Friday, June 28, 2013

How Acne Forms and How Proactiv Stops It From It's Roots

What can be worst than having acne on your special day?
Being a wedding planner, I could never accept seeing a zit on the faces of my brides and  grooms.  So, I always advise them to make sure they take care of their facial skin even more when the wedding day comes a close.    But with stress due to handling wedding preparations, occurrence of break-outs and skin problems are inevitable. 
Stress can cause a chemical response in our body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. Worse, healing process of skin problems can also be harder.  Why?  Because stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, your sebaceous glands tend to produce more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.   Let us zero in first with acne problems.
Although it's impossible to avoid stress completely, specially in events as such, I advise them to use daily skin regimen to avoid acne and of course assuring them that everything about their event will be well taken care of.  
However, in cases, that a client comes to me with acne problems on the onset of the wedding preparation, or existing blemishes are prevalent, again the more they will be stressed out.  Thoughts like, unconcealed facial skin blemishes on pre-nup shoots, or on bridal showers and so forth, randomly make way into their already wary minds.
I make sure that I give them straight-forward solutions and making sure they do not fall into the wrong myths of treating the said problem.
Let me share this to you as well.   Aside from undergoing facials, I advise them to use Proactiv Solution’s Combination Therapy.   But before I explain how this helped my clients out, why don't I share some fact to help you understand acne formation better thus understanding how we can deal with it better.

How acne forms
The acne cycle
An acne blemish begins approximately 2-3 weeks before it appears on your skin's surface. So while it may seem like you get a pimple overnight, what you're actually seeing is the final stage of a much longer process. It starts in your sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes you know as pores. Deep within each follicle, your sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps your skin moist and pliable. As your skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with your skin's natural oils, and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin.
Dead skin cells may block the pores, resulting to over-accumulation of oil underneath. Bacteria that live on the skin naturally begin to grow and multiply in this site, triggering an inflammatory response causing a red, angry pore that we see as pimple already at the tail-end of the acne formation process.

On that note, see how cleaning your skin may actually help and lessen some causes that may lead to acne formation.  But it's more than just cleaning.
So you ask, how does Proactiv Solution’s Combination Therapy works.

Proactiv 3-step system

Proactive Solution prevents acne at the root cause and destroys the acne cycle:

1. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) works by removing dead skin cells, ensuring that the pores don’t get clogged.
2. The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils too, eliminating food for bacteria.
3. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kills the bacteria and prevent proliferation
4. The Free Refining Mask (not in the photo) helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.

Let us compare Proactiv to Other Treatment Methods and why it is way better then the others

Other treatments are reactive, spot-treating pimples when these are visible and inflamed – already at the tail end of the acne formation process. These treatments often leave scars or dark marks, and do nothing to prevent future breakouts.

1. Proactiv Solution Vs. Overnight Spot Treatments
One client that I had used a cream which he thought would have treat the blemish overnight. These products mostly contain high concentration benzoyl peroxide at 5% or 10% which kill the acne bacteria, but results to redness or irritation. These products may also cause hyper pigmentation (dark acne marks).  Like other people this kind of treatment may come in handy S because they are cheap, easy to apply, and more often than not promising miracle cure overnight.

Proactiv Solution contains only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, a safe and effective concentration which makes it OK for daily use and may be applied to the whole face. With Proactiv’s Advanced Microcrystal technology, eradicating bacteria is faster and gentler than common spot treatments.

2. Proactiv Solution Vs. Topical Antibiotics
Doctors need to supervise people using antibiotics because the long term use of antibiotics in general may cause bacterial resistance – making the person “immune” to the benefits of the active ingredient.
Proactiv Solution will never have bacterial resistance because it does not contain an antibiotic, but rather an anti-microbial agent. It is safe for long term use for the treatment and prevention of acne.

3.  Proactiv Solution vs. Oral Drugs
When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills.  Let me give you my own testament to this.  For years I've been into oral contraceptive.  I sue the high end products in the market.  As what my gynecologist promised, these actually made my skin more resilient to break outs.  However, there would be times that I would skip taking them for some reasons.  This then made my skin looking stressed out, with occasional pimples appearing on some areas.

Speaking of side-effects, studies support that these methods are extremely effective for severe cases, but because of the nature of these drugs there are side effects that make it questionable if the benefits truly outweigh the cost.  But I never knew that there would be more serious implications.  For example, there were reports in 2010 linking suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin. Hormonal pills, which are mainly indicated as a contraceptive sometimes causes water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer.

Proactiv Solution does not have these side effects!

4.  Proactiv Solution Vs. Derm Clinic Injections
The Philippine Dermatological Society is campaigning for awareness among Filipinos to patronize only the services of highly qualified doctors, and not to be too trusting of attendants who may not have the proper training and experience to do this. This type of procedure is extremely painful, and when done by inexperienced hands, may cause scars for life. And because acne is a cyclical condition, recurring acne imposes recurring painful injections.
Proactiv Solution is gentle on you. With advanced micronized benzoyl peroxide and ingredients designed by Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, your journey to clear skin is one that does not incite pain.

5.  Proactiv Solution Vs. Custom Derm Packs
The promise of acne’s miracle cure comes in different shapes, sizes, and prices. But do not always think that designer packs that costs Php 10,000 in expensive clinics are great! Expensive acne systems often do not have the backing of massive consumer trial from all over the world, and you end up being a guinea pig.

Proactiv Solution is the world’s number 1 anti-acne. Millions of customers worldwide can testify on how effective Proactiv is, including Hollywood superstars. Proactiv even dares you to try it risk free – you get your money back if you’re not happy

With all these in consideration, you pick your choice- use a safe, effective pro-active solution or deal with harmful products and its consequences, side-effects while spending tons of money.

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