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If you are someone who has oily skin and/or acne, then you may be tempted to try (or perhaps already have tried) an antibacterial cleanser.

Introduced in the 1960's, antibacterial cleansers are used widely today. The most commonly used antibacterial ingredient is [Link Removed] which kills a wide range of bacteria and has also demonstrated antifungal activity making it useful in the management of acne. Unfortunately, triclosan has been associated with a number of side effects including hormone disruption and bacterial resistance. In addition, many products formulated with triclosan are often very drying to the skin and conversely, may lead to eczema, even in oily skin types.

Other antibacterials found in acne treatments include benzoyl peroxide and [Link Removed] 

Keep in mind that an antibacterial ingredient is only one part in managing oily skin and the blemishes that often accompany it. Antibacterials kill bacteria often implicated in acne, but they do nothing to help clear pores or manage sebum (oil) production. Keeping pores clear will prevent bacteria from forming in the first place. For this, you require topical exfoliants such as [Link Removed] for example), which are derivatives of Vitamin A, are also useful in helping to keep pores clear and are beneficial in managing blemishes.

Here are some products that you may want to consider if you are trying to manage oily skin and/or acne:

1.[Link Removed] a retinol cream that can help to clear pores and shrink oil glands leading to fewer blemishes.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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