Skin Conditions - Acne (Oily)

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders in the US.  Although it is most often thought of as a teenage ailment, acne can affect people well into adulthood.

There are two main types of acne - inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne.

Inflammatory acne is usually associated with sensitivity or pain and occurs due to a hormonal imbalance that leads to congestion in the skin’s follicles.  Excess androgens or insufficient estrogens increase sebum production by the sebaceous gland, which further stimulates increased desquamation of dead cells from follicle walls.  The sebum and dead skin cells combine to clog, or congest the follicles.  When the follicles are congested with excess sebum, dead skin cells, and other debris, the bacteria that cause acne flourish, causing inflammation and a blemish or breakout.  

Non-inflammatory acne is not normally associated with pain, and takes place when collections of dead cells and oil clog the follicles.  It’s source isn’t due to an internal imbalance, but due to external factors including dirt, debris, environmental factors, and comedogenic products.

While acne is a complex skin issue that is further complicated by the multitude of factors that cause it, one thing is universally true - no one likes acne!  Another equally apparent truth is that the enemy of acne is balanced skin.  Whether that means optimal  pH and hormone levels in the epidermis or a clean surface, balanced skin is less susceptible to blemishes and breakouts.

Cosmedica Skincare does not specialize in acne treatments, but it does specialize in balancing skin treatments that lead to a healthy, balanced complexion.  In order to combat acne and reduce the frequency and intensity of breakouts, a balanced complexion is key.  This means proper moisture balance, pH, sebaceous gland activity, and more.  Cosmedica’s unique line of products promotes balance in your skin to reduce the severity of acne with proper hydration, nourishment, and protection.