3 best topical ingredients for acne treatment

One beautiful evening you think you’re just awesome and next morning you suddenly caught up with those hormonal changes shown on your face in form of acne and there you start surfing the internet day and night for best cream or best ingredients for acne treatment.

Many of us are being distressed with acne Pockmarks, blemishes and blotches at some point in our lives, acne scars can be upsetting and debilitating for all of us.However acne are more associated with teens but they can appear in your 30’s 40’s or even 50’ sometimes, so no matter what your age is you still need to know about the best acne treatments available around you.

Here I am trying to give you  fair idea about how you can treat your acne smartly with skincare which is real and doesn’t make a hole in your pocket as well.


In layman language acne develops like this:

Dead skin or clogged pores with oil and other debris are responsible in growth of Propioni bacterium acne or (p.acnes) which leads to Inflammation commonly known as Acne.

If you are so keen to dig into the science of acne even deeper, it’s thought that Essentially, acne is caused by excess sebum production, which can be caused by so many factors either anxiety, your makeup stuff, genetic factors or just nutritional level.This excess Sebum actually yields oil, which combines with dirt, present in your skin pores. Your pores then become clogged which gives the perfect medium for Bacteria to grow and multiplies this causes swelling and redness — which is the start of acne.

If pores are completely free from debris, oil and dirt these p.acne bacteria could not sustain or develop and without the development of bacteria, inflammation or acne can not be seen.

I myself have caught up in this trio relation so many times during my teens and later in my 30’s as well. At that time I always tried to avoid picking spots in fear of that picking or touching might make my scars appear, and when they do appear, i loaded my basket with different skin care products or even DIY methods without actually knowing how it works which actually worsen the situation sometimes, and later when nothing worked, tried to cover them with a heavy layer of concealer to just pretend that everything is all right!

Let’s change that habit and before applying any cosmetic or skin care give a look on ingredients.

Ingredients for acne treatment

There are a plethora of medicinal and over the counter products that can help, here are three best ways to banish your acne and scare permanently.

Acne treatment with Retinol

Ahhhh Vitamin A I am totally mad for this incredible ingredient. My love affair started when I washed up my Acne marks three years back and has started again recently. Here is my open love letter on why you should love Vitamin A (Retinol) or why you need to respect this fabulous molecule just like I do.

Retinoid or also known as retinol is chemical compounds that are chemically related to Vitamin A. Retinoid are primarily used in medicine. It’s a cell-communicating element, so it converses to almost every skin cell and sends messages to behave like a healthy, younger cell.

For Retinol to work effectively it needs to be converted into a Retinoid. These retinoid have to be absorbed into the skin before they can start to communicate with the cells to repair the damage.

Retinoid molecules are very tiny molecule which can easily penetrate into the outer layers of the skin and then goes down to the lower layers towards the dermis to have a physical impact on the Collagen fibers.

This is the most common prescribed molecule by dermatologist all over the world.

How to use

It’s important to start slowly & build up your use, It may not be able to undo all the damage already happened, but it will definitely help your skin to look its best.

Using it only at night is a great idea. I’d also recommend applying it two or three times a week until your skin has got used to it. Then, you can slowly start increasing frequency Follow up with a moisturizer, preferably one that has soothing ingredients,

You might see some visible results after 4 weeks however, it takes an average of 3 months of regular use for the best results to be seen.

Retinol is available in different forms like cream, lotion, serum, capsule and eye creams to suit the needs of different individuals.

Acne treatment with Salicylic acid

ACID?  I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds!

If you ever checked your bathroom cabinet, you’d be surprised at just how many of your products already include the salicylic acid in their ingredients list.

You’ll find it in all means of scrubs, face masks and moisturizers.

Salicylic acid is one of the most common spot-busting ingredients out there.

A kind of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), Salicylic acid is all-rounder ingredient that not only tackles acne but shows a significant result against blemishes and uneven texture as well. It has the ability to go deeper into the pores, not just the surface area and then disrupts the ‘glue’ of your skin.

It also helps in new cell formation for a firmer, plumper complexion and controls the overproduction of sebum. No miracle it’s such a popular spot remedy.

How to use:

When you are using it for the first time, you may find a little peel off skin but that’s perfectly fine for few initial applications. Over time, your skin will become familiar to it and any side effects will reduce. It is safe even to use in the sensitive skin because it has antibiotic properties.

It is advisable to use 0.5% to 2% concentration for face and for rest of your body may respond well to 3% Salicylic acid, recommendations are using it 3 times a week to start with and building up frequency gradually. so start with a smaller concentration if you’re apprehensive and then move gradually. You also feel that your skin is soft and clear because of the exfoliation.

Note: Always start with one product at a time if your moisturizer contains Salicylic acid, avoid using exfoliation with Salicylic acid or if you exfoliate with Salicylic acid, avoid using a toner with Salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid works best when you allow it to stay on the skin for few hrs. So I would not advise to go for a cleanser with salicylic acid as it doesn’t provide that required result for acne-prone skin.

Acne treatment with Niacin amide

This element might not have received the same amount of publicity from the media as Retinol or Salicylic acid, but it is still an item you should have on your sensor and in your skincare regime. It’s one of those multitasking ingredients that help to keep your skin acne free with the added bonus of hydrated and firm look.

Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin which is also known as nicotinic amide, the amide compound of vitamin B3. In the treatment of acne, niacin amide can not only reduce the inflammation associated with existing acne but can also help to prevent future incidences.

Vitamin B3 does not lead to bacterial resistance like many other antibiotic-based acne treatments as it targets the very first stage of acne (sebum oxidization) and prevents pimples from developing in the first place instead of targeting the bacterial overgrowth.

Studies have shown that niacin amide works best at a concentration of five percent, and potentially reduce facial sebum.


This has been further shown by a clinical trial comparing a gel product containing 5% niacin amide favorably with standard medicinal creams.



Sunscreen –Daily sun protection is a MUST as skincare acids can make skin more susceptible to UV damage, that is why it is always advisable to use acid at your PM routine.

So beauties you all are waiting for what?

For the whole story, design a skincare routine-for morning with Niacin amide and Sunscreen and for evening with Cleanser and Salicylic Acid 2% Solution or Retinoid 2%.

But do not use Salicylic acid and Retinoid together you can apply them on alternate evening to get the benefit of both molecules.

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