///Acne Treatment Guide to Topical Ingredients That Treats Acne

What Really Cures Acne in Topical Creams?
Find Out The Best of All & Why.

When talking about topical acne ingredients, you’re likely to hear ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylate acid, Retinol & Glycolic acid.

And they work like charm 🙂

These are the same ingredients used by some of the most expensive and known cosmetic brands, even by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

Good thing…

If you carefully choose these acne treatment ingredients, almost all of them also have anti-aging properties. They will make your face look years younger — and they do not bleach!

If you have not read our popular acne mask guide, download it right now

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide (liquid oxygen) = exfoliation deep in the pores and fight acne-causing bacteria called Propionibacterium Acnes (P. Acnes).

P. Acnes bacteria is found deep in the pores of your skin. One thing this bacteria does not like is oxygen. These kinds of bacteria are called Anaerobic Bacteria.

Benzoyl helps to push the peroxide (liquid oxygen) deep into your pores to kill the bacteria.

Benzoyl peroxide will be one of your biggest allies in gaining control of your acne. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide in the evenings prior to bed on all areas that are prone to erupting pimples.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Once your acne dries and is under control, cut back on your BP usage to only a few times per week.

Your skin can become acclimated to this treatment, and we need to keep it constantly guessing what will happen next to keep it in submission.

Tip: Benzoyl Peroxide & Salicylate Acid, the next ingredient works differently and one cannot be used in place of the other. Keep Reading

Salicylate Acid

Salicylic acid a very close cousin to Aspirin, the one you take for a headache, is a type of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that can help treat acne by unclogging your pores.

It does so by exfoliating the skin and helping to dislodge dead skin cells that can clog pores. You’ll find it in cosmetics over the counter in 0.5%-2% concentrations.


The cells in the lining of the hair follicles for people with acne (have high testosterone) tend to multiply faster than normal and stick to one another.

Salicylic acid works by dissolving this cement that holds those sticky cells together in the clogged pores.

Guess what happens when the cement that clumps them together melt like butter? The skin oil drains out freely denying the bacteria an opportunity to cause acne.

What You Need to Know About Salicylate

The good

  • Very effective in exfoliating the skin (removing the old dead skin), making you look years younger.
  • It also reduces the pore size without compromising sebum (skin natural oil) drainage.
  • It is relatively cheap, and you can even improvise yours.
  • It rarely, if ever cause redness or a reaction.

The Bad

  • It takes a while to see the results (starting 3-4 weeks of daily use)
  • You cannot use too much of it because it can be absorbed into the body causing blood thinning
  • Some people are allergic to salicylate and Aspirin in general

Salicylate Acid is a cousin to Aspirin, the dirt cheap pill you can use for a headache. If you have not downloaded our free acne mask recipe guide, you are missing out.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

There are several types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and they work very well in acne and removing blackheads and whiteheads.

Besides glycolic acid that is mild and commonly used in acne treatment creams, the rest are commonly used in chemical peels, one of the best ways to treat acne.

They are: –

  1. Glycolic Acid
  2. Lactic Acid
  3. Citric Acid
  4. Malic Acid
  5. Tartaric Acid
  6. Mandelic Acid

Glycolic Acid is the best of them all and popularly known as “The Holy Grail of Skin Exfoliation”


… is like miracles in a jar – like I am serious. Why?

Retinol, a form of vitamin A, has both anti-aging and anti-acne effects. 

Retinol also reduces acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging your pores. By clearing acne and reducing outbreaks, they may also reduce the formation of acne scars.

Just in case you wondered, see our list of anti-aging cosmetics ingredients – and retinol is one of them!

Acne scars os the reason so many people complain about dark spots on their face. If you have dark spots and blackheads, you may need to consider using retinol.

The downside of Retinol

Since it works so well removing dead skin and making your pores clear, it may make your skin more susceptible to the sun.

That is the reason why most retinol products are supposed to be used at night. They come as a night cream or night serums.

It is recommended to use a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen if using retinol and going outdoors. This combination gives near miraculous results – seriously!

Since Our goal is to make you an informed, smart consumer…

You might find a lot of products claiming to be retinol or have retinoids. This is what you need to know.

Retinol and the other milder versions of retinol called “esters” are both vitamin A.

The difference is how long the version of A takes to be useful to the skin and in what percentages.

Retinoic Acid is instantly in the right form to exfoliate. This is prescription only and percentages ranges are from 0.025% to 0.1%.

Pure Retinol needs to be converted into retinoic acid by the skin. This can happen very quickly with a molecular (deeply penetrating) serum but can be slower if it is in a cream. Percentage ranges are from 0.05% – 2.5%.

Retinol Esters need to first be converted into retinaldehyde, then retinol and then finally into retinoic acid (sounds like a long process huh?). A great percentage of the product is lost at this point.

These percentages can be very high due to the fact that only a minuscule amount ends up finally converting to retinoic acid.

These percentages may “look” good on a package, but they do not reflect the accurate workable content.

We have perfect retinol for you!

Retinol is the gold standard in Anti-Aging Cosmetics Ingredients

The Vitamin -B Family

Vitamin B5, or Panthenol, is antimicrobial and decreases pore size.

Vitamin B3, or Niacinamide, creates an effective, calming barrier on the skin.


Panthenol helps the skin maintain its optimal health and promotes healing of tissues. Vitamin B5 has another important role. It can metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats resulting in healthier skin cells and tissues.

The level of hydration panthenol provides as well as its anti-inflammatory advantages make it effective in relieving the itchiness and discomfort of eczema and a number of other skin conditions.

It has been verified in multiple studies that panthenol can be often used for acne treatment. The study showed a 50% reduction in acne after 8 weeks daily usage, and it can help to decrease pore size!


Has gone through numerous clinical studies to determine its effectiveness for the skin’s health.

There are 2 important enzymes (NADH and NADPH) that contribute to the production of cellular energy and lipids. These enzymes are responsible for cell growth.

With a sufficient supply of both enzymes, your skin creates an effective barrier to external factors that also helps to prevent moisture loss. Due to the fact that most acne treatments are drying, vitamin B3 can help to balance the skin without being greasy or aggravating acne.

Tea Tree Oil for Acne

There are so many other ingredients out there but the above are the main ones.

Example, Tea tree oil is more effective than 5% benzoyl peroxide as a topical antibacterial organic and natural remedy.

However, some people are allergic to tea tree oil.

Tea Tree Oil

Neem Oil for Acne

Neem oil is more effective than 5% benzoyl peroxide as a topical antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. The drawback is the smell. You can mix it with Ylang Ylang essential oil to make it smell good. Neem oil is also good against the athlete foot, skin fungal infections and it is great for hair growth.

Which One Will You Try or Have Tried Already?

Let me hear your struggles with acne, blackheads and blackspots. I wat to know which topical creams you have tried in the past. Which ones worked and which ones didn’t.

I will personally respond to your comments. By leaving a comment, you may also get selected to get free acne treatment from Western Cosmetics family.

By |2019-04-01T19:54:02+00:00July 15th, 2018|Acne|12 Comments

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  1. mary January 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    i must say am sooo grateful for the information on acne and how to go about it, i have just moved to my 40’s and to be honest i have never had a smooth flawless face since my teenage hood. it has been a long struggle moving from one product to another without any success. this has robbed me my pride and self esteeem. am always worried how i will wake up in the morning looking like since the outbreaks are soo uncertain, my daughter too now 11 years just developed acne and its so bad that she would rather stay in the house than go out coz she fears being ridiculed. am now at cross roads and wondering what to do now. i dont want her to also go through the same phase of my life. kindly assist

    • GREGORY January 2, 2019 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Happy New Year Mary,
      Sorry to hear what you have been going through. Adult acne, especially where you can link the same trend with your daughter is almost 100% hormone related. May I suggest you start with hormonal balance for you and your daughter (if she is past 16) using DIM. Hormonal acne will not go away with any topical products until you have balanced estrogen levels.

      Here is the DIM supplement. You can call us at 0724410910

  2. Wambui January 11, 2019 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hello, thank you very much for this information. My case is similar to the one above coz I don’t remember a time in my life when i had a smooth blemish free skin. Too many dark spots and some outbreaks that just pop up from nowhere on all sections of my face. Currently am on a soap called charcoal activated soap and benzoyl peroxide but am yet to see results. All i need is some help that will see my issue come to an end for life. I would also not mind coming for a personal consultation session. Thanks.

    • GREGORY January 12, 2019 at 5:32 am - Reply

      For the sake of others like you reading, let me just respond here. Feel free to come for free consultation. I would start off by saying that we cannot advise on products we do not know the source – thus their authenticity.

      Every day, we see clients coming with products bought off the streets that are clearly toxic or just nothing active in them, just labels.

      Cases of persistent acne are multi-faceted and topical solution only takes care of the problem for as long as you can afford the cream. Like you mentioned, some of those products on the streets are purely fake or adulterated (wash wash)

      Most acne comes from either hormonal (80%) or related to guts (GI system).

      In your case, I want you to download and read a free acne ebook we published this new year.

      In this ebook, there is a specific ingredient you need to get and make those face masks using common foods outlined, like pawpaw.

      We have specific and personalized acne treatment you could take advantage of.

      Leave everything you are doing and applying and start with Day #1 as outlined in our ebook. Do it every day for a week and if no results noted, give us a call at 0724410910.

      Make sure you FIRST read the free ebook

  3. Joyce April 7, 2019 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Thanks Soo much for good product ..just purchased vitamin C serum a week ago and must say the product is amazing….have noticed change. ….thank thank so much…hope this product is here to stay…..

  4. Diana April 12, 2019 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Hello, Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have dark spots and some outbreaks on my face, last week but one i started using benzoyl peroxide, there are some better changes though not much. Should I continue using it or you can suggest another product to do away with my dark spots. Thank you

    • Greg May 1, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Kindly call us at 0724410910. We should be able to come up with a regimen that works for you.

  5. Hellen July 2, 2019 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Hello, i have been struggling with acne since form 4 i used to have a baby face but after form 4 my face has never been the same,currently am using Johnson face cream but i cant see any change. I have spots and my face keeps on breaking i will really appreciate your help to get back to the youthful face i used to have. Thanks in advance

    • Greg July 2, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Kindly call us at 0724410910. We can help

  6. Lilian July 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Hi,Thankx for the useful information you are giving out.I had acnes 4 years ago and the struggle was a night mare,after a series of products I ended up with retinol cream,it was very useful and that was the begging of my acne healing.unfortunately two months ago they came back Thankx for this guidelines

    • Greg July 17, 2019 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Lilian, we can help even further. Come see us or call us at 0724410910

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