When it comes to acne treatment products, most of us are familiar with the common ingredients or the active topical acne-fighting medications. If you’re searching for the right acne treatment for your skin, it’s likely that you’ve already learned about Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and Benzoyl Peroxide. However, what’s in your acne products is important even when it comes to ingredients that may not be the primary ones. What should you look for when reading the ingredient listing on acne products? Be sure to check the label to look for any of the following.
Cultures around the world have known for centuries that silver has antimicrobial properties. While there are many examples, our favorite is that historically silver dollars were placed in milk jars before refrigeration to keep them bacteria free. As metals were studied for their antimicrobial effect, it was discovered that silver had the most powerful antibacterial power and the lowest toxicity to human cells of all of the metals. Interestingly, while silver became less popular as an antibacterial agent as antibiotics were developed, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains in recent years has made silver more popular for its bacteria fighting power.
As part of an acne treatment regimen, silver works to fight the bacteria that build up within clogged pores or on the surface of the skin and which ultimately lead to inflamed acne blemishes.