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Dermatologists will tell you that acne is not caused by dirt or by not cleansing thoroughly, but getting rid of pore-clogging sebum and debris is key to ending the acne cycle. The next vital step is to reduce the bacteria that cause breakouts.
If your acne is severeâ€”meaning a steady collection of inflamed pimples popping up all over your face, chest, or backâ€”go straight to a dermatologist and do not pass go or collect $200… Hard, painful, deep cysts respond best to drugs so over-the-counter skincare products won’t work. Find a board certified dermatologist at AAD.org or ASDS.net.
When following a dermatologist’s directions or seeking over-the-counter acne treatments,
GOT ZITS? SEE THE LIGHT. GET ANSR: Â ANSR: delivers narrow-band, high-intensity blue and red light waves to target pimples before they ruin your day. treating acne. Blue light waves kill bacteria that causes inflammation associated with acne, called P. Acnes. This in turn releases porphyrins which absorb the light to and are destroyed. No P. acnes, no inflammation, no acne – it’s that simple. And the blue light doesn’t cause dryness, redness or pain. Red light therapy helps to heal the acne lesion and smooth the skin. The ANSR: phototherapy device is a white flying saucer shaped device that is light, portable, and fits easily in your hand. It is a dual light system; the blue and red lights are designed to work in tandem with the product range that includes Prep, Day and Night. Prep is a mild salicylic acid cleanser that gets used before you apply the light; first blue for 5 minutes and then red for 5 minutes. You can use the ANSR: device once or twice daily. Follow with Day Acne Lotion and Night Acne Gel for morning and evening, both of which contain Azaurin, intended to keep oil slicks at bay and prevent breakouts. The whole program can be done in 15 minutes each time for the 4 steps, for a total of half an hour a day if you use it twice. Â
FINAL VERDICT: GOTTA GET IT (GGI) – I am a sucker for home devices, and it’s comforting to have something standing by for emergencies 24/7, when a visit to your Derm just won’t work. I also liked the products in the kit which are non-irritating and work great. The whole kit is $185 and the device is rechargeable so the only additional costs will be to replenish the products when you run out.
CLEAN & CLEAR ACNE KIT – This is a really great value – 3 products that work together for less than $20 bucks! You can’t beat that. First, there is a 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser that is pretty powerful. Then you follow with the salicylic acid oil-free moisturizer to stop your skin from drying out from the acne-fighting cleanser. The final step is the salicylic acid spot treatment for problem areas, eruptions and to stop breakouts from happening. I don’t break out too much (thank god!) but this kit can definitely help to keep my skin under control, especially when I am very stressed.
FINAL VERDICT – BOB (BEAUTY ON A BUDGET) – Amazing price for 3 good sized products and it works.