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Pimples, oiliness, blackheads, dilated pores : how we correct them

Pimples, oiliness, blackheads, dilated pores : how we correct them

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Whether they occur in adolescence or adulthood, skin imperfections can definitely make us feel self-conscious. Pimples, blackheads, dilated pores, and an oily T-zone are problems we could definitely do without! That’s why Lierac Paris Laboratories created the complete Sébologie line of products. If you haven’t tried these products yet, there’s no better time to start! But first, let’s find out a bit more about the infamous skin imperfections we’re all so eager to get rid of.


What causes skin imperfections?

1. Hormones
Hormones are a significant cause of skin imperfections. Different types of hormonal variations related to stress, menstruation, and pregnancy can have a tremendous effect on the skin. 
 
Contrary to what many people think, teenagers are not the only ones who suffer from pimples, oiliness, and blackheads. The truth is that 41% of adult women also experience what is referred to as hormonal acne. The hormones responsible for these issues include testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.

2. The 5-alpha-reductase enzyme
Imperfections are also caused by an overload of the enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase. The body’s combination of hormones and enzymes stimulates sebum production, makes pores less toned, and slows cell renewal, giving pimples the perfect opportunity to surface…

3. The environment
External factors also play a key role in skin imperfections. Alcohol, tobacco, and poor diet are prime examples. Of course, other factors such as humidity and heat, which increase sweat production and bacterial growth, can also be a contributing factor. The same applies to UV rays, which cause the outermost layer of the skin to thicken, and pollution, which produces free radicals that stimulate the sebaceous gland.

What do we mean by “skin imperfections”?

Blackheads: Mainly located in the T-zone, blackheads occur when keratinocytes—a combination of oxidized sebum and dead skin cells—clog the follicular gland. 
 
Oiliness: This is caused by the overproduction of sebum, mostly in the T-zone, which occurs due to hormonal imbalance or when the skin feels attacked (since the skin produces sebum to protect itself).

Dilated pores: Mainly located in the T-zone, pores—tiny orifices through which sebum and sweat are released—vary in size depending on how open they are. Needless to say, pores that are more open also tend to be more visible!

Pimples: There are lots of different types of pimples. For now, however, let’s focus on those of interest to us—acne pimples. Red spots, whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, comedones, and cysts are all forms of acne. When sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, bacteria multiply and pimples appear as a result. 

Although these different types of imperfections usually occur together, some people only suffer from one specific type.

What ingredients work best for skin imperfections?

Treating these imperfections can be easier than you think, as long as you use the right ingredients.

Zinc gluconate is renowned for its sebum-regulating, antibacterial and healing properties.

Salicylic acid fosters rapid cell renewal, reducing the accumulation of dead skin cells as a result. Its skin-smoothing and regenerating abilities make it a sought-after ingredient. 
 
Together, these two ingredients regulate sebum production, refine dilated pores and erase imperfections and residual marks. They are used in combination with other active ingredients specific to each individual Sébologie product.



The Sébologie skincare routine

The experts at Lierac Paris Laboratories have understood that, in order to take action and eliminate imperfections (and keep them away!), the skin needs 24-hour care. 
 
That’s precisely why Sébologie Double Concentrate—a product that contains two separate skin care treatments in a single bottle—was created. 

During the day, Double Concentrate provides defensive anti-seborrhea action, thanks to an agent that blocks pollution to prevent the overproduction of sebum as well as an agent that helps control sebum production.

At night, Double Concentrate acts as a skin resurfacing treatment that smoothes imperfections and tightens pores.

As an added anti-imperfection boost, use the Sébologie Regulating Gel, with retinol-like bakuchiol that also combats oiliness and dilated pores. 
 
To unclog pores, use the Sébologie Deep-cleansing Scrub Mask. Made with both green and white purifying clays, this mask instantly reduces shine and attacks blackheads!

Have one or two stubborn pimples you want to quickly get rid of? Sébologie Localized Concentrate is what you need! Apply directly to the pimple using a cotton swab to reduce the appearance of imperfections thanks to the product’s soothing and healing calamine.

Say goodbye to imperfections by adopting this simple beauty routine!
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