As an aesthetician, treating oily or combination skin begins with addressing and controlling the four triggers that lead to congestion:
The first trigger is an overproduction of oil in the sebaceous glands, creating obstructions in the follicle wall which can lead to breakouts and enlarged pores.
The second trigger is cellular accumulation; blockages in the pore caused by a build-up of dead skin cells in the neck of the follicle.
The combination of these two triggers creates the perfect environment for the third trigger – bacteria. The more bacteria that multiply, the more severe the breakouts and the more infected they become, causing painful pustules.
The fourth trigger is inflammation within the tissues, which is caused as a result of the bacterial assault on living cells.
Most acne products only address one or two of these factors. Equilibrium Balancing Gel addresses all of these factors, slowing down overactive oil-producing glands and promoting healthy cellular turnover to eliminate the food source for bacteria. The calming, hydrating gel formula helps to calm inflammation.
It was important for me to create a gel based that was free of emulsifiers, thickeners and long chained silicone, occlusive substances that form films on the skin surface which reduce the generation of the skin and can facilitate the growth of anaerobic bacteria such as propionibacterium acnes. Instead I wanted to create a formula that contains carefully selected ingredients that are adapted to the physiology of the skin and readily taken up by the membrane structure…, such as phosphorus;idids.This fast acting formula contains antibacterial ingredients and natural acids to decongest pores, exfoliate and help soothe irritated skin.