Ingredients to Help Fight Acne by a Pharmacist

Dr Natalia is a licensed pharmacist and understands that acne is one of those things almost everyone has gone through or is going through. If you are one of those magical unicorns that has never experienced a pimple well… this post surely doesn’t apply to you. But for the rest of us mere mortals here are some ingredients and products that she recommends for fighting your active acne.


Retinoids are a powerhouse for skin care, not only do they help fight acne, but they also have anti-aging properties.


Clindamycin is for people who experience inflammatory acne. You can use this in combination with a retinoids to get the best results. Once your inflammatory acne has died down you can use just a retinoid.

Glycolic Acid (AHA)

Glycolic acid (AHA) is a great peeling agent to help prevent acne and wrinkles. When used at high concentrations (30%-70%) it can be used as a chemical peel, suggested only by a professional. But, at lower concentrations (less than 10%) it can be used as part of your daily routine.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is great for active acne because it has antibacterial properties that help to fight acne. Some great ways to utilize it in your daily routine are as a spot treatment, or as an all over treatment. Be sure not to use it with a retinoid as it will decrease the effects of the retinoid. When you feel a pimple coming on be sure to use benzoyl peroxide immediately, because if you wait too long no cream will be able to help get rid of the acne.


Sunscreen is a must for any person and any type of skin. But this is very important to apply when treating active acne, the reason being most acne products increase your sensitivity to sunlight. This can accelerate photoaging, so be sure to wear a sunscreen 30 spf or higher.


Healthy skin needs proper hydration. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, ceramide and niacinamide are the best for people with acne. You also want to make sure it is non-comedogenic.

Dr. Natali has some parting words, “any new regiement takes at least 4-6 weeks to work since that is the skin’s natural turnover time. And always remember to be gentle to your skin!”

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