Stress, hormones, inflammation and food allergies can all lead to adult acne. reader DANIELLE DELPORT tackles the problem with the help of DermaQuest
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
DERMAQUEST POST TREATMENT BALM 30ML DERMAQUEST STEM CELL REBUILDING
DERMAQUEST ZINCLEAR SPF30
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. Dermaquestsa.co.za