If you were to take five of your friends with you to a skincare survey group and were asked about a variety of products meant to treat acne, personal preferences might be different. While one may work for one person, it could be completely ineffective for the others. But perhaps even that conclusion is stating the obvious incorrectly. Why do some acne treatment products work a little for some and for others not so much? Our research findings have shown that not only is the skin you’re in different than every other person but it changes week-over-week. So how can anyone ever get ahead of an occasional breakout or severe acne? It takes Acne Intelligence.
Pimples and everyday life come to a head.
Knowing why whiteheads, blackheads, and nasty pustules pop up at the worst possible moment can go a long way to removing them. And though most of us pray for a short-term fix, deep down, it takes a well-thought out solution—figuratively and literally. That’s how Acne Intelligence began. But there’s more.
The Great Cover Up
More than likely, you’ve heard of many other skincare products that promise you the moon, the stars, and everything in between. Truth be told, all you’re looking for is clearer skin. Sure, we can build spaceships, fuel cars with clean energy, but to come up with something, anything that can take zits out for good – near impossible.
The reasons have a lot to do with common sense. And layering on the makeup to hide those bumpy imperfections isn’t doing you any favors.
Hormonal Acne Isn’t Just About Age
Many of us experience a time in our lives, usually during adolescence, when becoming a teenager equaled embarrassment, humiliation, and low self-esteem from acne. Though we were told it would pass:
- If we ate right.
- If we drank enough water.
- If we washed our face often enough.
- If we used this product or that.
- If we stopped focusing on it.
- If we wore a paper bag over our face.
Individually, each of the above suggestions may have helped, for a moment or two in time. Sure, there are hormonal shifts that happen at 13, at 18, at 25, at 40, at 55, and so on. At puberty. At pregnancy. Before, during and after menopause.
Hormones can be a hot mess for skincare at every age.
There’s adult acne. There’s I-have-a-job-interview acne. Let’s not ignore the I’m-going-to-miss-my-flight acne. Or the SAT acne. The Oh-my-Gawd-the-air-conditioner-just-broke acne. And the post-workout forgot-to-wash-my-face acne. Life happens and, with it, the increase in the stress hormone cortisol. This is how acne thrives.
Just as cortisol affects immune system response, it signals the central nervous system in preparation for encountering a stressful situation. The body is flooded with cortisol causing inflammation that can affect skin health, compromising its natural ability to heal while increasing oil production. This changes the chemistry of our skin, and sets us up for acne. Practicing some solid stress management can help, but it doesn’t address the crux of the problem. Here’s why.
Before Acne Intelligence, the Skincare Industry Was Blemished
Our team of researchers and skincare clinicians took a long hard look at people, like you, and the options available in treating acne effectively, long-term. The findings were lackluster to say the least. Outside of pretty packaging, slick discount or buy-one-get-one-free, people were left hanging, not knowing where to turn next. And the amount of skincare creams, lotions, serums, gels, toners, and cleansers that remain collecting dust in the bathroom drawers and medicine cabinets of America bring testament to that. The fact that you’re here, wondering if there’s a better way also speaks your personal truth. Achieving and experiencing healthy, clear skin shouldn’t be this complicated.
Over-the-Counter Topicals Don’t Work
If you had to define your skin health, what would that sound like? Dry? Oily? Both? When you treat one imperfection does it bring about another? It’s hard to get a skincare combination right, especially if you’re guessing. And without Acne Intelligence, it’s a crap shoot.
Is this a little hard-hitting? Maybe. But not as hard as you, in the morning, in front of a mirror, ready to pull the hair out of your head because when it comes to getting on top of your acne problem, it feels like you’re standing still. A blob of this, a dab of that one-size-fits-all over-the-counter concoction and you’re still searching for answers.
Oral Meds Can Cost You More than Money
Many dermatologists will recommend the use of antibiotics or other prescription medications to treat stubborn or severe acne. In theory, this is a way to deal with problem pimples from the inside out. But just like other drugs, these are synthetic chemicals. Once ingested, they run through the entire body before reaching the areas needing treatment. That can take a toll on your liver.
Known as systemic antibiotics, they often cause more side effects than their topical counterparts. With antibiotics, over time, people can develop antibiotic resistance, minimizing their effectiveness on skin bacteria, common with acne. Certain drugs prescribed for acne can also bring about allergic reactions or increased sensitivity. For example, Tetracyclin can cause a variety of symptoms, some severe.
Although Accutane is no longer available in the U.S. because of its harsh side effects and health risks from use, people can find a generic version, isotretinoin. Its active ingredients often go overboard in what is needed to treat acne. The result is overzealous drying of the skin affecting the mouth, lips, nasal passages, and the eyes. Some people also experience back or joint pain, lightheadedness, sleepiness, or nervousness.
Of course, living with acne can be harsh. Treating it effectively doesn’t have to be.
Skincare Agility in an Instant Is the Answer
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body. Think about what it endures. Naturally, it’s going to react. With all the elements of surprise it comes across, shouldn’t our skin care be just as fluid and adaptable?
What Is Acne Intelligence
By using facial recognition and detection software, our system developed by SkinClinical is able to truly customize every individual’s skincare needs at a time and place convenient to them. For busy professionals and others always on the go, this makes taking personal ownership of skin health easier.
Let’s face it. Our skin is often a reflection of what we expose ourselves to and what we choose to take care of. By using the Acne Intelligence app, you’re bringing the best of technological advances into your personal world, through the details that define your skin. We can then create a customized product solution that will work based on the issues unique to you.
Think of it this way… how could the same acne treatment formulation work for everyone? It can’t. It doesn’t. All you should be concerned with is what acne product is going to work for you.
How Acne Intelligence Works
When you partner with our skincare platform, amazing is what happens. By having more control of your skin in the palm of your hands, you’ll gain more awareness about what you put it through each day. With that, you probably won’t take skin health for granted, and that’s a good thing. Like any other habit, it takes a level of commitment to get the results desired.
Common Sense Comes to Skincare
Acne is often thought of as a temporary situation. But it doesn’t feel that way when it’s staring at you in the face. While social media has filters to mask the truth about your breakouts, those will only go so far.
What about the face-to-face meetings that happen? School? Work? The coffee hotspot down the street? While you’d rather curl up in a ball on your bed and avoid the outside world, there’s a better way to put on a face and seize the day. Join us: Let science, technology, and human behavior go to work for you.
To Overcome Acne, You Have to Outsmart It
As I mentioned earlier, there are many reasons why you, your brother or sister, your daughter or son, as well as your friends, have problem acne. Physical, environmental, and emotional stress can each impact the skin, escalating oil production and the release of cortisol, increasing inflammation. While we can’t change the way we naturally react to stress, Acne Intelligence allows you the tools to minimize its affects.
If it’s clearer skin that you want, without the guesswork and wasted time involved in using products that don’t meet your specific needs, Acne Intelligence is the obvious choice.
What do you have to lose, but those unwanted blemishes? Get clear. Stay clear. With Acne Intelligence.
SkinClinical AI, LLC
Jonathan is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Acne Intelligence. He is recognized as a game-changing health and wellness executive helping companies launch, rebrand and grow exceptional products, passionate about helping people live better, look better and feel better. He is known for developing and introducing disruptive products and services that benefit the world.
Previously, as the EVP of New Vitality, Guthy Renker, and Time Life, Jonathan drove innovative direct response marketing, subscription and licensing strategies for well-known, global brands.
As a sought-after keynote speaker, Jonathan has presented at Direct Marketing Days, Direct Marketing Association, Association for Local Telecommunications Services, BookExpo America (formerly ABA), Electronic Retailers Association and numerous events. He is an avid surfer and runner.