Now is a good time to highlight our at home skin care suggestions. In clinic treatments are on hold so taking care of your skin at home is super important especially for oily\acne prone skin types.
Why is that? You will increase your results and help reduce oil production therefore getting better control on your breakouts. As a bonus a regular skin care routine will also help reduce the signs of aging and battle free radicals such as pollution.
WHERE TO START: ACNE PRONE SKIN
For acne-type skin (although it is often hormonal), it is important to calm the sebaceous glands (the gland that produces sebum), calm inflammation, moisturize the skin, protect the skin from the sun and above all to exfoliate the skin well.
You really have to be careful to have the right products with the right ingredients to soothe the inflammation of this skin type. Products based on BHA (salicylic acids) AHA (glycolic and lactic acids) retinol, niacimide and a few calming ingredients can really help. And to exfoliate, we really don’t talk about exfoliating scrubs with granules. This could pierce the pustules (white-headed pimples) and spread the bacteria elsewhere on the skin.
Yes, having good products and applying them well is essential to optimize the results, but you must also avoid touching your face, touching or piercing your pimples (which could leave scars) and being too aggressive with your skin. Also more and more clinical studies show that eating a healthy diet, cutting down on dairy products and reducing stress helps reduce acne inflammation.
From cleanser to sunscreen in test format, this oily/acne kit helps exfoliate, hydrate, protect and calm inflammation in the skin. Also, it’s super easy to use them with the explanatory pamphlet and the kit will last about 4 to 6 weeks. This kit is the best way to prep your skin before a series of Salicylic Peels. Created to target oily skin types while helping to control oil production and reduce acne.
This multivitamin mask designed for all skin types is enriched with collagen, vitamin A, E, C D3, K and B complex. With two applications of 15 minutes per week, this mask softens, hydrates, brightens and above all calms the redness and inflammation of acne. Ideal to do once a week for an added boost in your skin’s appearance.
Retinol does a bit of everything; exfoliates therefore helps to make cell renewal up to 7 times faster and attenuates pigment spots. You have to go slowly at the start. In the form of a cream, it should only be applied in the evening, alone and after cleansing the skin. It can be used twice a week at the start and some skin can tolerate, after a few weeks, up to 3 applications per week. More info on this retinol 1% night complex.
If you have a lot of acne scars with pigmentation as well as acne, the Vivier HQ 2% Hyperpigmentation Kit is amazing. The hydroquinone, vitamin C, glycolic acids and retinol included in this kit make a great team to fade pigmentation spots (even post inflammatory red spots!) And this kit will also, by exfoliation, reduce acne and skin irregularities. In regular format, this kit will last between 4 to 5 months.
Certain ingredients like retinol, AHAs and hydroquinone are photosensitive, so use sunscreen every day because even if you are indoors you can get the damaging effects of the sun from windows.
ONE MORE THING…
A series of peels are ideal for oily/acne prone skin types. Don’t forget that getting results takes time. In fact, it can take a few weeks before you get desired results. You are teaching your skin to change it’s ways and that will not happen overnight but it is so worth the wait.
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