When it comes to skin, nothing is more frustrating than persistent acne. Because no matter how many skincare products you try or lifestyle changes you make, your skin doesn't clear up or (worst case scenario) your acne gets worse. In this blog post, we'll talk about getting rid of acne once and for all and why one skincare ingredient might just be the magic factor you've been looking for.
The Skin Science Behind Acne: Why It Happens
There are four main factors contributing to your acne:
- Excess oil (also known as sebum) production
- Oil and dead skin cells clogging hair follicles
- Acne-causing bacteria
Acne develops on the skin when the oil or sebum that naturally moisturizes the skin gets blocked in a hair follicle by a buildup of dead skin cells or excess oil. When the follicle becomes plugged, acne-causing bacteria begin to grow inside the follicle, contributing to inflammation and eventually a pimple.
So, to get rid of acne, it's essential to find products with ingredients that tackle one or a few of these four causes.
Should I Spot Treat Acne?
Spot treating acne can be an effective method to get rid of acne for most people. Because whether you have one to two pimples at a time or problem areas that contain several breakouts, an acne spot treatment will be super successful at targeting acne where it counts. Spot treatments are also amazing for treating acne because they pack the pimple with a potent dose of acne-fighting ingredients (like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, etc.) that will work deep into the skin to get rid of acne at its source.
Acne spot treatments are also one of the best methods for treating a pimple or breakout because it prevents you from popping or picking at the pimple.
Salicylic Acid for Acne
Salicylic acid is one of the best, safe, scientifically-proven ingredients for treating acne types like blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and papules. As a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells that lead to clogged pores.
This superstar acne-fighter is also oil-soluble, meaning it goes deep into the pores to break down the bonds between dead skin cells, helping treat acne and calm inflammation. A salicylic acid acne treatment also works to decrease excess sebum production, which is great for those with oily, acne-prone skin who experience frequent breakouts.
CLEAR CELL Clarifying Acne Spot Treatment
With a desire to create an acne spot treatment that actually gets rid of your acne when nothing else works, we created CLEAR CELL Clarifying Acne Spot Treatment. Boasting a 2% concentration of pure salicylic acid (the highest concentration you can get in over-the-counter skincare products), our acne spot treatment goes deep into the skin to unblock clogged pores leading to blackheads, whiteheads, and other acne blemishes.
Why It Works
We've formulated our powerful salicylic acid acne treatment into a lightweight gel that absorbs easily into the skin, goes on clear, and stays undetected all day and night (unlike other spot treatments on the market). So you can layer it under other skincare or makeup products.
77% of participants reported that skin looks clear after 3 days. *
Salicylic acid penetrates pores and keeps skin clear, while natural plant extracts like ginger, cinnamon bark, and Australian native pepper berry soothe treated areas to combat the irritation that salicylic acid can sometimes cause. We've also included marine algae complex, an abundant source of skin-benefiting bioactive compounds and nutrients that balances skin and minimizes the appearance of redness.
How to Use It
Our CLEAR CELL clarifying acne spot treatment should be used on freshly cleansed skin. To apply, cover the affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily.
For those who want to get rid of acne once and for all, you can layer the CLEAR CELL clarifying acne spot treatment with the CLEAR CELL clarifying repair crème, a lightweight gel-based cream that tackles acne with 2% salicylic acid and strengthens skin with ceramides and squalane oil.
Additional Skincare Tips for Acne
In addition to including a salicylic acid acne treatment into your routine, incorporating these additional skincare tips will help ensure your acne-fighting products work to their best ability.
Give Your Products Time to Work
As much as we wish for an overnight solution to acne, there is no such thing. Dermatologists and skincare experts recommend giving acne treatments at least four to six weeks to see improvements in your skin.
During that time, you should be sticking to one or a few targeted products (like those in our CLEAR SKIN SOLUTIONS blemish defense trio). Switching up your acne treatments too often may cause skin irritation and more breakouts down the line.
Don't Pick or Pop
You may enjoy watching pimple popping videos online, but the truth is that while picking and popping may give you a feeling of instant satisfaction, it's pretty much guaranteed to worsen the acne, make healing time longer, or cause scarring. Stick to an acne spot treatment instead to combat blemishes and resist the urge to pop or pick.
So the best way to get rid of acne when nothing else is working? Try a salicylic acid acne treatment like our CLEAR CELL clarifying acne spot treatment that works deep within the skin to unclog pores and promote clarity.
*Based on a 4-week consumer participation study of 35 participants ages 20 to 40.
Written by Vanessa Gibson.
Vanessa is a freelance writer and creator specializing in beauty, skincare, health, and wellness content. She's passionate about educating, ingredient knowledge bombs, and helping others get the best skin of their life.