are available in strengths from 2.5 to 10 percent. Possible side effects include dry skin, scaling, redness, burning and stinging, especially if you have sensitive skin.

  • Salicylic acid: This ingredient helps prevent pores from becoming plugged. Over the counter salicylic acid products are available in strengths from 0.5 to 5 percent. Possible side effects include mild stinging and skin irritation.

  • Alpha hydroxy acids: Two types of alpha hydroxy acids that are used in nonprescription acne products are glycolic acid and lactic acid. They treat acne by helping to remove dead skin cells and reduce inflammation. Alpha hydroxy acids can also cause mild skin irritation, redness, swelling, itching, and skin discoloration. Facial peels, lotions, and creams with a concentration greater than 10% should only be used under the supervision of a dermatologist.

  • Sulfur: Sulfur removes dead skin cells that clog pores and helps remove excess oil. It's often combined with other ingredients, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or resorcinol. Products containing sulfur may cause dry skin. And some products have an unpleasant odour.

  • Retinol: Retinol works to keep pimples from being able to form. It affects the growth of cells, causing increased cell turnover to unblock pores. Your acne may appear to get worse before it gets better because it will work on the pimples that have already started forming beneath your skin. Side effects of using retinol may include; redness, irritation and sensitivity, flaking and peeling off of the skin, and increased sensitivity to the sun.