Your face is your trademark. It’s the first thing people see, and more often than not, those of us with pimple-prone skin are struggling to find something to erase those red, irritated, white-headed imperfections. Pimples- UGH! And yet there’s nothing more satisfying than popping one of those boogers when given the chance. It’s gross, but at least you see some action taking place. Unfortunately, that’s very bad for your skin, and can cause infection, or worse… more pimples. Luckily for us, the staff at Reviews.com sat down and went through the masses of acne treatments out there to find the most effective regimen on the market!
In this process of trial and error, Reviews.com eliminated some products from the running for ingredient content. Cleansers and treatments with simple alcohols were an automatic out. According to Los-Angeles based aesthetician, Natarsha Bimson, most products on the skin-care market don’t consider your skin’s acid mantle. Simple alcohols demolish your skin’s superficial topcoat, the acid mantle, which keeps your pH levels stable. Once your acid mantle is damaged, breakouts, enlarged pores, and swelling can occur. The alcohol content will also evaporate the oil on your skin, causing the sebaceous glands to overcompensate, making your face even oilier. They also eliminated regimens that included benzoyl peroxide spot treatments due to the side effects. Spot treatments can actually cause more irritation and inflammation to the area applied, and for any acne treatment to be effective, it must be applied over the entire face; acne doesn’t affect one area. Researchers also searched for kits which included two main ingredients known to fight acne, salicylic acid which works as an exfoliator, breaking down the gunk in your pores, and benzoyl peroxide, which combats the P. acnes bacteria by ripping through the bacteria’s membrane.
After reviewing over forty cleansers and regimens, Reviews.com found their winners from the Paula’s Choice skin-care line. This regimen includes an Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, the Daily Skin Clearing Solution, and the Pore Normalizing Cleanser. The Anti- Redness Exfoliating Solution, which is mostly water, has just the right amount of salicylic acid to eat away at the oil and grime on your face. The Daily Skin Clearing Solution alleviates dryness and irritation that can occur mid-treatment. If you happen to be unsatisfied with this regimen after 6 weeks, there is also the Extra-Strength Clear Acne Kit produced by Paula’s Choice as well.
When choosing a skin care regimen, remember that the active ingredient list matters, but don’t compare treatments simply on that list alone. How well a product works often depends on the inactive ingredients helping absorb the active ingredient into the skin. Don’t forget that routine is key. When choosing a regimen, if you know that it will be difficult for you to complete that three step process, then find something with shorter steps. Treatment only works if use it on a daily basis. Try to be patient. Pimples won’t heal overnight.Reviews.com chose Paula’s Choice as the winner, but as mentioned before, your skin is unique to you. If you’re interested in seeing the other top contenders, CLICK HERE.