Acne Treatment Options​

Acne Treatment Options​

How can I improve acne?

Step 1: Exfoliate to remove cell build-up

Acneic skin is often caused by dead skin cells in the pores that are not shedding properly. It is important to remove cell build-up in the pores to allow treatment products to penetrate and destroy P. acnes bacteria. Salicylic acid and lactic acid are examples of exfoliating ingredients known to improve acne.

AlumierMD Professional Treatments:

Enzyme Retexturing Treatment

Glow Peel

AlumierMD Home Care Products:

  • Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.25
  • Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.5
  • AHA Renewal Serum

Step 2: Reduce the amount of acne bacteria (P. acnes)

Choose natural anti-bacterial ingredients like hinokitiol, Canadian Willowherb ™, resveratrol and tea tree oil instead of synthetic antibiotics where resistance is a growing problem.

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AlumierMD Home Care Products:

  • Acne Clarifying Cleanser
  • Acne Balancing Serum
  • HydraSmooth Moisturizer
  • Spot Clearing Treatment

Step 3: Control sebum production

When sebum builds up under the plugged pore/follicle, it causes an inflammatory response. Keeping skin moisturized is an important way to balance sebum production. If skin dries out due to excessive washing or harsh chemicals, it will produce more sebum to compensate.

Look for gentle ingredients that help mattify skin and control oil production.

AlumierMD Home Care Products:

  • Matticlear
  • Acne Clarifying Cleanser
  • Acne Balancing Serum

Step 4: Repair skin texture and tone

Depending on its severity, acne can leave post-inflammatory discoloration and scarring.

Repair skin tone and texture with professional peels alongside smoothing and lightening home care products.

AlumierMD Professional Treatments:

  • Enzyme Retexturing Treatment
  • Glow Peel
  • AlumierMD Home Care Products:
  • EverActive C&E
  • EvenTone Brightening Serum (Can)
  • Lightening Lotion

Step 5: Protect against inflammation and UV damage

Inflammation is a cause and a result of acne. White blood cells are drawn to acne lesions as an immune response to P. acnes bacteria, which in turn causes inflammation.

Inflammation in the presence of UV rays leads to hyperpigmentation, and exfoliating products used to treat acne often make skin more sun sensitive.

It is critical to block UV rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains ingredients to help calm acne and maintain the skin’s delicate moisture balance. Use anti-inflammatory ingredients like hinokitiol, sea whip and Canadian Willowherb ™ to reduce inflammation and clear breakouts.

AlumierMD Home Care Products:

  • Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 Sunscreen
  • Moisture Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreens
  • Acne Balancing Serum

Do’s and Don’ts for Rosacea Sufferers

Do’s and Don’ts for Rosacea Sufferers

While rosacea isn’t completely understood–there isn’t yet a cure for the skin condition–there are many environmental and internal factors that can trigger a flare up or worsen the condition. Here are some tips for rosacea-sufferers:

Do 

  • Manage stress: emotionally stressful situations can trigger a flare up
  • Protect: Cold winds and the damaging sun can provoke redness. Use a soft scarf in a non-irritating fabric to cover up the skin in the winter, and a good sunscreen with a wide-brimmed hat in the summer. Be sure to use a richer moisturizer in winter to protect against moisture loss in the skin.
  • Use sunscreen: Even though I just mentioned wearing sunscreen in the last point, it’s imperative that sunscreen is used every day. UV rays can lead to a flare up. Physical sunscreens like AlumierMD’s Sheer Hydration are less likely to irritate rosacea-prone skin.
  • Be gentle: rubbing, scrubbing and massaging the face should be avoided. Use soothing cream cleansers and hydrating moisturizers and serums.
  • Keep it simple: Adding in new skincare products can exacerbate rosacea. Use straightforward products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
  • Consume high quality proteins: fish, poultry, shellfish, tofu, seeds, nuts and olive oil all contain healthy fats that help soothe rosacea.
  • Eat low-glycemic carbs: whole grains (like oats), colourful fresh fruits and veggies, beans and lentils are proven to help minimize the inflammatory glycemic response associated with sugary and starchy foods.
  • Learn about your triggers: keep a journal of what exacerbate your rosacea.
  • Check ingredients: Before applying a product to your face, check for any irritating ingredients. When selecting cosmetics, look for mineral-based makeup with minimal ingredients.

 

Don’t

  • Go from hot to cold: fluctuating temperatures can aggravate rosacea.
  • Go nuts at the gym: moderate activity is best for rosacea sufferers. Increased circulation can trigger a flare up, so it’s best to avoid intense workouts.
  • Consumer trigger foods and beverages: alcohol and hot drinks like coffee and tea can create a flush. Spicy, sugary and starchy foods can increase inflammation as well. Other known trigger foods include: yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, chocolate, citrus fruits, cheese, avocados, spinach and more.