Treating Acne: reducing the unwanted side-effects of topical treatments and repairing your skin's function


Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease that can be painful physically and emotionally. Often times, people suffering from acne are left with little to no choice other than treating it by topical treatment or oral treatment which can be life-changing for many, but also have many unwanted side-effects on the skin. We’ve cumulated the most important things to keep in mind and suggestions on how to enhance the effect of your treatments while minimizing the traces, negative effects it will leave on your skin for the long-run.


Topical treatments usually consist of retinoids, Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid or alcohol-based antibiotic preparations. They tend to leave the skin depleted of its natural oils - the acid mantle made up of essential fatty acids- which protect our skin & vital organs from external elements like pathogens and dehydration. They strip the skin from what protects it which means things that cause stress to the body, viruses, threats, to a certain extent can infiltrate through quite easier and therefore causing inflammation. The cycle goes like this: acne treatment, stripped skin barrier, increased dehydration from transepidermal water loss, increased inflammation from a weakened protective skin function.


The second option is an oral treatment with isotretinoin which can do all of the above as well but also increase sun sensitivity of the skin. When the sun is more sensitive to the sun, and has scarring from previous pimples, this is often a sure cause of getting hyperpigmentation, dark scaring that will mark the skin on the long-run.


Below is a list of things dermatologists recommend that help support the skin, enhance acne treatment and minimize dehydration, scaring, hyperpigmentation and inflammation, its undesirable side-effects!


  1. Moisturize with a face oil balanced in essential fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties and anti-bacterial properties.
  2. Support your skin’s hydration by the use of humectants like hyaluronic acid.
  3. Post-treatment: focus on restoring your skin’s protective barrier with niacinamide (vitamin B3) to maintain hydration and reduce transepidermal water loss.

Product recommendations:

Our Base du Jour contains Green Tea infused oil which is extremely effective in reducing inflammation in the skin and is also balanced in its essential fatty acids, while our Muse Oil is also balanced and offers antibacterial properties to the skin. Lavender one of its essential oils is a great ingredient to help reduce bad bacteria from spreading and reducing the chances of future breakouts. For barrier repair, our B3-Complex a water-soluble serum contains both, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.


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