What causes blemishes?
A variety of factors contribute to the formation of blemishes including bacteria, excess oil, and clogged pores. Imperfections often begin with a buildup of dead skin cells and oil within a pore. This forms a ‘plug’ that blocks the pore opening and creates an environment allowing bacteria to multiply. The overgrowth of this bacteria may lead to redness and inflammation associated with blemishes, which can occur occasionally in one specific spot or consistently over a larger area of the face and/or body. This inflammation can also trigger the formation of more blemishes.
Hormonal fluctuations and stress can also increase blemishes, and some clinical studies have found that certain foods like dairy and sugar (and other high-glycemic index foods) can also impact the skin. In addition, it’s especially important for blemish-prone skin types to choose targeted blemish products that are ‘non-comedogenic’, which means they will not cause pores to become clogged.
Why causes skin ageing?
Skin ageing is caused by two main processes; intrinsic, or chronological (natural), and extrinsic, or environmental (atmospheric). Both contribute to the visible ageing signs such as fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and discolouration.
Intrinsic ageing, also known as chronological or natural ageing, is largely driven by genetics. The visible signs appear most commonly as dry skin, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and increased pore size. With age, the skin’s oil glands produce less oil and necessary fats, resulting in dehydration, lines, and more vulnerable skin. Simultaneously, skin naturally loses collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles, laxity, and enlarged pores. Other ageing signs caused by laughing and smiling are often seen as a more positive sign of growing older and enjoying life.
How to treat blemish-prone and ageing skin with SkinCeuticals
Blemish + AGE Cleanser Gel
Our Blemish and Age Cleanser is a refreshing gel product that decongests the skin, refines pores, helps to minimise blemishes and brightens the skin. It’s designed for skin prone to imperfections and is also ideal for everyday use, removing excess sebum and make-up while purifying the skin. The Blemish + Age Cleanser combines potent cleansing agents with Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid that help the product to exfoliate, smooth the appearance of irregularities and brightens the skin.
Blemish + AGE TonerThe Blemish + Age Toner helps to improve the appearance of ageing while decongesting pores. It has a low PH solution that means it’s designed for skin prone to imperfections, to efficiently remove excess residue and surface skin cells to help decongest pores. It’s also formulated with a combination of three exfoliating agents, LHA, glycolic and salicylic acids therefore it can exfoliate and smooth the appearance of irregularities in the skin.
Blemish + AGE Defense
Blemish + Age Defense is a lightweight serum which helps reduce the appearance of blemishes while also improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a high potency serum that targets imperfections whilst improving the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone. This acid-blend formula uses 2% dioic acid, alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids to help protect against the formation of imperfections, decongested pores and minimise the appearance of fine lines.