Let’s first talk a little about why we get acne.
Adult acne and teenage acne are caused by similar things; excess oil and bacteria. Stress may aggravate breakouts, but doesn’t actually cause acne. And there really is no scientific proof that chocolate, soda, and greasy foods, etc., are to blame, although some people would swear that certain foods make them break out. Just avoid those.
Here’s what IS to blame: Changes in hormones, including those brought on by puberty, pregnancy, and menstruation, can trigger over production of oil. Women who smoke also seem to be more prone to acne. If a parent had adult acne, their kids are at a higher risk because it tends to be genetic.
Here is what happens: Greasy secretions from the skin's sebaceous glands (oil glands) plug the tiny openings for hair follicles. These plugged pores can develop into swollen tender inflammations, pimples, or deeper into lumps or nodules that become inflamed and sometimes infected. Everyone is different and acne only affects some, not fair, we know...BUT oftentimes it can be a simple change of makeup or cleaners, sometimes you need a more continual plan of action. It is best to come see us, our skin care specialists can help you determine the nature of your acne, as the best course of action.
Here’s how to get some relief: OBAGI’s Clenziderm System has proven itself to be highly effective for teens and adults. Obagi has a patented, special liquid benzoyl peroxide that penetrates the hair follicle to destroy the bacteria from the inside, instead of sitting on top of the skin and drying it out like other over-the-counter benzoyl peroxides that are crystallized. This is a huge advance in the effectiveness of BPO, alone! Another product in the Clenziderm System is the Pore Therapy 2% Salicylic Acid and is used to help with active acne, and oil control. It also smooths the skin out and gives you the appearance of smaller pores. (Some people have said their skin looks like glass). And finally, they include a 2% Glycolic acid foaming face wash. Together these products provide the steps for getting a handle on acne!
“Obagi Medical’s solubilized BPO technology has allowed us to improve upon the treatment of acne, a condition that affects nearly 17 million people in the U.S.,” said Steven Carlson, Chief Executive Officer of Obagi Medical Products. “With the growing issue of antibiotic resistance, creating this technology that penetrates the follicle and reduces acne flare-ups quickly and effectively without the need for antibiotics puts Obagi at the forefront of dermatological advances in acne treatment.”
I haven’t seen a better system to fight acne without drugs. Obagi Clenziderm System is the best I have seen so far.