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Skincare Ingredients for Reducing Blemishes

Ingredients that can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes

Whether blemishes are a regular occurrence for you, or just something you experience every once in a while, it’s helpful to know how to tackle them quickly and effectively.

Read on to find out which ingredients can help to reduce blemishes and how to introduce them into your skincare routine.

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BHA Skincare: What are BHAs?

BHAs, or Beta-Hydroxy Acids as they’re officially known, are ingredients that have the ability to cut through the bonds that allow dead skin and debris to sit on the surface, clogging the pores. While very effective, these exfoliating acids actually do their part of shedding dead skin very gently – so gently in fact, that your skin shouldn’t experience any irritation or sensitivity as a result of using a product such as a BHA cleanser.

One of the most common BHAs that you’ll find in skincare formulas is Salicylic Acid. When used regularly in a cleanser or moisturiser, Salicylic Acid can help to reduce the look of these blemishes and improve the appearance of pre-existing problem areas (ideal for those dark marks left behind after a breakout). That’s why you’ll find it in the ingredients list of one of our award-winning products, the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser.

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Niacinamide in Skincare: Benefits for Skin

“Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, has soothing effects and works synergistically with ceramides to help strengthen the skin barrier.” - Dr. Alexis Granite.

Due to its soothing properties, Niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for blemish-prone skin. This means that not only does it help to calm the skin, but it can also help to control the amount of oil produced in the pores.

You’ll find Niacinamide in many of our formulas including CeraVe’s Micellar Cleansing Water and SA Smoothing Cream.


LHA for Skin

LHAs (Lipo-Hydroxy Acids) have many benefits to blemish-prone skin including accelerating skin-cell renewal and tightening the pores. This means they can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and blackheads by decreasing the look of the size of the pores and stopping the skin from producing excess oil.

But the benefits don’t stop there. LHAs are also soothing and can help reduce redness in the skin while also being non-comedogenic – so they won’t block the pores further.

You’ll find LHA in our gently exfoliating SA Smoothing Cream that can be used in areas prone to blemishes and roughness. For best results, use it alongside CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser.

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Now you know a little more about the best ingredients for helping to reduce the appearance of blemishes, you can tackle that next breakout quickly and confidently with your favourite CeraVe products.