5 Tried & True Ingredients For Acne Prone Skin


As I always say, “acne is a b@*%$”! It really sucks. Especially adult acne. I mean, what do you look like in your 30s or 40s and you’re walking around with a face of an adolecent girl?? Not fun and not cute. I say this because I know from experience. If you’ve read any of my other blogs about acne you’ll know that I went through a tough bought with adult acne at age 25, and it took me spending thousands, yes thousands of dollars to get it resolved. I spent countless dollars on skin care products, none which ever worked and then I invested in my career and attended G Skin & Beauty in order to obtain my esthetics license. I not only learned how to treat my own skin, I also learned how to treat other skin types outside of my own. Since then I have developed a passion for helping people obtain healthy skin no matter what the issue is, but acne is near and dear to me. Because no matter how clear your skin is or was “back in the day” adult acne can strike and leave you feeling helpless, unpretty, and insecure. I literally cried myself to sleep during my war with acne so trust, I know the feelings.

Throw it back to when I first starting blogging about my acne in my 2010 post, “Adult Acne Sucks!”.

With all the different skin care lines out there it’s hard to decipher what products are right for you. This is why I always recommend starting out by going to see a professional – an esthetician, such as myself or a dermatologist. Both can decide what products are right for your skin.

The key to treating acne is using the proper ingredients and patience. Once you have these two the process is easy breezy. You’ll begin to regain your confidence and notice small changes in your skin as the days go by.

How to Find the Best Acne Treatment for your Skin

Once you’ve seen an esthetician and/or a dermatologist, you’ll want to get the right products to begin your at-home treatment. Here are 5 tried & true ingredients for acne prone skin. You should look for at least 1 or 2 of these in the products you select.

  1. Salicylic Acid: You’ll want this if you have oily skin with pimples and whiteheads. Salicylic is an oil-based acid that penetrates the pores to break-up impacted debris that is causing the pimples. 
  2. Glycolic Acid: You’ll want this if you have combination skin with papules and blackheads. Glycolic gently exfoliates and promotes cellular renewal that heals pores before they form into pimples. 
  3. Lactic Acid: You’ll want this if your skin is dry with acne and signs of aging. Lactic exfoliates and hydrates the skin. It helps to prevent future breakouts while smoothing the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars.
  4. Tea Tree Oil: Working simultaneously with 1 or 2 of the above acids, tea tree oil is an antiseptic. It will disinfect the skin while also drying out active pimples. If using 100% tea tree oil make sure you dilute with another oil, such as jojoba oil or dilute with witch hazel, which is also an antiseptic. In most cases, you will find this as a secondary ingredient along with 1 of the acids listed above.
  5. Benzoyl Peroxide: Great for all forms of acne. Not to be confused with “hydrogen peroxide”. BP is an antibacterial that helps clear out your pores. It works best when used on a consistent basis and can be very drying so I recommend using a good moisturizer. 

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Regardless of the brand, the best products will have at least 1 of these ingredients in them.

Don’t be shy. Comment below with your 2 cents or any questions you may have. To book an “Acne Control Facial” with me visit my Style Seat page.

Thanks for reading! ~LYB

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