There are a ton of topical formulas out there for treating acne. What are all those ingredients? Alpha Hydroxy Acid chemically exfoliates our skin, while Beta Hydroxy Acid penetrates more deeply into pores. Retinoids diminish pores and blemishes, and benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria (these two shouldn’t be used together!). Finally, sulfur targets P. acnes bacteria and can help unclog pores.

If you’re in the market for acne treatment, see a dermatologist and you’ll have clearer skin in no time!

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