5 Key Elements to Get Rid of Acne Fast

Ideally, the application of a spot or blemish treatment before bed would result in a perfectly clear complexion the next morning, or even better, instantaneous results in a matter of minutes. But the reality of acne is a little more complicated than what physically surfaces the skin and, unfortunately, there is no immediate fix.

Affecting nearly 60 million people, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States found in both teenagers and adults alike. If there was a magic solution, acne probably wouldn’t have the kind of statistics it does.

Have you ever woken up in the morning with a breakout and thought, this is all people are going to see today? Or maybe, as you’re washing your face at night, applying your topical treatments to those pesky blemishes, you slather on a bit more in hopes they’ll be gone by the morning. 

While there may not be one perfect product guaranteed to clear acne immediately, there are clinically proven ingredients to reduce inflammation, support prevention and improve the complexion with these five key elements to eliminate acne. 

1. Retinoic Acid

It’s the best, yet most understated ingredient and number one solution for eliminating acne. Retinoic acid is the most active form of Vitamin A in the skin, and retinol is the purest form. When applied to the skin, retinol converts to retinoic acid, which helps to boost the production of your skin’s own collagen and increases the frequency of cell turnover. A breakout develops when dead skin cells become trapped within your pores, so using a product containing retinol helps regulate your oil and cell production which, in turn, helps prevent acne. Try implementing a product containing retinol into your skincare routine, like MD Complete’s Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate or Citrus-C Healthy Complexion for clearer skin.

2. Benzoyl Peroxide

This is, perhaps, the most commonly known ingredient used to eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Products containing benzoyl peroxide can be purchased over the counter with concentration levels ranging from 2.5-10%; but be aware that a higher concentration doesn’t necessarily determine its effectiveness. Dermatologists often prescribe acne patients with a combination of products containing both benzoyl peroxide and a retinoid, making Breakout Treatmentand Citrus-C Healthy Complexion the perfect pair for clearer skin. And always keep in mind, a little product goes a long way!

3. Salicylic Acid

This is another well-known ingredient often recommended for improving problematic skin. With strengths of 0.5 - 5%, salicylic acid is oil soluble so it works as an exfoliant with deep cleaning properties to penetrate pores and prevent dead skin cells from clogging them. MD Complete’s Clarifying Cleanser and Clarifying Gel Mask each contain salicylic acid, to gently cleanse and effectively exfoliate, giving you more optimal results.

4. Probiotic

While we tend to assume acne is only external, we often forget its origins are actually internal. Targeting the source of the problem is not only effective but also preventative. Acne is an inflammatory disease and this inflammation typically begins in your gut with an imbalance of bacteria. By incorporating a probiotic into your skincare routine, especially when you are experiencing high levels of stress, you can alleviate current breakouts and stop new ones from developing. Try MD Complete’s Healthy Skin Probiotic for a more holistic approach to treating your skin.

5. Sulfur

While you may be most familiar with sulfur’s distinct and relatively unpleasant scent, did you know the qualities of sulfur also help to improve acne through the removal of excess oil? Often found in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, sulfur helps reduce the production of sebum and removes dead skin cells. But sulfur, due to its drying effects, is usually recommended for those with oily skin as it can irritate drier skin types.