When it comes to clearing and controlling breakouts, choosing products for your skin is key. You want products to help treat and clear your breakouts without stripping or irritating your skin. Dermalogica Clear Start products have been designed to do just that.
Before we introduce you to Flashfoliant, a chemical exfoliant that is the latest edition to the Dermalogica Clear Start range, it’s helpful to understand what causes breakouts in the first place…..
Blackheads and breakouts are caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria that clog up follicles and pores. The clogged pores become the perfect environment for P. acnes, a bacteria that live harmlessly on the skin. The bacteria get trapped inside pores, breed and cause inflammation, redness and breakouts.
So how does exfoliation help clear breakouts?
Exfoliation helps in 2 ways. Firstly, exfoliating clears excess skin cells and oil that can clog follicles. Once the dead skin cells have gone, new skin cells are able to surface and give you that radiant glow. Secondly, exfoliating clears the debris that obstruct moisturisers and breakout clearing ingredients from being effective.
It’s important to know that there are 2 types of exfoliation; chemical and physical. Physical exfoliation uses physical substances or tools to remove dead skin cells. This type of exfoliant is not suitable for breakout prone skin as it can irritate the skin and make your breakouts worse.
Chemical exfoliants are often found in products that you don’t wash off. Chemical exfoliants are particularly good for breakout prone skin. The chemicals break bonds that hold dead skin cells together allowing them to shed more easily improving texture and appearance of your skin.
There are 2 main chemicals that are in chemical exfoliants and both of these are in the Clear Start Flashfoliant. These are AHAs and BHAs, alpha and beta hydroxy acids. These chemical exfoliants compliment each other by working in different ways.
The most common AHAs are Citric acid and Lactic acid. They are water soluble and they slowly resurface the skin by over time plumping cells to reduce the appearance of existing breakouts. The most common BHA is Salicylic acid. This is oil soluble and is able to penetrate the skin through follicles and dissolve blockages that can cause breakouts
So what is Flashfoliant?
Flashfoliant is a clearing and brightening chemical exfoliant containing AHAs and BHAs that work together to slough away pore-clogging dead skin cells for a healthy glow. Flashfoliant is a leave on exfoliant which is perfect for those on the go who want a quick, effective and easy skincare routine that delivers results.