Acne – Treatments

Acne – Treatments

Acne is a multi-faceted problem and for best results you should tackle all the pathogenic mechanisms behind it: bacteria, inflammation, hyperkeratinization, and excessive sebum production.

Effective treatments include:

  • Retinol
  • Vitamin B3
  • Green tea
  • Vitamin C
  • Tea tree oil
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid (when combined with other treatments)

Product suggestions

Most studies have only looked at how one of the above treatments works. As such, we don’t know whether it’s better to use just one ingredient or combine many. It’s not evident that combination of 2 or 3 ingredients would work better than a single ingredient. It’s possible that they interact and cancel each other out.

My personal choice would be to combine vitamins C and B3 with salicylic acid. Depending on what your skin tolerates, you can replace salicylic acid with benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil. Again, I have no objective data to say which is the optimal combination.

Here are some products to try.



These are by no means your only options. You can find plenty of alternatives at Amazon and skincare stores. Searching for products with vitamin C or vitamin B3 will bring up many choices.

The Ordinary’s products are very affordable, and I like to combine all 3 serums from above. Vitamin C and salicylic acid serums in the morning and niacinamide serum in the evening. They combine very well with almost any of the moisturizers listed here, especially the SPF 30 moisturizer.

If you feel you need something stronger, you can add the benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil moisturizers into the mix. I would apply the SPF 30 moisturizer in the morning and BP or TTO in the evening (if you choose to use them). 

About Me

Hi, I am Acne Einstein(a.k.a. Seppo Puusa). I'm a bit of a science nerd who is also passionate about health. I enjoy digging through medical journals for acne treatment gems I can share here. You can read more about my journey through acne and how I eventually ended up creating this.