Whether there is a sudden outburst of acne or you’ve meddled with them and angered them, we’ve got you! Healing acne is surely not an overnight task but there is a list of selected ingredients that can calm those zits and repair the broken skin. So, without any further delay, let’s dive straight into it!
The mother of it all, cica is ranked first in the list of soothing and acne-reducing ingredients. This is because it contains amino acids, beta-carotene and phytochemicals along with vitamins C, A, B1 and B2 that soothes damaged skin, combats breakouts, hydrates and calms irritated skin while controlling excess oil production. Including this ingredient not only helps acne-prone skin but also dry and parched skin.
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2. Tea tree oil
A potent ingredient that’s ideal for acne-prone, oily and combination skin, tea tree oil is known for its skin purifying and soothing benefits. It is known to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduces as well as prevents acne. Recent studies have proven that tea tree oil indeed helps to clear up mild to moderate acne.
3. Aloe vera
Most Indians usually have a tub of this chilling in their fridge, right? Aloe vera gel is perfect to soothe irritated skin, as it contains anti-inflammatory properties that calm and heal angered skin. It also contains antibacterial properties that help control and reduce acne-causing bacteria.
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4. Salicylic acid
An effective BHA (beta hydroxy acid), salicylic acid can reduce acne by deep cleaning the pores of gunk and acne-causing bacteria. It gently exfoliates skin to get rid of dead skin cells as well as other debris that can potentially lead to acne. It is commonly used in a lot of acne-related skincare products because it can refine pores as well as reduce blackheads, whiteheads too.
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5. Green tea
Matcha green tea is beneficial not only for health but also for your skin’s health. It is a powerhouse of catechins, vitamins A, C, K and B-complex that can detoxify, improve skin elasticity and calm inflamed, irritated skin. It also seeps into skin to regulate excess sebum production as well as fight acne-causing bacteria. Drinking matcha green tea as well as applying skincare that is infused with matcha is a great way to double time your battle against acne!
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6. Kaolin clay
An oil absorbing wonder, kaolin clay is an excellent skin cleanser as it absorbs excess oil and impurities, soothes and rejuvenates troubled skin. It can also unclog pores, balance skin, and as well as reduce and control acne. Being super gentle, kaolin clay can purify skin without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
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In India, it’s an age-old hack to apply turmeric to everything, isn’t it? Be it a wound or a troubling acne, turmeric is a boon! This is because of the plethora of benefits that it contains which help heal, calm, treat and prevent an array of skin-related issues. One of them is acne. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties make it one of the best ingredients for treating acne. Make a DIY face mask with wild turmeric and water and apply it as a spot treatment on your acne. Leave it overnight. Repeat this for as long as it is necessary, and you’ll notice them getting smaller day by day. Turmeric mask is also a great remedy for acne scars too!
8. Licorice root
Packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, licorice root should be a non-negotiable skincare ingredient. It’s perfect for bringing nasty acne in control as well improving skin’s health. Licorice root extracts can also deeply hydrate and brighten skin for an overall healthy glow!
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Usually found in over-the-counter acne treatment ointments, sulfur is one of the best ingredients you must try for acne. It drastically reduces the formation of blackheads and whiteheads and controls acne. It gently exfoliates and targets dead skin cells, sebum and acne-causing bacteria. Sulfur is perfect for those with sensitive skin as it is super gentle and does not irritate skin.
Note: Do not self-medicate, please use only under a doctor’s discretion.
We saved the best for the last! Super-potent, super-effective, no skin problem stands before retinol. It is a form of vitamin A that works on both the surface as well as the middle layers of skin to unclog pores and control excess sebum production.
Acne-free skin awaits, try these ingredients today!