Keratolytics help improve acne symptoms by preventing the formation of clogged pores and encouraging the growth of new skin. Keratolytic medications are commonly used for the treatment of mild acne symptoms (Acne Types: 1-2) and for the treatment of mild acne scars.
Many Over-The-Counter (OTC) acne products contain Keratolytic medications. The most common Keratolytic ingredients are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, which are both found in a wide range of acne products. There are also products with higher concentrations of active Keratolytic ingredients that are available by prescription or in medical settings. These high-concentration products are generally used for chemical skin peels that are used to treat mild acne scarring and other skin conditions.
Keratolytics can be helpful acne treatments for many individuals, but they are unlikely to completely resolve acne symptoms when used alone. Keratolytics are generally only helpful for individuals with mild to moderate acne symptoms (Acne Types: 1-2). The tend to be ineffective treatments for moderate to severe inflammatory acne (Acne Types: 3-4), because they do not penetrate deeply enough into the skin reach the source of the problem.
Keratolytics work by helping to soften and remove the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis), which prevents clogged pores and encourages the growth of new skin. Topical use of Keratolytic medications is often combined with complementary acne treatments (eg. Antibiotics, Retinoids, Light & Laser Therapies) as part of a comprehensive acne treatment regimen.