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5 Acne-Fighting Ingredients That Are Safe For Hormones

While you may have successfully ditched the braces and Blink-182 cd’s, acne may be one thing from your pubescent years that insists on sticking around. The way acne presents itself (whiteheads, papules, cysts, etc.) and the root causes may differ but at the very core, acne is an unfortunate result of inflammation and bacteria infiltration. Finding the right products to help heal acne, especially if it's severe, can be a long and daunting process. We broke down some of our favorite acne-fighting and hormonally-safe ingredients that can help rebalance your skin and set you on the path to clearer skin.

Willow Bark

Willow bark is a natural, gentler form of salicylic acid. It has a wide range of benefits that can improve your skin’s overall health from purifying your skin to reducing the appearance of pores to regulating oil production. As if that wasn’t enough, willow bark soothes inflammation and sensitivity, exfoliates skin and unlike its well-known sister, salicylic acid, it is safe to use during pregnancy. 

Products We Love: Veracity Selfcare Inflammation Response, True Botanicals Clear Nutrient Toner, Biossance Squalane + BHA Pore Minimizing Toner

Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a powerhouse ingredient regulating oil production and reducing inflammation. In two double-blind studies at the International Journal of Dermatology—a topical 4% niacinamide treated moderate acne just as well as 1% clindamycin (a topical antibiotic commonly prescribed to acne patients).

Products We Love: Veracity BioEvolve Serum, Veracity Regenerating Infusion, Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, Naturium Niacinamide Cleansing Gelee 3%

Probiotics

Probiotics are a secret weapon against fighting acne. Probiotics calm inflammation and restore the skin barrier to protect against environmental stressors and inhibit bacterial growth. 

Products We Love: Veracity BioEvolve Moisturizer, Eminence Organic Skin Care Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, Mother Dirt AO+ Restorative Mist

Sulfur

Sulfur is an age-old treatment for acne and acne scarring. Sulfur works to clear clogged pores by drying up excess sebum and removing dead skin cells. Think of it as a much gentler benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. 

Products We Love: Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is one of the more popular alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and for good reason. Glycolic acid is a gentle, yet super effective exfoliant that breaks down dead skin cells improving skin texture and tone, while also boosting your skin barrier’s ability to retain moisture and stimulate collagen production. As far as acne treatments go, this one checks all our boxes. 

Products We Love: Veracity Regenerating Infusion, goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic, Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Mask

Get to the Root Cause

If your hormones are imbalanced, it inevitably shows up on your skin. Since different hormonal imbalances can cause acne, the first step to effective treatment is to identify the root cause. Our Skin + Health test measures your saliva for 5 key hormones and pH directly related to skin health. Take our test to find out the root cause of your skin issues and finally solve the mystery of your skincare routine. 

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