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How to find the best acne products

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Often, the image that comes to mind when we think of acne is of a young teenager afflicted by an oily skin breakout. Unfortunately, while some of us grow out of that stage, others are still beset by acne for most of their adult lives. Acne is a completely normal and common skin condition, which the NHS estimates effects 80% of young people between the ages of 11 and 30. Acne in adults over the age of 30 is also on the rise and it is estimated that half of all adults will experience acne, with women making up around 80% of those cases. So no matter what our age, we are not completely immune and acne can strike at any time.

Fortunately, if we follow a good acne skin care routine and use the right products we can help prevent a breakout, or clear one up if it appears. But what are the best anti acne products to use? Oily skin can lead to ace breakouts, but when it comes to fixing oily skin, what's best? To find the ideal products to clear up your skin, first it helps to understand the cause of spots.

What exactly causes acne

The first requirement for acne is an excess of sebum. Sebum is an essential part of healthy skin and is secreted by glands to lubricate and waterproof the skin. However, too much sebum mixed with things like dirt or hair can block pores. Bacteria then gets trapped in the pores and multiplies which causes the redness and swelling – the classic acne look.

Teenagers are particularly affected due to hormone fluctuations and their effect on sebum production. But along with hormones, there are a variety of things that can cause blocked pores, such as some types of makeup, pollution, smoking, and medications. Genetic factors may also play a part, and some say diets can contribute to the problem.

How to get rid of acne - products to try

So now we have an idea of how acne is formed, how do we go about getting rid of it? There is a wide range of treatment and prevention products available in shops. However, at the moment, there is no one magic cure that is guaranteed to work for everyone. Experimenting with several different acne products will help you find the best acne skin care routine for you. After all, we are all unique and our skin requires different things. Here are some acne skin care products to try out...

Emergency spot gel

Some of the best acne products for oily skin for teens include emergency spot fix gel that can be applied to new flare-ups, so shop around to find the best one. Adult skin is generally able to withstand stronger treatments such as products with a high level of salicylic acid.

Clearing cleanser

One of the key acne skin care tips is to keep your skin clean, but remember not to overdo it - as this can remove all of the oil from your skin which it needs. Sönds day and night creams can be effective in helping clean your skin to an optimal level while reducing oiliness. 


Scarring can be left behind after having acne as a teenager. Despite there being nothing negative about scarring per se, many people would like to reduce and get rid of it as much as possible. Microdermabrasion can be effective in this regard as it promotes skin cell production by stimulating blood flow. This then minimises the look of scarring by improving the texture and elasticity of the skin.

Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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