If you are like any other curious human being with acne, chances are you’re looking for as many solutions as possible. I’ve been asked whether or not Neosporin for acne is a viable solution. Today I’m going to set the record straight and share my thoughts on it.
We’ve all been in that predicament where we a pimple shows up unexpectedly. We frantically open our bathroom drawer or cabinet searching for a typical item that may do the trick. First off, you need to understand that most of the home remedies are ineffective.
I’ll never forget the time someone mentioned using Neosporin for acne. Weeks later, I found myself in front of the mirror contemplating applying the ointment to my face. Given that one of my friends suggested that I put Neosporin on any zits I had, I gave it a shot. Wanna find out if it actually worked? Keep reading!
What Is Neosporin And Will It Clear Up Acne?
Let me start off by explaining what it is. Neosporin is a triple antibiotic ointment (TAO) that is applied topically in order to prevent infections. These antibiotic ointments contain bacitracin zinc, Neomycin, and Polymyxin B Sulfate. Let it be known ointments like this are typically meant to prevent infection in cuts and wounds. They are not meant to be applied to the skin for acne treatment purposes.
Triple Antibiotic Ointment Ingredients And Acne
Most people assume that the ingredients in TAOs are super acne fighting substances that can clear your face up in no time. Their logic is basic at best. They think that because acne is primarily caused by bacteria and that TAOs kill bacteria, it must do the trick? Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. See, Neosporin is primarily meant for wounds and open cuts. It is not meant to be used for clearing up acne.
These types of ointments and creams should be used to help heal a wound. They are meant to be used on a temporary basis and not long term. If you decide to use them too frequently the bacteria will build up an immunity to the ingredients. At which point, you’ve got a much bigger problem on your hands in the future.
If you take a closer look at the ingredients, you will realize how unfriendly they are to acne. For example, Neosporin has the following ingredients in it and a few of them you will recognize as being unfriendly to your skin. Neomycin, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Polymyxin B Sulfate, Bacitracin Zinc, Sodium Pyruvate, Tocopheryl Acetate and more.
What you probably noticed was that olive oil was listed as one of the ingredients and I’ll be the first to tell you that olive oil is not good for your skin. It can actually clog your pores and make your acne much worse than it already is.
Another reason why Neosporin for acne treatment is a bad idea is simply due to the fact that acne bacteria is not the same type of bacteria in wounds. The primary bacteria responsible for causing acne vulgaris is Propionibacterium acnes.
What does this tell you right away? You should have drawn the conclusion that the type of bacteria Neosporin is meant to treat is completely different from the type that acne is created from.
TAOs contain Polymyxin B Sulfate, which is an antibiotic that is not effective if consumed over a long period of time. In fact, it can be unsafe if you use it for too long. Not to mention, the bacteria it fights is not gram-negative, it’s gram-positive. If you have an infection or wound, then Polymyxin B Sulfate is what you want to apply. If you have acne, it’s not going to do the trick.
The next active ingredient is Bacitracin Zinc. Contrary to the Polymyxin B Sulfate, Bacitracin Zinc is effective against gram-positive bacteria. The problem is that it only fights a certain strain of bacteria which is not the type that causes acne to form. Another issue is that Bacitracin does not have the ability to penetrate the skin to even have an impact on the root problem that causes acne.
The last active ingredient is known as Neomycin and it’s been known to cause allergic reactions to occur in some users. Not to mention that fact that it doesn’t work against the acne’s bacterium that causes acne.
All that said, none of the main ingredients are said to have a positive impact on the fighting the bacteria that causes acne. It’s as simple as that!
Why The Ingredients May Improve Skin But Not Heal Acne
The ingredients in triple antibiotic ointments may actually help improve your skin a bit but not heal acne. The possible reason they are so effective is due to the fact that the ingredients in TAOs help moisturize the skin. They form a protective barrier on the skin that can help seal in the moisture.
As a result, the skin around any area affected by acne may begin to look as though they’ve improved. However, you would be far better off investing in a high-end moisturizer instead.
Conclusion: It’s Not Good For Acne
When trying to fight acne, do yourself a favor, purchase products meant for their intended purpose. Instead of trying to use Neosporin to heal your acne, use something that’s recommended by a dermatologist. The benfits of using Neosporin certainly do not outweigh the chances of further clogging your pores.
In fact, I’ll go as far as saying that you should not attempt to use any products or even create any homemade solutions without trying something that’s meant to treat acne. The complications are not worth the risk.