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How To Clear Adult Acne With Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil

Is the modern pace of life causing you breakouts?

Constant daily pressures and living with more chronic stress can cause breakouts and visible signs of premature skin ageing. While everyone experiences chronic stress, the numbers are staggering for adult women, who face rising socioeconomic pressures to work outside the home while growing and maintaining a functioning household, with some dermatologists claiming nearly all of their adult female patients have acne.

When chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances intersect with environmental assault and lifestyle compromises, the skin reacts with breakouts that can then lead to premature signs of skin ageing. These signs come in the form of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, rough skin texture and uneven skin tone. While some dermatologists are calling this an “epidemic,” the skin health experts at Dermalogica call it the new normal.

Today’s answer to adult acne is Dermalogica Active Clearing products, a comprehensive system that effectively clears breakouts and reduces the visible signs of premature skin ageing. Backed by the latest research, Active Clearing products work together to bring powerful ingredient technology to the forefront. The result is clearer, brighter, more vibrant skin.

Acne plus Ageing

One of the first questions adults have when they experience acne is, “Why am I breaking out at this age?”

Contrary to popular belief, acne isn’t just for teenagers. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or skin type. While teens typically get acne because of puberty hormones that trigger excess sebum production in the skin, adults get acne for a variety of reasons that range from intrinsic factors (stress, genetics, hormones, endocrine disorders, immune system, microbiome) to extrinsic factors (lifestyle, cosmetic use, the environment).

Adult Acne vs. Teen Acne

Adult acne generally falls into two categories: persistent and late onset. Adults with persistent acne are experiencing a continuation or relapse of acne from adolescence into adulthood and middle age.

Late-on set acne (generally 25 years old and above) can happen to everyone irrespective of prior acne condition during teenage years.

Both persistent and late-onset acne more frequently affect women and are often associated with inflammation, changes in pigmentation, and scarring, which cause the appearance of premature skin ageing.

Late-onset acne is thought to be less common than persistent acne, which is generally mild to moderate in severity. Lesions tend to be inflammatory, with fewer comedones than adolescent acne. Breakouts tend to occur along the mouth, chin and jaw line, the sides of the neck, and sometimes the chest.

Adults also often have sensitised skin, and a combination of other skin conditions in addition to acne, which makes treatment more complex than treatment of teens, who generally have more resilient, uniform oily skin.

Why choose Active Clearing?

Active Clearing formulas by Dermalogica harness the best of nature and science to control breakouts and reduce the appearance of related skin ageing. Because of adult skin’s potential for skin-ageing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, having products that address breakouts and ageing simultaneously helps streamline treatment, which is important in today’s fast paced environment.

Dermalogica Acitve Clearing formulas are extremely effective because they counter factors that contribute to breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as well as improve the health of the skin barrier.

NEW Retinol Clearing Oil combines two powerhouses into one formula for the first time. Salicylic Acid rapidly clears and prevents breakouts, while potent, time released Retinol helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation for clearer, more vibrant skin overnight.

Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil soothes skin while addressing adult acne and premature signs of ageing, delivering clearer, more vibrant skin overnight.

What it Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil?

A high performance night oil that combines Retinol and Salicylic Acid into one skin soothing formula to help reduce visible signs of premature ageing and clear breakouts.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

• Time-Released Retinol (Vitamin A) helps increase skin resilience and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

• Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid, reduces breakouts to clear skin.

• Argan, Rosehip Seed, and Golden Jojoba oils deliver lightweight, skin-friendly phyto-active lipids to soothe and nourish skin.

How to Use: Press button and release to fill dropper. At night, after cleansing, gently press button to dispense 6-10 drops into hands. Smooth over face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use Retinol Clearing Oil with Vitamin C?
Yes, you can use both Retinol and Vitamin C products. We recommend using Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol Clearing Oil at night.

Can I use Retinol Clearing Oil with other Retinol products?
No; we don’t recommend layering Retinol products or using more than one Retinol treatment at once.

Can I use Retinol Clearing Oil every night right away, or do I need to build up a tolerance?
Retinol Clearing Oil can be used every night. If you experience any sensitivity, reduce use to every other day or
a couple times per week.

Can I use Retinol Clearing Oil during the day?
Because Retinol can become less effective when exposed to sunlight and can make skin more sensitive to the sun, we recommend using this product only at night and applying sunscreen each day.

Is Retinol Clearing Oil replacing any products?
Yes. Retinol Clearing Oil will take the place of Overnight Clearing Gel.

How is Active Clearing different from its predecessor, MediBac Clearing?
MediBac Clearing focused on four physiological factors that contributed to breakouts while taking into account the unique needs of adult skin. Active Clearing offers the same benefits, plus the added benefits of brightening skin tone and reducing premature signs of skin ageing such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

How is Active Clearing different from Daily Skin Health?
Daily Skin Health products for oily skin focus on controlling and managing sebum, whereas Active Clearing products focus on all five factors that contribute to breakouts and related skin ageing for adults: overactive sebaceous glands, cell accumulation, bacteria, inflammageing, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

How is Active Clearing different from Clear Start?
Active Clearing products are for adults whose primary concerns are breakouts and premature signs of skin ageing. Clear Start products are for younger clients (including young adults), whose primary concerns are breakouts and oily skin.

What makes adult acne different from teen acne?
Adult acne is more inflammatory, with fewer comedones than teen acne, and lesions predominantly located around the mouth, chin and jaw line. Adult acne also tends to be more associated with chronic stress, fluctuating hormones, and premature signs of skin ageing. Adult skin can take longer to heal than teen skin because skin cell turnover slows with age.

What if Active Clearing products causes me to break out even more than before?
When skin is introduced to a new treatment regimen, it can go through a period of adjustment. It is imperative that you let clients know that this adjustment phase is temporary as well as necessary, as the skin is working to detoxify itself as impurities are forced to the surface. This “purging” period is different from an allergic reaction.

Can I use Active Clearing when pregnant?
Most Active Clearing products contain Salicylic Acid, and Retinol Clearing Oil contains Retinol. We recommend you to consult your doctor first before using these products.

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Alex Echeverri
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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