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The Difference Between Acne-Fighting Ingredients

The Difference Between Acne-Fighting Ingredients

So you’re breaking out. As you are looking for products to help clear your skin you are sure to run into a recurring problem. The acne-fighting products on the market all claim to fight acne, regardless of your skin condition. These products all contain a key “acne-fighting ingredient” and make bold claims about getting acne-free without considering what that ingredient is best suited for. Acne Intelligence’s customized skincare plan takes your skin analysis and recommends the perfect Acne Intelligence products for your current needs. And as your skin needs change – so do your recommendations! But what are the key differences between these common acne-fighting ingredients? 


Benzoyl Peroxide


If you’ve experienced breakouts before, you are surely familiar with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most popular acne-fighting ingredients for a reason – it really works! But it’s not right for everyone. Benzoyl peroxide kills the active bacteria in your pores while removing the mixture of sebum and dead skin cells. Those with moderate to severe acne can benefit most from this ingredient as it effectively stops pimples in their tracks.


Salicylic Acid


Salicylic acid differs from benzoyl peroxide as it is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). This means it works to treat acne by exfoliating the skin. In addition to fighting acne, this cell turnover soothes the skin and can be effective for those suffering from texture in association with their breakouts. 




Retinol is a skincare superstar. Not only is retinol known for its acne-fighting properties, it is also a staple in the anti-aging skincare industry as well. The reason for this? Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that creates new cell turnover and stimulates new blood vessels in the skin. The result? A fresher, clearer complexion. Because of the multiple benefits of retinol, it is often recommended for mild cases of acne and as a tool to keep acne at bay over time.


It’s important to remember – there’s not just one magical ingredient. The Acne Intelligence application measures your acne severity monthly and recommends products with the right amount of these ingredients and other supporting ingredients that make up your routine. This distinction is the difference between the “one-size-fits-all” acne products on the market and a truly customized routine with Acne Intelligence. One has proven time and time again to underdeliver on promises. The other is disrupting the industry with customized acne treatment plans that truly work. And while Acne Intelligence’s products use all of these powerhouse ingredients, there’s one key difference – our PP2 compound! The PP2 compound is a non-irritating, patented delivery system that holds active ingredients in long-lasting reservoirs on the upper layer of the skin and dispenses them over time. The gradual release method allows PP2 to increase the efficiency of active ingredients, reduce irritation, and leave skin feeling smoother.

 Try the Acne Intelligence app for free and get 50% off your customized routine.


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