Do you have issues with breakouts? You are not alone. We understand how this can get you down. Breakouts can be unpredictable and leave you feeling miserable. And they can always seem to happen when you are off on that big night out or special day! The good news is that there are skincare products out there that can help deal with breakouts. If you have researched this topic or have visited a skincare therapist, you will probably have come across the ingredient salicylic acid. There has been a growing trend towards using skincare products for breakouts that contain salicylic acid. But what a lot of people don’t know is that there is skincare ingredient technology that actually will rapidly fix spots in just 15 minutes. And that Dermalogica have combined this TT technology with salicylic acid in their new breakout product.
We thought we should take a look at the active ingredients in this results driven, effective skincare product, that is already a fast favourite of those with breakouts. We are really interested in this fast acting skincare product that could be the answer to your stresses over spots.
The Cause of Breakouts
Breakouts are generally caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, excess oil and bacteria on the skin. Basically, when excess oil and skin cells get stuck together, they can form a sort of plug in a follicle. Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria live harmlessly on the skin all time time but when they get trapped inside the follicle, that’s when they multiply causing breakouts. This then leads to inflammation, redness and pain that is typically associated with acne.
Factors like age, hormones, environmental factors, stress and lifestyle can all have an impact on your skin and can lead to breakouts.
Salicylic acid for breakouts - Why the Hype?
This is where it gets scientific. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA for short). This matters because it’s what makes it easier to penetrate deeper into the skin to clear out pores. It also is why once it penetrates it can dissolve excess oil, with the acid component. It also breaks apart the skin’s ‘glue’ so loosens dead skin cells and unclogs pores. Salicylic acid works also to reduce sebum secretion, so has a longer impact on excess oil production.
It’s also got anti-inflammatory properties, which make it great for soothing breakout skin.
The thing about salicylic acid to remember is that it’s more effective on some types of spots and breakouts than others. That’s because of the way it works. While it works effectively to get rid of dead skin cells and regulate oil production, it doesn’t have much of an effect on the p.acnes bacteria that live on the skin. So it makes it less effective on cystic acne. Salicylic acid is most effective for blackheads and whiteheads breakouts and dealing with clogged pores.
Is salicylic acid the best treatment for pimples and acne?
What we say next might surprise you… yes, salicylic acid is brilliant but it’s not the best treatment for pimples and acne. Why? Because it’s missing a key benefit to really address breakouts, as we’ve already seen. It can also cause sensitivity to the sun with overuse. That’s where Dermalogica’s new natural formula of active ingredients comes in. By combining these ingredients with salicylic acid the skincare product gets better results that traditional salicylic acid products, whilst protecting sensitive skin.
Finding the best skincare for acne and oily skin
Oily skin is really common. There are cleansers and masks out there that are specially formulated to deal with oil skin concerns with active ingredients to regulate oil production and cleanse deeply. Which is great - on a daily basis. But when it comes to breakouts… you need something extra. You need to address the bacteria in your skin to be able to effectively deal with breakouts. You need to get rid of that extra bad bacteria and cleanse the skin thoroughly, rebalancing the skin to avoid future breakouts. Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster has a TT technology of Thymol and Terpineol to actually help get rid of that bad bacteria to thoroughly deal with breakouts.
Two natural ways to get rid of pimples fast
Let’s take a closer look at the TT technology natural active ingredients. Thymal, which is an extract of thyme, works to penetrate the skin and gets right into the bacteria cells. Combined with Terpineol, this works to destroy the ‘bad’ bacteria that causes breakouts, while Phytoplankton Extract is there to protect the ‘good’ bacteria and also to stop over-peeling or drying out of the skin that some spot treatment formulas can do. The best thing is it does all this in just fifteen minutes from application! Giving you a quick solution for breakouts that is effective and gentle.
Balancing good and bad bacteria on skin
Your skin is pretty amazing… even when you don’t feel like it is! It has a microbiome - that is a bit like its own ecosystem…it has all the goodness and good bacteria it needs. In fact, there are on average 500 million microorganisms in every square inch of your skin. When we deal with breakouts we want to get rid of the bad bacteria, but protect the good stuff.
Think about this… have you ever had a course of antibiotics that has really negatively affected your skin? That’s because they have antimicrobial effects, meaning they can kill of some of that good bacteria and microorganisms you need for skin health.
TT technology and salicylic acid work together to deal with breakouts but without getting rid of good bacteria. It’s like that final scene in a Western… where the cowboy rides into town and gets rid of the bad guys but saves the good ones. It means your skin doesn’t have to fight to reproduce that good bacteria but can concentrate on healing and cleansing from the breakout.
A few more benefits of Breakout Clearing Booster for spot prone skin
As well as the TT Technology and Salicylic Acid, the Breakout Clearing Booster also has some active ingredients to protect spot prone skin.
Niacinamide, which is an extract of Vitamin B3 - helps to build and stimulate your skin’s own antibacterial defenses, making your skin stronger against fighting future breakouts.
Red seaweed and hyaluronic acid - this complex works to lock in moisture. One thing that you will have noticed with salicylic acid is that it can dry out the skin. This complex works to drive back in moisture and lock it into the skin.
Can adults use Clear Start?
A final word about the Dermalogica Clear Start range, which you may have avoided thinking it was just for teen skin. The truth is - everyone gets spots. It isn’t exclusively a teen problem! And the causes and treatments are the same whether you are 20 or 60! So Dermalogica are no longer referring to Clear Start as a teen brand. It is a good brand for any spots, whatever your age!
For those of you who are looking for a super strong formula, you may want to check out Dermalogica Medibac range. But the Clear Start range is naturally and effective and doesn’t harm the skin.
Get Breakout Clearing Booster
Ready to try the TT Technology for yourself? Another great thing about the Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster is the price! It’s naturally active ingredients mean you can get it for the bargain price of £19.50!
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