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Acne/Pimples

Why do I have acne or pimples?

Acne is a disease of the sebaceous hair follicles. It cannot not 100% cured, but the good news is that it can be successfully treated and controlled with the right products. 

How a pimple forms: Hormones prompt your oil glands to produces excess oil, provoking the skin cells in your pores to rapidly shed. When the pore becomes clogged by trapped oil and dead skin cells, it creates a perfect breeding ground for irritating acne bacteria. As your skin tries to deal with the bacteria, it becomes inflamed, eventually causing a full-blown breakout. To stop this cycle from repeating itself over and over, you need to control its four trigger factors: Excess sebum, pore-clogging dead skin cells, acne bacteria and inflammation.

Why do I have acne or pimples?

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Excess sebum

Sebum is produced in sebaceous follicles that are found all over the body except for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. They may number several hundred per square centimeter on some areas of the face, and there may be about 150 per square centimeter on the back. Human sebum has great complexity containing free fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesterol, squalane and waxes. The average rates of sebum secretion are higher in people with acne than people without acne.

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Excess sebum

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Pore-clogging dead skin cells

The epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin, extends down into the follicles, forming a lining. Dead skin cells shed inside the follicles in large clumps. In people with acne, these dead cells stay in the follicle, where they mix with sebum and form an impaction called a micro-comedo (see arrow). 

When the impaction builds, it flows to the surface of the skin. In some cases, it causes the pore to dilate, creating an open comedone (a blackhead) or it becomes a closed comedone (a whitehead).

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Pore-clogging dead skin cells

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Acne bacteria

P. acnes are a natural resident of the skin. They are anaerobic bacteria, which means they hate the air, and so they live inside sebaceous follicles. The mixture of sebum and dead cells there facilitate the overgrowth of P. acnes. The chemicals that P. acnes produce as a by-product of ingested sebum contribute to the final trigger factor inflammation.

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Acne bacteria

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Inflammation

Free fatty acids released from the P. acnes are a primary irritant. As P. acnes proliferate in the oxygen-free environment of the follicle, the irritation and inflammation increase.

The other cause of inflammation is the body’s response to the development of the acne lesion. White blood cells are the first line of defense on the body’s response to injury and infection. Some ingest the bacteria and cellular debris, others produce a host of antibodies and other substances that kill the bacteria and help repair the damaged tissue. Some cause the tissue to become inflamed as the work.

The trigger factors of acne and pimples: Inflammation

Treat acne and pimples:
Cleanse with 2% salicylic acid

It’s important to remove surface bacteria with a maximum strength, 2% salicylic acid cleanser. An OTC medicinal cleanser will cleanse deep to clear skin of acne pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, and allow it to heal.

Bioelements Spotless Cleanser will remove surface bacteria without over-drying or stripping skin, and is dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating.

Treat acne and pimples:Cleanse with 2% salicylic acid

Treat acne and pimples:
Drench skin to restore balance

A salicylic acid acne toner will eliminate excess oil and rebalance your skin – plus, it will help keep your skin free of new acne pimples. 

Bioelements Acne Toner is formulated with 0.5% Salicylic Acid and is dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating.

Treat acne and pimples:Drench skin to restore balance

Treat acne and pimples:
Take a few minutes to mask

Treat skin that suffers from acne and pimples with a targeted mask to deliver a concentrated dose of ingredients designed to clear skin. Amino Mask will penetrate and clear pores with 5% sulphur; Kerafole will purge skin – a great way to stay ahead of breakouts; and Restorative Clay will draw out debris like a vacuum.

Treat acne and pimples: Take a few minutes to mask

Treat acne and pimples:
Hydrated skin is clear skin

Don’t forget: Skin with acne and pimples will always need hydration. It’s essential to keep it balanced, so will not overproduce pore-clogging oil. Try Beyond Hydration to refresh skin without adding shine, or Oxygenation to refresh skin with essential oxygen – which is great to keep pores clear. 

Treat acne and pimples: Hydrated skin is clear skin

Treat acne and pimples:Zero in on the enemy

If you experience occasional breakouts or pimples, choose a spot treatment like Bioelements Breakout Control - with 5% pharmaceutical grade benzoyl peroxide. Its light, hydrating formula works invisibly so you can wear it easily under makeup.

Treat acne and pimples: Zero in on the enemy
  • Cleanser
    Apply one pump to wet skin and massage over face avoiding eye area, rinse off. Use morning and night. If dryness or peeling occurs, reduce to once a day.
    Spotless Cleanser
    $40.50
    2% salicylic acid acne cleanser removes bacteria without overdrying
    For skin that is: Acne
  • Toner
    Use after cleansing, day and night, avoiding eye area. Apply to cotton pad and gently wipe over skin. Do not rinse. If dryness or peeling occurs, reduce usage to once a day.
    Acne Toner - Acne Treatment
    $45.00
    0.5% salicylic acid acne treatment hydrates, clears and eliminates excess oil
    For skin that is: Acne
  • Treatment Mask
    Cleanse the skin thoroughly before applying this product. Cover the affected area with a thin layer and let dry 15 minutes then rinse well. Use twice a week.
    Amino Mask
    $56.00
    5% sulfur acne treatment mask with lactic acid treats breakouts and allows skin to heal
    For skin that is: Acne
  • Deep Purging Mask
    Apply over entire face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly. Use once or twice a week.
    Kerafole
    $48.00
    Deep purging mask
  • Pore-Refining Mask
    Apply over entire face. Let dry for 10 minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth and immediately apply a Bioelements Moisturizer. Use 1 - 3 times a week.
    Restorative Clay
    $35.00
    10-minute clay treatment mask for instantly healthier-looking skin
    For skin that is: Combination, Oily/Very Oily
  • Moisturizer
    Apply to entire face and neck, day or night.
    Beyond Hydration
    $36.00
    Oil-free hydrating gel; won't clog pores or cause breakouts
    For skin that is: Oily/Very Oily
  • Revitalizing Treatment Creme
    Apply to entire face and neck, day or night.
    Oxygenation
    $52.00
    Infuses skin with essential oxygen to revitalize
  • Breakout Lotion
    Cover the affected area with a thin layer 1 to 3 times a day.
    Breakout Control
    $40.00
    Emergency Acne Breakout Lotion
    For skin that is: Combination, Oily/Very Oily, Acne
  • Pore-Friendly Trio
    Apply to face and neck in the morning.
    Cleanse. Clear. Control.: Spotless Cleanser, Oxygenation + FREE travel Oil Control Mattifier
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    Purchase Spotless Cleanser® and Oxygenation® and receive a FREE travel size Oil Control Mattifier - an $18 value!
    For skin that is: Combination, Oily/Very Oily, Acne