SkinMedica’s anti-acne arsenal relies on key ingredients that have been proven to banish breakouts
Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and genetics are among the main culprits behind breakouts. The key to treating and preventing blemishes is consistent use of anti-acne active ingredients that are strong enough to stop the breakout cycle, yet gentle enough to not cause additional redness and irritation. The SkinMedica skin-care range features 4 such products that work synergistically to stop acne at the source.
The first step in maintaining clear, blemish-free skin is exfoliation. By keeping the skin’s surface free of dead skin-cell buildup, clogged pores—a main cause of acne—are kept to a minimum. But manual exfoliation can exacerbate the redness and inflammation associated with acne, which is why chemical exfoliation is usually preferred by dermatologists.
SkinMedica’s 15% AHA/BHA Cream is a hydrating treatment that contains 15% alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate the skin. The alpha-hydroxy acids (including lactic, glycolic, citric and malic acids) eliminate dead cells on the skin’s surface, while the beta-hydroxy salicylic acid helps open clogged pores, remove impurities and dissolve the uppermost layers of the stratum corneum. This moisturizer also contains antioxidant protection courtesy of stabilized vitamin E, and pro-vitamin B5 to bind moisture to the skin, which helps counteract the dryness that can result from the use of some anti-acne ingredients.
There wouldn’t be acne without P. acnes bacteria, and limiting its proliferation is a crucial step in preventing blemishes. Benzoyl peroxide is a preferred anti-acne ingredient due to its ability to kill bacteria on the skin surface and reduce inflammation as it prevents clogged pores.
SkinMedica’s Acne Treatment Lotion is a benzoyl peroxide-based therapy that reduces P. acnes on the skin as it absorbs excess sebum, which is yet another contributor to acne. The Acne Treatment Lotion is formulated with an advanced microparticle delivery system that delivers maximum skin clearing with minimal irritation. This unique acne treatment also contains willow bark extract (a natural source of salicylic acid), plus soothing witch hazel and sage leaf extracts.
The SkinMedica Acne Treatment Lotion is available a la carte, or as part of the SkinMedica Acne System. This three-step anti-acne regimen also includes the Purifying Foaming Wash and the Purifying Toner. These two additional products contain 2% salicylic acid to remove excess oil and impurities from the skin, and in turn treat and prevent blemishes.
When using alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, it’s imperative to use daily sun protection. SkinMedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 30+ and SPF 50+ are safe for acne-prone skin.