Here's the Kicker: All These Acne Products Have the Same "Active" Ingredients
Spending years trying to figure out why your acne won't quit, at the very least, makes you quite the researcher.
So many products claim to be the one… so how come nothing I try works?
You'd think getting rid of something that's not really supposed to be on your skin anyway shouldn't take years and years, but at one point, I truly thought I was more likely to become a rocket scientist than have acne-free skin.
And so I started digging.
I started reading labels of all these products that promised me something that was always just out of reach and looked for the connection. Here's the quicker - it's quite easy to find!
All products meant to get rid of acne have the same 1 or 2 active ingredients. Now, that seems like a good thing, as those are approved by the FDA for treating acne.
You probably have something that didn't work again that you can look at right now or the next time you're at the pharmacy. Check the label and see what's the "Active Ingredient" listed.
You'll come to the same conclusion I did: all of these products contain either A) salicylic acid or B) benzoyl peroxide.
Now, the issue is not with these ingredients on their own. After all, they are proven to work on acne, right?
Absolutely - when there's enough of them in the formula and when the proportions are correct so that it doesn't just dry your skin but also heals it.
To put it short, most of these products are either:
a nuclear option that doesn't address skin health: kill all bacteria, hope your skin survives the onslaught of Sahara-levels of drought and heals without any help;
or an ineffective option with so little of the active ingredient added that you may as well ask your acne nicely to go away, as it's probably going to be just as useful.
And that's not even the worst bit!
Instead of Solving Your Problem, These Acne Products Create More Issues
Now, I'm not saying that these ingredients are bad - they can have some benefits.
The main thing they do well is getting rid of the bad bacteria that causes acne in many cases. But they're harsh and dry out your skin, meaning you're facing two glaring issues:
Dry skin that's prone to itching and flaking;
They don't discriminate between "bad" and "good" bacteria; killing the latter leaves your skin more susceptible to breakouts.
So, your best-case scenario is making your skin feel tight and sport white flakes; and your worst-case scenario is the very thing you've tried to work against - more acne. Surely, there's a better way?