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Crisis Control! Break-Outs

Posted by Catherine Christianson on

Do you know how to avoid spotty teenage skin? The skin is less likely to become problematic during the hormonal surge of adolescence when cared for daily with topical doses of Vitamins A, C, E, growth factors, peptides and antioxidants. Problematic skin is one of the world's most common teenage conditions, affecting over 85% of adolescents and up to 50% of adults over 25 years of age.

The Goal

The goal of any treatment is to is to avoid unsightly changes in the first place with preventative solutions. In the case that hormonal changes do affect the skin adversely, topical solutions can be applied to help control the crisis that is a break-out event.

Help to control the crisis with effective topical solutions.


Topical solutions may assist to inhibit the effects of sebum production, to limit the effects of bacterial growth, and to encourage the shedding of dry flakes which clog pores.


This complicated condition also affects adult populations and sometimes occurs in conjunction with pregnancy or during stressful life changes.

The Problem

Harsh prescriptions for problematic skin treatments often cause side effects such as pain, redness, dryness and peeling. This is due to retinoid reactions that occur when skin is rapidly introduced to high levels of Vitamin A.


Dr. Des Fernandes, Environ founder, knew there had to be a better way to treat the skin.

Myth Debunked

A common myth is that one needs to “dry out” or torture the skin to limit the effects of overactive sebum production during the teenage years.


This couldn’t be further from the facts!


More likely than not, the skin needs proper topical hydrating solutions and vitamin-rich solutions  during this time. The types of ingredients that have been shown to improve skin appearance are Vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants, peptides and growth factors.


Environ’s cleansing and toning solutions work synergistically to prep the skin adequately for the recommended Vitamin A treatment options.

Daily cleansing is the first step to attaining clear-looking skin.


Environ’s Vitamin A moisturizers and intensive retinol products are able to help problematic skin’s appearance to improve over time in a gentle fashion, while employing the most efficacious blend of  ingredients.


To read more about the history of Vitamin A use on skin, check out The Philosophy of Starting a New Client on Environ Products

Sun Care

It is known that while using prescription treatments, you must stay out of the sun. When using Environ products, with proper application of sunscreen, you don’t have to completely avoid the sun. Environ’s broad spectrum SPF 25  sunscreen is non-comedogenic, non-greasy, non-irritating, and remains a favorite among all skin types, problematic skin types included.

Anti-Problematic Skin Tips:

  • Refrain From Touching Your Face

Identify why you’re doing this and create a solution. Pin your hair off your face. Find glasses that fit better. Don’t scratch or pick throughout the day. Speaking of which...

  • Don’t Squeeze!

Unless you’re getting a professional extraction, leave breakouts alone. The blemish will be much less noticeable over the course of its life if it is not picked or squeezed.

  • Cleanse Daily & Get On A Vitamin A Step-Up Regimen

Getting on an Environ skin care regimen will save you headaches, embarrassments and wasted money on ineffective products.

  • Stay Out Of The Sun

Some people believe the myth that sun rays actually help with the look of breakouts. The effect is likely temporary, as sun rays and seasonal changes are likely to exacerbate problematic-skin-related symptoms. Sunscreen, baseball caps, sun hats, and staying in cool environments is your safest bet.

  • Limit Your Sugar And Processed Food Intake.

Nourish your body and skin with nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens, lean proteins, fruits, nuts and vegetables. Steer clear of starches, white bread, and dairy products for the most part, as these have been shown to increase the likelihood of breakouts. For additional diet tips check out 12 Foods for the Healthy-Looking Skin Diet

  • Evaluate Your Products

Body products, laundry detergents, hair styling products all have the potential to adversely affect the look of the skin. As a rule of thumb, products that do not use synthetic fragrances or coloring are less likely to irritate. Wash your sheets, towels and  pillowcases once a week.

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