At Clear Clinic, we are always researching the newest, most cutting-edge ingredients to be used in the treatment of acne. The most widely used topical ingredients in the treatment of acne are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Both of which are the ingredients you will find in most over-the-counter acne treatments sold at drug stores and cosmetic counters. Other trusted acne-fighting ingredients include sulfur, tea tree oil and rescorcinol.
We are also excited about an acne-fighting ingredient called niacinamide, which is found in Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46, one of our favorite sunscreens, made specifically for acne-prone skin. Niacinamide has shown to have anti-inflammatory effects when used on the skin. This is a wonderful benefit for those who have acne lesions, as inflammation plays a huge role in acne breakouts. Niacinamide is part of the vitamin B group.
We often worry that mixing too many acne-fighting ingredients can cause irritation to the skin, but niacinamide does not appear to cause negative reactions with the skin. For this reason, we feel comfortable adding it into a patient’s regimen, even if they are already using salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. In fact, we recommend combination therapies to all of our patients who are seeking the best results for the treatment of their acne.
Sun protection is a key part in protecting your skin, especially if you have acne. Many of the treatments used in the fight against acne can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. In addition, the sun can further worsen your acne condition. We highly recommend Elta MD for this reason–you will not only be protecting your skin, thanks to the niacinamide, you will also be helping the acne you already have.