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Many factors outside of the average human's control can play a role in having acne, but adding the right products to your skin-care routine can help lay a solid foundation for treating your skin. Sure, plenty of serums and treatments effectively stop acne in its tracks, but most experts would agree that an effective routine for acne-prone skin starts with a good cleanser.Not just any old cleanser will do, but one with the right ingredients to treat breakouts without further irritating your skin. When picking out the right cleanser for acne-prone skin, the most important thing to consider is ingredients. Luckily, there are a ton of carefully-formulated cleansers on the market with ingredients that actually work. Ahead, we rounded up our favorites that are also approved by the experts who know skin best.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Alpha-H Triple Action CleanserWhen shopping around for an acne-fighting cleanser, it's important to seek out those with antibacterial ingredients to cut down on the bad bacteria that breed breakouts on your face. Taylor Worden, celebrity facialist and founder of Taylor Worden Skin, says that this Alpha-H formula nukes bacteria while calming irritation. "It has soothing ingredients like cucumber and aloe to calm and moisturize," she explains. "It also contains thyme, which is a natural herbal antibacterial agent that helps control oil production without drying out the skin."Alpha-H Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser, $, available at SephoraAcneFree Oil-Free Acne Face CleanserDr. Hadley King, a NYC-based dermatologist, says that you can't go wrong by adding this AcneFree cleanser, which contains benzoyl peroxide, to your regimen. "Benzoyl peroxide is an organic acid in the peroxide family that has been used to treat acne for more decades," Dr. King explains. "Benzoyl peroxide helps treat acne because it kills bacteria that contribute to acne, and helps to prevent and clear out clogged pores."AcneFree AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Face Cleanser, $, available at CVSGood Janes Deep ToxDr. King also recommends this charcoal-infused formula, which is like a detox shot for your face. "It contains glycolic acid for gentle exfoliation and humectants to hydrate the skin," she explains. The good doesn't stop there, though: It's also packed with vitamin C to brighten your skin while it works to clear your pores.Good Janes Good Janes Deep Tox, $, available at Good JanesNaked Poppy Refresh Foaming CleanserLactic acid, a powerful natural exfoliator, is the star of this NakedPoppy cleanser that works wonders on acne-prone skin. According to Dr. King, this allows for gentle exfoliation while hydrating the skin and supporting the skin barrier to reduce damage and further breakouts.Naked Poppy Naked Poppy Refresh Foaming Cleanser, $, available at Naked PoppyDifferin Daily Deep Cleanser with Benzoyl PeroxideThis cleanser checks all of the boxes when it comes to keeping acne-prone skin free of breakouts: It's formulated with five percent benzoyl peroxide to get deep into stubborn breakouts and glycerin to keep your skin balanced (and to prevent dryness).Differin Differin Daily Deep Cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide, $, available at TargetReneé Rouleau Rapid Response Detox CleanserWe don't call this the fire extinguisher of cleansers for nothing. It's packed with gentle yet powerful ingredients like kaolin clay, tea tree oil, and lactic acid to sop up excess sebum that causes breakouts before they even happen. So, when you feel a deep-rooted pimple popping up — this will be like an early eviction notice.Renée Rouleau Reneé Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Cleanser, $, available at Renée RouleauPaula's Choice Pore Normalizing CleanserThe word "gentle" typically doesn't come to mind when you think about fighting acne, but this one manages to do the job while still being kind to your skin, thanks to a small dose of salicylic acid. Dr. King says that the acid penetrates pores and effectively removes sebum and oil, resulting in fewer breakouts. Paula's Choice Paula's Choice Pore Normalizing Cleanser, $, available at Paula's ChoiceLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Dr. Pimple Popper fans, this one’s for you: In this episode of Macro Beauty, we get an up-close-and-personal look at Folayemi Akinbolaji’s first-ever extreme blackhead removal. Akinbolaji, who goes by Fola, only started getting acne on her face within the last two years. She recently decided to get her blackheads removed to help smooth her skin texture and even out her complexion. Rather than feeling nervous about the extraction procedure, Akinbolaji was looking forward to it, thanks to Michelle Henry, MD, the board-certified dermatologist who would be guiding her through her skin journey. “I’m very excited to work with Dr. Henry, most importantly, because she is a Black woman,” Akinbolaji said. “I’m a Black woman, and who else is more qualified than her to do this procedure on me and tell me what it is that’s causing my acne.” In her Manhattan office, Dr. Henry explains how blackhead removals can help the skin, and what her client should expect. She begins by cleansing Akinbolaji’s skin, then presses the tip of an 18-gauge needle into the pore to avoid excess pressure that can lead to damaged and enlarged pores, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. “That’s why I always encourage my patients not to do this at home, because it’s very difficult to make sure that you have even pressure,” Dr. Henry says. “If you don’t have even pressure, what can happen is that the clog can actually go backwards and cause more inflammation.” She continues by using cotton-tipped applicators to squeeze the sides of each pimple until it pops. The second technique uses a metal comedone extractor to gently push the clog out while applying equal pressure around the pore. While watching the video, it might look like the gauge puncturing the skin is the most painful part, but Dr. Henry says that’s probably the least uncomfortable step. “What’s probably the most uncomfortable is actually the squeezing,” she says. “It’s mild discomfort, nothing extreme, and most tolerate it really well” — and even if you don’t, the procedure is done in ten minutes max. Immediately after the treatment, Dr. Henry notes that any swelling Akinbolaji experienced would go down overnight, and she’d be able to see results by morning. If you’re curious but nervous about having an extraction session, Dr. Henry assures there’s minimal negative long-term consequences and there’s little-to-no down time. “For anyone who’s afraid of getting an extreme blackhead removal, I would just say try it,” Akinbolaji says. “If you care about your skin and you want it to get better, and you want the best optimal health you can, I say just do it.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Whether you follow a strict 10-step routine or prefer the upmost minimalism, finding your failsafe skin care can be a complex process of trial and error. With so many products on the market, not only do you need to find those that work best for your skin type, but you also need to ensure the ingredients play well together, too. Similarly to retinol, the benefits of niacinamide seem to hold no bounds, but the big question is: can these two powerhouse ingredients be used together? A Refresher on Retinol In case you needed a reminder, Daniel Isaacs, director of research at Medik8, told us that retinol is the classic form of vitamin A and the unequivocal gold standard for tackling multiple skin concerns. "Retinol stimulates cellular turnover in the skin, pushing fresh skin cells to the surface and [enhancing] collagen production." The powerful combination means that when used in topical skin care, retinol can reduce acne, smooth uneven skin texture, and brighten stubborn scarring. "Retinol is second to none for improving signs of photo-aging as it helps block the formation of pigment in the skin for brighter, more even-toned skin." Despite all the virtues of retinol, it is also well known for being irritating if you're new to the ingredient, have overused it, or are using a formula with a high concentration, according to dermatologist Dr. Cristina Psomadakis. "Common side effects of retinol include redness, flaking and increased skin sensitivity," she told POPSUGAR. So Can You Use Retinol and Niacinamide Together? Thankfully, using niacinamide in your skin-care routine can help combat the negative side effects of retinol. Also known as vitamin B3, consultant dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall explained that niacinamide is another multipurpose powerhouse ingredient. "Niacinamide is a great anti-inflammatory and can help to improve uneven skin tone, diminish dullness, and soften fine lines and wrinkles. It's also crucial for healthy functioning of the skin barrier as it boosts ceramide production and reduces trans-epidermal water loss, which are key elements of reinforcing our skin barrier, keeping our skin hydrated, and improving redness and sensitivity from retinol usage." Not only can niacinamide be used alongside retinol treatment to make it more tolerable, but Dr. Psomadakis also explained that niacinamide can also act as a preretinol skin trainer. "Research shows that pretreating your skin with niacinamide for a few weeks before starting retinol reduces the likelihood of side effects because your skin barrier will be in better shape." Not only can niacinamide be used alongside retinol treatment to make it more tolerable, but niacinamide can also act as a pre-retinol skin trainer. Although the dynamic duo of niacinamide and retinol pair very well together, Dr. Hextall advised people to still be cautious. "I always recommend a low and slow approach with retinol, and this shouldn't change just because you are using a compensating ingredient. It's always best to respect the skin barrier and build up your actives." Dr. Psomadakis agreed, pointing out that there are very few skin-care absolutes that apply to everyone. "Overall, niacinamide is very well tolerated and is known to be calming but there will always be exceptions." She also added that although niacinamide can help you tolerate retinol, it doesn't work the other way around. "If niacinamide on its own doesn't suit you, combining it with retinol won't change things." How to Incorporate Both Retinol and Niacinamide in Your Regimen When it comes to pairing the two together, you can either use two separate products or one product that contains both retinol or niacinamide. Those with more sensitive skins or are new to retinoids may prefer a handy duo according to Dr Hextall. "It is often thought that retinol is only for robust skins, however, using a clever formulation that combines cushioning niacinamide, can help to mitigate sensitivity." With niacinamide available in variety of products from face washes, to serums, hydrating toners and moisturizers, how you pair the two together is a matter of preference, but Isaacs said the typical skin-care layering rules still apply. "The golden rule is to begin with the lightest formulation and build up layers with heavier textures so the heavier products can penetrate through the lighter ones to be properly absorbed. Start with water based products, follow with oil, emulsions, and finish with heavier creams." As always, but especially when using retinols, make sure to use a broad spectrum SPF in the daytime, too. Ahead, find our favorite retinol and niacinamide products to take your skincare routine up a notch.
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