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Acne Skin Care Products – The Ones That Really Work!

What is Acne?

First of all we should get our facts clear about what is Acne!

Acne is a skin disorder that affects the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands produce an oily matter named sebum. The pores connect to those glands by a canal called a follicle, a hair follicle. Inside these follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When there is a hormone imbalance, as it usually is the case in young adults, aka teenagers, the hair, sebum, and skin cells clump together into a plug! In this mix there are also bacteria which in turn causes swelling. As this swelling is plugged that is a pimple grows.

Depending on the quantity of each of the ingredients, being it dead skin cells, sebum and oil, a variety of acne is “produced” by our body. That is why it can be said that there are 6 types of acne.

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In reality, doctors still don’t know for sure what causes acne, but taking care of your skin can prevent outbreaks from becoming worse.

Acne and its treatments

Acne is a menace. However, it’s something that can be tackled. There are loads of acne skin care products around. We can classify acne skin care products into 3 broad categories –

  • Preventive or general acne skin care products
  • Over-the-counter, specialized acne skin care products
  • On-prescription acne skin care products.

In general, acne skin care products are the ones that are used as acne-prevention measure. These include cleansers, make-up removers and similar products that help treat and prevent acne. In the real sense, these acne skin care products are just those that should already be part of your daily routine.

However, there are specific skin care products that are oriented to treat you skin for acne. These acne skin care products act against the causes of acne e.g. limiting the production of sebum/oil and preventing clogging of skin pores. Basically, these acne skin care products prevent the oil from getting trapped in pores and so disturb/stop the growth of bacteria that lead to acne.

Those general acne skin care products also include exfoliation products like skin peels and skin scrubs. These work towards removing dead skin cells, and so reduce the possibility of your pores clogging up and bacteria development.

Special Acne Skin Care Products

Then there are specialized acne skin care products that are available over-the-counter, meaning without the need of a prescription. These include products like vanishing creams which extract the extra oil from the skin. Most of these acne skin care products are based on benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, both of which are the enemies of bacteria (and hence acne).

When considering using such products, you should start with a product that has lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide (e.g. 5%) and see how your skin responds & reacts to it. Alpha-hydroxy-acid based moisturizers are also popular as acne skin care products. You might have to try a few, before you zero-in on the acne skin care product that is effective for you. If nothing seems to work, you should see a dermatologist.

Prescription Products

On-prescription acne skin care products are the ones that are prescribed by a dermatologist. This can include ointments that can be applied on the affected area or oral antibiotics or just any topical treatment. Dermatologist could also suggest a minor surgical procedure to remove the contents of pustules. However, never try to squeeze or do this by yourself, it can lead to permanent damage of your skin and scarring.

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Your doctor could also prescribe a hormone-based treatment (since hormonal changes are also known to cause acne). Such acne skin care products are known to be very effective in some cases.

Some Acne Skin Care Products Recommendations

My Conclusion

With all the vast variety of acne skin care products available on the market to day, tackling acne is not that difficult. In my opinion, prevention is preferable than a cure, and to that effect I would recommend, in addition to taking care of your skin with the appropriate skin care routine, to review your diet and way of life.

  • Are you doing enough exercises?
  • Are you eating enough fresh fruits & vegetables?
  • Are you drinking enough water?
  • Do you drink alcohol? and if so, how much?

The answers to these questions may offer you part of the solution to your skin problems, as our skin reflects our inner health and nutritional balance. And in today’s society, with all the prepared dinners, processed foods, fast foods and super loaded sugar drinks, no wonders that our bodies and our skin “scream” for help!!

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6 thoughts on “Acne Skin Care Products – The Ones That Really Work!

    1. Hello Sylvain,
      Thanks for the comment, glad to be of assistance in this field, Acne is a wide & confusing field in the cosmetic industry!
      Keep well,

  1. Hi Orion,

    Great article, I’ve found it very interesting!
    My son is 15 years old and is suffering from acne. It really bothers him especially when he goes to school. We ‘ve been to the dermatologist, and he gave him a cream to put on his face. But the problem is that the acne doesn’t go away. I would like to try one of the products you’ve recommended in the article. The Indian healing Clay seems excellent. What would you suggest for a 15 years old boy?

    Thank you for this useful post!

    1. Hi Daniella,

      Thanks for the feedback and comment. Although it may not be too “manly” to put on creams and masks for a growing teenager, a good skin care regime can definitely help your 15 year old son. The Indian healing clay mask would certainly help the situation but I would strongly advice to ad to it a good skin care routine, cleaning the face with a facial cleanser, using the toner and then moisturizer, as the skin needs all of these to balance out the sebum in the pores. 

      So I would suggest the following steps: 1. cleansing the face, 2. place the Indian healing clay mask (2 times a week – no more) make sure to wash off mask with warm water and dry gently, 3. pat face (use cotton pad) with toner – this prepares the pores to receive the moisturizer at maximum effectiveness, 4. moisturize (lightly – quantity doesn’t make up for quality). I am sure your son will experience positive results with this routine. 

      Here is the link to the skin care product set I recommend you use : Acne Skincare Set   and the Indan Mask 

      Furthermore, I would suggest he does this morning and night.  But the Mask routine at night only, as the skin will be ready for a good rejuvenating process during the sleep.

      An additional point I would take note of is, what is his regular diet, the less fatty, oily, fast foods the better! Lots of greens and healthy proteins would help.

      Hope this all helps out and would love to hear from you as to the results =)

      Keep enjoying your beauty…. Orion

  2. Hi Orion! Interesting post on acne skin care, I have acne in form of white heads. White heads had always been my problem. Every once in a while a few of them shows up on my face.I clean my face am and pm. I use exfoliates, I remove my makeup as soon as i get hope. I don’t understand why I still grow them. . And it takes a long time to treat them. i probably takes 3 mos of treatment before they start disappearing. I use the Avon anti blemish and anti acne serum. I was thinking of using Revitol.

    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for visiting my site.  I know, white heads can be a headache – even though they are rather “passive” and don’t look like “full blown” pimples!  As acne is very much related to your skins nutrients – what you eat!  I would advise you to review your regular diet. How much water are you drinking? – at least 1.5 liters a day? How many vegetables per day? and how they are cooked. What kind of proteins are you eating (red meat? fish? or chicken?) As you can see this can really affect your skin’s sebum production and can get your pores clogged.

      I would advise you check this out with a dietitian or dermatologist.  Meanwhile, one thing that can really help clear your skin is the Aztec Indian Clay Mask as it is really good at deep cleansing the skin. Also you might want to use a  light Serum such as TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum, to prep your skin for your facial moisturizer – which should be a light moisturizer. The Revitol Scar Removal Cream may be useful – but I would advise to use it only at night. During the day you might consider Clarins GEL ECLAT DU JOUR CREAM – as it will give you the hydration you need while keeping your skin matte – (non oily).  

      Hope this helps you out, and would love to hear back from you on how it worked out.

      Happy New Year….Orion

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