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Which Serum Is Best for Acne-Prone Skin?

Posted by Dan Narsete on

 Of all the skin concerns you might be dealing with, acne is probably the most frustrating. It’s often the result of a variety of factors, so pinpointing what triggers your breakouts can be difficult. If you already have a solid skin care routine with a gentle cleanser, lightweight moisturizer, and broad spectrum sunscreen, it’s time to add the right serum to the mix. You may be worried about how your skin will react to a new product, but the following ingredients are very helpful for those with acne-prone skin and will make a substantial difference in both the appearance of current blemishes and the way your skin heals after they’re gone.

Step 1: Calm Inflammation

Acne can be physically painful, so finding a product that soothes your troubled skin is crucial. If you have a baby or adore aromatherapy, you’re probably a fan of lavender. Known for its calming and soothing qualities, it’s found in tea, essential oil blends, baby powder, and, not surprisingly, skin care. Lavender extract contains antioxidants, which help your body fight off free radical damage. Rose hip oil (i.e., rosa canina) has healing as well as moisturizing benefits. Even though you may think that moisture causes acne, a lack of it can further aggravate skin and make it more difficult for blemishes to heal without scarring. Rose hip oil improves skin by increasing collagen production, so that new skin surfaces more quickly.

Step 2: Reduce Clogs

Skin cells don’t always slough off at the same pace. This can lead to clogs, which are made up of dead skin cells and your skin’s natural oils. You don’t need a plumbing metaphor to understand that clogs often turn into pimples. To keep your pores clear, you’ve probably tried cleansing multiple times per day or even applied drying substances, like benzoyl peroxide or sulfur, to your blemishes. Sadly, both of those tactics can result in skin irritation and inflammation, which makes acne even worse. Instead, choose a serum that contains salicylic acid. Unlike physical scrubs—the kind with rough particles suspended in a creamy solution—chemical exfoliants dissolve excess oil and loosen dead skin cells without being abrasive.

Salicylic acid is both lipophilic and keratolytic, which means it is attracted to oil and helps dissolve the bond between it and the dead skin that is clogging your pores. And unlike spot treatment products that target single blemishes, a serum will keep your skin clearer as a whole when used regularly. Lytic Gel from Epionce comes in multiple formulations and includes azelaic acid as well as salicylic, so it lightens old acne marks while preventing new breakouts.

Step 3: Lighten Dark Marks and Increase Turnover

No discussion involving acne would be complete without mentioning ways to reduce the appearance of lingering red or dark spots once active blemishes heal. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you should have retinol in your routine. Unlike the serums mentioned above, retinol is a nighttime treatment, and you absolutely must wear sunscreen daily while including it in your regimen to avoid damaging that fresh, beautiful skin. Retinol helps increase skin cell turnover, which reduces hyperpigmentation and helps skin stay plump and elastic. Replenix makes choosing the right retinol serum easy because it comes in three different strengths. This allows you to increase the dosage as your skin acclimates to the product, so you’ll continue to see long-term results. 

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We know that choosing the right product can be difficult, so we hope you found our information helpful. Serums can make a huge difference in your skin, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need guidance. Medical grade skin care will always deliver better results than drugstore remedies. Get to know your skin and the products that will improve it by taking our helpful quiz. It’s board-certified dermatologist and plastic surgeon approved and free!

Wishing you great skin,


Team Reflect

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