Many over-the-counter products are available for patients who are faced with acne problems. However, patients may feel overwhelmed at the choices. What ingredients should I look for? What type of skin do I have and which product is best for that skin type? How can I find something that truly works long-term? Dealing with acne can be frustrating, but with the help of our doctor at Beau Visage Aesthetics, many patients can take steps in the right direction towards clearer, healthier skin!
Common ingredients used in acne products
There are a wide selection of over-the-counter acne products that can work for many patients with mild acne, while other patients may need a stronger solution through prescription-strength acne products. During a consultation with Dr. Moazemi, Walnut Creek, California area patients can learn about the benefits of certain ingredients used in acne products. Some of the more common active ingredients in acne care solutions, including cleansers and gels, include:
- Benzoyl peroxide – benzoyl peroxide is one of the most highly recommended and well-tolerated acne ingredients available on the market today, and many over-the-counter acne products contain it. It kills bacteria on the skin and removes oil and dead skin cells that can clog the pores.
- Salicylic acid – salicylic acid is widely available and can help prevent clogged pores with mild possible side effects including stinging or skin irritation.
- Alpha hydroxy acids – glycolic acid and lactic acid are used to treat acne by reducing inflammation and removing dead skin cells, which improves the appearance of acne scars and can promote smoother skin and smaller pores.
- Sulfur – while sulfur can have an unpleasant odor, it can be extremely effective when combined with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as it removes dead skin cells and excess oil. Though it can have a drying effect, it can be amazing for some of our patients with stubborn acne concerns.
Interested in controlling your acne?
Patients who have acne that cannot be managed on their own with over-the-counter acne solutions are strongly encouraged to take the time to learn about the benefits of working with a doctor to clear the skin and improve self-confidence. Dr. Moazemi and his team at Beau Visage Aesthetics encourage Walnut Creek, CA area patients to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with him and his staff by calling (415) 644-8301. Patients in and around the community who are new to the practice can educate themselves on ways to enhance the skin’s health and appearance with acne products and ingredients that truly work!