If you have acne-prone skin, you most likely know how random breakouts can really be. Just when you think you know your skin, an unexpected blemish shows up. No matter if your acne is the result of a new product you're testing or from hormonal factors, it's never pleasant. If you're fed up with the breakouts and need a skincare product to soothe the bumps, look to add a product that has salicylic acid in its formula, like this $28 acne treatment that shoppers are turning to reduce acne and even help minimize milia, too.
First things first — what exactly does salicylic acid do? Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hadley King, tells InStyle that salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. "Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are similar to alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) in that they are used for chemical exfoliation of the skin," she explains. The acids work to reduce dead skin cells on the skin surface, causing the cells to shed, revealing clearer, smoother, and brighter skin. And, unlike AHAs, the BHAs, Dr. King notes, "are oil-soluble, so they can penetrate into pores [and] are able to work on the surface of the skin as well as inside the pore."
And that's where Obagi's Pore Therapy Acne Treatment comes in. The toner is packed with active ingredients like two percent salicylic acid that clear congested pores, acne, and blackheads. But, the acne-fighting toner also goes beyond working its magic on perky breakouts. Shoppers report that it also helps soothe milia — those small, stubborn, white bumps that are often mistaken for whiteheads. "Highest recommendation for treatment of milia. A must-have," one shopper said, who also explained, "[this was] recommended by my dermatologist and esthetician for treatment of milia. Results are absolutely incredible."
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And even though topical acne treatments can't act as an actual treatment for milia, Dr. King confirms that the toner can help. "BHAs can help reduce blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and milia," she says.,""BHAs also have anti-inflammatory, skin-calming properties, so they are gentle enough even for sensitive skin prone to redness and rosacea."
One Amazon shopper, who said they can't rave about the toner enough, explained, "I'm 34 years old. Always had been struggling with acne, [an] oily T-zone, and large pores. In the last two years, I have been taking care of my skin, and while lots of products have helped, this stuff has made the biggest difference I have seen on my skin ever. My pores [appear] smaller. Skin is smoother, and my hormonal acne hasn't been around for as long as I have been using it."
Another shopper explained how impressed they were that this toner quickly got to work on clearing up an intense sudden breakout."I had a terrible cyst-like breakout. [I] used the Obagi Pore Therapy [Acne Treatment], and it was cleared up in just a couple of days," they wrote. "I was really amazed at how fast it worked and did not leave me with the usual dry, flakey skin."
The Obagi Pore Therapy Acne Treatment is on sale now at Amazon for $28. But hurry, as this sale won't last long, and you're going to want to add the toner to your skincare routine immediately.