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WHAT CAUSES BLEMISHES?
Acne is caused by C. acnes bacteria, excess oil, and pores clogged with dead skin cells. Hormones or stress can also contribute to breakouts. SkinCeuticals acne products can help address the excess oil and clogged pores that lead to breakouts while improving the appearance of blemishes. A comprehensive skincare regimen that includes effective treatments for acne can help restore and maintain a clear complexion.
WHAT ACNE TREATMENTS ARE EFFECTIVE?
Among the best products for acne are those that provide exfoliation benefits with key ingredients such as salicylic acid to reduce the buildup of dead skin cells that can clog the pores and contribute to the formation of blemishes. The key for achieving a clear complexion is using acne products consistently and allowing at least four weeks to see results.
CAN DRY SKIN BE BLEMISH-PRONE?
All skin types can be prone to blemishes, including dry skin. Acne treatments can lead to dryness as well, and the key for managing dry skin and blemishes is the proper skincare routine that addresses both. SkinCeuticals offers several hydrating products that won’t cause blemishes. Hydrating B5 Gel is a lightweight moisturizing serum that won’t clog pores, and Retexturing Activator simultaneously replenishes hydration and exfoliates dead cells.
WHAT ARE BLACKHEADS?
Any pore that becomes clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria is known as a comedo. Blackheads are also known as open comedones, which means the pore is open at the surface of the skin. It’s a myth that the color of blackheads is caused by dirt. Blackheads form when oil and debris in a pore darken upon exposure to oxygen in the air. Blackheads are most commonly found where oil glands are most active, typically on and around the nose and outward to the cheeks. Exfoliating acne products and ingredients like salicylic acid can help keep the pores clear of clogging debris, improve the look of existing blackheads, and help prevent new blemishes from forming.
WHAT ARE WHITEHEADS?
Whiteheads are also a type of comedo. Unlike blackheads that are open at the surface, which allows debris to oxidize, whiteheads are closed comedones that form when oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria prevent the pore from opening. Ideal acne products for preventing whiteheads and treating existing blemishes are formulated with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid acne treatments are able to exfoliate within the pore and break up the debris that has collected there.
HOW DO YOU TREAT ADULT ACNE?
It’s very common for adults to be concerned about blemishes and visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and loss of firmness or radiance. An effective regimen that includes exfoliating acne treatments and targeted anti-aging products can help you achieve your skin goals. SkinCeuticals offers an array of skincare products for acne in adults, including Blemish + Age Defense and Silymarin CF, which when paired together showed a reduction in blemishes by 36%. This serum features a blend of exfoliating alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. It reduces the formation of blemishes and clogged pores as it improves the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. A SkinCeuticals skincare professional can help assemble the ideal regimen that includes acne products and other treatments that address additional skin concerns.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE GOOD FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN?
Acne products that promote the skin’s natural exfoliation are essential for fighting blemishes. Acne treatments formulated with ingredients such as salicylic acid can help reduce the buildup of dead cells that can cause the pores to become clogged. The exfoliation provided by skincare products for acne that feature acids and retinol can also help improve the appearance of skin discoloration caused by past acne, enhance skin smoothness, and promote more even, radiant skin tone.
Research has proven the protective and corrective benefits of using a daily vitamin C antioxidant serum. SkinCeuticals offers Silymarin CF, the first-of-its-kind topical antioxidant formulated for oily skin and those who experience blemishes. Featuring 15% L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C), 0.5% ferulic acid, 0.5% salicylic acid, and 0.5% silymarin, this formula reduces oiliness, refines skin texture, and visibly improve skin clarity and fine lines.
All skin types—including oily and acne-prone—require extra hydration as well. Moisturizing products for acne should be non-comedogenic, and an oil-free moisturizer with hyaluronic acid (such as Phyto Corrective Gel or Hydrating B5 Gel) is ideal for providing the skin with moisture without clogging the pores.
Sunscreen is also among the essential skincare products for acne. It’s a myth that sun exposure helps clear up acne, and although a suntan may improve the appearance of acne at first, the damage and dryness caused by exposure to UV rays can cause an increased production of sebum, increasing the likelihood of an acne breakout. When your regimen of acne products includes a properly formulated non-comedogenic sunscreen, you can help to protect oily and acne-prone skin from UV rays without clogging pores.
Other beneficial SkinCeuticals skincare products for acne include the Clarifying Clay Masque, which does not treat acne but can be used once a week to help exfoliate, decongest pores, and reduce excess oil.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF DARK SPOTS FROM PAST BLEMISHES?
Long-lasting pigment changes in the form of dark spots are common after blemishes have healed—and discoloration caused by past pimples (also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) can remain long after acne is under control. Many skincare products for acne can also help improve the appearance of dark spots after blemishes have healed.
Acne treatments that are formulated with retinol, lipo-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin where post-acne pigment resides to help promote even skin tone and restore radiance. Among SkinCeuticals skincare products for acne are Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment, an oil-free daily moisturizer that helps reduce excess oil, minimize the look of pores, and fade marks left by past blemishes.
ARE CHEMICAL PEELS SAFE FOR SKIN WITH ACNE?
When performed by a physician or properly-trained skincare specialist, these professional acne treatments can help clear congested pores, minimize blemishes, and improve post-acne dark spots by promoting the exfoliation of the skin’s uppermost layers. Professional salicylic acid chemical peels are generally superficial, so there’s little to no downtime—and a series of treatments is recommended for overall skin improvement. Visit a SkinCeuticals professional who can create a customized regimen that includes skincare products for acne and chemical peels.