Did you know that acne affects between 40-50 million people in the US, alone? Just what defines acne? For our purposes, I’m using the term acne in a broad, general sense, as there are many different types of acne. see: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=479093
Though much more prevalent in adolescents, this unsightly and distressing skin disorder can follow many of us well past mid-life. Dealing with adolescent acne is certainly a challenge, but often overlooked is the tendency for acne to plague us in our 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s. Mine didn’t occur until I was nearly 30, after having acne-free teen years. What’s with this!? (hormones) Then, to add insult, I hit menopause, my skin went from oily to dry, and if I used any sort of rich moisturizer for the dryness, bam, I’d break-out. Wrinkles and acne- what’s a woman to do?
I’m not a dermatologist, but having many years of first hand experience with this problem and knowing what works for me and what doesn’t and as a formulator, I certainly have some strong opinions about various approaches to these issues (yes, there are multiple, complex issues associated with the treatment of acne). My opinions are not to be construed as medical advice, so if you’re happy with your dermatologist, great. If you’re considering see one, or not pleased with your treatment regimen, read on.
First, I’m not a fan of aggressive treatment approaches to acne, in general. Yes, I know, you want it gone, yesterday, but if you use excessively strong products, you risk over-drying your face to the point of inflammation, which can actually trigger more breakouts, Inflammation is a major component in the acne cycle, so if you get carried away with scrubbing and benzyyl peroxides, you may actually be doing more harm in the long run. That why some people, when trying a new product or regimen may see a dramatic initial improvement in their condition, only to be frustrated with ‘rebound’ breakouts.
Next time I’ll detail the ingredients we use in our products and how I believe they’ll may make a difference for you.
With Summer at hand, you may be interested in the newest additions to our Troubled Skin Care Collection. You won’t find any BPA, here. These effective adjuncts to our current products will be available on our website with the next 3 weeks. They are:
Anti-Aging Cream for Acne Prone Skin – 1 oz. This product is a small miracle for any woman over 50 whose complexion is showing signs of aging and needs some moisturizing, but who also tends to experience breakouts while using most traditional moisturizers. It’s two treatments in one!
Blemish Rx – 1/2 fl oz, which will last a long time. This tiny little bottle is for those times when you need to address a major eruption quickly. Filled with star performers like sulfur, zinc oxide, witch hazel, calamine, kaolin, allantoin, honey, propolis, white willow extract, tea tree and lavender essential oils. To be used as a bedtime spot treatment, this powerhouse will dry and sooth the worst pimples while you sleep.
Blemish/Acne Cleansing Bar – 5+ oz bar. This soap-free bar won’t over-dry your skin. It contains activated charcoal, zinc oxide and soothing oatmeal, allantoin and lavender, to cleanse and detoxify. Use twice daily or alternate with Bee Naturals Foaming Face Wash
Rhassoul Clay Bars– 5+ oz bar. Rhassoul clay is also known as Moroccan clay which has a great track record with detoxifying and ‘clearing’ the complexion. Swiped over damp skin, it’s a great detoxifies pores and leaves skin clean and clear. Used twice daily or twice weekly, you notice the difference. It’s like a mini-mask in a bar.
Sebum Regulating Gel – 2 oz. This lightweight gel effectively reduces the excess sebum(oil) production associated with acne prone skin with a proprietary blend of botanicals that includes Botanical polyphenol-rich complex from argania spinosa kernel extract (argan oil)
Make Me Matt- Mattifying Tinted Oil Controlling Treatment – 4 oz. This product absorbs oil, but also keeps your makeup fresh for hours. Just shake, apply to cotton pad and swipe wherever shine and ‘oil slick’ occur to achieve hours of flawless matt finish. Use alone or under makeup. Will be available in two shades.. It very gently draws the impurities from the skin, tightens