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Does your skin constantly have bumps? Do you experience acne breakouts quite often? (that just never seem to go away!) Those are often signs that you have acne-prone skin. While it might seem like the most easily recognizable skin type, it is tricky to identify true acne-prone skin as compared to oily or dry skin that can sometimes face acne. There are many reasons you could have acne-prone skin – including your follicles producing too much oil, dead skin cells accumulating in your pores or bacteria building up in your pores consistently. Often, overproduction of oil is due to hormonal imbalance, puberty, or menstrual cycle. Acne can often cause irritation and is difficult to handle. However, there are natural ingredients like Salicylic Acid and products that can soothe your acne-prone, sensitive skin as it deserves. Read on to understand more about acne-prone and the best ingredients to treat it: 

3 Signs that you have Acne-Prone Skin

  • You have frequent breakouts 

“The vast majority of people have had acne once in their lifetimes,” says Dr. Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, a noted dermatologist. However, if you notice that your acne breakouts are happening very frequently (once a week, for example) or that they don’t seem to be fading away after weeks, it is likely you have acne-prone skin. 

  • Your acne gets worse during certain phases 

Acne changes constantly in severity and where it can appear on your body. It can sometimes confine itself only to your face, but at other times intensely cover your shoulders. If you notice your acne spreading over a number of places like your neck, back, chest, shoulders the most, then it is likely you have acne-prone skin. This acne can start off light, but progressively get worse based on your moods like stress, hormonal balance or other reasons. 

  • You see both non-inflammatory and inflammatory breakouts 

If you have acne-prone skin, then you are likely to see both non-inflammatory and inflammatory breakouts in your skin. Non-inflammatory breakouts consistent with excess sebum and result in blackheads and whiteheads, which do not cause any swelling. However, inflammatory breakouts consist of either mild lesions or long-lasting cysts on your chin, jawline and neck. 

An important point to note is that not all blemishes are a sign of acne. Rosacea, a common skin concern is sometimes called “adult acne” because of their similarities. Symptoms of rosacea include flushing, thickened skin and burning. If your symptoms sound more similar to this than acne, you could have sensitive skin instead of acne-prone skin. 


How to Treat Acne-Prone Skin – Salicylic Acid Benefits 

Now that you have understood this complex skin type, you can choose the right ingredients, skin care products, and ingredients to treat it.  Out of the four main skin types (dry, oily, combination, acne-prone), acne-prone skin requires a gentler touch due to the sensitive nature of acne. 

Using beauty products that are 100% “clean” or free of any harmful chemicals, minerals, sulphates, parabens and other contaminants – and plant-based (formulated only with natural ingredients) is a great way to treat your acne-prone skin for long periods of time. 

The OZiva Clean Beauty range has several products that might help, but we’ll spend our time talking about one of the most powerful ingredients for acne-prone skin  – Salicylic Acid. 

Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is well-known for reducing acne by exfoliating the skin thoroughly and cleansing the pores. It is best known for its power to help prevent the likelihood of future acne breakouts in the skin. 

Salicylic Acid benefits for skin include its treatment of inflammatory acne. As a side bonus, it also works hard to give you smooth and clear skin. Inflammatory acne can be a bother, but this serum helps reduce it by providing your skin with strong antioxidant properties, preventing and reducing acne scars, and helping to treat your acne over a period of time! Unlike Vitamin E or Vitamin C, you cannot easily consume Salicylic Acid through food, so applying it topically to your skin through clean beauty products is one of the only ways to utilise its strong effects. 

The OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Range takes Salicylic Acid as a hero ingredient and contains it in high concentrations for higher efficacy at a lower market price. While this range is safe for all skin types, including dry, sensitive and oily skin, it is especially suitable for acne-prone skin. The main benefits of Bioactive Salicylic Acid are acne treatment, inflammation reduction and  breakout prevention – all of which help treat acne-prone skin. 


  1. To Treat Inflammatory Acne  – Guava Leaf in the OZiva Salicylic Range helps reduce inflammatory acne by fighting strong infection in the skin and inflammation. Tea Tree, also contained in this Bioactive Salicylic32 Range, helps provide smooth, clear skin by allowing the Salicylic Acid to penetrate deeply and cleanse excess sebum from the pores and also remove dead skin cells clogging these pores, thus preventing blackheads and whiteheads.
  2. Giving the Skin Strong Anti-Acne Properties – Your acne-prone skin is likely to witness acne buildup and inflammation quite often. Salicylic Acid helps give your skin strong antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. Antioxidant properties help reduce cell damage in the skin from free radicals, thus helping to minimise the chances of regular acne breakouts, while also boosting your overall health and providing clear skin. Antibacterial properties means that your skin gains abilities to destroy acne-causing bacteria or suppress their growth. Antimicrobial properties means that the skin can also easily destroy these bacteria. With a strong combination of these three properties, bioactive Salicylic Acid reduces your skin’s likelihood of facing inflammatory acne. 

Thus, Salicylic Acid takes care of your acne-prone skin very easily. Aside from these, Vitamin C has one of the highest safety profiles in the beauty game. Many people can use it safely for their skin over a long period of time without any reactions to reap Vitamin C benefits from Clean Beauty without any side effects. 

Try the OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Range for Maximum Salicylic Acid Benefits

This range includes the OZiva Salicylic32 Face Cleanser and the OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Face Serum for maximum Salicylic Acid benefits. 

  • Gently Exfoliate and Pre-Treat with the OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Face Cleanser 

OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Face Cleanser is a facial care product that is used to remove strong oils, sweat, dirt and other types of daily pollutants from the face. This gentle face cleanser is rich in plant-based ingredients like Tea Tree, Australian Lemon Myrtle, Willow Bark and Guava Leaf, all well-known soothers for sensitive skin. It helps 32% Reduced Excessive Lipid Production & Oily Spots*, which in turn leads to a reduction in acne and inflammation in the skin. Start off your anti-acne ritual by gently rinsing yourself with it. 

*Based on clinically proven ingredient in product-OiLess’city

  • Rejuvenate your skin with OZiva Bioactive Vitamin C30 Face Serum 

The OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Face Serum is thin and light, and has a higher concentration of ingredients. Its smaller molecules penetrate deep into the skin and help reduce inflammatory acne in the skin, treat and reduce acne scars left over from previous breakouts, and helps reduce future breakouts. The OZiva Bioactive Salicylic32 Face Serum promotes helps 32% Reduced Excessive Lipid Production & Oily Spots*, which allows for reduction in oil or sebum in the skin. Excess sebum leads to acne, so less sebum helps reduce long-term acne. 

*Based on clinically proven ingredient in product-OiLess’city

What’s the Take 

While anyone can apply topical Salicylic Acid to the skin for its benefits, it is the perfect remedy for acne-prone, sensitive skin.  Bioactive Salicylic Acid helps reduce and treat inflammatory acne, fade acne scars, and give your skin strong antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to help reduce the likelihood of future breakouts! Keep this trusty soother with you 24×7.  Try out the OZiva Salicylic32 Range for your sensitive skin.

For more in this Bioactive for 4 Skin Types series, read our Vitamin C for Combination skin blog. 

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