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Professional Acne Skin Care Products VS OTC

Updated: Aug 18


Have you ever found yourself wondering the skincare aisle in Target looking for something new because you've tried just about every acne product on the market? Still no results, girl, I know how frustrating that can be. Not all acne products are created equally.


What are OTC products?


OTC stands for over the counter products. These are considered anything you find at your local supermarket or a product line that you purchase from a beauty supply store or an Instagram ad. Many over the counter acne products are marketed to treat mild to moderate acne or periodic breakouts. And almost all OTC skincare companies do not take skin adaptation to products (skin getting used to products) into account. If you are not coached on adjusting the frequency of product use, you will not get rid of your acne.


Although many active ingredients might seem to be the same, the cosmetic product industry does not have oversight by the FDA, which means a thorough product or ingredients testing is not required. Scary, right? This means over the counter products can contain all sorts of ingredients that may not be listed on the bottle or little to no ingredients it claims to contain at all. Many of these products contain pore-clogging ingredients.


But what about proactive or Curology? They treat acne, right? Even companies attempting to customize regimens to account for different acne types do not have strong enough products to get the job done. This is why it's essential to work with a skincare professional if you're trying to get clear, I can coach you on the appropriate products and treatments for your specific type of acne.


Professional Acne Skin Care Products


Unlike OTC products, professional products do more than just sit at the surface of your skin. These products are specifically designed to penetrate your skin's pore to stop acne where it starts. They help keep your pore clear of dead skin cells and kill the acne bacteria inside your pores.


Even though professional acne products fall into the beauty cosmetic category, they go through extensive research to use the purest ingredients. Have you ever purchased a product from a store and feel like you have to use a lot it, causing you to go through it quickly? That is because OTC products contain small amounts of active ingredients and are usually fluffed with fillers that only sit on top of your skin. Professional products have a higher concentration of active ingredients to penetrate deeper layers of your skin, causing real results- which means clearing your acne.


At Nirvana by Autumn, I believe in using acne products that are meticulously crafted without acne-causing ingredients commonly found in other "acne-fighting" skincare lines on the market. No other acne products have these advanced formulas and contain only the highest-quality skin-nourishing ingredients, resulting in significant benefits beyond treating acne. If you're ready to stop spending money on products that aren't treating your acne, schedule a consultation to get you on the right path for clear skin.


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