Treating acne can be confusing and frustrating- it hits us as teens, later in life as adults, some struggle their entire lives to treat acne and to prevent it. Seeking medical advice for diagnostic purposes should be your first step as to eliminate any medical concerns that could be causing your acne. Certain prescriptions for the skin can be irritating and drying. Harsh soaps can strip the skin causing dehydration which aggravates acne.
The SkinPhD® Clarify line was formulated to help fight acne and maintain healthy skin. It includes South African Honeybush extract, which is known for possessing anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-viral properties. Additionally it contains minerals such as iron potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium and sodium and helps prevent irritation. The natural antioxidants found in Honeybush extract help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and have an anti-aging effect. The extract used in SkinPhD® formulations is organic and pure and contains no harmful substances.
Remember that even though your skin is breaking out, you still need hydration. Dehydration leads to irritation and flare-ups with acneic skin. If you are looking for a deeper cleanse try using a Clarisonic with the Clarify Gel Cleanser or a hot steam towel for evening cleansing.
Restore the skin’s pH level with the Clarify Toner spritzed directly on the face or on a cotton round or square. Finish with Clarify Light Day and Night Cream. The Clarify Toner and Light Day/Night Cream contain ACNACIDOL BG – a naturally occurring hydroxyl acid found in royal jelly combined with Sebacic Acid and 10-Decanediol. This active has significant impact on hyperseborrea, P-acnes and active sebaceous glands. Double-blind studies show a reduction (-176%) of active sebum spots and a reduction of (-392%) active sebaceous excretions within 1-hour period. The anti-bacterial capacity of the actives, strongly reduce the bacteria and micro-organisms measured during the study. These effects lasted for 28 days after the trial. Don’t pick because you don’t want to spread the bacteria to other areas on the face or create scarring. Remember, a routine is key to maintaining healthy skin.
Diet and Acne: A study published in the February 2013 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130220084809.htm reviewed various clinical studies on diet and acne between 1960 and 2012 and determined that there is increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, particularly from high glycemic load diets (refined and white foods -not whole grains- bread, rice, cereal, pasta, sugar, and flour products) and dairy products.
In addition, there is growing evidence that adding a probiotic to your diet can help calm inflammation with acne. While this hasn’t been proven, it certainly can’t hurt as well as maintaining a healthy diet of lots of fresh vegetables and lower dairy and sugar intake.