Adult acne is more common than ever before. Here’s how the Dermalogica Active Clearing System could help fend off imperfections for good.
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why your skin is breaking out when your teenage years are well and truly behind you, you’re not alone. “Research tells us that women are more susceptible to breakouts in their adult years,” says Emma Hobson, education director for Dermalogica Asia Pacific. “As a result of ongoing stress, continual hormonal fluctuations, poor sleep, high glycemic and dairy-based diets, plus a rise in air pollution, many of us find ourselves battling with breakouts in adulthood,” she explains. Hobson believes stress is the primary aggravating factor for many women. “Dehydration is a result of increased cortisol within the skin, which then results in skin cells build up, the skin becomes rough, flaky in texture and clogged pores,” she says.
Hobson says that not only are the triggers different to teenage acne, but adult acne breakouts tend to manifest on the lower half of the face around the chin, jawline and neck. “As adults, there is more redness and inflammation with persistent breakouts, there are fewer blackheads (comedones) than adolescent acne, the skin is less resilient which means breakouts are often angrier, hang around for longer and cause more pigmented marking on the skin,” she adds. Chronic stress, she says, not only contributes to acne but stops our skin healing which can lead to long-term skin damage. “Psychological stress can slow wound healing by up to 40%, slowing the repair of acne breakouts, along with the slower reparative capacity in older adults, leaving lingering skin pigmentation and scarring.”
Here’s why the Dermalogica Active Clearing System is Different to Other Skincare
What this all means is that skincare that has traditionally been formulated for acne-prone adolescent skin often isn’t suitable for more mature skin. “Because not only are the triggers different, so are the skin conditions you are treating – not only associated with acne but also premature ageing such as post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (PIH), dehydration and inflammation,” Hobson explains.
With this in mind, Dermalogica has formulated two new additions for the Dermalogica Active Clearing system. Active Clearing AGE Bright Clearing Serum uses a blend of salicylic acid and beta hydroxy acid that helps enhance cell turnover and fight breakouts while reducing the signs of ageing and AGE Bright Complex which contains actives and essential oils that work to clear and brighten at the same time. AGE Bright Spot Fader has been formulated to not only help clear up unwanted spots and breakouts but to minimise marks and pigmentation that they can leave behind.
“It’s important to use products designed specifically for adult acne that contain ingredients address the PIH marking,” says Hobson. Both of the new products include three actives ingredients that lighten the marking caused by breakouts. Niacinamide offers a wide range of skin health benefits one being the reduction in pigmentation and improvement in skin tone; White Shitake Mushroom, boosts skin brightening and hydration; while Hexylresorcinol addresses pigmentation marks post breakouts. “Research has shown that the effects of Hexylresorcinol can be amplified when used in combination with Niacinamide. When combined they work to brighten hyperpigmentation more effectively than if used individually.”
How to use the Dermalogica Active Clearing System
Active Clearing AGE Bright Clearing Serum and AGE Bright Spot Fader can be used to fight the occasional breakout out or help with prolonged skin conditions says Hobson. “For those with more persistent and prolonged acne breakouts the system of products are used in a skin health program on a daily basis until the condition improves whereby the products are then modified, some replaced to then work with the improved skin condition,” she explains. “For those with more occasional breakouts that may only appear a certain time of the month, a few select products are recommended to use to reduce the incidence of breakouts as well as treat the spots that are currently on the skin and are worked into someone’s normal skin care routine.”
Active Clearing AGE Bright Clearing Serum and AGE Bright Spot Fader are available now. Visit dermalogica.co.nz to find your nearest Dermalogica stockist.