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UNDERSTANDING THE SKIN MICROBIOME

An effective acne solution begins with balancing the skin’s microbiome. This refers to the billions of micro-organisms, including bacteria, that live on the skin. For the microbiome to be in balance, bacterial diversity – a mix of good and bad bacteria – is required. In acne-prone skin, the skin’s microbiome is unbalanced which can cause ongoing inflammation, which can result in acne recurring, even after seemingly effective treatments. Anti-acne hero Effaclar Duo (+) has recently been reformulated with breakthrough prebiotic ingredient Aqua Posae Filiformis (APF) + Mannose, in addition to powerful acne-fighting ingredients, outlined below.

THE ANTI-ACNE REGIME FOR CLEARER SKIN

It’s a common mistake for those with oily, acne-prone skin to treat pimples only once they’re visible. Yet, to truly break the breakout cycle, a longer-term approach to acne management is required – one that helps heal current blemishes, while also preventing future pimples. Read on to discover a 3-step anti-acne regime to discover how this approach to tackling acne can help you enjoy clearer skin and controls oil production, while helping to rebalance the microbiome.

STEP 1: CLEANSER WITH EFFACLAR FOAMING GEL CLEANSER

This refreshing foaming gel cleanser gently removes impurities and excess sebum from oily and acne-prone sensitive skin, without causing dryness or irritation. Free from soap, alcohol, and colourants, Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is formulated with soothing La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. Use morning and night as the first step in your anti-acne skincare regime.

 

STEP 3: TONE WITH SEROZINC

With powerful mattifying properties, zinc sulphate is a key ingredient in this purifying, soothing toning mist – ideal for acne-prone complexions. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, Serozinc contains just three ingredients – zinc sulphate targets oil, sodium chloride is a purifying agent and anti-oxidant, and soothing thermal spring water refreshes skin. Apply after cleansing morning and night, or as needed throughout the day.

STEP 3: CORRECT & HYDRATE WITH EFFACLAR DUO (+) M ANTI-ACNE MOISTURISER:

Effaclar Duo (+) M Anti Acne Moisturiser assists oily and acne-prone skins with anti-imperfection, anti-marks, and anti-recurrence actions, while maintaining hydration. LHA and salicylic acid gently exfoliate the skin and help unclog pores, while Zinc PCA reduces sebum secretion, and niacinamide soothes and decreases redness. Procerad helps minimise post-acne pigmentation, while innovative prebiotic Aqua Posae Filiformis (APF) + Mannose helps to rebalance the microbiome, and reduce inflammation (2). Lightweight and non-greasy, Effaclar Duo (+) offers a visible improvement in imperfections and spots, with better anti-recurrence results compared to other benzoyl peroxide based, acne treatment products. Apply after Serozinc, morning and night.

Serum for acne-prone skin

Implementing a hydrating serum that cares for the skin moisture barrier into a skincare routine for acne-prone skin can be beneficial. Acne can be caused by a broad range of factors and it can be difficult to pinpoint the culprit – however, by turning attention to the skin moisture barrier, you can add hydration to your skin and target texture over time.

Vitamin B5 is a hydrating ingredient with properties that help to support the skin moisture barrier. To add it to your skincare regime, reach for the Cicaplast B5 Serum for your serum step, morning and night. Created with 10% vitamin B5 (also known as panthenol), the lightweight, minimalist formula provides hydration and comfort to acne-prone skin. Apply 1-2 drops to the face and neck after cleansing and patting skin dry, then gently press into skin.


Sun protection for acne-prone skin

Effective sun protection for acne-prone skin lies in selecting a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum, very high level protection from UV, without making oily skin feel greasier, or blocking the pores. Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF 50+ mattifies oily skins with anti-shine technology, while delivering a very high level of protection. Light-weight, non-comedogenic and non-greasy, Dry Touch is formulated with Airlicium, an exclusive anti-sweat molecule that absorbs up to 150 times its volume in sebum. Also available in a tinted version.


Makeup for acne-prone skin

When choosing makeup for oily and acne-prone skin, it’s important to select a foundation that won’t exacerbate oiliness or ‘slide’, without blocking pores or triggering further breakouts. Ideal for combination to oily and acne-prone sensitive skins, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Mineral Compact Foundation SPF25 delivers long-lasting, high-level coverage in an anti-shine mineral formula that won’t clog pores. Fragrance-free with 100% allergy testing on the range, it corrects blemishes and conceals redness without causing irritation.

1Dréno et al., Exp dermatol, 2017
2Mahé et al. Clinical, Cosmetic&Investigational Dermatology 2013, vol. 6, p. 191-196

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