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Best Skincare Ingredients for Acne

Acne Vulgaris is the most common skin issue clinics and dermatologists deal with daily. It usually begins with hormone changes during puberty but there’s more and more evidence for an increasing number of adults that experience acne later in life. A good skincare routine with the right ingredients and formulations can reduce blemishes and the scarring damage they cause to the skin. Here we help you understand what works and why!

Acne is a condition that typically appears on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back and is characterised by pimples, caused by infected and inflamed sebaceous glands. These symptoms often cause self-confidence issues and impact the quality of life of those who suffer from acne.

Salicylic Acid 

When we think about key actives, Salicylic Acid is the one that comes to mind first, as it’s known for its pore-unclogging properties. Salicylic Acid reduces inflammation, provides exfoliation and stimulates new cell growth. It helps dislodging dead skin cells that can clog pores. It is a unique ingredient because it’s effective at fighting acne but it also has a calming and soothing effect unlike a lot of acne treatments that can cause redness and inflammation. Science Skincare has different concentrations of Salicylic Acid in their medical grade peels and it’s a key active in the night time Exfoliant.

Mandelic Acid 

Another acid that can be found in Science Skincare range is Mandelic Acid which is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid. It has larger molecules compared to other AHAs and it provides gentle exfoliation. Mandelic Acid has antibacterial properties and helps regulate sebum production, improves skin texture and visibly minimises the size of pores. Often dermatologists combine Salicylic Acid and Mandelic Acid to create a peel that shows excellent results in treating acne.


Niacinamide is a versatile ingredient that works well on any skin type and helps with a lot of skin concerns. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that visibly diminishes enlarged pores, improves uneven skin tone and strengthens the natural barrier function of the skin. Niacinamide helps even in cases with severe types of acne and especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules, as it improves skin texture over time and reduces lesions. It also balances out oil production and prevents future breakouts. Niacinamide is tolerated even by sensitive and rosacea-prone skin types and it’s compatible with any other skincare ingredients.

Activated Charcoal 

Activated Charcoal has the ability to attract dirt and oil that cause clogged pores, it decongests the skin, calms inflammation and prevents bacteria from growing. A gentle cleanser like the Carbon Cleanser from Science Skincare purifies the skin with the power of Activated Charcoal but without drying it out while leaving it clean and healthy.


Tetrapeptide-30 is a synthetic peptide that contains the amino acids Proline, Glutamic Acid and Lysine. It’s suitable for all skin types, has anti-inflammatory and calming properties, brightens the skin and helps even out the skin tone. It’s proven to reduce acne lesions that can cause hyperpigmentation, discoloration and age spots. You can find Tetrapeptide-30 in the range of Science Skincare as part of some of the clinic peels and the UV Hydra Protect range.

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