... and we've got you a couple of skincare ranges and a trio of treatments that you'll want to consider popping in your bathroom cabinet and into your diary to give your skin – and confidence – the break it needs from an "it's complicated" relationship with your complexion.
From inflammation, hormones and excess oil (sebum) production to hair follicles clogged by dead skin cells, several factors cause acne, but whatever the cause, the effects of acne – for those struggling with it at any age – run more than skin-deep. Whether you're affected by nodular acne, hormonal acne, cystic acne or fungal acne, these unsightly and often painful, bumpy blemishes can test the self-esteem of even the most self-confident among us.
That's the bad news. The good news? Seeking the help of a medically trained therapist and medical doctor to figure out an at-home and in-clinic action plan won't just reduce symptoms and prevent scarring but give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're fighting a winning battle, not a losing one.
Skincare Ranges That Give You The Home-Ground Advantage
The Lamelle Clarity range – "A topical home care system like no other" – is Lamelle's solution for those suffering from any form of acne, thanks to its innovative – and provenly effective – RA technology, which increases keratinocyte turnover, improves comedones (pores or hair follicles that have gotten blocked) clearance and reducing bacterial load. What makes this range really impressive is that it not only includes everything you need from sunrise to sunset but also addresses secondary acne concerns, inhibiting Tyrosinase and, in doing so, reducing hyperpigmentation. And, the presence of the iron-binding protein, Lactoferrin, in the range means that you'll be giving your skin the benefits of antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, too.
The Neostrata Clarify range is a carefully and innovatively formulated collection of products designed specifically for problematic skin types struggling with excessively oily skin, breakouts, acne, or 'all of the above'. The range really shines in the exfoliation department, combining Glycolic and Mandelic Acids with NeoGlucosamine® to powerfully restore pre-problematic skin texture by removing what's not wanted and revealing what is needed: smoother and healthier skin. We love that, like the Lamelle Clarity range, the Neostrata Clarify Range offers a complete morning-to-night skincare solution – cleanser, toner, serum, SPF-rich moisturiser, and the ultimate spot treatment (excuse the pun), Neostrata Targeted Clarifying Gel – a potent gel for blemishes caused by acne or occasional breakouts.
The Triple Threat: Treatments Your Breakout Doesn't Want You To Book
- The Azelaic Peel is a low-pH combination peel containing Azelaic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Arnica. The unique formulation targets oiliness, congestion, breakouts, PIH and inflammation – all acne's main signs and symptoms. Unlike many other peels and resurfacing (exfoliating) treatments used for acne, the Azelaic peel is formulated to minimise the typically uncomfortable sensation caused by chemical peels thanks to the inclusion of arnica and salicylic acid, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, enabling the skin to recover quickly and comfortably.
- PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) – widely praised for its healing properties – can be experienced as a stand-alone treatment or combined with various other treatments for optimal results. Using a combination of specifically selected wavelengths of light (blue, red and yellow light), this treatment combines the perks of a guilt-free power nap with the stimulation of various processes within the deeper skin tissue to reduce inflammation, eliminate bacteria and banish blemishes.
- Laser Genesis™ skin therapy is an innovative, technologically advanced way to promote a vibrant and healthy-looking complexion, whatever your skin type or age. A (not so) secret weapon in the treatment arsenal for remodelling damaged skin, this treatment boosts collagen production and encourages your skin's surface to live its best smooth, luminous life. For best results, aesthetics industry experts recommend having this treatment done every 2 to 4 weeks for 3 to 6 months.
As always, visiting our Online Skin Shop can add any skincare ranges and products mentioned in this article to your skincare plan. And, if you want to know more about managing, treating and ultimately saying "Bye!" to breakouts and acne, chat with one of the world-class, confidence-building therapists or doctors at any of our 19 Skin Renewal branches nationwide.