I’m 32 years old and I don’t have a single wrinkle. BUT, I still get acne breakouts and I still feel like I’m forever fighting them off. Here are some products that have been helping me win the war. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin lately, so I wanted to share what’s working.
My Prizefighter is not what you’d consider a typical beauty product. It’s an inexpensive supplement you can buy at your local drugstore – zinc! Zinc has really helped clear up my acne – and it works fast – in just a matter of days (for me anyway). It helps control the oil output from your pores and it helps your immune system. Just be careful not to over-do it. If you take too much zinc, your body can become deficient in copper, which can actually damage your immune system (among other things). You can supplement with a small amount of copper (taken at a different time of day) or do what I do – take zinc 2-3 weeks out of each month (usually right before and during your period is a good time if you get hormonal acne).
I also get acne on my back (bacne – gross), and I really like vegetarian-friendly ZenMed Botanical Acne Body Wash which is clay-based and has a little scrubby grit to it, and the Murad Clarifying Cleanser, which uses salicylic acid (2%), silver citrate and citrus oils to kill bacteria. I use them on my face every now and then, but on my back every day (since the skin is thicker and can handle more exfoliation).
The veg-friendly ZenMed Acne Mask is great for the occasional all-over face (or back) treatment. You can also use it as a spot treatment overnight. It is made with clay to draw out impurities, and it also has a ton of acne-fighting and skin-soothing ingredients such as: 2% salicylic acid, witch hazel, chamomile, sage, rosemary, thyme, (insert Simon & Garfunkel joke here) oil of oregano (to kill bacteria), and more.
Super by Perricone Acne Solution is a treatment that uses apple-derived quercetin and salicylic acid to fight bacteria and brighten skin/fade old acne scars. It’s non-drying and you can use it all over or as a spot treatment.
Other spot treatments to try are: Murad Acne Spot Treatment (3% sulfur and glycolic acid do the heavy lifting), Become Skincare Spot Treatment (benzoyl peroxide, kaolin clay and pcynogenol are a great team) and Sircuit Skin Fixzit (azelaic acid, retinol, salicylic acid, lactic acid and several antioxidants help heal, prevent acne and fade old marks).
Be sure to use a sunscreen when you use these types of ingredients or your acne spots can get darker.
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