June is Acne Awareness Month and we are dedicated to helping clients with all types of acne find the answers and treatments they are looking for. Here at glo headquarters we turn to our International Educator, Product Developer and all-around skin care aficionado, Kristin Cristiano, for advice, tips and treatment whenever we dealing with a breakout. With more than 20 years of experience in the skincare industry, her wealth of knowledge about acne treatments is incredible. Read on as Kristin gives an in depth breakdown of products and ingredients that deliver proven results.
From Kristin Cristiano:
There are several ingredients that are proven to target the root causes of acne. The two most researched and best accepted ingredients to treat acne without a prescription are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Both have the capacity to kill the p. acnes bacteria existing inside the follicle. Overgrowth of bacteria is one of the major contributing factors to acne, causing irritation and inflammation. Salicylic Acid also helps to exfoliate excess dead skin cells which contribute to the growth of acne. Dead skin cells mix with excess oil secreted by the sebaceous gland and cause an impaction which is otherwise known as a comedone or milia. These are the precursors to pimples and papules.
glo therapeutics offers four products leveraging Salicylic Acid to clear skin: Clear Acne Cleanser, Clear Complexion Pads, Renew Serum, and Back Acne Treatment for body blemishes.
Two products leverage Benzoyl Peroxide’s blemish-fighting properties: Clear Anti-Blemish Cleanser and Clear Anti-Blemish Treatment. It is important to note that overuse of Benzyol Peroxide can over dry the skin, which can exacerbate acneic skin conditions.
Retinol is another proven ingredient for treating acne. Retinol can penetrate skin cells and normalize their behavior. It also stimulates cells in the basal layer which push upwards and cause a burst of exfoliation on the outer layers of the epidermis, helping to keep the skin free of impactions. Retinol and Glycolic Acid, which is another exfoliating ingredient, are key ingredients in Renew Serum. Retinol CS has a higher percentage of Retinol and also contains brighteners which help the overall look of the skin. Retinol, Glycolic Acid and the potent lightener Hydroquinone are key ingredients in Triple Action Serum. Hydroquinone will help reduce Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation left behind after a breakout.
Keeping skin hydrated and balanced is critical to effectively treating acne. glo therapeutics offers two moisturizers specifically designed for oily, acne prone skin. The first, Oil Control Emulsion, is not only oil-free but also includes ingredients that help regulate sebum production and contribute to a matte appearance. Oil Control Emulsion contains Allantoin and Aloe to reduce inflammation and Totarol which has antibacterial properties. The second, Oil Free Moisturizer, is a top-seller containing Algae Extract which protects the mitochondria and Malachite which has antioxidant properties.
A core cleansing and treatment regimen can be effectively augmented using specialty products for acne control. Refining Mask is a clay based mask featuring Sulfur, Zinc and Tea Tree Oil. It can work magic when used twice a week. It is also available in a professional size. Spot Fix Blemish Treatment uses botanicals in a gentle but effective way to treat individual blemishes. In an individual roller vial, Thyme, Eucalyptus and Rosemary soothe and heal blemishes. For breakouts that are beginning to heal, applying glo therapeutics Healing Gel can expedite the clearing of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and gently remove any dry flaky skin left over from aggressive treatments. Its enzymes break up dead skin cells while Niacinamide works to fade residual redness and hyperpigmentation.