The causes of both acne and ageing of the skin are complex but they are linked.
The more traditional, simplistic explanation as to the cause of acne is that with puberty males as well as females produce the male hormone, testosterone. The testosterone stimulates sebum production from the sebaceous gland making the top layer of the skin more sticky resulting in blockage of the pilosebaceous unit. As a result of this blockage, there is an overgrowth of the bacteria, Cutibacterium acnes, that causes inflammation resulting in red bumps, pustules, and possibly cysts on the skin.
More recent research has shown that stress, irritation of the skin, environmental pollution, and an incorrect diet can cause oxidation of the natural lipids produced by the sebaceous gland resulting in inflammation. Your body does produce its own natural antioxidants but it has been shown in people with acne, that these natural antioxidants are at a lower level. It, therefore, makes sense that the application of antioxidants applied to the skin would help with this inflammation.
An antioxidant authority
The company SkinCeuticals was founded by Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, an American Dermatologist in 1997. His groundbreaking research was primarily on topical antioxidants especially in connection with topical Vitamin C serums for which the company has become a globally recognized leader. The French company, L’Oreal purchased SkinCeuticals in 2005. As L’Oreal is a large, multinational company, employing hundreds of Ph.D. Scientists, they have been able to continue with Dr. Pinnell’s legacy and research.
At the moment in South Africa, SkinCeuticals has three antioxidant Vitamin C serums namely SkinCeuticals Serum 10 for more sensitive skin, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic for the dry, more mature ageing skin, and SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF for hyperpigmentation of the skin.
This lightweight serum contains 0.5% Silymarin, 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, 0.5% Ferulic Acid and 0.5% Salicylic Acid.
Silymarin for treating acne
Silymarin is extracted from the milk thistle plant (which contains various flavonolignans) which has received a tremendous amount of attention over the last decade as a herbal remedy for liver diseases. Applied topically, Silymarin has been shown to prevent oxidation of the lipids produced by the sebaceous gland and has powerful antioxidant protection against free radicals.
Clinical studies have shown that SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF can reduce pore size, decrease oiliness of the skin, decrease post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, improve skin radiance, uneven skin tone, and skin texture. It can also improve fine lines, wrinkles, skin firmness, and skin laxity.
Overall SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF was well tolerated by the subjects through the course of the clinical studies.
In summary, SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF is a wonderful new addition to the SkinCeuticals stable of Vitamin C antioxidants. In my Dermatology practice, I see many patients who suffer from adult acne but who are also starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles. They are often frustrated by the fact that they still have acne but are starting to see the first signs of skin ageing. This is the ideal product for this group of people.
SkinCeuticals have perfected the art of choosing a few well-researched ingredients at exactly the right concentrations, that work together synergistically to produce excellent results on the skin and of great importance, backed by clinical studies. It is an absolute pleasure to partner with such a great company.