3 Ingredients to Look for in Effective Adult Acne Cleanser

No need to panic if you still suffer from acne long after leaving your teen years behind. The good news for adults troubled with acne is that there are effective adult acne treatments available.

One option is the addition of an effective acne cleanser to your daily skin care regimen.

Read on to learn about:

What Causes Acne?

Before choosing an acne cleanser, know what causes the breakouts in the first place.

Acne is caused by:

  • Overproduction of oil (sebum)
  • Irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin
  • Buildup of bacteria

A good acne cleanser will prevent these causes from leading to new acne lesions and will also treat any breakouts that have already occurred.

Choose the Right Ingredients, Choose the Right Acne Cleanser

Narrow down the search for the right cleanser by looking for ingredients that help prevent and treat the causes of acne.

3 effective acne fighting ingredients to look for in acne cleanser:

1. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA):

  • The ultimate antioxidant.
  • Found in nearly every cell of the body.
  • Like other antioxidants, it protects the skin at the cellular level from free radicals that cause inflammation to occur.
  • Reduces pore size, puffiness, imperfections, and uneven skin tone.

2. Salicylic Acid is a Keratolytic, which causes cells of the outer layer of skin to shed, thereby unclogging pores, and clearing acne breakouts.

3. Eucalyptus Leaf Oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities, which cool and calm inflamed skin as well as combat bacteria which cause breakouts and blemishes.

Dr. Perricone understands the importance of treating acne and has developed his own acne fighting line of formulated products called Perricone MD Skin Clear. Included in the Skin Clear regimen is the Skin Clear Cleanser, which is formulated with the 3 ingredients discussed above.

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  1. I’ve suffered from acne for as long as I can remember, including adult acne. It’s really messing with my self-esteem. I can’t seem to be able to find the right product, let alone something I can afford. Please help!

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  5. never had acne until I was in my 30′s I am now hitting 50 and it is as bad as ever! tried everything Just when I think something works BAM! I start allover again searching for that perfect product that will work for me.

  6. I like to be product tester to try them please. Thanks.

  7. I’m looking for an acne treatment that’s right for me. Proactiv does not work. I also read about some dangerous chemicals that Proactiv and other acne treatment systems contain. Can anyone give me more information??

  8. I would love to try your acne products. I feel like I’ve tried almost everything out there, except your acne products, and nothing really keeps my adult acne under control. Help.

  9. Hi, Colleen,

    Cortisol is part of a mechanism we have for survival when we are in fight or flight mode. The problem we face with cortisol is that it raises blood sugar causing a chain reaction of other effects, such as inflammation.

    One way to lower cortisol levels is to ensure you get enough sleep. When you don’t, your cortisol level can be elevated all day.

    Watch Dr. Perricone discuss in further detail what stress cortisol is, how it affects the body and skin, and finally how to lower stress levels here:

  10. I hate my acne. It seems to be worse when I have more stress in my life. Is this due to cortisol? How can cortisol be combated?

    Does exfoliation or miocrodermabrasion help or hurt acne?

    I would LOVE to test your products!

  11. I would love to be a product tester. I have very unruly skin. Adult acne, major blackheads, dry winter skin, and an oily t-zone.Would love to try more natural products

  12. Acne plus wrinkles seems like double jeopardy. It’s just not fair! i have heard a lot of good things about Perricone products, but having tried so many other miracles with less-than-miraculous results have really lost hope that anything can help.

  13. I would like to try your products. I have never heard of you and I have troublesome skin. I suffer from adult acne and dryness all at the same time. I Would love to find a product that could rid me of both. I also have some lines forming on my forehead and I am a little sensitive. I could use alot of your products.

  14. and i would really like to be a perricone tester

  15. i have always had trouble with acne and no products seem to work for me no matter how long i use them and i can never find makeup that actually covers some of my face problems i am at the point that i dont like to be around people because of my acne and black heads

  16. who needs adult acne?need help asap..

  17. I have dealt with acne all my life and have never found any products that actually satisfy my needs. I’d Love to test this product and any others.

  18. Does hormones have anything to do with adult acne?

  19. As a 33 year-old woman with combination skin, Perricone’s Skin Clear Cleanser and Acne Toner both seem like just the products I should try. Sometimes, I feel like I get more acne now, as an adult, than I did as a teenager!

    I would just love to be a product tester for Perricone MD — I would be more than happy to share my honest opinions.

  20. I tried so many products for adult acne, that I am amaised I still have hope to get rid of them. I would love to try something new and respectable name of Dr. Perricone really makes me wonder if this will be a cure.

  21. Just received a sample of the No Foundation Foundation. As we travel extensively, am looking forward to testing this product in differnt climates. Would love to be considered for testing products.