Adult Acne and Clogged Pores

Wrinkles and breakouts? When adults are breaking out, they automatically turn to harsh acne products to help with their breakouts, but they also need to cater to skin that is showing the signs of aging. There is a way to address both the breakout problems and to keep the skin nourished and healthy with anti-aging ingredients. Renée Rouleau can help take the confusion out of your confused skin.

What Your Skin Needs

The key concepts are exfoliation and hydration. By aggressively exfoliating your skin (using both chemical and physical exfoliators), you will be unclogging pores underneath the dry skin cell buildup while also helping to stimulate new, healthy, and fresher skin cells. To hydrate, use lightweight, non-pore-clogging products to plump up the skin cells, giving your skin a smoother, softer appearance.

Renée Rouleau Recommended Products

Mint Buffing Beads – This facial exfoliant uses tiny micro-beadlets to gently polish away surface dry skin cells to unclog pores, smooth skin, and refine enlarged pores. Your face will feel clean and revitalized without irritation.

Skin Drink – This oil-free serum uses Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe to bathe skin cells with intensive hydration, leaving the skin instantly moist and comfortable.

BHA Clarifying Serum – This serum is a non-drying, non-irritating exfoliant that dissolves dry skin cell buildup to encourage new cell growth and a healthy, smooth appearance. This also fades post-breakout marks and clears clogged pores.

Ingredients To Use In Your Skin Products

Hyaluronic Acid – This holds water in dehydrated and thirsty skin cells, leaving the skin feeling soft and moist.

Glycolic Acid – This ingredient smoothes the skin and fades post-breakout marks.

Oxidized Polyethylene – These are the synthetically made particles found in facial scrubs that “roll” across the skin.

Ingredient To Avoid In Your Skin Products

Mineral Oil and Petrolatum – These can clog pores.

Sodium or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate – Found in gel and foaming cleansers, these ingredients encourage dry skin cell buildup.

Apricot Kernels or Seed/Shell Powders – Natural particles found in facial scrubs, these can scratch and irritate the skin, causing bacteria to spread.

Recommended Renée Rouleau Facial

Cranberry Brasion Treatment with Extractions – This incredible skin smoothing facial utilizes both chemical and physical exfoliators to gently unclog pores and fade post-breakout marks while smoothing the skin. After the deep pore cleansing, a hydrating seaweed mask leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. A series of six is recommended.

Skin Tips

Avoid dairy products if your skin is prone to breakouts – Many people have heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. We don’t find that to be true. When breakouts are cyst-like in the chin and jaw area, most often this is related to excessive ice cream, yogurt, milk, and cheese. Try cutting back on dairy products, and watch your skin clear up!

Don’t pick at your skin – The life of a breakout is just 3-5 days but, when you pick at a blemish, the red mark can linger there for 1-2 months! We know it’s tempting to pick, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. A better solution for problem skin is a regular facial schedule, where your pores can be cleaned professionally.

Avoid using toners that contain SD Alcohol 40 – Often, people feel the need to dry out their skin when breakouts occur. Trying to dry skin prone to breakouts can backfire, as stripped cell buildup traps oil and leads to more breakouts. Toners without alcohol, on the other hand, are crucial for keeping the skin healthy and hydrated.

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  1. Hello Renée! I recently realized that dairy is the cause of my adult acne (or fairly certain, anyway!) How would you recommend to adjust a routine that was based heavily on acne products (I’m using your Skin Type #3 Collection), now that I know my issue is dietary? Should I stick with collection #3 or, move to something a little bit softer, say your #2 Collection? Thanks!

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