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Top Ingredients for Acne Prone Skin

Woman examining acne

It’s a common misconception that acne prone skin is synonymous with oily skin. While oily skin definitely is more prone to breakouts than dry or normal skin, not all people with oily skin experience acne. Similarly, it is entirely possible to have dry, sensitive skin that is prone to acne. Acne is something that nobody wants to experience and it can be difficult to get rid of due to the vast amount of factors that can be causes of acne. To help you heal your skin and boost your confidence, Vine Vera did a bit of digging and located the top three ingredients that those with acne prone skin should look for in skincare products.

Niacinamide.

Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3. Niacinamide is a cell-communicating ingredient that provides several skin benefits. Skin care experts state that “[a]ssuming skin is being protected from sun exposure, niacinamide can improve the skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolorations and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture.” Recently, niacinamide has begun to make a name for itself in the fight against acne. It increases fatty acid levels in your skin, stimulates micro-circulation in your skin and treats uneven, acne-ridden complexion due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does niacinamide help fight acne, it can also reduce hyperpigmentation caused by acne and it also provides anti-aging benefits.

Sulfur
Sulfur can be super helpful for acne prone skin, but it is one of the more unpleasant ways to treat acne. The first drawback of sulfur is without a doubt the smell. If you have never smelled sulfur, just imagine rotten eggs and you’ve got the idea of what sulfur smells like. The second drawback is that it can be irritating to skin, though it depends entirely upon formulation and frequency of use. Sulfur is a mineral that decreases excess oil production by your glands and that fights inflammation while also exfoliating the skin. The good news is that many skin care products combine sulfur with other ingredients that help to lessen or mask the scent, making it far more pleasant to use. A spot treatment with sulfur is a an effective way to zap zits.

Salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid
One of the most prevalent ingredient in skin care products designed for acne prone skin, salicylic acid is a form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The reason this is frequently used in the treatment of acne prone skin is that it effectively exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells and other debris that rests on the surface of your skin and inside your pores. Additionally, salicylic acid is available in large range of products, meaning that there are formulations for oily skin and skin that is dry. A 1 to 2% liquid or gel exfoliant is one of the best ways to deliver the acne fighting power of salicylic acid. While these are safe enough to use every day (and multiple times a day), it’s best to start slowly and increase a tolerance to avoid any unnecessary irritation.

Acne prone skin can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but using the right products helps reduce breakouts. Antioxidants are also important ingredients to look for in products for acne prone skin as they prevent further free radical damage and soothe skin. A regular skincare routine with high quality products and formulations can mitigate problems for those with acne prone skin.

Top Summer Skin Care Ingredients

Woman enjoying the summer sun

Like your wardrobe, your skin care products most likely rotate depending on the season. For some, this is not a problem at all and changes in climate do not affect the skin at all. But, for most of us, a change in season requires products that target the specific skin concerns associated with that season. Perhaps the most common problem associated with summer skin is oil production. The rise in temperature can actually melt the sebum that is in your pores, making your skin look like an oil slick. The other major concern associated with summer skin is the level of sun protection. You should definitely be using sun protection year-round, but it is a must have for the summer months. Vine Vera has rounded up the most important ingredients to look for to keep your skin looking its best during the hotter months.

Woman applying sunscreen.

SPF
Okay, we already said it but it bears repeating, you should be using an SPF all year long not only in the spring/summer. But, with the sun being out for longer periods of time, it is especially important that you use a product that contains SPF. Depending on the type of sunscreen you prefer (chemical versus physical) the SPF ingredient you should look for will change. The most common, and beneficial, SPF ingredients to look for in summer skin care products are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone and oxybenzone. Often, products contain a mixture of many SPF ingredients in order to provide broad-spectrum coverage. For summer, try looking for a mattifying sunscreen to help control your oil production. A great way to make sure you don’t forget your SPF is to buy a moisturizer with SPF of 25 of higher built in.

Salicylic acid molecule.

Beta Hydroxy Acid
Using a BHA (salicylic acid) can help minimize the amount of oil clogging your pores. A BHA exfoliant penetrates the pore and removes built-up skin cells that also clog your pores. This helps cut down on breakouts experienced during the summer. If properly formulated, BHA exfoliants can also drastically reduce, or eliminate, blackheads while also fading discoloration from sun damage or post-acne marks. This is a product that is great year-round for those with oily skin, but benefits those with normal to dry skin in the summer as well. Aim to use your BHA exfoliant two to three times weekly. There is one caveat that comes with using a BHA: though removing skin cells helps reduce breakouts, it also does remove a bit of added sun protection as it reveals new skin. This means that it is even more critical to be using a product with SPF.

Aloe vera plant on a wooden table.

Aloe
Even if you are diligent with your sunscreen use, applying with plenty of time to sink in and reapplying every two hours, a burn is a possibility. Aloe is an excellent ingredient for soothing sun- burned skin. That isn’t it’s only purpose though. Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory and may help wounds heal more quickly. You can go straight to the source for your aloe needs, or, you can look for moisturizers with aloe or grab some aloe vera gel for sunburn relief.

Though your skin care needs are likely going to change from season to season, you don’t have to overhaul your entire bathroom counter. A few products with beneficial ingredients is all you need to help your skin deal with a change in climate. And we’ll say it again, even though it’s listed on here as a top summer ingredient, you should use an SPF every day of the year.

Top Summer Skin Care Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Summer is seriously just around the corner and it is time to start re-evaluating your skin care routine. Sure, you may need some of the same products you use year-round, but summer skin does have a certain set of needs to be aware of. Here are a few of the most beneficial summer skin care ingredients to be on the lookout for.

Woman applying sunscreen.

Sun Protection
You knew we were going to say something about sun protection and sunscreen. And, you also know that you should be applying sun protection to both your face and body no matter what season it is. However, if you don’t follow the rule of year-round sun care, it is especially important to look for ingredients aimed at sun protection during the summer. The sun is out more frequently, the days last longer and you have more skin exposed in warmer weather, all of which add up to the fact that sun protection is an absolute necessity. Two of the most common skin care ingredients to watch for include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Oranges rolling out of a medicine bottle. Vitamin C Concept.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another skin care ingredient that is majorly beneficial during the entire year, but especially so during the summer. Vitamin C, when applied topically, aids in collagen formation and growth which helps keep your skin supple and radiant. Additionally, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published a study online that states vitamin C also helps prevent the formation of sunburn cells. Still, these are not the only benefits in using a skin care formulation that includes vitamin C: other benefits include improved skin elasticity, reduction of fine lines and visible improvements against photo-damaged skin (discolored skin).

Hot coffee in a cup with coffee beans scattered on the table. q

Caffeine
You may have noticed that caffeine is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient when it comes to skin care. There are a few reasons for this and the most relevant reason with regards to summer skin care includes the fact that caffeine has a sunscreen effect when applied topically. While caffeine mimics sunscreen and provide a bit of added protection, it is not a substitute for traditional sun protection. In addition, recent studies have found that when used on cells that had UV damage, caffeine was able to destroy the damaged cells without any harm to the surrounding healthy cells.

BHA representation.

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHAs)
Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids are beneficial chemical exfoliants, but when summer rolls around it is usually advised to stick with a beta hydroxy acid exfoliant than AHAs. This is because many AHAs, such as glycolic or lactic acids, increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and BHAs do not. Using a BHA is helpful during summer because the warmer weather tends to lead to increased sebum (oil) production and a BHA exfoliant helps to clear pores of sebum and other debris such as dead skin cells.

Another important thing to remember during summer when it comes to skin care is to drink plenty of liquids. Not only does water help prevent your body from becoming dehydrated, it also helps keep your skin hydrated as well.