Match your Therapy to Acne Intensity

May 31, 2019

Match your Therapy to Acne Intensity

Acne starts when greasy secretions from the skin’ssebaceous glands (oil glands) plug the openings of  follicles initially causing whiteheads and blackheads.

Blocked pores may then develop into swollen, tender inflammations or pimples or zits.

With progression multiple nodules are associated with severe cases (called cystic Acne) .

Inflammatory reactions in certain genetic subtypes may cause pigmentation and scarring.


Role of Hormones:

Although acne remains largely a curse of adolescence, about 20% of all cases occur in adults. Acne commonly starts during puberty between the ages of 10 and 13 and tends to be worse in people with oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for five to 10 years, normally going away during the early 20s. It occurs in both sexes, although teenage boys tend to have the most severe cases. Women are more likely than men to have mild to moderate forms into their 30s and beyond. 

Acne Management

Initially avoid excess moisturiser and makeup. Regularly cleanse the facial area

At the first signs of acne introduce a program to control excess sebaceous material  and infection

RX Step 1. Cleanse with Suzanobagi MD Acne wipes. 

Antebiotics  and Oral contraceptives may assist.

RX Step 2.  CLENZIderm with 2% Salicylic acid and Patented Benzyl peroxide

Clinically proven to penetrate deeper than any other combination to unclog pores and clear acne- causing bacteria.

Is proven to introduce change in as little as 2 weeks.

Additional measures

  1. Keep hair off face
  2. Avoid makeup and moisturisers
  3. Cleanse the hands and under nails regularly
  4. Be consistent with application of the active ingredients

If females acne persists consider hormonal modification .


RX Step 3 Reduce Pore secretion

  • Vitamin A derivatives reduce oil production from  the sebaceous glands. 
  • Tretinoin is proven to reduce the affects of acne .
  • The introduction of Retinaldehyde( SuzanobagiMD Retivance) provides effective alternative without side affects that may be associated with Tretinoin.

  Continue CLENZiderm and introduce Retivance as an additional measure each evening.

You may substitute Suzanobagi MD Foaming Cleanser and Toner , BUT continue Pore therapy and or Lotion.

Create a System that works for you!


Rx Step 4 Persistent Acne: Pigmentation scarring

Introduce Tretinoin and skin pigmentation control with Obagi Nu-Derm Normal to oily System. 

Rx Step 5  Accutane

 Acne lesions are most common on the face, but they can also occur on the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. When this occurs Accutane the strongest vitamin A derivative is indicated to shrink the glands.

After a course of treatment consider incorporating your  maintenance program of active ingredients suited to your skin type.

Incorporate the benefits of Vitamin C & E and Retinols. to maintain a youthful texture and reduce the visible signs of aging.

  • Professional C Crx
  • Suzanobagi MD
  • Nu-Derm balanced to skin oiliness.



1. Combinations of CLENZIderm  Suzanobagi MD Nu-Derm and  Accutane are  recognised therapies.

2. Acne never runs a consistent course. To maintain your best skin change your approach to match the severity.