If you want to support animals and the environment, then you probably prefer to shop for vegan skincare items, including vegan acne treatment pads. While there used to be just one or two brands that carried vegan acne treatment pads, there are now seemingly endless options available — which might make choosing the right pad for you a little tough! One way to narrow down the options is to focus on the active ingredients. Here's a look at some common active ingredients found in vegan acne treatment pads, and how they compare.
Tea Tree Oil
If you want to go the "all natural" route, then look for vegan acne treatment pads that contain tea tree oil as an active ingredient. This essential oil is well known for its bacteria-fighting properties. Since most acne is caused, at least in part, by bacteria, nixing those bacteria with tea tree oil can really help fight blemishes. Tea tree oil is also naturally moisturizing, which makes it a good choice for anyone with combination skin or dry patches.
Salicylic acid is a classic acne treatment option, and more brands are starting to use it in their vegan acne treatment pads. It works by helping to get rid of any loose, dead, and superficial skin cells, which keeps these skin cells from clogging your pores and contributing to breakouts. Salicylic acid is really effective against blackheads. It can be drying, though, so if you buy acne pads with this ingredient, make sure to follow them up with a good vegan moisturizer.
Witch hazel is a bit of an old-school acne treatment ingredient, but it is a natural extract from a shrub that grows in the United States, which makes it an appealing option for vegan and eco-friendly brands. Witch hazel mostly works by drying out your skin and removing excess oils that be contributing to breakouts. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, it is a good choice, but if you already have dry skin, this is not the best ingredient for you. (Consider tea tree oil instead!)
This is the most potent and powerful of all the active ingredients typically seen in vegan acne treatment pads. It works by both killing bacteria and exfoliating the surface of the skin. Benzoyl peroxide is drying, so you will want to use a vegan moisturizer after using pads that contain this ingredient. Also be careful not to sleep on a dark-colored pillowcase or use dark-colored washcloths on your skin after applying benzoyl peroxide; it will bleach out these items.
So, which active ingredient sounds like the best fit for your acne? Try a few different types of vegan acne treatment pads, and find out!