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The Hydroxy Glow:  regain control of your skin with ASI’s OILY/ACNE PRO PEEL

For those who suffer from regular skin breakouts or are living with active acne, dealing with your skin on the daily can be extremely frustrating.  Although it can feel like you're the only person on the planet without a clear complexion, Acne is the most common skin condition in the world and in Australian’s affects 85% of 15-24 year olds.  But waving your teenage years bye-bye doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never get a break out again… ‘adult acne’ is a real issue and typically affects more women than men.

Although it’s understandable that having breakouts, oiliness, acne or acne scarring can get you down, try not to stress.  There are actually many effective treatments that can help to manage and control your skin; the main thing to note is that you will most likely need to address the issue from multiple angles and come to terms with the fact that it will need regular and consistent attention for best results.

How do pimples form? In a nutshell, a pimple forms when dead skin cells, sebum (your skin’s natural oil) and bacteria accumulate to form a plug within the pores of your skin.  Once blocked, additional oil flow has nowhere to go so the plug gets bigger and bigger and in some cases causes irritation that triggers your immune system to send in defence cells that create a protein-rich fluid - pus.  this forms the pimple we see at the surface. 

Of course there are both internal and external influences that have a hand in the development of breakouts and acne.  Hormones are a main contributor, often stimulating the overproduction of the sebum that fills and clogs the pores but other influences like diet, stress, genetics, makeup, pollutants and even the types of bacteria that call your skin home (your ‘microbiome’) all pitch in to create the perfect ‘acne storm’.

A bug party on your face: So there’s just one more thing I want to explain before I lead you to acne enlightenment.  The P.bacteria (that stands for Propionibacterium Acnes) that exacerbates acne, already lives on your skin!  In fact it lives on everybody’s skin and are a normal part of a vast community of bacterias that colonise our bodies.  

While P.acnes bacteria mostly coexists peacefully on your skin’s surface and actually help out by breaking down the sebum that your skin produces (by that I mean they eat it… it’s their favorite food!); when they get trapped inside an airless, oil blocked pore, they literally go rogue… setting off inflammation and literally shutting down enzymes that normally act like a stop brake on that inflammation.

Suddenly you have an out of control ‘frat-house’ style party going on… and the P.acnes bacteria are in overdrive with no security in sight… eating, trashing the place up and making lots of little P.acnes babies… who in turn spread out to cause more havoc on your skin.     How to control oily skin and acne breakouts: So, we so far know that the P.acnes bacteria that causes acne already lives on our skin.  We also know that this bacteria absolutely LOVES to party, locked in an oily, airless environment.  So how do we shut the party down?  Well, one simple way to take back control is to take away the party food, open up the windows and doors and let the fresh air in!   Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce, manage and control acne breakouts from the surface:   Cleanse your skin:  Using a low-residue or lipid-free cleanser with hydroxy acids is the perfect start to an acne busting skincare routine.  This type of cleanser won’t leave a film of residue on your skin and are usually thin enough to wash in and out of the pores, allowing the hydroxy acid to break down that sebum plug that is trapping in the excess oil and bacteria.  Try ASI’s Rejuvenating Foaming Cleanser - loaded with restorative Vitamin C, calming Chamomile and stimulating Citric Acid; it will cleanse away impurities, unblocking pores while delivering deep hydration.

Treat your skin with Salicylic Acid: Being lipolytic (oil soluble) and having one of the smallest molecular sizes out of all the Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic Acid is the best choice for Acne prone skin.  Salicylic Acid can easily get into the pores, working to dissolve, remove and prevent the formation of keratin plugs and dead skin build-up on the surface of the skin.  Using Salicylic Acid will allow the skin to be flooded with fresh oxygen, making your pores a ‘no party’ zone for those pesky little p.bacterias.

Book in for an ASI Professional Oily/Acne Peel at your favorite Brazilian Beauty Clinic.  This professional peel uses 15% Salicylic Acid to cut down excessive oil and remove dead skin build up while working as an anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and calm an active break out.   Talk to the friendly skin therapists at Brazilian Beauty.  They will assess your skin’s needs and design a treatment plan that will help you to easily and conveniently incorporate the Pro Peel into your skin care regimen.

Nourish your skin.  Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturise.  In fact that’s the worst thing you can do!  Allowing your skin to become surface dry (no oil on the surface) not only interferes with the skin ability to form it’s natural protective barrier but also encourages the skin to actually produce even more oil to try and compensate for this dryness.  It’s all about keeping the balance.

Use ASI Vitamin B3 morning and night underneath your moisturiser.  This serum will regulate oil production, fight bacteria and support skin healing, while locking in some much needed hydration.  

Follow up with a layer of ASI’s Rejuvenating Day Cream in the mornings.  It contains Zinc which not only has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on active acne but also acts as a physical barrier between you and the sun, keeping your skin protected from UVA and UVB radiation.

At night, use ASI’s  Rejuvenating Night Treatment.  Featuring potent vitamin A, this night cream will support skin cell activity, helping to fight active acne from the ground up.  Vitamin A will also soften acne scarring and post-inflammatory pigmentation plus smooth out skin texture for a soft, dewy surface.