Let's face it, battling acne issues is not easy
For those who battle with acne prone skin issues, there is a tendency to want to pile on too much to either treat and hide the acne or reduce the application of skincare products to prevent further clogging of pores. This is why it is important to choose a serum that will be an effective multitasker that will treat your acne, soothe the redness and inflammation, while hydrating your skin to heal and prevent future breakouts.
Acne is frustrating
The tendency to want to poke and squeeze your acne, with the satisfaction of getting the yucky stuff that's trapped in your zit is sometimes so gratifying we keep forgetting the consequences after. Are you that person? Well, I am.
I feel like I am constantly playing a game of Whack-a-Mole by tackling new acne or beneath-the-surface breakouts when I use products to target other skincare concerns (such as anti-aging creams, brightening to remove scars and dullness etc), only for these creams to trigger a new batch of acne issues again.
Why use face serum for acne prone skin
If you are not a fan of the Korean 10 step skincare and desire efficiency in your skincare, the serum is the perfect addition to a basic skincare routine. Serums contain high concentrations of skin active ingredients to penetrate deep into your skin. Serums are also hydrators to absorb water from the air and underneath your skin layers. The lightweight and oil-free nature of serums rebalances the excess sebum on your face and keeps it looking nourished.
What should you look out for when choosing a suitable serum
One of the most common skincare concerns for acne prone skin is the need to frantically try and get rid of acne scars and dark spots on top of treating your acne with products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. We can get carried away with trying all different products to treat acne and heal scars, using a combination of products with active ingredients that may render the effectiveness of other brightening products you use in your skincare routine.
Vitamin C and Retinol
“Vitamin C and retinol work optimally in different pH environments, and thus, should typically not be combined,” Chang said, nothing that “vitamin C products are formulated to be at a low pH of less than 3.5, while retinol works best at a pH of 5.5-6.” says Dr. Y. Claire Chang of Union Square Laser Dermatology. In general, she said to avoid combining the two ingredients. She recommends using a vitamin C serum in the morning and retinol cream at night “to ensure full efficacy of both ingredients.”
Benzoyl peroxide with Vitamin C and/or retinol
If you are treating your acne with benzoyl peroxide products, you should avoid using Vitamin C and/or retinol in the same routine. This ingredient can oxidize Vitamin C and cancel out the effect of retinol, making your skincare less effective, says Sara Hogan, M.D., dermatologist at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
Salicylic acid and Vitamin C
Another active ingredient is salicylic acid. When the two active ingredients are used together, they can cause excessive dryness, redness and irritation.
Other ingredients you might like to consider in your serum
Silk fibroin is widely used as a material for surgical sutures and medical dressings due to its high tensile strength, high water absorbency, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its numerous benefits for the skin make it ideal for acne prone skin, to treat your acne while helping your skin heal at the same time. Many with acne-prone skin will feel the need to be particularly careful with the products they use to prevent breakouts or irritation. Another ingredient, sodium hyaluronate is particularly gentle, and since it won’t clog pores, it won’t result in additional breakouts. Copper peptides can also help with acne by normalizing the bacterial concentration on the skin. Wait a minute, these key ingredients are in our recovery serum :)
Final thought - are all skin serums created equal?
Not all serums work the same and prices vary from serum to serum. A tiny bottle that costs you hundreds of dollars may be more efficacious than a serum that costs less and in a much bigger bottle. A reason could be the concentration of the star ingredient in your serum. Watch for the order of the ingredients in your serum, is water the first ingredient? If a serum contains expensive rare ingredients around the world that is extracted in its purest form like the JK7 Luxurious Natural Skincare Serum Lotion, it is not a surprise one will pay the hefty price tag of $1,800 for a 30ml bottle!
The best practice is to read labels to understand the concentration of each ingredient list in your serum (based on the order of the ingredient list which determines the ingredient is highest in concentration) and find the best formulation for your needs.