This condition with scarring occurs in about 15% of breakout victims. See our REFERENCE TOPICS for a complete discussion.
Our approach to a satisfactory visible resolution will be to discontinue all current topical products and begin anew.
Inflammatory breakouts are often caused and aggravated by topical products. These include makeup, acid peels, acid cleansers, scrubs and leave-on topicals from sunscreens to moisturizers.
NOTE ON BENZOYL PEROXIDE
If you have used benzoyl peroxide for longer than 30 days, it will be necessary to wean your skin from this very destructive chemical. Over the course of another 30 day period, reduce the frequency of application until you reach zero. It is likely you will experience random lesions that do not secrete for up to a year AFTER discontinuing the application of benzoyl peroxide.
Discontinuing your current products will make your skin more unstable in the short term. But, if you try simply adding our products to your current products, it won’t work. It is highly likely your skin is addicted to your current products. It is an industry goal. Withdrawal from addiction is not fun. Your skin is weak and vulnerable.
If skincare product addiction is a new concept to you, then you will be understandably confused. We have produced skincare products for over twenty years for the professional market of dermatologists and estheticians. Skincare product addiction has become epidemic and we are called to treat that.
We find we can obtain visible improvement to unstable, inflammatory, blemish prone skin with one product.
Scars require a more involved regimen.
If the regimen instructions are followed, scar smoothing over the course of 6 months to 1 year will see more substantial improvement in the first 6 months (assuming no interfering medications such as cortisones are in use, orally or topically, nor chemo or other immune suppressive drugs). Thereafter smoothing improves, but at a more subtle level. It is not necessary to continue the regimens described here once you have received satisfactory changes. The scarring will not re-appear. However, frequent exfoliation practices can result in new scarring as can the use of benzoyl peroxide.