Hey Angela, 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.
Scarring and blemishes
You mentioned that your current skin focuses were Scarring / Blemishes and Blackheads / Whiteheads. A blemish is any mark, spot, discoloration, or flaw on the skin. Depending upon what’s caused 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.
People commonly use at-home products with AHAs or BHAs 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.
Blackheads and whiteheads
Blackheads and whiteheads are actually a form of acne, and therefore fall under the category of a blemish. They are formed when pores on the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, oil, or bacteria. The difference between the two is that blackheads are formed by pores that stay open, and if the pore closes, a whitehead, or closed comedone, will form. Clogged pores can also lead to them appearing enlarged.
To treat blackheads and whiteheads, people commonly use oil-free, non-comedogenic skin care products, which do not clog the pores, and ones which contain ingredients such as salicylic acid (which works to unblock pores). Gentle exfoliation using cloths for example or mild chemical exfoliants such as AHAs and BHAs can help to prevent the build up of dead skin cells that could lead to clogged pores.
Lactic, salicylic and mandelic acids are often more gentle. These methods are also often used to help pores appear smaller due to minimising build up. Of course, it isn’t possible to actually shrink pores, but improving their appearance is achievable.
We hope this information was useful and look forward to seeing what you create with us.