Acne and Oily skin are some of the most alienating skin conditions. They can cause frustration, irritation, physical and even emotional scars. Don't think these issues are just for teens, eighty-five percent of people suffer from adult acne, making it one of the most common skin disorders in the United States and in Australia.
Before diving into Dermalogica Medibac for oily skin and acne, it's critical to understand their root causes so proper treatment can be delivered for targeted results.
Sebum (oil) production is controlled by androgen hormones. Oils help lubricate skin, protecting it from environment assaults (such as extreme weather conditions). Excess androgen hormones (due to puberty, monthly cycles or menopause) trigger an overproduction of oil, creating a shiny appearance.
When sebaceous (oil) glands produce too much oil, it spills onto the skin's surface, creating a slick, greasy appearance. This excess oil acts as a binder, holding on to dead skin cells that were meant to be shed.
The follicle becomes clogged with a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, prohibiting oxygen from entering. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to swelling, redness and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne.
Ironically, this can cause skin to product even more oil than before, as the sebaceous glands go into overdrive in order to replace what has been lost! For those who self-treat with these products, skin is often left dehydrated, irritated and sensitized.
Blackheads, also known as open comedones, are merely whiteheads that have reached the skin's surface and opened up, allowing oxygen to enter the follicle. This causes the debris within the follicle to undergo a chemical reaction known as oxidation (think of a freshly cut apple turning rown when exposed to air), leading to the dark colour.
White heads also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same debris, but have only a microscopic opening to the skin's surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the debris is not oxidized, and remains white.
Many people accept the myth that what they're eating is causing their skin conditiion. This is a misinterpretation - these foods don't directly cause acne, but they do feed the breeding ground for acne by increasing sebum production.
A profesional skin treatment can help jumpstart skin clearing and recover skin health. Before begining you skin therapist will perform Face Mapping zone-by-zone skin analysis to determine if skin is dry or dehydrated, then create a customised treatment around your specific needs that very day!
Ultrasonic: This professional device delivers advanced deep cleaning to prep skin for exfoliation and extractions.
Exfoliation: Acenic skin produces five times more dead skin cells than a healthy skin, meaning the sloughing of cells through exfoliation can greatly benefit this condition. Hydroxy acids (chemical exfoliants), in general, will be effective (as found in the dermalogica medibac range), as they detach dead skin cells that contribute to clogged follicles. Physical exfoliants may not be appropriate for acenic skin, but may be recommended for oily skin.
Galvanic and High Frequency: This professional tool uses a mild electrical current to help soften impacted debris for easier removal. High frequency works to dissolve surface oils, disinfect, purify and promote healing.
A consistent home care regimen prescribed by your skin therapist will dramatically impact the health of your skin and success of professional treatments.
Dermalogica Products are Free of the following Ingredients known to trigger acne:
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