Common skin issues, such as acne, are troublesome at any age but can be especially worrisome for those in their teens and early 20’s. It can shatter confidence, cause lifelong scarring and social anxiety, because who wants to go out with their friends when they’ve got a red, inflamed, irritated face. If you’ve been blessed with beautiful, pimple free skin, it may be difficult to comprehend both the physical and mental pain of acne, so severe at times that people choose extreme medications to combat it.
Everyone’s skin is different and therefore require different treatments to eliminate a breakout of acne. It’s important for us to understand the cause of the breakouts in order to address the issue the right way.
What causes Acne?
The predominant cause of acne is buildup of dead skin cells, excess oil (sebum) and bacteria. When these combine and block the follicle, a type of plug is formed, trapping the bacteria, which then multiplies and leads to a breakout. Those with a genetic predisposition to acne, can shed their dead skin cells up to four times faster than the average person. If these dead skin cells remain on the surface of the skin, they can cause low grade acne and progress further to high grade acne if not treated.
Other factors to consider when addressing acne include:
Age – younger people are more likely to have oilier skin and be going through hormonal changes
Stress – not only mental stress but also physical stress’s such as dehydration and diet can affect the skin by stimulating more oil production
Lifestyle – Not having an effective skin care routine and eliminating build up on the skin, creating further build up with makeup and hair care and also types of clothing and excess sweat can be contributing factors to breakouts.
There are varying degrees of acne from low to high grade and treatment will need to be modified from person to person. While we strongly encourage making a good skin care routine a priority, some people may still need to seek medical advice.
Everyone has a delicate balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria on their skin. This balance creates a microbiome system with the good bacteria helping maintain healthy skin. So, while we might be inclined to douse our face with anti-bacterial products, this will also eliminate the good bacteria and our skins own natural defences against breakouts.
Dermalogica Clear Start is versatile range designed to target breakout prone skin. The products are gentle yet effective, with potent ingredients that target the acne, while soothing botanicals eliminate inflammation and redness. Clear start is straightforward to use, avoiding any lengthy routines, while each product has multi benefits in order to deliver quick results.
Dermalogica Clear Start At A Glance
Dermalogica Clearing Flashfoliant
The Dermalogica Clearing Flashfoliant is designed for breakout-prone skin. Using Salicyclic Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid to exfoliate, the Flashfoliant works to tackle any breakouts while brightening your skin for an instant refinement in skin tone, while Tangerine Peel and Grape Extract help to clean and calm.
Directions: Invert bottle and squeeze to dispense foam. Apply once daily to cleansed face and neck. Allow to absorb.
Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster
Clears breakouts fast! This fast-acting booster, formulated with Salicylic Acid, helps combat breakout-causing bacteria for rapid skin clearing. Patented TT Technology and Phytoplankton Extract work with skin’s natural microbiome and help prevent over-drying.
Directions: Apply directly to blemish or breakout area, or apply a thin layer all over the face under moisturizer for breakout prevention.
Dermalogica Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask
Dermalogica’s Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask is ready to tackle them at their worst! Using Kaolin Clay to absorb excess oil and clear the skin, as well as Sulfur for its clearing properties, the naturally fizzy formula of this mask works hard to clear pores and address blackheads.
Directions: Apply to areas of congestion, and allow 3-5 minutes to fully activate. Rinse thoroughly and follow with your recommended Clear Start product.
Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
By cleaning the skin with this foaming formulation, pores are cleaned out for skin that is deeply cleaned from the inside out. Safe to use morning and night, this clever formulation can be used wherever you have congested skin that you want to improve, be it your face, neck, chest, and more!
Directions: Morning and night, lather a small amount in damp hands, then rub over face, neck, chest ... anywhere you want to wipe out dirt and breakouts. Keep out of your eyes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Dermalogica Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer
If you like your moisturisers light, this super lightweight, non-greasy formula is the perfect hydrator for those who worry about oily areas, such as the nose and forehead. Enjoy a consistent matte finish that isn’t affected by the very important SPF, which works to prevent dark spots and sun damage.
Dermalogica Micro Pore Mist (previously All Over Toner)
Formulated with niacinamide and an antioxidant-rich blend, from the first spritz, get smaller pores by the time you walk out the door. Gentle enough to be used throughout the day for a pick-me-up whenever you need! This bottle is made from 50% recycled plastic, so your conscience can feel as clear as your skin does.
Directions: Spritz on after cleansing morning and night or throughout the day as needed.
Dermalogica Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion
Dermalogica’s Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion is a sheer lotion designed to calm angry skin, hydrate and soothe. Plant-based squalane moisturises and softens, while high performance Hyaluronic Acid delivers instant results and tackles dehydration instantly. It can also be used to combat the dryness that is the result of some acne treatments, while gentle citrus and ginger botanicals soothe.
Directions: Apply over entire face and neck, day and night.
Dermalogica Cooling Aqua Jelly
A jelly-based, water-like formula that cools as it’s applied, skin is instantly refreshed and hydrated while a retinol-replicating bioflavonoid complex helps to refine skin and remove excessive oiliness.
Directions: Apply a pea-sized amount over entire face and neck as the last step in your routine. Use day and night.