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My last post covered about the home remedies for blemishes. Though they are the best any day sometimes it’s just not convenient for people to follow up on them on a daily basis. In this super busy world, we want readymade products to use on the go to achieve faster results. Plus sometimes the results using natural products might just not work for someone as using skin products (not all chemicals are bad if used the right way!!).
Here are few ingredients you need to look for in you blemish clearing products:-
1. Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is most effective in getting rid of the dirt accumulated to clear up the pores. This antibacterial chemical could be used directly on the skin or can be found in various moisturizers, gels and cleansers. However I suggest the latter because this product alone is so strong that it might lead to irritation of the skin causing redness and dryness particularly if you have a sensitive skin. If possible try getting samples first so that you can test them & see how it reacts on your skin.
2. Salicylic Acid
It is one of the most proficient over-the-counter treatments for acne spots i.e. why it is one of the most common ingredients in acne eliminating products. This is very safe for all skin types including sensitive skin as it doesn’t get rid of bacteria or decrease sebum which is why it is best only for mild breakouts and usually not good for severe blemishes/acne spots. Try using products which has salicylic acid mixed with a stronger chemical like benzoyl peroxide as the mixture of the two will work better for those nasty blemishes.
Another great product which takes care of blemishes is retinoids. They are usually present in gels, creams and moisturizers. Retinoids come in two forms: – Retinol(which is the chemical form of Vitamin A) & Prescription treatments such as tretinoin and isotretinoin. However, retinol is a better option to use as the vitamin A activates the outer skin cells to form new collagen and elastin. It’s particularly good to use retinol if you blemishes are due to aging. Other retinoids are useful for severe spots and also against blackheads.
Nicotinamide, an element of nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 is really good for inflamed or reddish spots. Don’t mistake it for nicotine 😛 It’s not at all toxic and nor does it have any noticeable side effects. You can either have it in tablet form on prescription or Nicomide which is a medical cream for inflamed spots caused by acne. It will help in the blood circulation of the skin thus decreasing blemishes.
Here are few products reviewed in IMBB which might help:-
Proactiv Acne Solution
Clarins Blemish Control
Oriflame Tea Tree Purifying Blemish Solver
St.Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish Fighting
Clinique Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel
If yet, none of this works you can go for treatments like dermabrasion or laser resurfacing treatment. But try to tackle with the root causes and have a proper skincare routine and hopefully you won’t need to go through these treatments :))