Best Serums for Acne Prone Skin

face serums for acne prone skin

We all hate acne with a red hot passion, but have you tried an acne fighting face serum yet? With concentrated ingredients and formulations specifically designed to help reduce break-outs it is time to put serums to the ultimate test.

The root causes of acne:

Your skin produces naturally occurring oils to stay moist. These oils (sebum) are produced by the tiny sebaceous glands located in the pores of your skin.

There are 2 places on your body that do not have sebaceous glands, the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. Most of our bodies sebaceous glands are located on the face and scalp and this is where acne breakouts are most likely to occur.

Your body is also constantly shedding skin. This skin can get stuck in the skins’ pores. When a pore gets becomes clogged a bacterium known as Propionibacterium acnes starts to grow. This bacterium is in everybody’s skin to begin with but the dead skin and sebum build-up help it to grow faster.

Best acne serum ingredients

When looking for an effective acne serum you should be considering the following ingredients, which have been scientifically shown to help treat acne directly or help reduce the causes that lead to acne.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA’s)

AHA’s are water soluble acids and are some of the most common serum ingredients to treat acne. These acids work as skin exfoliants, by stripping away the top layers of skin giving way to new layers of better skin.

Examples of AHA’s:

  • citric acid – from citrus fruits
  • glycolic acid – from sugar cane
  • malic acid – from fruits
  • tartaric acid – from grapes

Salicylic Acid

When we discuss acne fighting serum ingredients salicylic acid is one of the most popular and for good reason. It acts as both a powerful skin exfoliator and an anti-inflammatory.


Retinol is just one of many related compounds called retinoids that are derived from vitamin A. Retinol is a perfect acne fighting serum ingredient because it exfoliates and stimulates the production of new skin cells. Retinol also helps boost the production of collagen.