What is an effective solution for my Oily/Acne Prone Skin?
What is acne and how do I know if I have it?
Acne is a genetic disease affecting the skin by a series of recurrent, infected breakouts. Classic acne blemishes include blackheads, milia, pimples and cysts. If you experience ongoing breakouts, you should seek help from a licensed skin care therapist, who may refer you to a dermatologist if the condition is sufficiently severe. With the numerous advances in skin care formulations, however, increasingly more people are combating their acne with regular facial treatments and complementary at-home regimens. Dermalogica's new Medicated Clearing System, developed buy The International Dermal Institute, is truly the most comprehensive line of products and professional treatments available to help clear and prevent acne.
What can I do at home to help my breakouts?
Excellent skin care and hygiene are vitally important to remove the excess oils and bacteria that stimulate acne. Dermalogica's products are non-greasy and completely water-soluble, making them ideal for breakout-prone skin. Always follow a strict regimen of thorough cleansing with tepid (not hot) water, followed with a conditioner and an oil-free moisturizer such as Dermalogica's Active Moist or Oil Control Lotion, since oily skin often becomes dehydrated. Increasing exfoliation with Gentle Cream Exfoliant and/or Skin Renewal Booster, as well as using a deeply-purifying Skin Refining Masque, aids the skin's natural elimination process, helping to reduce breakouts.
Dermalogica's Medicated Clearing Gel also helps to keep skin clear with revolutionary Alginated Zinc Triplex and Salicylic Acid to help regulate sebum (oil) production, remove follicle-clogging debris and kill acne bacteria. For an existing breakout, Special Clearing Booster provides unsurpassed clearing with highly-active Benzoyl Peroxide, while Anti-Bac Cooling Masque calms the skin and helps prevent future blemishes with Alginated Zinc Triplex and Menthol.
Why do some people breakout in their forties?
Stress and hormonal changes are the primary cause of the re-emergence of acne well after puberty. Recent studies indicate that 40 to 50 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are diagnosed with persistent, low-grade acne. Along with several lifestyle changes, including reducing one's stress level and improving one's diet, there are several products on the market designed to address these problems. Dermalogica's Oil Control System is a collection of three medicated, skin purifying formulations-a cleansing skin wash, purifying wipes and lotion-designed to control oil and to prevent breakouts and acne.
Are there some products or foods that can make me break- out?
Research compiled at The International Dermal Institute reveals that several factors can make a person more susceptible to acne breakouts. People who are prone to breakout should only use products that are non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic. Many of these skin-sensitizing products contain ingredients such as lanolin, artificial fragrance and colours, S.D. alcohol or mineral oil which can clog and irritate the skin.
In addition, lifestyle changes can often improve your skin. Try to reduce stress, drink plenty of water and limit your intake of caffeine and cigarettes, which stimulate the adrenal glands to wreak havoc on the skin's natural processes. Moreover, people who are sensitive to iodine should avoid consuming foods high in iodine, such as seaweed or iodized salt, because it can lead to inflammation and breakout.
What is the difference between acne vulgaris and acne rosacea?
Acne vulgaris is the more common form of acne and is caused by clogging and inflammation of the skin's sebaceous and hair follicles. Acne rosacea, on the other hand, tends to affect an older person and is caused by the blood vessels of the face becoming inflamed and swollen. Skin can become permanently reddened and the nose can become swollen and bulbous. Acne rosacea, like acne vulgaris, is treatable. Speak to your skin care therapist for recommendations on treatment.