Dealing with acne-prone skin is a challenge. Sometimes, breakouts are caused by the cosmetics you’re using. Other times, they’re caused by irritants in your environment. Even your diet may be to be blame. If you’re lucky, you can figure out what’s causing your breakouts. And if you’re fortunate enough to be able to see a dermatologist, they may be able to figure it out for you.
But it’s not always that easy. And that’s when you find yourself standing in the skin care aisle of your local Target or Sephora, wondering what you should buy to calm your breakouts. There’s an endless array of skin care products to choose from, but there are also numerous active ingredients that are used in those products — ones that determine whether they’ll be effective.
Some acne-fighting ingredients work by killing bacteria. Others exfoliate the dead skin that can clog pores. Still more work to combat excess oil. All of those are valid approaches, though some will work better than others to combat the kind of acne you have. Read on to check out 10 of the most potent acne-fighting ingredients to figure out which one is best for you.