What is acne?

Acne is one of the most probemlatic skin conditions, both during breakouts and with the subsequent scarring caused by cystic acne conditions.

Acne is hard to treat, as its underlying cause is nearly always hormonal based. However, it can be managed well through treatments, home products, and changes to diet. Sadly, much of the readily available acne treatments on the high street are harsh astringents which exacerbate the problem in the mid to long-term because they upset the acid mantle of the skin, which is the basis we need for healthy skin. They strip the skin of oil, which causes the skin to overproduce sebum to compensate.

Our tailored facial assessment will determine your grade of acne and suggest the most effective products and treatment  regime for you.

Regular treatments not only keep this condition to a minimum but can also repair the skin’s barrier function abd reduce inflammation and scarring that acne can leave behind. Our signature peels will deal with the breakouts, scarring and other disfiguring results of acne and our bespoke post-treatment plan will recommend products containing the correct ingredients to calm the skin’s inflammation and manage outbreaks.

How can acne be improved?

Step 1: Exfoliate to remove cell build-up

Acneic skin is often caused by dead skin cells in the pores that are not shedding properly. It is important to remove cell build-up in the pores to allow treatment products to penetrate and destroy P. acnes bacteria. Salicylic acid and lactic acid are examples of exfoliating ingredients known to improve acne.

AlumierMD Professional Treatments:
Detox Clear
Vitamin A Boost
Radiant 30
Radiant 20/10
Glow Peel

AlumierMD Home Care Products:
Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.25
Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.5
AHA Renewal Serum

Step 2: Reduce the amount of acne bacteria (P. acnes)

Choose natural anti-bacterial ingredients like hinokitiol, Canadian Willowherb ™, resveratrol and tea tree oil instead of synthetic antibiotics where resistance is a growing problem.

AlumierMD Home Care Products:
Acne Clarifying Cleanser
Acne Balancing Serum
HydraSmooth
Spot Clearing Lotion

Step 3: Control sebum production

When sebum builds up under the plugged pore/follicle, it causes an inflammatory response. Keeping skin moisturized is an important way to balance sebum production. If skin dries out due to excessive washing or harsh chemicals, it will produce more sebum to compensate.

Look for gentle ingredients that help mattify skin and control oil production.

AlumierMD Home Care products:
Matticlear
Acne Clarifying Cleanser
Acne Balancing Serum
HydraSmooth

Step 4: Repair skin texture and tone

Depending on its severity, acne can leave post-inflammatory discoloration and scarring.

Repair skin tone and texture with professional peels alongside smoothing and lightening home care products.

AlumierMD Professional Treatments:
Radiant 30
Radiant 20/10
Glow Peel

AlumierMD Home Care Products:
EverActive C&E™ + Peptide
EvenTone

Step 5: Protect against inflammation and UV damage

Inflammation is a cause and a result of acne. White blood cells are drawn to acne lesions as an immune response to P. acnes bacteria, which in turn causes inflammation.

Inflammation in the presence of UV rays leads to hyperpigmentation, and exfoliating products used to treat acne often make skin more sun sensitive.

It is critical to block UV rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains ingredients to help calm acne and maintain the skin’s delicate moisture balance. Use anti-inflammatory ingredients like hinokitiol, sea whip and Canadian Willowherb ™ to reduce inflammation and clear breakouts.

AlumierMD Home Care Products:
Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 Sunscreen
Moisture Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreens
Acne Balancing Serum