Say Ack-No To Acne: Fight It With Dermatologist Recommended Skincare Brands!

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    Puberty has rid us of many a concern and done us all wonders -- but those prone to acne know this unwelcome visitor comes and goes as it pleases, at any stage in life. Depending on the severity of the condition though, acne demands treatment and expert and intensive care that is to be continued religiously for however long is prescribed. This goes without saying, but it's also important that alongside clinical treatment you are taking care of your skin at home by including skincare products in your routine that keep acne in check. Which is why, to draw up this list of Acne Skincare Brands we've looked to the recommendations from three dermatologists -- Dr Sudhakar Rao (also served in the Army Medical Corps and has been the Asst Prof at AIIHPH, Kolkata), Dr Ishaad  with renowned centre for skin & hair treatment, Wizderm and Dr Koushik Lahiri of Dr.Lahiri Clinics. 

    Like most, they too, point out that products that contain retinol/ salicylic acid/ benzoyl peroxide/ glycolic acid / isotretinoin work best for acne prone skin. Following are (many homegrown) brands that make effective products for acne prone skin.

    The Minimalist

    Minimalist

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    The Minimalist's potent skin care formulas are a lifesaver (and proven to be effective, thanks to rave reviews) and the fact that you can shop by concern, even better! Specifically to reduce acne and breakouts, also the clogging of pores, they have Salicylic Acid 2% (a gentle exfoliant) and a Salicylic + LHA 2% Face Cleanser to reduce sebum. If you struggle with acne marks, try the Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1%. The Minimalist also puts out well-researched knowledge/blogs on acne-related issues on their website.

    Dot & Key

    Dot & Key

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    Dot & Key takes pride in its Acne Control and Acne Busting line of products and they rightfully should simply because of the variety they have on offer, especially for acne treatment. From Acne Busting Face Serums to Acne Defense Green Clay Mask (together make the Acne No More Kit) and the Spot Busting Essentials (AHA Exfoliating Sleeping Mask and 10% Niacinamide Skin Clearing Serum) -- they have everything made with natural botanicals and no nasty chemicals. These products are also cruelty-free and dermatologically tested.

    Sebamed

    Sebamed

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    Highly recommended by dermatologists across the country, Sebamed is a trusted brand that focuses on antibacterial formulas. The Face Cleansing Combo -- Clear Face Antibacterial Cleansing Foam, Clear Face Cleansing Bar and Clear Face Care Gel, have said to keep clogged pores and sebum/bacteria production at bay (the biggest enemies, really). To this cleansing routine you can also add their Anti-Pimple Gel and Cream. All their products are also soap-free and very gentle.

    Re'equil

    Reequil

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    Covering and offering solutions to the whole spectrum of troubles that come with having acne, Re'equil helps you overcome active acne pimples, post acne pits, scars, marks or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. For this they suggest daily care regimes using their cleansers, toners, moisturisers, treatment gels and sunscreens. Definitely check out the Acne and Acne Scars, Spots Treatment Bundle that comes with the Pitstop Gel for acne scars and pits removal, Acne Clarifying AHA BHA Gel for active acne pimple treatment and Ultra Matte Dry Touch Sunscreen Gel for all skin types.

    Kaya

    Kaya

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    Developed by dermatologists, Kaya Skincare (the OG brand) has formulated an Advanced Acne Care Kit that offers a 4-step solution to active acne, blemishes & clogged pores. Of course, these products -- Purifying Cleanser, Toner, Nourisher and Spot Corrector come with strong exfoliants like salicylic Acid, mandelic acid, niacinamide, sodium PCA, zinc sulphate and glycolic acid. Their formulas are also clinically tested for its non-comedogenic properties and are hypoallergenic. These products can be bought individually too.

    Biotique

    Biotique

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    If the power of Ayurveda compels you and you want only natural (names of ingredients you know and understand) going on your skin, then Biotique's Acne Treatment range of goodies is for you. Ingredients like neem, clove, myristica (nutmeg), even chlorophyll! The Bio Neem Purifying Face Wash, Bio Chlorophyll Anti-Acne Gel and Bio Clove Anti-Blemish Face Pack come recommended. You can buy these products as an acne control kit too. There are 8 acne targeted products in all.

    LBB Recommends: For more unheard of brands making waves in acne care, check out Organic Riot, Satt Naturals, The Phy Life, Amoha Natural and Prakriti Herbals.

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