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Thursday, 16 January 2014

beauty jargon: skincare

beauty jargon: skincare

Buying skincare when you have acne or spot prone skin can be an absolute minefield. Even more so when it comes to picking out skincare from the drugstore. Ingredients often catch my eye and I find myself questioning - Are they safe? Do they work? Which one is best? All these words like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and sulphur can be majorly confusing. Knowing why and when your skin needs these things is enough to send even a seasoned beauty junkie into a tizz. I've pulled a little cheat sheet of skincare buzzwords to look out for when skincare shopping…

Benzoyl Peroxide

This is a super effective ingredient in skincare as it is a proven bacteria killer. BP comes in varying strengths, but with this one you need to watch the dosage. A high dose is not always a good thing when it comes to this. Too much benzoyl peroxide can dry out the skin leading to irritation and causing more discomfort and skin problems. Something around the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide mark is pretty standard. But be careful with anything more than the 2.5% mark.

Salicylic Acid

Often used in spot treatments as it helps the skin shed dead skin cells and lessen irritation. This acid dissolves the bits of skin that causes clogged pores. It also has anti inflammatory properties which are great for soothing and calming active breakouts. It penetrates the skin follicle and clears out all the nasties stuck under the skin by encouraging skin turnover. Acid's seem to scare the life out of some people, but when you are using the right acids they can actually do a world of good.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acid

AKA AHA's. Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid are the most common AHA's to look out for within the skincare isles. AHA’s are typically used in anti-aging products, but they are great for spot fighting. Like Salicylic Acid, an AHA also aids the healing process and clear the skin of any under the skin spots.

Sulfur

Sulphur is another a known bacteria killer and probably the best spot fighting treatment around. It works best used on individual spots as it can be a little abrasive used all over the face. Dot it on your pimple and watch it shrink down within a few hours. It doesn't smell the nicest (think rotten eggs), but it sure packs a punch in the zit zapping stakes.

Tea Tree Oil

This is a great natural spot fighting treatment as it also has a ton of antibacterial properties. Unlike other spot fighting treatments like Benzoyl Peroxide it doesn't contain any chemicals, so its an ingredient to keep an eye out for if you are into natural products.
Are there any other beauty jargon you want me to explain?

28 comments

  1. This was so helpful thank you! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  2. Great post, very helpful thanks! x

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  3. Really helpful post, thank you!

    http://thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Great post! I don't bother with supposed spot treatments that don't list salicylic acid high on the ingredients list, but wasn't so aware of some of the others.

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  5. this is so helpful, i'll make sure to use this when i pick out future products :)
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. This is so helpful, i never really know what to look for haha! x

    A Little Treat

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  7. This post is so helpful thanks Lily! It's always so difficult to know what to use and how x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

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  8. This was really helpful! Thank you! :)

    Tiny Alis.

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  9. Very helpful post! thanks lily :) berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

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  10. Really helpful post thanks!
    smozzy
    xxx
    http://todaisiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. This was an incredibly helpful post Lily! I always struggle with ingredient lists and usually just avoid the typical parabens and what not. Please do more of these sorts of posts!

    www.crazylins.com

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  12. Benzoyl Peroxide is super effective on my blemishes, I love using it to spot treat x

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  13. Such an informative post, thanks for sharing :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  14. I think this would make a really cool series. Like one post for hydrating ingredients, one for wrinkle fighting, etc.

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  15. BP is a medicine and therefore your doctor or pharmacist can advise what percentage if any is suitable for your skin

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  16. Great post, could you do one on your favorite acne fighting products?

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    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. This was so useful! Thank you for decoding :)

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  18. Very helpful post, I love tea tree oil, it cures so many problems and can help skin, nails, hair, you name it!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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  19. Salicylic acid and tea tree oil were so helpful for me when I suffered from acne!
    Thank you for explanation of the other ingredients, I didn't know them :)
    Gladys - www.hey-glad.com

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  20. So helpful, really good to know what to look for!

    cassandramyee.blogspot.com

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  21. This is such a great post! Perfect infact, thank you. Hannah x

    www.tilleymint.com

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  22. This was a helpful post! Thank you! It's always nice to know what to look for (and what to watch out for) in products!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  23. I was shopping for skincare to get rid of this nasty break out - and was wondering about all of these ingredients the other day. This post was so helpful. Definitely bookmarking it.

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  24. Maybe Hyaluronic acid? Had no idea about sulfur! Learn something new everyday :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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