4 Over-The-Counter Acne Treatments And How They Work

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Which one is right for you?

Pimples are a normal part of life. We all get them at some point in our lives, and thankfully there’s no shortage of treatment options. But it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast variety of spot treatments available. Which one is right for you? We’ll go into what each ingredient does, how it works on pimples, and what sort of pimples you should use it on.

1. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is one of the most popular blemish-busting ingredients thanks to its ability as a beta hydroxy acid to dissolve sebum and clean out pores. According to Allure, this allows salicylic acid to penetrate oily skin and clear out the acne-causing debris in pores, making it ideal for treating blackheads and whiteheads. It also has a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on skin. WebMD notes that it must be used continuously and not just on an active pimple because its effects stop when you stop using it and the clogs will build back up. Salicylic acid can be found in face wash, toners, spot treatments and even some moisturisers.

Use on: Blackheads and whiteheads

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