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Using Skincare with Active Ingredients and Botanicals Alongside Medical Treatments for Acne

When it comes to treating acne, many people think first of prescription medicines like antibiotics, retinoids, or hormonal treatments such as the contraceptive pill and photobiostimulating medical devices like light emitting diode (LED).

However, some people prefer not to pursue a prescription drug pathway for varying reasons, and dermatologists and skin health professionals agree anyway that incorporating a wider skincare routine that includes active ingredients and botanicals to effectively manage and treat acne provides optimal results. Here’s why this multifactorial approach is beneficial after a professional diagnosis has been made by a doctor or nurse practitioner and prescription medicines started.

Active Ingredients

Using skincare products with active ingredients can enhance the effectiveness of prescription treatments. For example, ingredients like niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and salicylic acid found in our Exfoliant Serum, not only help to reduce inflammation and keep pores clear but also improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of brown post-acne marks. These actives work in harmony with prescription treatments to deliver more potent anti-acne activity.


Australian botanicals such as tea tree oil  found in our Carbon Cleanser, have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated skin and accelerate healing. Incorporating these botanicals into your skincare routine can help lessen the number of acne breakouts, has few side-effects, and supports the skin’s natural barrier.

Minimising Side Effects

Prescription treatments, especially retinoids and antibiotics, can leave the skin dry, peeling, and sensitive. Ingredients like ceramides and glycerin are crucial for maintaining hydration and supporting the skin’s barrier. Aloe vera and willow herb, known for their soothing properties, can also help calm the skin and reduce irritation.

Complementary Actions

Acne is a complex condition influenced by bacteria, excess oil production, inflammation, and clogged pores. While prescription medications might target one or two of these issues, skincare products with a blend of active ingredients and botanicals can address them more holistically. For instance, green tea extract can decrease sebum production while providing an antioxidant boost to combat inflammation.

Long-term Skin Health

Incorporating a skincare regimen with these ingredients helps sustain the improvements gained from prescription treatments, reducing the likelihood of recurrence. Continuous use of appropriate skincare products can also help prevent the development of acne scars and maintain overall skin health, crucial for long-term management.

Personalised Skincare

Every individual’s skin is unique, and the impact of acne varies from person to person. While prescription medications are a powerful weapon against acne, they should ideally be part of a broader skincare strategy that includes well-formulated products with active ingredients and botanicals. This combined approach not only maximises the effectiveness of each treatment but also ensures the health and resilience of your skin in the long term. If you’re not sure, always consult with a skin health professional to tailor the right skincare regimen to your specific needs, ensuring that it complements any medical treatments you might be using. Embrace the synergy of science and nature in your journey to clear, vibrant skin.