Best Acne Spot Treatments

Best Acne Spot Treatments

Resist the urge to pick- try a spot treatment instead ! 

Dealing with acne can be frustrating, but using a spot treatment can help improve your skin's appearance and support the skin's healing processes. Here are some effective ingredients and tools you can use to help your active breakout! 

1. Salicylic Acid - Using a spot treatment containing salicylic acid (also known as BHA) is an ideal ingredient for a spot treatment as it dissolves excess oil and reduces inflammation. 

2. Retinol - Did you know retinol was originally used for acne before they discovered its benefits for aging skin! Retinol increases cell turnover, preventing dead skin cells from getting trapped and building up in the pore. This makes retinol a perfect fit as a spot treatment. 

3. DermaDot Acne Patches - Made with 100% vegan hydrocolloid, these patches not only help drain and flatten acne - but they protect them from exposure to bacteria and other pollutants to expedite healing time.

4. Kaolin Clay: Also known as white clay, kaolin clay can help absorb excess oil and calm irritated skin. Since kaolin clay is gentle, it's also suitable for sensitive skin. You will often find kaolin clay as a top ingredient in clay masks. 

5. LED - Blue LED has been shown to effectively kill P. acnes bacteria,  the bacteria responsible for causing acne. In addition, both blue and red LED light therapies have anti-inflammatory properties to help decrease redness and swelling. 

6. High Frequency - This handheld device is a powerhouse acne spot treatment. The electrode creates an oxygenating effect inside the pore that helps kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and decrease oil production. Zap away! 

By following spot treatment strategies, you can help your skin heal faster and prevent future breakouts. Remember, everyone's skin is different, so it may take some time to find the perfect combination of treatments that work for you.

Thank you for reading! 

This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Licensed Esthetician + Research & Development Project Manager, Kelsey Hayden and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Kelsey, follow her Instagram @kelseyaesthetics