Remember last week when I told you that my skin turned on me? If you aren’t up to date, check out last week post here. Typically, my skin is more on the dry side. I try not to over cleanse or use highly concentrated cleansing products because my skin will look and feel horrible. Nothing is worse than your skin feeling extremely tight and dehydrated. An added feature to this dry skin life is the visibility of lifted flaky skin cells, fun, right?
Over roughly two months acne came and took residence. Of course, I freaked out and ran to my nearest ULTA to get a remedy because I’m not one to get many breakouts and all at once. I tried the Murad anti-acne set. Great product for clearing up acne, terrible for dry skin. The system dried my skin out so bad and it was patchy, welcome freakout number 2. Instead of running for another remedy I dropped the anti-acne system and wearing makeup. I went back to basic skin care; cleanser, hydrating serum, and coconut oil.
For my cleanser and serum I turned to VI Aesthetics VI Derm cleanser and hydrating serum. I was sent a sample from the company’s PR firm and started to test prior to the Great Skin Depression. I remembered how well it worked on my skin, so I incorporated it back into my skincare routine.
Here’s a brief description of the products:
The VI Derm® Cleanser is an aloe vera based product that will gently remove cellular buildup, residue from makeup and the environment without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. After using the VI Derm® Cleanser your skin will be refreshed, revitalized and radiant.
The VI Derm® Intense Hydration Serum will deliver immediate skin hydration for a plump and supple appearance. Long-lasting benefits of using the serum include protection from environmental damage and improvement in the signs of aging.
I can say that these products are absolutely true to their description. What’s awesome about these items is that it is can be used for all skin types. This combo definitely restored the texture and overall hydration of the skin. In conjunction with the coconut oil, it took about 3 weeks or so to clear up the dry patches.
This rendez-vous with acne was indeed an interesting experience. Adult acne is nothing to play with. I also received additional information from the brand that shed some light on adult acne, as the brand focused on enhancing results of their treatments to help optimize skin health.
1)Why do adults still get acne? (in a nutshell)
In a nutshell, there are various factors that can lead to adult acne. Typically adult-onset acne can be caused by fluctuating hormonal issues, stress, family history, eating habits, lifestyle, hair/makeup/skincare products, medication or undiagnosed medical issues.
2) What are the root causes of adult acne? (bacterial, hormonal, etc..)
The root of acneic issues in the skin starts with dirt, oil, bacteria and dead skin cells clogging pores. This leads to Propionibacteria multiplying in the sebaceous glands and spreading throughout the skin causing breakouts and acne in the skin. Hormonal imbalance can also lead to breakouts in the skin. High levels of testosterone can lead to overproduction of oil in the skin.
3) Are there any surprising reasons adults get acne that maybe they haven’t thought about?
I think eating habits and water consumption are two factors many people don’t think about when they have acneic breakouts. Carbohydrates, gluten and white sugar are major factors that can lead to breakouts in the skin. Large amounts of water consumption helps to flush the body and rid it of toxins. Drinking a lot of water daily (64 oz minimum to flush) can really hydrate the skin and help clear issues in the skin. Water feeds the skin from the inside out and can truly make a difference.
4) Is there ever a “cure” for acne, or will it be a life-long management system for adult acne sufferers?
There is no one specific cure for acne. It becomes more of a journey for the individual to learn how to get their acne breakouts in the skin under control and heal the skin. Sometimes this has to be done internally with changes to lifestyle and daily habits, but also be treated medically with use of antibiotics under the care of a dermatologist. Acne can be beat though, so try not to get discouraged with the process.
5) What natural products can adults use to combat acne?
Tea tree oil is a fantastic natural product that can help with acneic issues in the skin. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial and has many disinfectant properties. Lavender essential oil also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and great to use in fighting acne. Both tea tree and lavender essential oils can be used as a spot treatment or mix into your daily toner to help heal the skin and balance the pH levels. Aloe is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory natural product that hydrates and heals the skin. Fresh aloe is the way to go, as many bottled aloe products have alcohol content which can dry out the skin. Acne cannot be beat by over drying the skin. It needs to be hydrated and balanced to properly heal.
This is really good information to keep in mind when you are looking to treat acne breakouts. I’ll definitely take heed to some of these tips in the future. I would highly recommend these products and brand to anyone that is having troubles with their skin. If you don’t have dry skin VI Aesthetics has products that caters to all skin types.
Have you tried VI Derm? What products are you currently using to tackle problematic skin?
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*