Low levels of medicine over a long period of time allow the skin to heal and for sebaceous glands to slow down the production of sebum. Once blemishes have had a chance to heal and the skin’s balance has been restored, keeping the treatment going will help keep the pores healthy and sebaceous glands calm so that new blemishes don’t happen. We use salicylic acid to kill bacteria and keep the pores clean. Then we use Acnacidol™ to make the sebaceous glands less sensitive to the hormones that make them over-produce sebum. The result is long-term control of problem acne.
Avoiding benzoyl peroxide has been suggested by doctors for many years. BP is an irritating oxidizer that can chemically burn the skin and cause dry, flaking, dead skin to collect in the pores. While the BP is being used, there is often redness and irritation to sun and other medications as a side-effect.
Avoiding prescriptions like Retin-A, Atralin, Tretin-X, Renova®, and Avita is also a good idea because many patients using these prescriptions experience dry, chafed, cracking skin that leads to even more serious complications than acne. Acne sufferers can experience burning, stinging and tingling in the most affected areas that are treated with certain prescriptions.. There can also be severely dry, scaly or itchy skin. Some people develop a sensitivity to sunlight and end up with red blotches on their skin. Prescriptions can cause allergic reactions such as hives, trouble breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat or severe skin irritation that doesn’t go away after a few weeks.
Prescriptions should only be used when a patient does not respond to less-severe techniques or in cases where their genetic tendency for skin problems overwhelms medications like Kleer-Plex®.