While the list of skincare ingredients to avoid is fairly universal to everyone, the same cannot be said for those ingredients to actively seek out. While many ingredients are universally beneficial to everyone, they are not necessarily required uniformly, since different skin conditions require different strategies—and thus, different ingredients.
Below are the most common skincare grievances that we hear about at Cardon, along with the best “hero” ingredients that might remedy each one. You’ll see most of the ingredients repeated many times; after all, that’s why we call them “hero” ingredients. Here’s an important note about the recommendations, too: Because we chose to focus on the best ingredients, we didn’t want to overwhelm you by also outlining the overall regimen required for each condition. However, for many of the conditions, we do have articles tailored to the regimen itself, and will link to those accordingly.