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Why Drugstore Acne Products Don’t Work

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Have you used every drugstore or over the counter acne product and gotten little to no skin clearing results? If so, just know that you aren’t alone! In today’s blog post I’ll go over the most common reasons why drugstore acne products don’t work.

Before I dive into the 4 reasons why drugstore acne products don’t work, I want to first say that I understand that my opinion on this topic may come across as biased being that I am a licensed esthetician with my own brand of acne products, but the reasons I am about to present are legit!

Ok so now that that’s out of the way let’s get started with the reasons why  these  inexpensive drugstore acne products don’t work to clear up your acne.

Reason #1 Why Drugstore Acne Products Don’t Work:  Pore Clogging Ingredients

Believe it or not, most of these products contain pore clogging ingredients despite the claims that they are making. A product may say that it’s non-comedogenic, oil-free or formulated for acne but none of those claims guarantee that the product is truly acne-safe because the FDA does not regulate these claims.

I put together a previous blog post that talks more in depth on pore clogging ingredients and how to check your current  skincare products and makeup to make sure they don’t contain any pore cloggers. 

Make sure not to miss it! Knowing if your products are breaking you out is so important!

Reason #2 Why Drugstore Acne Products Don’t Work:  Outdated Salicylic Acid

Many of these drugstore products rely on outdated salicylic acid or glycolic acid, but the best alpha-hydroxy acid for acne is Mandelic Acid.

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Mandelic Acid does it all for acne…

  • It’s exfoliating so it prevents the pores from clogging
  • It’s anti-bacterial so it kills off the bacteria responsible for inflamed or cystic acne
  •  It’s anti-inflammatory so it helps heal lesions quicker
  • It has hyperpigmentation lightening properties so it can lighten up those annoying leftover dark marks from past breakouts

Mandelic Acid is multi-functional and is indispensable when it comes to clearing up the skin.

Reason #3 Why Drugstore Acne Products Don’t Work:  Using Benzoyl Peroxide Wrong

I know that most of you have tried benzoyl peroxide and it didn’t quite do the trick on clearing up your skin, but believe it or not, benzoyl peroxide is a very important and indispensable component in your skincare routine, along with Mandelic Acid.

There are several ways in which you are using benzoyl peroxide incorrectly. I recently wrote a blog post on it so make sure to read to find out all the ways that you are using it wrong.

Reason #4 Why Drugstore Acne Products Don’t Work:  Not Strengthening Up The Routine

You can’t increase the strength of your drugstore products. Acne has an ability to adapt to the products you use on your skin. At our office, to stay ahead of this ability we periodically increase the strength or frequency of our clients’ acne products until they clear up. Once they are clear and there is no more acne under the skin then they can maintain the clear skin at this level of their product routine.

Now I do understand that you can increase the level of drugstore benzoyl peroxide so you can go from a 2.5% to a 5% and then to a 10%, but you can’t do that with salicylic acid, which is the most commonly found drugstore acid. Salicylic acid can only be purchased at a 2% strength when it’s over the counter so your skincare routine is stuck there and for your products to be effective against the acne you need both your benzoyl peroxide and hydroxyl-acid product to be increased periodically or else the acne will adapt and you’ll be back at square one. Also as mentioned earlier, salicylic acid isn’t ideal for acne anyways.

RECAP: Why Drugstore Acne Products Don’t Work

  • They can contain pore clogging ingredients
  • They rely on outdated salicylic acid
  • They don’t instruct you on how to properly use benzoyl peroxide
  • They make it hard to stay ahead of acne’s ability to adapt to product use

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How To Check Your Makeup for Pore Clogging Ingredients

Noncomedogenic Makeup How to Clear Skin Fast | Acne Tips Not sure if your makeup is clogging your pores? The truth? It most likely is. Ensuring  your makeup is acne-sage  is NOT as easy as selecting a product with the non-comedogenic claim. As an esthetician that specializes in acne, I cannot tell you how many times I see the word non-comedogenic on a product that is in fact pore clogging.

Do not trust what the manufacturer says. Just because they claim their product is oil-free or non-comedogenic does not mean that it will not break you out. The word non-comedogenic is used so much that it’s virtually lost its meaning.

The Only Way To Ensure Products Aren’t Pore Clogging Is By Doing Your Own Homework

At our office we give all of our clients a list of pore clogging ingredients to avoid. Because our clients are required to only use our products while on our acne program, we mainly use this list as a tool for selecting makeup, but this list does apply to skincare products as well.

We’ve seen situations at our office where some clients didn’t do their homework to check their current makeup for pore clogging ingredients and their skin didn’t improve until they finally eliminated the bad makeup. So my best advice to you is to be willing to part with any pore clogging product no matter how much you love it. Just remember that product was actually contributing to your acne severity.

I am more than happy to share my list of pore clogging ingredients with you so that you can make the best choice for your skin. There’s no charge for the list and you should receive it within a few minutes.

Don’t Let Ingredient Lists Overwhelm You

I will warn you though that the list may be a bit overwhelming at first glance, but it is such a valuable tool to have when you are dealing with acne. That’s because acne prone pores clog themselves up daily, so the last thing that you want to do is to add to the clogging of your pores by using the wrong products.

Speaking of pores clogging themselves daily, if you haven’t seen my previous post about the real cause of acne, click here to read it!

How To Use The List of Pore Clogging Ingredients

First you’ll want to know what these 3 stars  (***) mean.

If you see an ingredient with this symbol it means that any form of this ingredient is pore clogging. For example take a look at Chlorella, it has the 3 stars. Whether your product contains just Chlorella or Chlorella Extract or if there’s a Chlorella Oil, it would all be pore clogging and you’d want to stay away from it.

For all the other ingredients that do not have the 3 stars by their names, you want to make sure that they match exactly as written on the list in order for it to be pore clogging. So for example let’s look at Glyceryl Stearate SE. If your product just contains Glyceryl Stearate, without SE then it is not pore clogging and ok to use. Remember that it must match exactly as written on the list for you to want to stay away from it.

Re-check Ingredients Often

Now, as if you didn’t have enough to worry about, another thing to keep in mind is that companies can reformulate their products so a previously acne safe product can later become pore clogging. I recommend that you re-read ingredient labels every so often to make sure your products are still non-comedogenic.

I hope that you’ve find this list helpful. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, make sure that you visit my website to do so. Also if I discover other pore clogging ingredients or make any changes to the list, I will be sure to email you an updated version.

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