The basic protocol described below can be used by adults who are concerned about aging in addition to acne.
For severe acne, cleanse with Treatment Cleanser. You can also use the Intensive Repair Serum under the Treatment Retinol Serum and follow with the Barrier Restore Serum every night. Use Treatment Oil rather than Barrier Lipid Complex.
For mild acne, cleanse with Treatment Cleanser. Use the Treatment Retinol Serum and Barrier Restore every night, alternate Intensive Repair with Treatment Serum every other night. Use Treatment Oil rather than Barrier Lipid Complex.
For blackheads, congestion, and problems with the T-zone area, cleanse with Treatment Cleanser, then use Intensive Repair for clogged pores on nose / forehead, 1-2 times / week. Apply Treatment Retinol Serum nightly and Treatment Serum 3x/week over retinol.
For dry, redness-prone prone skin, cleanse Pure + EO free oil Cleanser then apply Gentle Retinol Night Serum and follow with Soothing B3 Serum. 1-2x/week at night, add in the Intensive Repair Serum before the Gentle Retinol serum
A note on using Barrier Restore with Gentle Retinol Night Serum: As an unexpected bonus, our approach echoed the results of studies that recommend improving barrier function as a way to help people use retinoids. The problem of facial retinization some people experience when starting retinol use was greatly reduced when people built up barrier function prior to embarking on a retinoid treatment protocol.
A note on using Barrier Restore with Intensive Repair Serum: Salicylic acid (in Intensive Repair), when combined with sodium PCA and phospholipids (found in Barrier Restore) can prevent dehydration. This is a great combination for refining pores and clearing congestion without drying skin, but don’t overdo it!
For those of you who are interested in a more thorough discussion on all things acne and rosacea, please see my book on the subject “The Acne Answer.”
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