Say NO to Acne

Friday, February 22, 2008

ACNE is the four letter word that makes most people cringe. I am sadly one of those unlucky people that have adult acne; mine is caused by overactive hormones and I really hate it. I am working hard to battle it and with the help of my Esthetician, Doctor and Dermalogica, I hope to win that battle soon.

HOW IS ACNE CAUSED?
“Blemishes start when sebaceous glands, which are attached to the skin’s hair follicle canal, produce too much oil. When there is excess oil production – combined with ‘sticky’ dead skin cells lining the hair follicle canal that fail to flake – the pore becomes clogged. These conditions multiply, causing inflammation,” explains David Orentreich, Clinique’s Guiding Dermatologist.

Good daily skin care is so important for acne prone skin and will help remove excess oil, keep pores clear, and speed the healing of breakouts.

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WOULD A FACIAL HELP?
People with blackheads and other non-inflammatory blemishes may indeed find regular facials help to reduce the amount of breakouts they experience. During a facial treatment, estheticians perform extractions by manually removing pore blockages, or comedones. By extracting these impactions, the pores are cleared of excess oil and cellular debris. Blemishes are less likely to form, improving some cases of non-inflammatory acne.

HANDS OFF!
David Orentreich
strongly recommends that you do not take matters into your own hands – that means NO squeezing or PICKING (though so tempting). He says that squeezing traumatizes and often breaks the stretched pore under the surface. The pore contains oils and bacteria and when squeezed will set off a spot.

SUGGESTED PRODUCTS

Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Kit

The perfect introduction to the Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. Three simple steps that work together to treat acne—and help prevent future breakouts.
Step 1: Cleansing Foam
Step 2: Clarifying Lotion
Step 3: Clearing Moisturizer

Kit includes a 1.7 oz Cleansing Foam, 3.4 oz Clarifying Lotion, and a 1 oz Clearing Moisturizer.

Clinique
www.clinique.ca www.clinique.com
Available at Sears and The Bay

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Line with Microclear

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This line contains a new technology called MicroClear, which is clinically proven to boost delivery of acne medicine to unclog congested pores and speed treatment deep to the source. Each product is formulated with skin-soothers, including green tea and cucumber, to actively reduce redness and irritation.

Products in the line: 3 in 1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, Power-Foam Wash, Power-Clear Scrub.

Neutrogena
www.neutrogena.com www.neutrogena.ca
Available at CVS Pharmacy and Shoppers Drugmart


Clean and Clear ADVANTAGE Acne Control Kit

Advantage Acne Kit

This convenient kit includes 3 Acne Controlling products that contain bacteria-fighting ingredients, penetrating pores and fighting breakouts long after you’ve washed your face.

Kit includes: Acne Control Cleanser 4 oz, Acne Control Moisturizer 2 oz, Spot Treatment .5 oz.

Clean and Clear
www.cleanandclear.ca www.cleanandclear.com
Available at CVS Pharmacy and Shoppers Drugmart


Murad Acne Complex Starter Kit

Sized for travel, this comprehensive collection of blemish-blasters is equipped with four target-specific products, which work synergistically to heal acne and decrease oil production.

Kit includes: Clarifying Cleanser 2 oz, Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel 1 oz, Acne Spot Treatment .25 oz, Skin Perfecting Lotion 1 oz.

Murad
www.murad.ca www.murad.com
Available at Sephora and Chatters

Philosophy Acne Kit

Philosophy offers a four-step approach to treating acne that is benzoyl peroxide free.
Step 1 – Suppress excessive oil production
Step 2 – Shed the pore wall (exfoliate)
Step 3 – Help sanitize the skin to protect against bacteria
Step 4 – Seal the skin to help keep the good treatments in and the bad elements out

Kit includes: On A Clear Day Super Wash For Oily Skin 3.3 oz, On A Clear Day Blemish Serum for Adult Acne 1 oz, On A Clear Day Hydrogen Peroxide Cream 1 oz, On A Clear Day Protection Cream 1 oz.

Philosophy
www.philosophy.com
Available at Sephora and Blossom Lounge

Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit

Each product, with its unique acne-fighting and clearing ingredients, is designed to be layered upon the skin to provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the four main factors that contribute to acne: overactive sebaceous glands (the production of too much oil), dead skin cell accumulation, bacteria and inflammation.

Kit includes: Clearing Skin Wash 1.7 oz, Clearing Mattifier 0.5 oz, Overnight Clearing Gel 0.5 oz, Concealing Spot Treatment 0.1 oz, Sebum Clearing Masque 0.75 oz and a Oil Control Lotion (sample).

Dermalogica
www.demalogica.ca www.dermalogica.com
Available at Spas throughout North America

If you find that nothing is helping clear up your acne, visit your doctor or dermatologist.

I’m almost 30 now and sick of getting zits. I’m even more perplexed as to how I got one on my neck!

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Ash said on February 22, 2008 11:38 pm

I am 37 and am getting them on my jaw and some on my neck. I thought I was too old for pimples…but I guess not!

Ellen said on February 22, 2008 11:56 pm

I feel your pain!

I still get acne alllll the time. Recently I started taking these fish oil suppliments and they have calmed my face a bit…

Biljana said on March 9, 2008 10:59 am

Who ever called it teenage skin is a liar and a cheat! It makes me feel better that there are other people around that suffer like me. I have started using Dermalogica stuff (medicated clearing gel esp) and it IS helping! Hooray! The place I get it from is pretty good value so thought I would share this with you -

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Anonymous said on April 4, 2008 7:06 am

lipstickpowdernpaint.com, how do you do it?

Milo said on March 10, 2010 1:54 pm

nice article.. many info for me.. truthly to say, i really depressed with my acne.. thanks for your articles

ftfmarket said on June 5, 2010 9:57 pm

i still get acne till now.. it’s so embarassing to go out with this kind of face.. thanks for thr article.. but which is the best for the product??

maileable said on June 5, 2010 9:59 pm

There are several great acne products on the market. We would recommend trying Dermalogica as they are great for sensitive skin. Make an appointment with your facialist and have her walk through the products.
Let us know how you get on.

Ellen Mirza said on June 8, 2010 10:21 am

Toothpaste is also a great way to get rid of skin blemishes. You should rub the toothpaste into the effected areas and leave it over night. Then wash is off in the morning.

Shelby Holthus said on March 27, 2011 2:29 pm

Hello! I’m not into antibiotics to prevent zits and the dreaded blemishes. For me, prevention is based on rigourous hygiene and diet plan. At least, that’s what worked for me so far. Hope it helps.

Annabell Sweatmon said on April 2, 2011 10:21 am

Toothpaste is also a great way to get rid of skin blemishes. You should rub the toothpaste into the effected areas and leave it over night. Then wash is off in the morning.

Aleisha Schrier said on April 9, 2011 9:55 pm

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