Acne Medicine Review

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The best acne medicine is made with salicylic acid, such as Murad cleanser, which exfoliates the skin and clears the pores, but sulfur is another natural ingredient that works well to treat acne. Find the best acne medicines with beauty advice from a certified aesthetician in this free video on skin care.

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Hi, I'm Kelli. I'm an aesthetician and makeup artist at Ulta Salon and Cosmetics, and I'm going to basically review with you some acne medications and what I feel is the best. The first thing that's really good for acne is salicylic acid, which is found in a lot of acne products such as this one here my Murad. This is actually a salicylic based cleanser, and salicylic is really good for helping to exfoliate and helping to decongest the pores and unblock the pores. And this is really good for people of any skin type and any age. And you can also get a lot of treatments, too, that have salicylic acid in it. A lot...the biggest thing that you want to take into consideration is the percentage of salicylic acid. Somebody with an oilier skin is going to be able to handle a higher percentage of salicylic acid, or somebody with a drier skin is only going to be able to handle maybe, say, a half percent. Or this one is a one percent treatment, so this would definitely be better for somebody with an oilier skin. Another really great ingredient that you can use for acne treatment -- and that's really good for all ages and all skins, too -- it's sulphur. And that's in this acne spot treatment, which is also by Murad. And that basically helps to draw impurities out of the pores. It's also non-drying, so it's good even if you have a drier skin, whereas salicylic acid can be kind of stripping to the skin. Biggest thing to remember when you're looking for an acne product is you want to take into consideration what your skin type is and you never want to overstrip the skin. You also want to make sure that you're replenishing with a good hydrator -- a good oil-free hydrator -- because what can happen if you're using a lot of acne products is you can actually strip a lot of the natural oils out of your skin, which in turn tricks your skin into thinking it's dry, so your skin will actually produce more oil, leading to more breakouts. So in review, those are some things that you can really do to help to treat your acne no matter what your skin type or your age is.

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