4 House Ingredients To Look For In Your Skincare Products To Clear Acne

4 House Ingredients To Look For In Your Skincare Products To Clear Acne

While looking into the ingredients of a skincare product, one can become overwhelmed. Don’t worry! Learn these four house ingredients to look for in your skincare products and feel like a pro.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient used to combat acne.

  • Anti-Inflammatory

Get rids of red bumps and reduces the appearance of acne.

  • Anti-Bacterial

Kills the bad bacteria on your face that is causing the acne.

  • Comedolytic

Erases the appearance of white and black heads.

One of the major benefits of benzoyl, is that it does not cause bacteria resistant. It’s fast acting, as little as five days when using it. The only caution when using this ingredient is that it can bleach towels. I recommend a benzoyl peroxide resistance towel when using.

What To Expect When Shopping For Benzoyl Peroxide

When you arrive to the store you will see facial wash, body washes, along with topical creams and gels. When benzoyl peroxide is in a product, you will see different strengths. Ranging from as low as 0.2% all the way up to 10%. With so many options on how to incorporate this into your skincare routine, what strength do you begin with?

Helpful Tip #1: If you never have used benzoyl peroxide before, I recommend starting off with a 0.2% and increasing based on your skincare needs.

Helpful Tip #2: I recommend starting with a facial cleanser or a body wash. Introducing the products to your skin that may have less contact and less likely to cause irritations or side-effects.

Salicylic Acid

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Comdelytic

Salicylic acid is also known as a chemical exfoliate. Advise by an experts to us a chemical exfoliate rather than a physical exfoliate such as an acne scrubs and beads because they can cause distribution to the skin barrier.

Chemical exfoliate can be extremely beneficial in clearing acne. Just like benzoyl peroxide, you can see results in as little as five days. Another great benefit is that it is a oil-soluble product. Other types of acids like Glycolic, and Azelaic are both water-soluble. Meaning the oil will. absorb into your oil gland (secretion of too much oil can be factor in causing acne) breaking up the debris and unclog the pores. Because it sits on the outer most layer of the skin, it can be a more tolerable acid in fighting acne.

What To Expect When Shopping For Salicylic Acid

You will notice that just like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid has different cleansers such as facial and also topical creams. The strengths you will see will range from .05% all the way up to 2%.


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Can assist with other products penetrating deeper into the skin

Is a term used for a topical vitamin A that can be applied to the skin, that stimulates the production in new blood cells and unclogs pores. Reducing the appearance of fine lines and getting rid of rough patches on the skin.

What To Expect When Shopping For Retinoids

When you are shopping you will notice that retinoids will also come in different terms such as

  • Adapalaene
  • Tretinoin
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Tazarotene

These are the most comes names for retinoids in the ingredients, which is just different forms of vitamin A.

WARNING: Not all retinoids work well with other ingredients.

Placing retinoids strategically into your skincare routine is extremely important. Some retinoids can be broken down by benzoyl peroxide. So you wouldn’t use benzoyl and a retinoids treatment together. Using one during the day, and the other at night will allow you to incorporate them both into your skincare routine and receive the benefit, retinoids should be used in your night-time skincare routine.


  • Anti-bacterial
  • Helps to peel away the dead skin cells from the surface.
  • decreases oil production

Sulfur can be a great product to incorporate into your skincare routine because it can help to absorb the excess oils and killing bacteria that’s causing acne.

What To Expect When Shopping For Sulfur

Just like the ingredients listed above, sulfur also comes in different forms and can come in a strength up to 10%. Incorporating sulfur face mask or facial cleanser to combat the stubborn acne.

This is a reminder that you don’t have to purchase loads of products to achieve healthy-looking skin.

What products do you use that contain one or more of these ingredients ?