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Acne: Treatment With Acne Cleansers

Treating Acne With Cleansers

Acne cleansers are used to clean the skin before application of topical acne medicine. If the skin is clean the medication becomes more effective because there is no barrier between the medicine and the skin cells.

Ideally any acne cleanser should remove all the surface oils, dirt and other impurities from the skin. Let us find out more about the acne cleansers.

Acne Cleanser- Basic Requirement

  • It should be gentle and non-irritating.
  • It should be acid balanced.
  • The cleanser should be non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

A non-comedogenic product does not cause comedones. To know more about a non-comedogenic product, click here.

A hypoallergenic product is one that does not cause an allergic reaction. To know more about how products are labeled as hypoallergenic, click here.

Acne cleansers and other cleansers

How are acne cleansers different to other cleansers? Truly speaking, there is not much difference between an acne cleanser and an ordinary cleanser. Both clean the skin. Many companies have begun adding active anti-acne ingredients to the acne cleansers. Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid and Benzoyl Peroxide and normally added to the cleansers.

Effectiveness of active ingredients added to acne cleansers

Added ingredients will either get washed away with the cleanser or they will remain on the skin. If the cleanser is good, it will wash away everything including the added ingredients. The effectiveness of these added ingredients is therefore debatable, because they remain on the skin for a small time. If the active ingredients remain on the skin, then the cleanser is not completely effective. Let us learn more about the ingredients that are commonly added.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy acid. Salicylic Acid softens the keratin that blocks the pores and treats acne. To know more about it, click here.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is one of the most commonly used Alpha Hydroxy Acids for skin care. The dead skin cells that bind with the skin are removed by glycolic acid by loosening the cement that sticks the dead cells with the skin. Glycolic acid is a good exfoliator.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the popular medicines for acne treatment. Benzoyl Peroxide removes excess oil, unclogs closed pores, and kills bacteria. To know more about Benzoyl Peroxide click here.

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Acne & Sunshine

Despite the belief that acne gets cleared by sunshine, there is no scientific evidence to this. Excess sun can damage your skin rather than treating acne.

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