What makes acne products effective? In order to get rid of acne, they need to:
Penetrate the inside of the pore – stopping acne where it starts.
Help to keep the pore clear of dead skin cells.
Kill bacteria inside the pore.
Be noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging) so as to not make your acne worse.
At Elements Acne Clinic, we have found that acne products that include mandelic acid, vitamin a propionate or benzoyl peroxide are the best ones. But, it’s not enough to find and use products with these ingredients. You must also be sure that products with these ingredients are formulated properly so they penetrate the pore.
Also, it is essential to know what ingredient is good for what type of acne you have; and how to use the products correctly. Even the best skin care products or even the best acne products won’t clear your skin if they are not used in the right way. This is where we are different from other acne systems – we believe in coaching you in the right way to use products. We want you to succeed in getting and keeping clear skin!
By the time our clients come to see us, most of them have tried myriads of products. The acne products range from prescription products like retinoids, antibiotics and accutane to the over-the-counter acne remedies. While many of these products have some of what it takes to get your skin clear, why do they usually fail so miserably in doing so?
Even some of the top acne products can let you down. Let’s look at why this happens.
For one, some of them actually have pore-clogging ingredients in them like the cream form of Retin-A, a product that should never be given to an acne patient. Isopropyl myristate is one of the worst offenders as a comedogenic (pore-clogging ingredient) and should never be given as a prescribed acne medication. It is used in Liquid Wrench – it’s what gives product such great penetration. That’s fine if you are looking for aging skin care products for skin rejuvenation; disastrous if you are fighting acne! Actually, some of the best acne medications are over-the-counter products – no need for a doctor’s prescription.
INGREDIENTS for RETIN A:
Tretinoin (Tretinoin), stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, stearyl alcoholIn,xanthan gum, sorbic acid, butylated hydroxytoluene, water
Many organic and “natural” skin care lines have pore-clogging ingredients in them like cocoa butter and coconut oil. Yes, they may be organic, but they will still clog your pores and give you acne. Maybe you could call that organic acne? Something tells me you still don’t want it…Many professional skin care products can have comedogenic ingredients; and even if it says “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the label, DO NOT BELIEVE IT! Check for yourself – there’s no government agency that oversees this. Skin care companies can say whatever they want without retribution.
Secondly, it usually takes a combination of the right products to affect acne. Just a retinoid by itself or a serum with salicylic in it is never quite enough for most people. And, different ingredients in acne products are used for different kinds of acne. While some companies are attempting to customize regimens to account for this, most of the time the products are just not strong enough to get the job done. Nor do the companies take adaptation of the skin into account.
Have you ever had the experience of products that work for awhile and then, seem to stop working? That’s adaptation of the skin – quite simply, the skin gets used to the product and stops responding. We believe it is important to change the frequency of use of products to affect a change in the skin. Sometimes it takes adding another ingredient into your regimen to keep pushing it to clear. We have years of experience in knowing what the next step is for your skin to clear.
So as you can see, it’s not just about the “best acne products“ or organic skin care products, you need the right products used in the right way to get rid of acne. Let us guide you towards that end. Reach out today!
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