5 Big Fat Rosacea Myths You Need to Stop Believeing Now

Rosacea affects 1 in 10 people in the UK and yet there is hardly any other skin condition that has been misdiagnosed and mismanaged as frequently. Because of the variety and complexity of its symptoms, theories and a fair share of myths, abound as to what causes and exacerbates rosacea flare-ups. Separating fact from fiction can go a long way in helping you keep your symptoms at bay, so here are some the biggest rosacea myths out there and the truth behind each of them:

Myth #1: Rosacea is caused by poor hygiene

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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease within the pilosebaceous glands of the skin and has nothing to do with hygiene. In fact, using harsh cleansing products and over-exfoliating your face can exacerbate your symptoms and cause further damage to your skin’s protective barrier. To keep skin clean and healthy use gentle, nutrient-rich products that are specifically formulated for rosacea-prone skin.

Myth #2: Rosacea is contagious

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Rosacea is not an infectious disease, so you won’t catch it from coming into contact with someone else that has it. However, rosacea runs in families and people from some nationalities are more likely to develop the disorder than others.

Myth #3: Caffeine Triggers Flare-Ups

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No, you don’t have to give up your morning coffee to stave off your rosacea. According to researchers, it isn’t the caffeine in tea and coffee that may trigger the flare-ups, but rather the heat of the beverages.

Myth #4: Rosacea is caused by heavy drinking

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Despite the common heavy drinker stereotype, someone who has never had a drink in their life can develop rosacea just as easily as someone who enjoys a nightly glass of wine. For many rosacea sufferers alcohol is a proven flare-up trigger, but it has nothing to do with the original development of the condition.

Myth #5: Rosacea Can Be Cured

No matter what “miracle solution” you’ve heard of, there is no cure for rosacea. It is possible to get your symptoms under control and prevent flare-ups, but a permanent solution does not exist (yet).

5 Bad Habits Ruining Your Skin

If healthy, glowing skin is at the top of your beauty priorities, you need to kiss these bad habits goodbye:

1. Smoking

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If you smoke, you already know you need to quit. You know smoking is bad for heart, lungs and brain but do you know that every puff is also adding ages to your face?
Every time you light up, you inhale over 4 000 toxic chemicals that cause oxidative stress and inflammation in your skin. Long-time smokers develop wrinkles earlier in life because the chemicals in tobacco smoke deprive the skin from oxygen and damage collagen and elastin molecules. Quitting smoking cold turkey isn’t easy, but the overall health and wellbeing of your body and skin, it’s surely worth it. If you are struggling to stop smoking, then why don’t you consider an alternative like vaping? It’s not quite the same but it is certainly better and easier then going cold turkey. You could check out sites like this Portuguese one called Grossistas de Vaporizadores if you are interested in finding an alternative method to stop smoking.

2. Skipping on SPF

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Sun damage doesn’t discriminate. It can happen all year-round, affects all skin types and the damage builds up each year. If you want to protect your skin from getting wrinkled, saggy and unevenly pigmented, SPF should be a non-negotiable part of your daily skincare routine. Choose a broad-spectrum formula that includes protection against UVB, UVA and HEV radiation.

3. Eating too much junk food

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What is wrong with the occasional burger and chips? Nothing! But if you are a junk food junkie or have a monster sweet tooth, you are damaging your skin. Refined carbohydrates cause spikes in your blood sugar level and trigger a surge of insulin. Overproduction of insulin leads to hormonal imbalances that can exacerbate breakouts and irritation. Make your diet work with you rather than against you and load up on antioxidants and skin-friendly foods.

4. Squeezing pimples.

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We know, there’s something too irresistible about squeezing a spot out of existence. However, you should resist picking your pimples if you don’t want to end up with some nasty scars and acne hyperpigmentation. Squeezing zits just pushes bacteria and deeper into your skin (and transfers new germs from your fingers), causing inflammation, irritation and scarring.

5. Over-exfoliating

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Going overboard with exfoliation (physical and chemical) does more harm than good to your skin. Scrubbing too hard and too often can damage the protective barrier of your skin and hinder its ability to retain moisture. Watch your skin for the sneaky signs of over-exfoliation and scrub no more than three times per week.

Free Radicals Beyond the Hype: Everything You Need to Know

Free radicals are the busiest buzzwords in the beauty world, but do you know what exactly are these beauty “devils” are and why they are so harmful to your skin? Here’s everything you need to know:

So, what exactly are free radicals?

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Free radicals are extra “packets” of energy, created through our natural metabolic process. We call them “free” because they are not dedicated to any particular biochemical reaction in the body. Free radicals have an unpaired electron in their outer orbital shell which makes them highly reactive and unstable molecules. They penetrate into the interior of other cells, trying to regain their missing electron, and damage whatever cell structure they strike.

Why free radicals are particularly bad for the skin?

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More than 85% of all free radical damage in the body comes from the cells’ own metabolic process. However, the skin is extremely rich in lipids, proteins and DNA which makes it a major target for unstable radicals and especially susceptible to oxidative stress. It is also the body’s first line of defense against environmental factors and as such is exposed to various external sources of free radical damage in addition to cellular metabolism.

Major external sources of free radical damage include:

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  • UV radiation: skin receives 80% of its free radical damage from sun radiation. The oxygen, contained in the lower levels of the epidermis, is a primary target for UV rays. When UV light waves penetrate the skin, they donate electrons to the oxygen within skin cells, creating a chain of unstable, aggressive free radical molecules.
  • Cigarette smoke: tobacco smoke is critically damaging to all cells and tissues. With every puff, you deliver to your body more than 4 000 toxic chemicals that lead to oxidative stress.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption: drinking alcohol increases your levels of cytokines, inflammatory molecules, responsible for excessive free radical production which leads to oxidative stress.
  • Exposure to air pollutants: industrial pollution and allergens increase oxidation in our bodies.

How can I protect my skin from free radicals and prevent oxidative stress?

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When it comes to fighting off free radicals and oxidative stress in the skin, antioxidants are our superheroes. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals before they touch the cell as well as stop ongoing cellular damage.

There is a tricky part though – only 1% of dietary antioxidants reach the surface of the skin. To effectively protect your skin from free radical damage, you need to apply topical antioxidants.

Choose antioxidants wisely for best results

Not all topical antioxidants are created equal. Effective topical antioxidants must be stable and come in the purest form, so they can penetrate the outermost barriers and reach the interior of the cell.

Ossential C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% pure, stabilised vitamin C that to brighten and re-texture the skin. Vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 protect the skin from environmental damage, while lipids and skin conditioners hydrate and support barrier restoration.

 

Ossential Daily Power Defense is formulated with vitamin E, enzymes and ceramides to speed up DNA repair in skin cells and protect against future oxidative damage.

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4 Anti-Ageing Ingredients to Look For in Skincare Products

Do you know what makes your anti-ageing cream work? Healthy and young-looking skin is within reach at any age. Become better acquainted with your skincare products and look for active ingredients and powerful wrinkle fighters.

No matter what products you decide to go for, it’s always important to choose quality over price. I’m an avid believer in the NioSkin Anti Ageing Gel. It makes your skin feel sumptuous and doesn’t cause any damage to the surface of the skin. My pores are clearly defined while using it. And best of all, it has everything I’m looking for in a product.

So, here are the 4 real-deal anti-ageing ingredients to look for in skincare products:

#1 Retinol

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Retinol is an active form of vitamin A and your most powerful ally in the fight against premature ageing and skin damage. Retinol sweeps away the dead cells that cause dullness and stimulates cellular repair at the deepest level of the skin. It also helps to improve the overall skin tone and texture by increasing blood-vessel formation and boosting blood circulation in your skin layers.
Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest concentration you can find in over-the-counter products. It’s formulated with antioxidants and plant stem cell protectors to defend your skin against free radical damage and prevent future signs of ageing.

#2 Lipids

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Lipids fill the spaces between skin cells like mortar and cement and help your skin retain natural moisture. As we age, the epidermis loses lipids, collagen and elastin causing the internal support structure of your skin to collapse and lose its firmness and elasticity.
To keep your skin plump and smooth you need to reinfuse it with lipids. Ommerse Overnight Recovery crème reinforces skin’s barrier functions and protects against transepidermal water loss. It’s packed with ceramides (waxy lipid molecules) and retinol to support skin’s structure and boost collagen production.

#3 Antioxidants

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Antioxidants are superheroes against free radical damage. Free radicals form in your body when you’re exposed to UV rays, air pollution or other environmental assault. Unchecked, they can damage and destroy collagen, elastin and the very DNA structure of your skin cells.
Antioxidants are a crucial part of your skin’s defence system. As free radicals are highly charged and unstable, antioxidants bind with them to create a harmless stable molecule. Some antioxidants multitask too; Ossential C-Bright Serum contains vitamin C and E to protect your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and co-enzyme Q-10 to help stimulate collagen production and boost cell repair.

#4 SPF

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Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen all year round is the easiest way to protect your skin from premature wrinkling, sagging and discoloration.
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young-looking, an SPF of 30 or higher should be the core of your skincare regime. Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and I-RA radiation. Its ultra-lightweight formula contains customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into every skin tone. The sunscreen is enriched with 12-hour release antioxidant complex to give your skin an extra layer of protection against free radical damage.

Reduce and Prevent Crow’s Feet Following These 3 Simple Steps

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Crow’s feet AKA the fine lines around your eyes, that seem to develop overnight, are usually the first signs of ageing to show up on your face. The delicate eye area has the thinnest skin in our body – 40% thinner than the rest of our face – making it prone to wrinkles at an earlier stage. If crow’s feet have started to appear on your face, here is what you can do to slow them down and prevent deeper wrinkles:

#1 Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

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Sun damage accounts for about 80% of visible signs of ageing. No matter how careless you’ve been with sun protection in the past, get religious about it right now to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from getting worse.

Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides a broad-spectrum protection against the harmful effects of UVB, UVA and HEV radiation. It’s formulated with customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into most skin tones and provide a sheer matte finish.

#2 Add Vitamin A to your skincare routine

Active vitamin A supports the healthy function of skin’s protective barrier and encourages collagen production to restore and maintain skin elasticity.

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Hydrafirm™ is a potent repair eye cream that addresses all signs of ageing in the delicate eye area. It’s packed with active vitamin A, hyaluronic acid and enzymatic vasodilators to smooth fine lines around the eyes, soften the appearance of dark circles and reduce puffiness.

#3 Protect Your Skin from Free Radicals

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You can’t see it, but your skin is constantly under attack by unstable, reactive molecules called free radicals. Environmental factors such as UV radiation, air pollution, cigarette smoke can spawn free radicals, but they can also form through natural physiological processes. Unchecked, free radicals attack proteins like collagen, lipids and elastin fibres which causes your skin to lose firmness and elasticity. So, how can you protect your complexion from the harmful effects free radical damage?

Antioxidants, vitamins C and E in particular, are your most powerful allies in the fight against free radicals. Vitamin E binds with free radical to create stable molecules and neutralises their damaging effects. Vitamin C boosts collagen  production and helps your skin heal itself faster. Ossential C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% vitamin C, combined with vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10, to protect your skin from environmental damage and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

4 Signs You Are Over-Exfoliating Your Skin

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There’s no denying exfoliation is a wonderful thing for your skin. A good scrubbing session takes off dirt and excess oils, boosts circulation and leaves your face smooth and silky. But too much of a wonderful thing can be a bad thing. Over-exfoliating is the one skincare mistake almost all of us make. While we scrub and peel our faces in an attempt to keep our skin happy and healthy, too much of it is doing more harm than good. Here are the 5 signs of over-exfoliation to watch out for:

#1. Your face is too shiny

If your face shines like a disco ball, you need to give it a break from exfoliators. Light reflects off over-exfoliated skin easily, because its natural texture has been overly smoothed (yes, there is such a thing as too much smoothness).

#2. Your breakouts are getting worse

Excessive exfoliation strips your skin from its natural moisture which prompts your sebaceous glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss of hydration. In addition, scrubbing too aggressively too often can disrupt skin’s lipid barrier and hinders its ability to protect the under-layers from bacteria and free radicals.

#3. Your skin feels like it was sunburned

Redness, itchiness, and puffiness are all inflammatory responses, signalling that your skin is in distress. The top layer of your epidermis acts like a shield against allergens, irritants and pollutants. When this natural exterior barrier is compromised, your skin becomes more susceptible to irritants and environmental damage.

#4 Your skin feels like crepe paper

When you are over-exfoliating, you are scrubbing away healthy skin cells and lipids that help your skin retain its natural hydration levels. If your skin feels flaky and fine lines suddenly become more visible, that’s a sure sign your skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture.

How to calm rosacea flare ups

Winter brings its own set of skincare challenges especially if you’re one of the 1 in 10 people who suffer from rosacea. Keeping rosacea flare-ups under control in normal conditions is difficult enough as triggers are many and varied. But when you throw arctic winds, indoor heating and low humidity into the mix, it gets even more challenging to soothe your temperamental skin.

So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tips and products to help you beat the discomfort and how to calm rosacea flare-up during the chilly weather and keep your rosacea symptoms at bay:

#1 Avoid long, hot showers

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So hard to do in the winter months, but necessary if you want to combat face flushing. Hot water strips the skin from its natural oils and moisture, so after a day of braving the cold, the last thing you want to do to your sensitive face is put it under a steaming hot shower.

#2 Cover up

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Limit your cold exposure as much as you can. Infinity scarves are not only a good fashion choice, but you can pull them up and protect your face from the biting wind. When you suffer from rosacea, you always want to avoid dramatic changes in your body temperature. Try to layer your outfit, so you can quickly peel off when you start to feel too warm, after coming into a heated building from frosty outdoors.

#3 Turn the thermostat down

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With freezing temperatures outside, it’s tempting to turn up the heating and snuggle up, when you get home. However, dry warm air doesn’t do your irritable skin any good. Instead of cranking up the heat, put on the humidifier. If you don’t have a central one, you can buy a portable humidifier or just put a bowl of water next to your radiators. It will put the much-needed moisture back in the air.

Revamp your rosacea skincare routine for winter

Choosing the right products for your winter routine is the most important part of your flare-up management. Any abrasive products can further irritate your already sensitive skin, so forget about scrubs, cleansing powders, and aggressive exfoliators. A good rosacea routine should consist of the following steps:

Protection

It might be tempting to skip sunscreen when the thermometer dips down below freezing, but just because you don’t feel the sun as much as you do in the summer, it doesn’t mean the UV rays are not damaging your skin.

oclipse-c Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 ZO Medical
Oclipse-C™ is a non-irritating, mineral SPF 50 sunscreen, developed to protect the most sensitive skin types. It shields your skin from UVA, UVB, HEV and IR-A rays and supports its natural barrier function thanks to a slow-release antioxidant complex. Use daily to prevent your cheeks from turning red this winter.

Cleansing

If your skin is rosacea-prone, you need to be extra careful when choosing your cleansing products. Even the ones labelled for “sensitive” skin can cause irritation.

ZO Medical Rozatrol Rosacea Treatment

Rozatrol™ is an enzymatic exfoliator which provides ultra-mild cleanse and prevents excess sebum production. This little tube can be a lifesaver for anyone struggling with rosacea flare-ups. It not only cleans your skin thoroughly but also reliefs existing redness and inflammation thanks to its amino acid complex.

Hydration

The last step in your winter routine is the most obvious one…Hydration. At this time of the year, you want to give your skin a major hydration boost and lock in as much moisture as you can.

RESTORACALM Soothing Recovery Crème

For a quick flare-up relief, use the Restoracalm™ soothing recovery cream. It provides immediate comfort to dry, flushed skin and stimulates the natural restoration of the skin barrier. Restoracalm™ has been developed with silk sericin protein to support skin’s recovery process and prevent future irritation and signs of ageing.

The Right Way to Detox Your Skin Post-Holidays

Christmas is a magical time of the year, filled with celebration and overindulgence on comfort foods, wine, sweets and canapés. After all, tis the season to relax and be jolly.

Sadly, the Christmas break has flown by quickly, we’re back to our normal routine and the not-so-pretty consequences of the festive overindulgence are showing on our skin. If your your skin is dull and spotty, and the dark circles under your eyes are bigger than your friend circle, don’t panic – we’ve got you covered. Here is how to detox your skin and get back your pre-holiday glow:

#1 Skip the dessert


Let’s face it, Christmas just isn’t the same without the abundance of sweets and goodies. We won’t judge you (we’ve all been there) if you’ve consumed your body weight in mince pies or eaten an entire box of Quality Streets by yourself. While an occasional sweet binge is okay, regular sugar indulgence wreaks havoc on your skin.

When sugars hit our bloodstream, they form molecules (AGEs) that break down collagen and elastin – the proteins that keep skin firm and elastic. On top of that, high-glycemic foods are responsible for excessive insulin production. Insulin spikes send our body signals to produce certain growth factors that exacerbate hormone imbalance, causing breakouts and irritation. So, do your skin a favour and skip the dessert as often as you can. Your waistline will thank you, too!

#2 Go salt-free for a week

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When it comes to skin health, salt is just as bad as sugar. Pretzels and other salty treats are most likely the reason behind those under-eye bags that we all hate so much. While sodium is a very important nutrient in our diet, excessive amounts prompt the body to hold onto water, giving the face a bloated appearance and causing puffiness around the eyes. You should really pay attention to your salt intake if you have acne-prone skin. Excessive consumption dehydrates your skin and tricks your glands into producing more oil to compensate for the water loss.

#3 Go Dry This January

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If you’ve hit the cocktail bars a little too heavily over the Christmas break, you should give Dry January a try. Especially if you suffer from rosacea or have dry and sensitive skin. Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including its largest organ – your skin. Wonder why those nasty face flushes won’t go away? Alcohol has a lot to do with it because it causes blood vessels to dilate, triggering redness and irritability.

Regular alcohol overindulgence can also cause permanent skin damage such as broken capillaries and spots. So, for the sake of your skin health, take a break from alcohol this January and stock up on herbal teas, coconut water and juices that are rich in antioxidants.

#4 Go to Bed Earlier

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Did you know that your skin cell turnover is working 8 times faster while you are sleeping at night? Well, it is called beauty sleep for a reason. If you are regularly short of sleep and going to bed late, you are likely to suffer from hormone imbalances that are tied to skin problems such as eczema and irritant dermatitis. In addition, your sleep-deprived body is releasing more of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol not only increases inflammation in the body but is also directly correlated with acne breakouts.

Search no more for an excuse to sleep in! Go to bed on time, sleep at least seven hours per night and wake up with glowing skin in the morning.

Winter Skin Conditions

Now the weather is getting colder, our skin is feeling the effects of the cold weather. With dehydrating winter winds and cold dry air, there can be a lot of skin conditions that can affect our skin during the colder months.

 

Dry Skin

 

The winter air can be extremely harsh, which makes it worse for those who already suffer from dry skin. To combat this, use a nourishing night cream, such as Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème. This cream is  developed with emollients designed to quickly restore severely dry, dehydrated skin.

Flaky Skin

Exfoliation is especially important in winter, as it sloughs away dead skin cells and allows younger, healthier skin cells to emerge, and also enhances the penetration of other skin care products.We like to recommend the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish—it’s more aggressive than many of the exfoliating creams, because we want to provide a product that’s as effective as can be without damaging or irritating the skin. During the winter, exfoliate every day.

Keratosis Pilaris breakouts.

Temperature changes can cause flare ups of Keratosis Pilaris.  The red, lumpy “chicken skin” can be treated with gentle exfoliation and double your moisturization efforts.  ZO Skin Health’s Body Emulsion contains an ultra-high concentration of lactic acid to help this condition. It should be applied to the affected areas. It’s both an emollient and humectant, so it softens and soothes the skin, while also exfoliating. Apply it after showering, while the skin is still damp, and then 2-3 more times throughout the day.

Chapped lips

For too many people, painfully peeling lips are just a natural part of winter—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Zo Medical Liprebuild is ideal for treating chapped and dry lips. Bioengineered to help reverse and restore severely dry, cracked, wrinkled and chapped lips by using a clinically proven moisture-recycling technology.

Dry hands

As hands have fewer sebaceous glands than the rest of the skin, they’re prone to getting dry, especially in winter when they’re exposed to the elements. The best way to deal with this is to treat your hands every day with a hand crème like Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème. It’s enriched with nourishing shea butter and skin conditioners to help restore hydration.
 

Adult Acne Vs Teenage Acne Causes

You might think that acne is something that only teenagers suffer from, but adult acne can affect up to 55% of us! You may wonder how acne in adulthood differs from the type you suffered from as a teenager, and there’s quite a difference, from causes to how it’s treated.

Adult Acne

Adult acne differs from teenage acne. Adults who suffer from acne tend to have breakouts on their chin and around their mouths and jawlines. This is caused by slower cell turnover, which allows oil to build up and cause inflammation, cystic acne and pimples.

Adult skin is more delicate than teenage skin and tends to dry quicker. This means that acne treatments will need to be gentler on the skin. Look for salicylic acid products with a lower percentage, like our ZO Skin Health range.

What causes teenage acne?

Teenage acne usually starts in puberty, when our sebaceous glands start producing oil. Teenage acne tends to show up all over the face, and back, chest and shoulders.

The best way to treat teenage skin breakouts is with a more aggressive approach. Teenage skin is a lot more durable and thicker than adult skin. Also young skin that produces too much oil needs more aggressive treatments to reduce the presence of p.acnes bacteria and dry up all that oil that causes the areas around nose and cheeks to shine. Our ZO Medical range is perfect for a more aggressive approach.

Fortunately, the ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical ranges offer formulations that are suited to treat all types of acne for women and men of all ages, from blackheads to bacne.

For more advice on managing your acne, ask your ZO® doctor who can recommend the right ZO® Acne Solutions for you.