Acne-Prone Skin

sSkin that is susceptible to acne.

You have acne-prone skin, which periodically becomes inflamed. You also have red and dark brown pigmentation spots where the original acne breakouts occurred. Does that sound familiar to you? Acne and hyperpigmentation are two separate skin care issues; which concern should you concentrate on first?

The answer is: control the acne first. Inflammation caused by P. acnes bacteria could turn into pigmentation problems later; depending on the health of your skin barrier, it may take months or even years to fade.

Prevention is easier and less expensive than correction.

Build an acne control routine around the severity of your acne. There are several grades of acne. Grades range from grade 1 (slight acne) to grade 4 (severe acne). Be careful not to over-treat your skin; you’ll only cause additional problems, such as rough, dry, and dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is a lack of water, not oil. (It's possible to have an oily complexion and still have dehydrated skin.) Or increased redness, irritation, and sensitivity by over-exfoliating it.

There is an antiaging ingredient that is beneficial in treating and controlling and treating problems associated with both acne and hyperpigmentation, vitamin A, (retinoids)

Retinoids products are very beneficial in treating them both acne and pigmentation disorders.  The term "retinoids" refers to vitamin A and the various groups derived from vitamin A.

How do retinoid products work?

Retinoid products work by enabling cell turnover, allowing dying and dead skin cells to slough away at a faster rate, which then exposes new, healthier skin cells. 

Retin A and Tretinoin are examples of prescription based retinoids. Some examples of non prescription forms of retinoids (vitamin A) are retinol, retinyl palmitate, or retinaldehyde. 

Retinal Clear

 A blend of vitamin A & stem cells to reduce inflammation and bacteria. Powerful for sensitive acne skin.


 Retinol Supreme

Encapsulated retinol and lactic acid help breakdown rough, leathery, photo-aged skin.


Retinal Repair

Encapsulated retinaldehyde & anti-inflammatory plant stem cells. Smoother, More Even Tone Skin


Advanced Renewal

Closest to Retinoic Acid pharmaceutical-grade, without a prescription. With Niacinamide (B3)



Other Important ingredients for an “Acne Control” regime. 

There are many acne control ingredients on the market today, I’ve only listed a few below.  The American Academy of Dermatology Association has a great deal of helpful information to guide you.  Here their link:

 Glycolic acid isan exfoliating alpha hydroxyl acid that reduces problems associated with acne, in addition to help brighten skin. 

  • Salicylic, is helpful with fading dark spots because it enhances exfoliation of surface cells and pigment.
  • Benzoyl peroxide, can be useful in controlling and reducing acne-causing bacteria.   It has the ability to reduce Propionibacterium acnesand inflammatory acne lesions.

Exfoliate your skin  -

Exfoliating helps promote healthy cell turnover for smoother skin, reduces the probability of clogged pores, pimples, blackheads and encourages even skin tones.

People with acne tend to over exfoliate their skin.  Although exfoliation is extremely important, it is just as important to choose the correct one and not traumatize your skin by over exfoliating it.  You need to protect your skin’s barrier as much as possible.  Aggressive exfoliation weakens the skin’s NMF barrier, making it vulnerable to dehydration, inflammation, sensitization, pigmentation, rosacea, premature aging even acne

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