As an aesthetician, treatment for oily or combination skin is about addressing and controlling the three triggers that lead to congestion:
The first is due to an overproduction of oil in the sebaceous glands, which creates congestion in the follicle wall, leading to breakouts and enlarged pores. The second trigger is due to cellular accumulation. In healthy skin, cell turnover is natural, but in oily, congested skin, dead skin cells accumulate in the neck of the follicle, causing blockages in the pores. Combining these two triggers creates the perfect environment for bacteria; the more bacteria multiply, the more severe the breakout, causing inflammation and painful pimples. Equilibrium addresses these triggers, slowing down the overactive oil-producing glands and eliminating the food source for the bacteria.
Many of our clients struggle with pimples, breakouts, deep, painful cystic acne, and inflammation at some point in their life, so there were several criteria we wanted to meet with this formula:
- The base had to be gel, not cream, and not contain emulsifiers. This is because sebum production is at its peak in oily, acne skin, and the bacteria that create acne feed off emulsifiers and have comedogenic potential.
- It had to be hydrating and non-drying. Many oily/combination skin products can be astringent, which strips the protective barrier leading to dehydrated skin. Few people realise that oily skin is often dehydrated because it over-produces oil to compensate for the lack of moisture.
- It had to contain ingredients that target PIH – a potential byproduct of acne and inflammatory skin conditions. It occurs when damage to your skin causes an overproduction of melanin. When combined with N-acetyl glucosamine, Niacinamide effectively targets PIH, the appearance of hyperpigmented spots and skins texture, with improvement in red blotchiness.
- It had to maintain Equilibrium in hormonally charged skin by slowing down oil production targeting the source of breakouts.
- The ingredients need to gently loosen skin cells, unblock pores and resurface the skin. The combination of ingredients within Equilibrium has keratolytic and antimicrobial properties; Salicylic, Willow Bark extract, and Urea break down the hydrogen bridge bonds between the corneocyte cells to reveal healthy skin.
The result is a gorgeous hydrating, balancing gel that clarifies and calms without stripping.
Note: We know that this skin type can have several conditions, so treating your skin depends on the specific breakout or acne type. For instance, if you require a targetted keratolytic spot treatment, customise Equilibrium with RESQ anti-blemish complex.
Hero will support your skin’s further recovery if you need anti-inflammatory properties with its plant-based antimicrobial agents.
FREE FROM: Emulsifiers, silicones, synthetic fragrance, parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, phthalates, silicones, lanolin, petrolatum, propylene glycol, PEGs, and more.