What are the best ingredients to look out for in an acne cream, and what ingredients should you avoid? If you have oily skin or acne, you already know that you have to be really careful about what you put on your skin in order to avoid breakouts. Here are a few things to look out for - if you see any of the following ingredients on the package, put it down and walk away!
What to avoid
Acetylated lanolin, algae extract, butyl stearate, carrageenan, cocoa butter: these are all really helpful ingredients if you have dry skin, but for those of us with oily or acne-prone skin, they will clog pores. Avoid at all costs!
Benzoic acid, salicylic acid: many acne skin care tips will recommend these, but approach with caution as using them too often can dry your skin out. Rather than this being a good thing, you will end up with dry, flaky skin and breakouts as well - the worst of both worlds.
Retinol: often touted as one of the best acne scar treatment products, use this with caution as well especially in summer, as it can make your skin more susceptible to ultraviolet light.
Use an acne moisturiser
Even the best acne cream isn’t much use on its own - your whole skin care routine must be geared towards reducing oil production and dead skin buildup. That includes a good moisturiser, too! It might sound crazy - isn’t my skin moisturised enough already?
The short answer is no. The best acne skin care routine is aimed at reducing or getting rid of your skin’s natural oil and replacing it with moisture that won’t cause breakouts or irritate acne-prone skin. Otherwise, your skin will make even more oil to make up for what it’s lost - and that’s the exact opposite of what you want.
Try Sönd’s Day and Night Duo including the Sidekick Day Cream and the Midnight Feast Night Cream. The natural oils soothe and nourish your skin, and the Pentavitin keeps it intensely moisturised. Don’t let the shea butter in the day cream scare you! Unlike cocoa butter, it is not comedogenic - which means it does not clog pores. In fact, shea butter is one of the best moisturising ingredients for oily and acne-prone skin, as it has been shown to soothe irritated skin and prevent peeling as it hydrates.
Aim for alkaline
Like all our products, the Sönd day and night creams are alkaline rather than acidic like most other skin care products. This means your skin cells will be more hydrated and have more energy allowing them to regenerate more quickly. This will help them regulate their own oil production more effectively.
So steer clear of ingredients that will clog pores, and that will dry out your skin. Instead look for alkaline products, and those that will moisturise without being greasy, and you will have clear skin in no time!