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#AskHauterfly: What Ingredients Should I Look Out For In My Acne Products?

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Acne can be every girl’s worst nightmare — it comes at the wrong time, on the wrong place and, even worse, it sometimes brings its dear friends along too! A pimple is like an unwanted boy that’s been friendzoned, but pops-up when a cute guy you’ve been crushing on is about to ask you out. Yes that’s a nightmare, a totally embarrassing one at that. We’ve all had that moment where we’ve woken up with disaster-mountain-slash-volcano-central on our face. Popping isn’t the solution here! You will just need to apply topical creams and wait it out entirely. Did you know that only certain ingredients work well enough to dry out that mini monster? Yep, here’s what you will need to look out for in your zit zapper and we tell you why!

Ingredient 1: Benzoyl Peroxide

Its magical purpose: An oxygenating compound from the peroxides that is safe to use topically on skin. It acts as an antiseptic by releasing oxygen to your pores. This targets and kills the bacteria that inflames your skin.

Ingredient 2: Glycolic Acid

Its magical purpose:  It contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid a.k.a. AHA that comes from the trusted sugar cane. Glycolic acid is a great exfoliant, as it peels off the top layer of your skin, which removes any grime stuck in your clogged pores.

Ingredient 3: Salicylic Acid

Its magical purpose: It comes from the family of Beta Hydroxy Acid a.k.a. BHA, which is similar to the above, but has properties that allows it to penetrate through your skin , in turn allowing it to unclog those nasty pores that are clogged with sebum and oil.

Ingredient 4: Tea Tree Oil

Its magical purpose: A more natural method to combat acne, tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from tea trees. It acts similarly like benzoyl peroxide and provides an antiseptic effect on the skin, destroying the bacteria that clogs your pores.

We’ve made your acne product shopping easier by picking out the best zit zapping creams in the market — effective ones that fit every budget. Go ahead and add to cart.



Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (Rs 2,135)



Avène TriAcnéal Cream (Rs 1,399)



Kaya Purifying Spot Corrector (Rs 849)



La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Acne Treatment Cream (Rs 1,350)



Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner – Corrective Concentrate (Rs 1,580)



The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (Rs 695)


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