Vitamin A (or Retinol as it is sometimes known), is another ingredient that people use for acne. You may also see the terms “retinoic acid” or Retin-A. These can be an effective acne controller if it is stabilized. The problem is that it often is not – especially in over the counter treatments. If the amount of this ingredient is large enough and it is stabilized, you may notice a nice difference in your skin.
Sulfur is another ingredient widely used. It kills some strains of bacteria, fungus’, and parasites. The ingredient “resorcinol” is sometimes paired with sulfur in acne treatments. Resorcinol isn’t well tolerated by people with sensitive skin. It may not be as effective as benzoyl peroxide but for some people, it can be very effective.
Sometimes sulfur is used with benzoyl peroxide (which is a great ingredient in your fight for great skin) but to get a product with the two ingredients together usually means you’ll need a prescription. Please note that sulfur will increase any sensitivity you may have to benzoyl peroxide so this may be too irritating for some people’s skin. Sulfur products may also be great as “on the spot” treatments.
Here again, just be careful what you are buying. Learn all you can about the ingredients that are commonly referred to as “acne treatments” before you buy them. Start with a basic skin care regimen and work up to others if you think you need more. And, listen to your skin. This is where most people fail. They think they need the strongest acne fighters out there without trying the basics. Then, they irritate their skin without giving it time to heal – spending more and more money thinking the next fad will work. In the end, you may not need to spend as much as you think.
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