Best Acne Skincare Ingredients For Blemish-Prone Skin
May 2, 2022
Acne battlers are faced with numerous skincare ingredients that claim to eliminate blemishes.
Finding the perfect fit for your acne skincare routine can be an overwhelming process and it can be frustrating to try out a new ingredient only to find out that your skin does not respond well to it. In this article, we sorted the best-performing anti-blemish skincare ingredients by their primary function so you will know what to look out for when shopping for acne skincare that works.
Acne Ingredients With Multi-Function Efficacies
The best multi-action skincare ingredient that delivers a broad spectrum of efficacies to target multiple many root causes of breakouts, ICTASOL is Lumipeau’s star ingredient for very good reasons.
Originating from the French Jura Mountains, ICTASOL has come a long way to be a staple acne-fighting ingredient. It is derived from the Shale Rock, a sulfur-rich limestone with a formation process that can be traced back to phytoplankton from the Mesozoic era (the age of dinosaurs).
Widely used in hospitals and by doctors worldwide, ICTASOL is favoured for acne treatments as it has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of acne skin by 94% and reduce the number of pimples by 80%. It boasts several benefits that help to eliminate acne for good.
-Anti-Seborrheic: ICTASOL regulates sebum production which prevents pores from clogging.
-Anti-Inflammatory: It soothes inflamed skin and reduces redness and swelling.
-Antimicrobial: It kills P. Acnes bacteria which prevents breakout recurrences.
Discover more about this revolutionary anti-acne skincare ingredient here.
2. Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide’s primary function is killing acne-causing bacteria to prevent the formation of pimples. In addition, this staple ingredient in many battler’s skincare regimen helps to remove excess sebum and exfoliate dead skin cells resulting in clear decongested pores. Formulated in a wide range of beauty products, from cleaners, lotions, gels and spot treatments, Benzoyl Peroxide can be easily included in your acne skincare routine.
Acne Spot Treatment Ingredients
1. Tea Tree Oil
A renowned skincare ingredient in the acne care scene, Tea Tree Oil is adored for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea Tree Oil for acne calms inflamed pimples down and helps to heal them quickly and effectively when used as a spot treatment. It is one of the 5 potent ingredients that powers our holy grail LumiClear Potent Acne Spot Complex.
Another key player in acne spot treatment products, Sulfur can be found in many over-the-country skincare and it is widely used for its antimicrobial property. It works on the surface of your skin to absorb excess oil and loosen dead skin cells which could have clogged pores. Sulfur is best for milder forms of acne, such as whiteheads and blackheads, and is a safer option for people with sensitive skin.
Exfoliating Acne Ingredients
1. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Revered for their deep exfoliating effect, AHAs effectively slough off dead skin cells to keep pores clear. Glycolic Acid is one of the most popular AHAs in the market. It is derived from fruits and vegetables, such as sugarcane and grapefruit, and works by breaking down the bonds between the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Our LumiGlow AHA Fruit-Derived Exfoliant is developed with Glycolic Acid and using this intense formulation a few times a week will sufficiently rid your complexion of dead skin cells.
Learn more about Glycolic Acid here.
2. Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)
BHAs have similar exfoliating properties as AHAs but they feature different molecular structures. Salicylic Acid is the most well-known BHAs and it promises clear skin by exfoliating within hair follicles. Due to its oil soluble structure, it is able to break down oil collected in your pores. If you have sensitive skin, this acid may be better tolerated than Glycolic Acid.
Retinoids are Vitamin A derived topical treatments, including Tretinoin, Adapalene (Differin) and Tazarotene. These powerhouses bind to your skin’s nuclear receptors to normalise cell turnover cycle which in turn leads to less congested pores and fewer breakouts. As Retinoids are strong ingredients which can cause irritation, dryness and photosensitivity, it is best to introduce it gradually into your acne skincare routine.
Ingredients That Combat Acne Scars
1. Azelaic Acid Derivative
Derived from grains like wheat, barley and rye, Azelaic Acid Derivative is best for severe forms of acne which take longer to heal. People suffering from cystic acne face a higher risk of scarring and could benefit from Azelaic Acid Derivative. This ingredient inhibits the action of Tyrosinase, an enzyme that triggers melanin production, and as a result, fades acne scars and hyperpigmentation over time.
Read about Azelaic Acid Derivative here.
A plant extract sourced from natural origins, like bearberry, blueberry, cranberry, Alpha-Arbutin functions similarly to Azelaic Acid Derivative as it also stops Tyrosinase in its tracks. Moreover, it brightens dull complexion and treat uneven skin tone so not only can you achieve blemish-free skin, you can unveil radiant glowing skin of your dreams.
Find out more about Alpha-Arbutin here.
Formulated with both Azelaic Acid Derivative and Alpha-Arbutin, our LumiFade Advanced Dark Spot Lightener is a must-have if acne scarring is one of your main concerns.
Soothing Ingredients For Sensitive inflamed Skin
Skin with inflammatory forms of acne can experience heightened sensitivity to skincare products and environmental stressors. Using a calming and anti-inflammatory ingredient, such as Clay, helps to counter that. “Clay helps to soothe the skin and temporarily reduce oil production,” says dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi.
Before you dive into choosing the best acne skincare ingredient for your complexion, first determine the results you wish to achieve from your acne skincare routine which will help narrow your search for the perfect fit. Even though some ingredients are known to be milder than others, it is still wise to do a patch test for every new skincare product you are introducing into your skincare regimen.
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