STOP Acne in its tracks

We’re pretty sure that everyone is aware of how non-discriminatory acne can be, whether it chooses to populate your skin in spades or visit once every moon cycle. Those who are not necessarily acne-prone might have a more difficult time addressing the occasional zit or pimple, over-zealously picking and prodding at it to go away, until it erupts into an infected wound and leaves a scar. But rather than assault your face with products that are way too harsh for the ONE zit that might pop up once or twice a month, there are other ways around it to find the best acne treatment, no matter what degree of severity and your skin type.

Kick your skincare routine into high gear with these blemish-busting tips to get flawless skin all year round:

The Angry Pimple:  Fight breakouts with a 4-step approach. If you have breakouts, dermatologists recommend fighting it with a three-step regimen: a salicylic acid cleanser, an over the counter benzoyl peroxide spot treatment like the trusty OXY 10, and a daily moisturizer to counter the drying effects of benzoyl peroxide and last but not least, lather on SPF generously. 

Benzoyl Peroxide is one active ingredient that is right up there as a treasured acne fighter that has stood the test of time. It works by killing bacteria clogging up your pores as well as letting oxygen into them. Bear in mind that although not as common with teens due to the excessive sebum secretion associated with puberty, benzoyl peroxide (especially in higher strength) can cause redness, dryness and flaking of skin when used by adults.

Spot Treatment: Consider Sloane Inc's Skin Detox. This shine-control, matte-finish, oil-free gel detoxifies troubled, blemished skins, leading them to the light in no time. Sebum control microspheres keep skin refreshed and silky soft, while anti-acne ingredients barricade skin from further comedomal and pimple outbreaks. This deeply clarifying formula is the answer to effortlessly clear skin.

Sloane Inc's Acne Therapy Tonic is now available in 2 formulas to bring out the best of your skin. Formulated with anti-bacterial and anti- inflammatory ingredients, treat your skin to a deep dermal detox with this anti-bacterial, pore- purging liquid salve. This daily tonic stops blemishes in their tracks by targeting breakouts at all stages–stabilizing oil balance, clearing clogged pores and dead skin cells, and reducing inflammation in a single splash. Skin gets clearer and clearer with regular use.

1. Anti-Shine formula zaps grease, decongests pores and disinfects - the "matte" made in heaven for oily, acne-prone types:
2. Restorative formula clarifies and rebalances dry, sensitive problematic skin to keep both breakouts and dehydration at bay:

In case of a mega zitty emergency, a cortisone injection by your doctor should send the big pimple packing.

Pesky Comedones: Many of us tend to always have some area of our skin that’s perpetually inhabited by acne, be it tiny millia, blackheads or teeny bumps. This can be really annoying, especially if it messes with your otherwise smooth even skin texture.

Unless this is a minor isolated zit, a new spot treatment product grabbed off the shelves is rarely your final answer for sustained results. Whiteheads (closed comedones) clog pores when excess sebum and dead skin cells clump. P. acnes bacteria thrive in this oily gunk, inducing infection and inflammation – the red and sore pimple rears its ugly head! A simple spot treatment may dry up the individual zit faster, but it is usually insufficient to unplug pimple-preceding comedones.

If you’re noticing rather regular breakouts, include a skin product containing salicylic acid, azelaic acid, or Vitamin A (retinoids) to improve exfoliation of dead cells and purge plugged pores. This skin detox keeps burgeoning breakouts at bay and your complexion bright and refined.

Consider Sloane Inc. Skin Rescue, a potent formulation which contains Azelaic acid, a well-recognised skin lightening agent in addition to Benzoic acid. This serious overnight acne attacker with oil-absorbing, anti-inflammatory and pigment-preventing properties assumes multiple roles; fighting acne, lightening marks and reducing skin redness such as that associated with rosacea all in one go!

Clean & Clear Program: For a clinical option, this fast-acting facial treatment regime keeps you in the clear with sophisticated science. No nonsense ultrasonic technology to deeply purify and de-clog pores; paired with  LED phototherapy to disinfect, soothe and heal spot-stricken skin.

Severe Acne: In most cases, continuing with the good skincare habits and basic clog-clobbering products is sufficient to keep the pimple storm away and pores pristine. However, more severe cases call for additional measures to get the whole crisis under control.

If your poor skin is perpetually acne-stricken with red, irritated breakouts in large clusters, there could be any number of reasons. Genetics is one—it’s a bummer, but not insurmountable. SEE A DERMA PRONTO. 

The Cyclical Breakout: Hormonal changes (think: with your monthly menstrual cycle, emotional or physical stresses, medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, as well as major physiological upheavals like puberty, pregnancy, even peri-menopause) tend to stimulate your sebaceous glands into overdrive and trigger a breakout. A lot of us experience some flare-ups hormonally, generally right before our periods. Instead of popping up in the oily T-zone area as it did in high school, adult hormonal acne rears its ugly head predominantly on the lower face, around the chin and jawline. You can always tell when one’s about to crop up from the area feeling tender, tight, and sometimes painful to prod (kind of like a bruise). In these times, do NOT pick. Keep your hands off as much as possible. Some dermatologists will recommend trying a form of hormonal birth control or oral antibiotics to clear your skin. 

Cystic Acne:  Cystic acne nodules appear as raised, red bumps that extend deep beneath the skin. Generally they do not have a "whitehead" showing and they are almost always painful to the touch, or even when not touched. Oral Isotretinoin (originally marketed as Roaccutane or Accutane) is a Vitamin A derivative which helps to tackle these underground horrors. However this is a serious prescription treatment plan that does involve some lifestyle changes but has been successful in treating severe acne. Either way—consult a dermatologist before making any rash moves since what you do could potentially exasperate your acne.

More doctors and patients are opting for lasers and other light devices as alternatives to spare them from the potential side effects of oral medications, especially for safe long term anti-acne maintenance.

Stamping Out Acne: The Smoothbeam laser nix shine and uproots zits at the source by targeting the hyperactive sebaceous glands. At the same time, the far-reaching laser energy can help tone pores and boost skin healing as the first step to improve acne scars.

Controlling Redness: The Sloane Clinic's Balancing Program restores peace and clarity to stressed out skin. Vbeam laser quells acne-causing inflammation, heals red scars, and soothes blotchy redness of sensitive skin and rosacea. Ultrasonic Deep Pore Cleansing gently purifies congested skin and prevents future breakouts, while the Epicuren Green Tea & Ginger facial uses all-natural products for deep detoxification and conditioning to bolster the skin’s defensive barrier.

For acne sufferers, don’t give into the temptation of overly harsh exfoliation or popping the pimple when you are faced with red swollen zits. I KNOW IT'S HARD but trust me, you will thank yourself in the future. Focus on keeping that area clean and free of heavy or super-oily moisturizers. Some people say that upping zinc in your diet or popping a zinc supplement can keep those cystic flare-ups at bay as well. 


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