Do you have oily or acne prone skin?

by | Sep 13, 2018 | Non-Toxic Living

Did you know 50% of adults deal with blemishes and problematic skin? I know I’m one of them! As a young adult I struggled with hormonal acne. I went off the pill and my skin broke out badly for about a year. I used products with Benzoyl Peroxide for a while which worked but irritated my skin and bleached all my towels and bed linen. I knew it wasn’t good but I used it because having clear skin was more important to me.

So what actually causes breakouts and acne?

1) Too much sebum -leads to shiny, oily skin
2) Skin build-up -leads to black and white heads
3) Unbalanced bacteria -leads to redness + inflammation
4) Inflammation -leads to pimples

 

What is Benzoyl peroxide and why is it used to clear acne?

It’s a type of alcohol only made for topical application to your skin. It works by drying out your skin and eliminating the oil that can cause the development of acne.

 

What are the side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide?

Skin Dryness-redness and peeling can also occur (in extreme cases). Allergies may also result upon exposure to benzoyl peroxide, causing rashes, hives and other possible side effects.

Whitening Effect-Benzoyl peroxide can cause a whitening effect on your skin and particularly your hair, if it comes in contact with your hair repeatedly.

Irritation--When benzoyl peroxide comes in contact with mucous membranes in your body, the effect can be very negative, causing inflammation and irritation in the membranes (eg your eyes).

 

If you have acne you’ll do anything to get rid of it, whatever the health cost.

But there is now some new products on the market that work just as well as leading acne products but without the use of Benzoyl Peroxide and other harmful ingredients.

How is this possible?

We know many treatments create other problems like dryness, redness and irritation…but COUNTERCONTROL from Beautycounter does not!

WHAT IS COUNTERCONTROL AND WHO IS IT FOR?

Countercontrol is a powerful regimen for oily and blemish- prone skin without the irritation that can result from conventional treatments. Approximately 70% of people between 15-29 experience oily skin or moderate acne. While teens and young adults often have oily skin and acne, it can affect people of all ages and ethnicities. 50% of the population ages 20-40 have oily skin or acne. Additionally, as women age, adult-onset acne can occur often due to a combination of factors including menopause, medication, hormone imbalance, genetics, and stress.

 

WHY IS COUNTERCONTROL SAFER THAN CONVENTIONAL ACNE AND OIL CONTROL PRODUCTS?

Unlike conventional acne and oil control products which can strip skin of both bad and good bacteria, leaving it red dry and irritated, Countercontrol treats the main causes of acne while maintaining skin’s healthy microflora to keep skin in balance. Additionally, Countercontrol is formulated without potentially harmful ingredients such as harsh surfactants, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur commonly found in conventional acne products.

Instead of these ingredients, Countercontrol is formulated with a proprietary blend called SkinBalance Complex, a combination of two extracts:

  • Natural salicylic acid from wintergreen helps exfoliate dead skin cells and restore the imbalance of bacteria to a healthy level
  • Rosebay willow helps reduce irritation and decrease sebum (oil) production

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING THE COUNTERCONTROL COLLECTION?
  • Controls oil
  • Clears breakouts
  • Purifies pores
  • Helps prevent future breakouts
  • Balances skin and keeps it comfortable

 

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF USAGE OF THE REGIMEN?

The Countercontrol Collection should be used both AM and PM in the following order:

  1. Clear Pore Cleanser (cleanse)
  2. Instant Matte Toner (prep)
  3. All Over Acne Treatment (treat)
  4. SOS Acne Spot Treatment (treat)
  5. Matte Effect Gel Cream (protect)

 

In an independent consumer study, after four weeks of using Countercontrol:

  • 95% said skin looks clearer
  • 100% stated skin feels healthier
  • 100% said skin clarity is improved
  • 95% said skin looks less red

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR CLIENTS TO SEE RESULTS FROM THE COUNTERCONTROL REGIMEN?

The key to clearing acne is consistent, twice daily use of a regimen. The products work together to not only clear existing breakouts but also to control oil and prevent future breakouts from forming. For people with this concern, you’ll see the full benefits of the regimen after 4 weeks due to the epidermis renewal cycle. Continued use is recommended to keep skin clear and healthy.

 

Important note: Countercontrol is designed to treat oily skin and moderate acne. Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that requires a medical treatment. People with cystic acne should consult a dermatologist or physician.

While I don’t personally have acne prone or oily skin anymore, I do suffer from the occasional pimple (who doesn’t???). The spot treatment has been amazing! Everyone needs one in their skin care kit!!!

Not sure exactly what products you need for your skin? Try this skin quiz to find your own personal regimen related to your skin concerns and Beautycounter will give you 10% off! Furthermore, email me (meghanbrazier@gmail.com) your results and I’ll give you an extra $10 off.

M xx

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