Collection: Acne Support

What is Acne? The Science of Acne.

Do you suffer from Acne? Acne is a common and chronic disorder that affects the hair follicle and the sebaceous gland. 

Some people have skin that is prone to acne. They are born with skin pores that do not have hair follicles. These pores switch on at puberty and produce oil (or sebum). The sebum is supposed to travel up the hair shaft onto the surface of the skin but, when the hair is not there, it collects in the pores, creating an optimum environment for bacteria.

Oily pores + bacteria + a build-up of dead skin cells = pimple!

Please complete our Fitzpatrick test to find out more about your skin and whether you suffer from acne.

If you do, you won’t be able to change your predisposition to it - that never goes away - but you can get on top of the condition.  With the right treatment, you can clear up your skin, make it soft and heal the scars.

The Types of Acne

To explain a little bit further…

There are two types of acne - inflamed and infected. Often inflamed acne becomes infected and you end up with blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed papules and pustules (pimples). 

Even in the absence of an active infection, people with acne have congested pores that appear as enlarged pores due to the dead skin and oil build-up. They also appear as blackheads on whiteheads.

In medicine we classify acne as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the number of lesions; (lesions are small red bumps (papules), pustules, large red bumps and pseudocysts (fluctuant nodules).

Treating Every Form of Acne

To get on top of any acne and clear up the skin you need to:

  • Eradicate the bacteria (treat the infection)
  • Reduce the chronic inflammation
  • Reduce excess oil production
  • Encourage healthy skin cell turnover to avoid dead skin cell build-up
  • Restore skin integrity and
  • Encourage scar healing.

The good news is there are several powerhouse ingredients that can treat the causes of acne and the symptoms. These hero ingredients can can do a multitude of things.

Hero Ingredients

Niacinamide is the water-soluble, active form of vitamin B3. It will reduce the oil build up in pores which is critical to dealing with acne and it will improve the skin's levels of moisture. It works in a number of ways:
    • It has anti-inflammatory properties that help with the redness produced by pimples.
    • It reduces oil (or sebum) production that is responsible for excessive shininess and contributes to non-inflamed and inflammatory acne lesions -or blackheads/whiteheads.
    • In reducing the production of sebum, it may also reduce pore size over time (congested pores can appear big).
    • It can decrease the water lost through the outer skin layer, increasing the skin’s hydration and keeping it smooth.

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring humectant in the skin. That means it attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water.  It draws water to skin cells, providing surface hydration.

    • This hydration helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to increase the rate of wound healing.
    • Hyaluronic Acid will moisturise skin, making it soft and supple, and help heal acne scars.

Zinc has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been demonstrated to enhance immune responses.

    • In combination with Niacinamide, it can inhibit the spread of bacteria involved in acne.
    • It can also help the body regulate sebum production in the pores.
    • Zinc will work on reducing the spread of bacteria and will regulate the oils in your pores.

Mandelic Acid is a gentle class of AHA with lipid-loving properties, making it suitable to target oily and acne prone skin. Mandelic Acid encourages the exfoliation of skin cells and has been found to be effective for inflammatory acne for some forms of hyperpigmentation. It has many beneficial properties.

    • It is antibacterial
    • It encourages the exfoliation of skin cells
    • It can play a role in managing hyperpigmentation and stimulate the creation of collagen.
    • It is good for sensitive skin.

Salicylic Acid is a BHA has long been identified to have anti-bacterial properties and works hand-in-hand with Mandelic Acid. Salicylic Acid dissolves the dead skin cells clogging your pores, helps remove them from the surface of the skin and decreases redness and swelling.

    • Shedding dead cells and reducing swelling helps to decrease the number of pimples that form and speeds healing.

Gluconolactone is a gentle PHA with moisturising properties, as well as stimulating the development of the skin barrier properties.

    • Gluconolactone moisturises and protects skin against radiation.

Vitamin A as Tretinoin is a topical retinoid derived from Vitamin A. It is an extremely useful and effective way of encouraging improvements in your complexion, reducing acne and even preventing signs of ageing.

    • By affecting the way in which skin cells develop, Tretinoin can reduce the development of acne.
    • For those who cannot tolerate vitamin A there is now Bakuchiol – a new plant-based ingredient shaking skincare up the cosmeceutical world. Studies on its use are very promising.

 

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