A natural solution to acne and pore excess?
According to a study from the University of Michigan, it may not be a very good one at all.
Researchers found that acetylsalicylates, the active ingredient in the skin cream cleanser Acetarex, can reduce pimples by up to 80%.
In the study, researchers looked at patients with acne who were on topical creams that contain acetyl salicylate, a class of synthetic skin preservatives known for their ability to reduce acne scarring.
Acetyl salicylic acid, which is also used as a topical skin disinfectant, has been linked to the development of acne scar tissue in acne patients.
The researchers noted that the study subjects who took acetyl sericylicic acid had more visible pimples than those who took either a placebo or one of three topical treatments.
But why is it that topical cream cleansers that contain a synthetic ingredient such as acetyl aspirin have been linked with acne?
The study researchers hypothesized that acetate is a more effective acne treatment than a natural solution.
In their study, the researchers found that patients who took the synthetic version of acetylsulfate had significantly less visible acne scars.
However, a review published last year by researchers at Johns Hopkins University suggests that acetates might be even worse for acne than previously thought.
In the review, researchers found acetyl sulfate is much more irritating than other topical products, which could make it less effective at reducing acne.
In addition, the study found that the patients taking acetyl chloride had a significant increase in acne-related skin irritation.
The authors of the Johns Hopkins study cautioned that it’s important to note that this is a retrospective study and not a randomized trial.
They said that there are many factors that could influence how effective a topical cleanser is for acne.
They suggested that it might be better to avoid using topical cleansers altogether.
The study by the Johns and the University was published in the journal PLOS ONE.