Every Acne Skin Care Product You’ve Ever Tried Uses the Same 1 or 2 “Active” Ingredients
If you’re like me, you might have started wondering what the heck is going on with all these acne products.
Why does it seem like NOTHING WORKS?
Shouldn’t there be at least one product that actually does what it claimed to do?
I mean…we’ve put men on the moon and supercomputers in our pockets. But we can’t clear up a little acne?!
Years ago, I started taking a closer look at all these acne products in the skin care aisle. I wanted to understand what ingredients these ineffective products were using.
And you know what I discovered?
Every single product in the “acne” section has the same 1 or 2 active ingredients.
Go ahead and take a look the next time you’re at a pharmacy. Check the back of the products, and look for the “Active Ingredient” on the label.
(The active ingredient is the actual “acne-fighting” ingredient that’s approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne.)
You'll come to the same conclusion I did: all of these products contain either A) salicylic acid, or B) benzoyl peroxide.
Now, the issue is not with these ingredients on their own. After all, they are proven to work on acne, right?
Absolutely - when there's enough of them in the formula, and when the proportions are correct so that it doesn't just dry your skin out, but also heals it.
To put it short, most of these products are either:
- a nuclear option that doesn't address skin health: kill all bacteria, hope your skin survives the onslaught of Sahara-levels of drought, and heals without any help;
- or an ineffective option with so little of the active ingredient added that you may as well ask your acne nicely to go away, as it's probably going to be just as useful.
And that's not even the worst bit!
Popular Acne Skin Care Products Cause More Problems Than They Solve
The 2 ingredients you’ll find in 99.99% of acne products do tout some benefits. But only to a certain extent.
The one thing they can do effectively is to help kill some of the “bad bacteria” that causes acne.
But these are also harsh, drying ingredients that cause 2 significant side-effects:
They dry out your skin and leave you looking like a prime candidate for a “Head & Shoulders” commercial.
They kill the good bacteria as well as the bad, leaving your skin more susceptible to future breakouts.
So, your best case scenario is making your skin feel tight and sport white flakes, and your worst case scenario is the very thing you've tried to work against - more acne. Surely, there's a better way?