4 Must-Have Ingredients for Clear Skin

There are a ton of skincare products on the market that promise to effectively deal with your acne. But if you’re like most people, reading the label of an acne-care product can be pretty confusing.

What ingredients help with getting rid of pimples and blemishes? 

What do those ingredients actually do to help treat acne?

Next time you’re shopping for an acne solution, check the label for these ‘must-have’ acne care ingredients. 

Salicylic Acid



There’s a good reason that salicylic acid is one of the most popular acne-fighting ingredients available. It’s been proven to be highly effective at treating mild and early-stage acne, especially at the blackhead and whitehead stages. 

If you’re trying to cut off a major breakout before it gets out of control, you’re going to need salicylic acid in your arsenal.

Salicylic acid penetrates your pores and dissolves the dead skin cells and oils that are the culprit behind most breakouts.

It doesn’t just work for acne. Salicylic acid also breaks down keratin in your skin and reduces the formation of dark spots (or age spots) that sometimes appear as we age.

This is a versatile ingredient, which means you can use it even when you’re not dealing with a breakout. 

If you’re currently dealing with a breakout, you can also bring salicylic acid into the fight with Nuvadermis Acne Patches

So, whether you’re trying to keep your skin clear or actively dealing with a breakout, salicylic acid is an absolute must. 


Hyaluronic Acid


Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, which is a fancy way of saying that it helps lock moisture into your skin. 

Are you sensing a theme here? Properly hydrated skin generally equals healthy skin. 

Humectants are super common in hair products where they’re used to pull moisture into your scalp to treat conditions like dandruff. 

They’re also common in products intended to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but the benefits of humectants like hyaluronic acid don’t end there.

Research suggests that hyaluronic acid helps regulate the production of sebum, or the natural oils in your skin. Sebum is great in the right amount, but too much sebum can clog pores and lead to breakouts, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Hyaluronic acid’s ability to regulate sebum production makes it an excellent tool for acne prevention and some research even suggests that it can help reduce the chances of acne scarring.

You can find hyaluronic acid in Nuvadermis Acne Patches where they deliver targeted acne treatment in a discreet, stick-on form. They’re even water-resistant, which means you can fight acne even when bathing.

Vitamin E


Vitamin E is a natural ingredient and antioxidant found in all kinds of foods, particularly seeds, nuts, and the oils derived from them. 

But Vitamin E isn’t just an essential part of a balanced diet; several studies suggest that when applied topically, Vitamin E can help treat even severe acne.

While the correlation between Vitamin E and clear skin isn’t quite as solid as others on this list, a growing number of people are including it in their skincare routine. 

We’re certainly believers in the power of Vitamin E. It works in tandem with several other powerful ingredients to reduce breakouts.



Hydrocolloid technology is popular with dermatologists and skincare experts because of its unique ability to soothe skin inflammation while absorbing impurities from pimples, blemishes, and even wounds.

Typically, hydrocolloid comes in the form of a patch or bandage. In fact, our very own Nuvadermis Acne Patches use hydrocolloid technology.

Hydrocolloids are sometimes used in general wound care, which makes a lot of sense because pimples are similar to wounds in many ways. In essence, they’re absorbent, waterproof dressings that create a sealed, moist environment ideal for healing almost any type of minor wound or blemish.

Another benefit of treating your breakouts with hydrocolloid patches is that they are literally physical barriers that prevent you from touching your skin. We all feel the impulse to unconsciously touch our faces, but this transfers oils and bacteria that irritate skin and prolong breakouts. 

Hydrocolloid patches like Nuvadermis Acne Patches also conceal your blemishes while they heal.

If you struggle with even occasional breakouts, keeping a pack of hydrocolloid patches in your medicine cabinet is an amazing way to increase your peace of mind.


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