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Acne And Oily Skin
Oily skin and acne can cause frustration, irritation, physical and even emotional scars. Do not think that these issues are just for teenagers as 5% of people suffer from adult acne which makes it one of the most common skin disorders.

Before diving in to treatments for oily skin and acne, it is crucial to understand their root causes so proper treatment can be delivered for targeted results.

What causes oily skin?

Sebum (oil) production is controlled by androgen hormones. Oils help lubricate skin, protecting it from environmental assaults (such as extreme weather conditions). Excess androgen hormones (due to puberty, monthly cycles or menopause) trigger an overproduction of oil, creating a shiny appearance.

How does oily skin contribute to acne?

When sebaceous (oil) glands produce too much oil, it spills onto the skin's surface, creating a slick, greasy appearance. This excess oil acts as a binder, holding on to dead skin cells that were meant to be shed.

The follicle becomes clogged with a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, prohibiting oxygen from entering. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to swelling, redness and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne. 

Oily skin and acne myths

Myth#1: Oil can be controlled by stripping skin with harsh, drying ingrediants such as alcohol.

Ironically, this can cause skin to produce even more oil than before, as the sebaceous glands go into overdrive in order to replace what has been lost! For those who self-treat with these products, skin is often left dehydrated, irritated and sensitized.

Myth#2: A blackhead is actually dirt inside a pour.

Blackheads, also known as comedones, are merely whiteheads that have reached the skin's surface and opened up, allowing oxygen to enter the follicle. This causes the debris within the follicle to undergo a chemical reaction known as oxidation (think of a freshly cut apple turning brown when exposed to air), leading to the dark colour.

Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same debris, but have only a microscopic opening to the skins surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the debris is not oxidised, and remains white.

Myth#3: Sugary, refined foods contribute to acne.

Many people accept the myth that what they are eating is causing their skin condition. This is a misinterpretation -  these foods do not directly cause acne, but they do feed the breeding ground for acne by increasing sebum production.

Proper treatment for results

A professional skin treatment can help jumpstart skin clearing and recover skin health. Before beginning, your skin therapist will perform Face Mapping zone-by-zone analysis to determine if skin is dry or dehydrated, then create a customised treatment around your specific needs that very day.

Acneic skin produces five times more dead skin cells than a healthy skin, meaning the sloughing of cells through exfoliation can greatly benefit this condition. Hydroxy acids (chemical exfoliants), in general, will be effective, as they help detach dead skin cells that contribute to clogged follicles. Physical exfoliants may not be appropriate for acneis skin, but may be recommended for oily skin.

Galvanic and high frequency:
This professional tool uses a mild electrical current to help soften impacted debris for easier removal.

High frequency works to dissolve surface oils, disinfect. purify and promote healing.

A consistent home care regime prescribed by your skin care therapist will dramatically impact the health of your skin and success of professional treatments.

Below are links to some Dermalogica products that may be suggested for oily skin and breakouts:
Dermal Clay CleanserOvernight Clearing Gel
Skin Purifying WipesSpecial Clearing Booster
Sebum Clearing Masque Concealing Spot Treatment
Clearing Mattifier Oil Control Lotion
Oil Free Matte Block SPF 20  
Feel free to use these links to see more about the products or contact us for further information via our Contact Page.
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