Help! I’m not a spotty teenager anymore!
Adult acne is something I’m seeing more and more of. Women and men whose teenage hormones are far behind them, yet whose skin refuses to behave. It can be particularly difficult for adults to understand– they keep clean so why should they be spotty?
Acne is caused when pores are blocked. This happens partly because of over-production of oil, and partly because of a disruption in how the skin clears dead cells. People with healthy skin are constantly shedding dead skin cells – we never notice this because it is happening in small amounts throughout the day. In acne-sufferers these cells don’t shed properly, but instead contribute to clogging pores.
So what can be done about it? I’ve had great success with the Obagi CLENZIderm system, combined with the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance. Whilst the ingredients in the system may sound familiar to you, believe me these formulations are much more powerful.
The real powerhouse of treatment is Salicylic Acid. This is contained in the Cleanser and Pore Therapy in the CLENZIderm system, as well as in the Blue Peel Radiance. Salicylic acid is a powerful exfoliator, helping to clear dead skin cells. Secondly it is also a potent bactericidal agent, killing bacteria in the root of the spot.
Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) can be bought over the counter, but the formulation in CLENZIderm is prescription only. How is it different? It is formulated using Soluzyl technology to penetrate to the root of the spot, drying it out and also killing bacteria. Sometimes I will also add in a topical Vitamin A treatment depending on the size and nature of the spots, to help clear out the follicles.
I’ve lost count of the number of people who have come to me having tried so many different regimens, and having spent a lot of money on it. I can’t think of a single one who hasn’t had wonderful results with CLENZIderm. And best of all the range costs just £121 for the full system.
So what is my basic recommended treatment plan:
1) Have an initial course of Blue Peel Radiance every 2-3 weeks
2) Once we have control of the acne, a monthly Blue Peel Radiance plus clinical microdermabrasion will help to keep skin exfoliating healthily
3) Obagi CLENZIderm for home care
Book a Skype or in-clinic consultation with me to find out more!
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.