Alicia Clarke’s skin
Hey Alicia, here are some insights based on the answers you gave us when you took our skin survey. The answers you provided really helped us to perfect the product – Base Plus was made with you in mind.
Acne is caused when glands in the skin begin to produce too much sebum. This can result in the excess mixing with dead skin cells and bacteria, and blocking your follicles. If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it swells outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead. Bacteria that lives on the skin can also infect plugged follicles, causing pus-filled spots and cysts.
Causes of acne are different from person-to-person, sometimes triggered by hormonal changes in the body, diet etc. People with moderate to severe acne are advised to seek advice from a medical professional; people with mild acne often use cosmetic products containing ingredients such as salicylic acid (which works to unblock pores).
Gentle exfoliation using mild chemical exfoliants such as AHAs and BHAs can help to prevent the build of of dead skin cells that could lead to clogged pores. People often use oil-free, noncomedogenic skin care products to help prevent clogging in the first place.
Scarring and blemishes
A blemish is any mark, spot, discolouration, or flaw on the skin. Depending upon the condition causing them, some blemishes fade on their own while others need medical treatments. Anything that causes the skin to open can lead to scarring, such as popped pimples.
People with darker skin sometimes see post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – marks that appear on the skin after. Those with lighter skin sometimes develop post-inflammatory erythema -commonly showing up as purple or red marks. If inflammation is severe, the collagen and elastic tissue could be unable to regenerate properly, leaving a scar.
The exfoliants mentioned above are also commonly used to exfoliate the skin and help bring those dark skin cells to the surface. Vit C has also been recently popular for fading scars and blemishes. Preventing blemishes is much easier than treating them, so maintaining proper skin hygiene, avoiding acne triggers, and using sun protection help to keep your face blemish-free
We hope this information was useful and look forward to seeing what you create with us.