Cleansers are an important part of skincare thanks to their ability to help clean our skin and clean out our pores. Not all cleansers are created equally though. Some of them utilize ingredients better suited for getting into your skin and pores to properly clean things out. Staying alert for these ingredients is an important part of learning what ingredients work best in particular skincare products. It isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to figure out on your own though. That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at some of the important ingredients that do this job for you. It will give you a clearer idea of what you’re looking for and what each of the ingredients offers that their peers don’t. This way you’ll be able to make informed choices on which products you want to use. Most of the ingredients we’re going to discuss are acids but don’t worry. The skincare industry has been using low concentrations of acids for a long time and is very good at making sure only skin friendly levels are in any given product.
This is one of the key ingredients that gets used in both cleansers and chemical exfoliating products. That’s thanks to its overall potency and ability to cut through most things that cling to our skin. Most of the time you’ll generally see salicylic acid in acid fighting products thanks to it being very good at cutting through the natural oils that your skin produces. That’s part of what makes it such a good chemical to include in a cleanser. Those oils don’t stop or really slow it either. This allows the salicylic acid to also dissolve surface grime and dead skin cells that can build up on the skin as well and reach the skin with most of its potency intact. It can then filter into your pores and provide the same benefits within them by dissolving the various debris and oils that can clog your pores. Salicylic acid’s potency is occasionally too much for people with more sensitive skin though. There are other options available for such people.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
AHAs are actually a relatively diverse group of acids. They are salicylic acid’s cousins, chemically speaking, and offer many of the same benefits at a lower potency. Most of the time you’ll see them in gentle cleansers and products marketed specifically for sensitive skin. After all, everyone needs this sort of skin cleansing power, but not everyone can use every product. There are several major AHAs that see use though whereas salicylic acid is the only one from its family to see use in skincare. Glycolic acid is one of the most commonly used AHAs and is more often than not what you’re going to see. Admittedly, citric acid is another popular ingredient to include thanks to its overall high availability. These and other AHAs are all equally usable and can thoroughly clean your skin when utilized properly. It is simply a matter of ensuring that you use the products appropriately to avoid irritating your skin.
It is worth highlighting that even AHAs can actually irritate sensitive skin. That’s why cleansers are a combination of ingredients. It is important to help balance out the cleansing power with other ingredients to both appropriately regulate the potency of the product and to counteract any potentially negative issues. Chamomile extract is one of the best ingredients at doing this. That’s thanks to its inherent anti-inflammatory nature that helps to soothe the skin once it has been applied. This is a particularly important thing to note when looking for an acne fighting product as minimizing inflammation at the same time that you’re destroying the environment that bacteria flourish in leads to a more effective product. There are also studies that indicate that the extract has an antioxidant effect as well when applied that helps to protect the skin. Overall, it makes a nice point of balance to both salicylic acid and AHAs.
There’s a lot to consider when looking into cleansers that can penetrate your skin and pores. All of the best ingredients are either AHAs or salicylic acid. They penetrate and cleanse with a high degree of effectiveness at the cost of potential irritation. Counterbalancing that will various ingredients allows the compounds to work for longer and provide a greater effect. Remember this so that you look for soothing ingredients in your cleansers too. Finding the right balance in your product will ensure your skin is both clean and healthy.