Do over the counter acne products work in fighting acne?
What should I look for in acne products?
Many of you have probably gone to your local drug store to look for over-the-counter products that are supposed to treat acne. The problem with these products is that they are mass-produced and often they contain too little or too much of ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, which either dries out the skin too much (causing painful and/or irritated skin), or does not yield any results. The problem with commercial products that are mass-produced and can be purchased in drug stores, department stores or through television infomercials is that since they are mass-produced for millions of people, they don’t use the purest ingredients because that would not be cost-effective for them as profit is the manufacturers’ number one motivator.
Look for products made of the purest ingredients composed of natural derivatives from fruit, vegetable or vitamin extracts. A good rule of thumb is to look for products, scrubs and masques which contain tea tree oil which is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree. Tea tree oil has shown some proficiency in reducing the effects of acne. Like benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil attacks bacteria and limits oil production, but without the adverse side effects such as itching, burning, irritations or peeling. Our Acne Solution product line is composed of tea tree oil and other natural fighting derivatives which combat acne bacteria, and does so safely and effectively. A good rule of thumb when purchasing skin care products is this: If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, then don’t purchase the product. Ingredients that are easily read or pronounced contain less chemicals than those sold on infomercials or in drug stores. Additionally, when purchasing acne skin products, look for products that are hypoallergenic (low risk of causing acne) and low in oil and alcohol. Do not use harsh scrubs, instead opt for mild cleansers.