Stress, hor­mones, in­flam­ma­tion and food al­ler­gies can all lead to adult acne. reader DANIELLE DEL­PORT tack­les the prob­lem with the help of Der­maQuest

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

hose bright idea was it to ex­tend the life of acne be­yond the teenage hor­monal phase? Dirt, dead skin cells and oil can all block your pores, al­low­ing an army of Pro­pi­oni­bac­terium to make them­selves com­fort­able and mul­ti­ply, thus re­sult­ing in break­outs. On top of this, the stress hor­mone, cor­ti­sol, also gets bro­ken down into a hor­mone that pumps ex­tra oil through the pores, not to men­tion the fluc­tu­at­ing hor­mones of your nor­mal cy­cle con­tribut­ing to slow skin cell turnover. But there is hope. Vic­to­ria Wag­ner, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Evo­lu­tion Cos­metic, says: ‘Adult acne typ­i­cally af­fects a stag­ger­ing 25% of men and up to 50% of women but the use of good-qual­ity cos­me­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts and treat­ments can help con­trol acne at any age.’

It doesn’t take a manic life cri­sis for adult acne to strike. I am 27 and work­ing through a mod­er­ate amount of daily stress, bal­anc­ing my fam­ily, ca­reer and so­cial life, and I have been suf­fer­ing from adult acne for a while. I was scep­ti­cal about my jour­ney back to healthy skin with the help of Der­maQuest – I’ve been on ev­ery sort of med­i­ca­tion and skin­care reg­i­men un­der the sun but noth­ing seemed to work. The only time my skin looked amaz­ing was when I was preg­nant. I was re­lieved to hear that the process doesn’t in­volve med­i­ca­tion, as I would have had to stop breast­feed­ing.

Af­ter my first con­sul­ta­tion with the skin dream team from Evo­lu­tion Cos­metic (who dis­trib­ute Der­maQuest prod­ucts in South Africa) at 15 on Sev­enth Medi-Spa in Park­town North, I’m sent home with an ar­se­nal of Der­maQuest prod­ucts to prep my skin, in­clud­ing the




60ML WIN! A free adult acne treat­ment is up for grabs – visit Der­ma­Clear range, Stem Cell Re­build­ing Com­plex (R990) and ZinClear SPF30 (R720), which helps re­duce in­flam­ma­tion while clean­ing pores and treat­ing scar­ring.

The ther­apy be­gan with the ap­pli­ca­tion of Power Pump­kin Resur­facer (R695), used to dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the scar­ring on the right side of my face. The Pump­kin Peel Treat­ment then fol­lowed a few weeks later, act­ing like a mini chem­i­cal peel, with 4% retinol added at the end of the treat­ment to en­hance peel­ing. The process was a lot more ac­tive and my cheeks tin­gled and were a bit red post-treat­ment. The skin on my chin started peel­ing too.I was in­structed to go with­out make-up for the next few days to give my skin a break – luck­ily, the Post Treat­ment Balm (R390) was a mois­tur­is­ing dream.

Fi­nally,my skin was prepped for the Mod­i­fied Jess­ner’s Peel (R895), the mother of all peels. I ex­pe­ri­enced a prickly sen­sa­tion for about two min­utes be­fore the heat sub­sided. Af­ter­wards, my skin felt a lit­tle ten­der and started to flay on the chin but by the fifth day, the process was al­most com­plete. Some­one even asked me if I had changed my foun­da­tion – when I wasn’t wear­ing any.

My skin looks brighter and the marks and scars have no­tice­ably im­proved.In six weeks it felt sup­ple and al­most bouncy. I’m go­ing to keep at it. Der­maque­

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