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Common skin concerns and issues and how to address them

Common skin concerns and issues and how to address them

The top skin concerns include fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, acne, visible redness, and skin dryness—and SkinCeuticals offers effective, science-backed solutions for all.
05 Oct 2023

The skin is our largest organ, and it has a lot of responsibilities. For one, the uppermost layer of skin that comprises the skin barrier protects our bodies from the outside world. The skin also plays a role in regulating body temperature and gives us sensory cues about the world around us. It is also designed to provide its own hydration and repair itself when injured or confronted with damaging free radicals that are generated both within and outside of the body.

Although the skin does its best to manage all of these tasks, the effects of our genetics, environment, the passing of time, and more can have an impact in the form of skin issues and skin concerns.

SkinCeuticals has devoted decades to researching the root causes of a variety of skin issues and developing proven solutions for these skin concerns. Read on to learn more about the most common skin concerns—and how you can improve them.


Skin aging is a completely natural phenomenon, and there’s no stopping the inevitable time-related slowdown of the skin’s cellular functions—or the toll that a lifetime of exposure to environmental elements can take. Signs of aging skin include fine lines and wrinkles, changes in tone and texture, and loss of volume. The causes of these skin concerns include accumulated sun damage, free-radical damage, and processes such as glycation that occur within the skin.


It’s never too late to start protecting the skin from environmental aggressors to prevent the premature development of visible signs of aging. We also have proven-effective solutions that help minimize signs of the natural aging process once they’ve made their presence known.

C E Ferulic: A properly formulated daily vitamin C antioxidant serum has been proven to protect the skin from environmental damage, and this patented, award-winning, dermatologist-favorite formula prevents damage caused by free radicals that are generated by UV rays, ozone, and pollution while improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin radiance as well as the feeling of skin firmness.

H.A. Intensifier: This advanced corrective serum contains a high concentration of moisture-attracting hyaluronic acid, while also amplifying the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. With the addition of Proxylane™, licorice root, and purple rice extract, H.A. Intensifier helps increase surface hydration, improve the appearance of facial smoothness and plumpness, and enhance the feeling of skin firmness.

Click here to learn more about SkinCeuticals moisturizers for aging skin.


Skin discoloration is a common skin issue in those with aging skin, but it can also appear earlier in life. Discoloration-related skin concerns are generally the result of an over-production of melanin caused by exposure to UV rays, hormones, skin injury (including blemishes), and certain medications. In addition to dark spots and patches, skin discoloration can leave the skin with a devitalized or dull appearance that can cause the skin to look significantly older than it really is. Although sun-induced pigment is the easiest to treat, discoloration influenced by hormones can be a bit more challenging.


Skin protection plays a significant role in preventing discoloration caused by UV rays, pollution, and other environmental aggressors. But once uneven skin tone or dark spots and patches develop, it’s time to turn to a targeted treatment to help improve these visible skin issues.

Phloretin CF: In addition to advanced environmental protection courtesy of a synergistic antioxidant blend of L-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and phloretin, this daily antioxidant serum also helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone by up to 20% in all skin tones while reducing discoloration by 16% after 12 weeks of use, and fine lines by 24% after 24 weeks.

Discoloration Defense: When dark spots or uneven skin tone are primary skin concerns, twice-daily use of this potent, clinically-proven serum can help deliver visible results within two weeks. Formulated with tranexamic acid, kojic acid, niacinamide, and HEPES, Discoloration Defense helps improve overall brightness while reducing the appearance of existing skin discoloration, including hard-to-treat forms of discoloration including stubborn brown patches and post-blemish marks.


Burning, stinging, and redness are tell-tale signs of sensitive skin, as well as sensitized skin. Although the symptoms between these two skin concerns are quite similar, it’s important to understand that sensitive skin is an ongoing skin concern, whereas sensitized skin is a temporary skin issue that’s generally due to environmental conditions (such as weather, pollution, stress, and hormones), over-exfoliating or improper skincare products, or a professional office-based treatment. Regardless of the source of the skin’s reactivity, the key to improving the skin’s comfort is reducing inflammation—which plays a role in skin aging as well as the development of discoloration and acne.


Calming, hydrating, and proven to reduce visible redness, our range of Phyto Corrective products is a savior for sensitive skin issues. Each of the four products are powered by our signature Phyto botanical blend of cucumber, olive leaf, thyme, and rosemary extracts, which give these products their green hue.

Phyto Corrective Gel: This soothing and hydrating serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid, purifying eucalyptus, and mulberry extract to gently improve the appearance of discoloration.

Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment: With a lightweight gel-creme texture, this daily moisturizer helps balance the skin, minimize visible redness, reduce oil, and refine the skin’s tone and texture.

Phyto Corrective Masque: For intense calming and hydration, this cooling treatment mask features hyaluronic acid, a 9% concentration of Phyto botanicals, and a unique dipeptide that helps reduce the feeling of heat.

Phyto Corrective Essence Mist: Just a few spritzes of this hydrating mist and its hyaluronic acid and glycerin help reduce visible redness and reinforce the skin’s barrier. Use it post-cleansing or anytime the skin needs soothing or refreshment throughout the day (even over makeup).

In addition to treating sensitive skin with our calming and corrective Phyto botanical blend, it is also important to incorporate an antioxidant serum into your sensitive skincare regimen to help protect skin from environmental aggressors and prevent signs of aging. Serum 10 AOX+ is our introductory daily antioxidant serum, specifically formulated for sensitive skin with 10% L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) and ferulic acid.


Acne is a common skin concern that can be associated with excess oil, dryness or irritation associated with topical treatments, and dark spots long after blemishes heal.


The key for addressing acne and minimizing related skin issues is to minimize the formation of blemishes with a gentle, effective, comprehensive skincare approach that targets excess oil, helps maintain clear pores, and minimizes the appearance of discoloration.

Silymarin CF: The properly formulated topical vitamin C antioxidant can provide advanced environmental protection and minimize breakout formation caused by oil oxidation. Featuring L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C), ferulic acid, silymarin, and salicylic acid, Silymarin CF is a daily morning-use serum to help reduce excess oil and refine skin texture while visibly improving skin clarity and fine lines.

Blemish + Age Defense: Designed specifically for aging skin prone to breakouts, this multi-action oil-free serum is formulated with dioic acid along with an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid blend to help prevent clogged pores and blemish formation as it improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.


Dry skin occurs when the skin doesn’t produce enough oil, and dry skin issues can be genetic or influenced by external factors such as change of seasons, harsh skincare products, and travel. The most common skin concerns associated with dryness are flaking, itching, dullness, and discomfort. Remember, all skin types can experience dehydration that mimics the signs of dry skin.


Skincare for dry skin issues focuses on replenishing moisture and strengthening the skin’s barrier. Keep in mind that several skincare steps offer an opportunity to provide the skin with extra moisture, including cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks, and more.

Hydrating B5 Gel: This simple serum supplies the skin with extra moisture with hyaluronic acid, and helps promote natural barrier repair with vitamin B5. It can be applied before moisturizer for an extra layer of hydration, or used on its own to soothe signs of dehydration in oily or acne-prone skin.

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2: Offering advanced hydration with an optimal and patented ratio of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids, this lipid-rich anti-aging cream restores skin moisture and reinforces the skin barrier while improving the appearance of skin smoothness, firmness, pores size, and overall radiance.

To discover the ideal skincare regimen for your unique skin issues and skin concerns, use our online Regimen Finder, visit one of our SkinCeuticals SkinLab locations, or schedule an appointment with a SkinCeuticals Skincare Professional for a one-on-one consultation.


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