Introducing LHA:
The Essential Exfoliant for Acne

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All skin types benefit from regular exfoliation to stimulate cellular turnover, and it’s particularly important for those with acne & pimples. What is the best course of exfoliating action for promoting clearer, pimple-free skin?

All skin types benefit from regular exfoliation to stimulate cellular turnover, and it’s particularly important for those prone to congestion. However, using a harsh physical exfoliant can simply exacerbate acne, spreading bacteria and irritating an already compromised complexion. Furthermore, physical exfoliators, or scrubs, address only the surface of the skin, without penetrating deep into the pore to target the root cause of acne.

So, what IS the best course of exfoliating action for promoting clearer, pimple-free skin?

Chemical Exfoliation
& Acne

Chemical exfoliation is undoubtedly the smarter option for acne-prone skin; however, it’s important to err on the side of caution. Aggressive treatment of acne with harsh, stripping ingredients can be counterproductive, causing an unwanted rebound effect. This means the skin may in fact respond by producing more oil, leading to further breakouts.

Therefore, the clear answer to exfoliating with acne lies in using ingredients that are gentle, without compromising on effectiveness. LHA is one such ingredient.

Why LHA?

While Alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs) are well known acne-fighters, you might not have heard of LHA. A derivative of salicylic acid, the major benefit of beta-lipohydroxy acid (LHA), lies in its gentle, non-irritating mode of exfoliation. Meaning it’s tough on acne, gentle on sensitive skin.

LHA’s keratolytic (exfoliating) action lifts dead skin cells from the surface of the skin for a smoother complexion. With a similar pH level to healthy skin, it’s less acidic than many chemical exfoliants, such as benzoyl peroxide, and is well tolerated by even the most sensitive of skin.

While it penetrates less deeply than salicylic acid, LHA is more lipophilic, meaning it is better able to dissolve in fats, oils and lipids, which is ideal for acne-prone skins. Used together, as in La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo +, LHA and salicylic acid make a powerful and complete exfoliating duo. The chemical exfoliants in Duo + help to both regulate sebum production (oiliness) and reopen clogged pores. This helps visibly improve existing pimples, while simultaneously reducing future breakouts.

With a light cream-gel texture, Effaclar Duo+ also contains ceramide Procerad to help reduce acne pigmentation, and niacinamide to soothe. Used each morning and/or evening, Effaclar Duo+ effectively fights against acne, whilst respecting sensitive skin.

TRUE
OR FALSE

OILY FOODS
EQUALS OILY SKIN.

FALSE

A common acne myth is that grease on your plate translates to more oil in your pores, but there is no direct link between the two. However, a diet rich in saturated fat can fuel micro-inflammation in all of the body's organs,including the skin.  In short, bacon and chips won't cause acne, but moderation is the best policy for overall health.
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CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ANE-PRONE SKIN.

FALSE

There is no solid evidence that chocolate has any effect on acne, even if everyone is different so acne could cause breakouts to some people. Dark chocolate is actually filled with skin-loving anti-oxidants.
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SQUEEZING A PIMPLE WON'T
DO YOU MUCH GOOD.

TRUE

Even if it seems like a quick fix, squeezing a pimple will actually make things worse for your acne-prone skin as it could actually damage the infected hair follicle and increase inflammation. You could even introduce a new infection with your fingernails. So popping zits is a harmful habit and best avoided.
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SUGAR CAN MAKE
ACNE WORSE.

TRUE

Recent studies have shown that high Glycemic Index foods - the ones that cause blood sugar to spike- can make acne worse.  We know it's easier said than done, but to keep your skin happy, steer away from sweets, sugary drinks, and goodies made from white flour and stick to high-fiber foods, like whole grains and pulses, instead.
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Did you
know?

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Dermatologists advise against touching skin imperfections as this could worsen inflammation therefore aggravate acne & marks.

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A RANGE FOR THAT

EFFACLAR is a complete range of anti-imperfection solutions that targets all the stages of the imperfection life cycle with a high efficacy, while ensuring a perfect tolerance.