How to cleanse acne-prone skin
I found that most of my clients had incorrect or insufficient ways of cleansing the skin. First, a short explanation of what is in acne pores. Acne starts as a collection of gummed-together dead cells incorporated into a matrix of waxy sebum. It produces a “microcomedo" - acne seed (“precursor lesions” of acne). If you have acne or acne-prone skin, pores of your skin are full of them. So, your first, most important step is right cleansing skin. For acne-prone skin, using just a cleanser is insufficient. You need a full cleansing procedure which will clean impurities, unclog pores and dissolve and remove layers of dead expired cell without damaging skin natural protective barrier (acid mantle)
If you're wearing makeup or have oily, shine skin, the best way to remove it is quality PRECLEANSER. It will remove skin oils and keep skin natural barrier. It works with a principle where good oils dissolve bad oils.
1. CLEANSING AND TONING
The main step in the prevention of your acne starts with choosing the right cleanser. I found that a lot of my clients use wrong cleansers. The perfect acne cleanser should be strong enough to cleanse the skin but not destroy the skin barrier (called acid mantle). Acid mantle protects our skin from all external influences: bacteria, germs, pollution, and others. The cleanser also needs to keep your skin PH well balanced ( our skin PH is about 5.5). We found that only cleanser with natural ingredients may have such properties. Our Lemon cleanser proved to be extremely successful for all kinds of acne-prone skin.
Toner will additionally clean the skin deeper. It will also bring skin an additional protective layer and restore natural PH balance
Cleaning pores and dead cells are the next required cleansing step for acne-prone skin. Pores can be cleaned ONLY with exfoliants (peels), microdermabrasion (professional procedure), and acne masks.
Exfoliation is a key step in an acne routine. As part of the normal process of skin renewal, skin discards their redundant skin cells—called keratinocytes at a prodigious rate, more than a million each hour. But acne-prone follicles produce keratinocytes at a rate of about four times more than normal follicles. This creates a huge amount of cellular debris. Moreover, the excess cells, due to some chemical mechanism stick together, as if cemented, preventing them from leaving the follicle. It produces what is known as a “microcomedo” a collection of gummed-together cells incorporated into a matrix of waxy sebum.
You can't easily see or feel a microcomedo, but if you have acne or acne-prone skin, your skin is full of them. Depending on other conditions microcomedo will evolve in acne or just flow in sebum and eventually be expelled. That is the reason why acne-prone skin needs much more than regular cleansing.
We found that daily using gentle exfoliants are much more effective than using a strong chemical peel once in 2-4 weeks. Gently exfoliations few times in a week will prevent acne formation, renew cells, maximize penetration of other products, fade scars and hyperpigmentation, remove dullness, and produce smooth and bright healthy-looking skin.
How to have exfoliation a few days in a week with superb results without irritation?
Our gently peels followed by facial scrub are a great way to dissolve sebum, cemented dead cells and remove them from pores and skin surface.
Why do you need physical scrub?
Let's say you want to clean the burned pan. First, soak it with some detergent (chemical peel for skin). After some time, wash the pan gently scrubbing with a sponge. Without scrubbing, burnt residue (dead cells&sebum) will be only partially removed. Skin needs the same process.
Facial scrub must be enough strong to remove grime and enough gentle to clean all dissolved layers without irritation. After the first use of our Lemon & Sage Polishing Scrub will give you smooth and radiant skin without irritation even if you have sensitive skin.
Note: The advice above works ONLY with our recommended products. Our Peels and Scrubs are specifically formulated for using a few times a week together. If you try your own version of chemical peels it could be very irritating or leave scabs and marks.
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