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It sounds like you have dry skin more so than anything one would consider oily ..at least during the winter. Antiseborrheics + dry skin = more breakouts. Try cutting out cleansers altogether for 6 days of the week to see if your condition improves. In other words, cleanse face and body once per week in the shower with Coral KAVI, and for all remaining cleansing sessions of the week (morning and night), simply rinse with water and moisturize your skin as needed. This may seem a bit extreme, but at the least, it will be a test to see if dryness as a result of too much treatment is the culprit for your breakouts.
Regarding your ingrown hairs, DermaWash S2 may help somewhat, but the correct product would be KAVI Salicylic Acid 15. That too is an antiseborrheic, but the good news is that it can be applied as a spot treatment to minimize regional drying. But hold off on that until you've got your breakouts under control.
Would be great to hear back in a couple of weeks with the results of your modified regimen.
Have you viewed our forum post on Coral KAVI at http://forums.kaviskin.com/topic/595-important-notes-on-using-coral-kavi/? Though you may be experiencing a purge of acne-related pore infections from your initial use of Coral KAVI, the symptoms you describe may more likely be due to your skin's reaction to an overuse of antiseborrheics.
Were you using another line of antiseborrheics without hiatus before commencing with Coral KAVI? Are you using other antiseborrheics in conjunction with Coral KAVI (or now DermaWash S2)?
You've stated you have naturally oily skin.. are you observing sebum build-up between cleansing routines or does your skin remain dry throughout the day? How often are you cleansing and what is the rest of your daily/weekly skin care routine?
Please let us know more.
If redness subsided within 30 minutes of peel removal, the 15% strength should be fine for you.
Systems III and IV are virtually identical but for the salicylic acid component. You can control the intensity of a salicylic peel by changing the length of time it is on your skin. The 15% is better for nodular acne, and it sounds like you have the smaller papules (better treated with Salicylic Acid 8). Salicylic Acid 15 will not dry out your skin more than Salicylic Acid 8, though it is a stronger comedolytic and will work more effectively against denser comedones.
If your skin does begin to dry out, increase the intervals between cleansings with Coral KAVI. For example, if cleansing twice per day is drying out your skin, reduce to once per day and skip the peel for that week. If once per day is still too much, reduce to once every other day and rotate in a milder cleanser (e.g., Cetaphil) or just use water.
You also have the option to apply the peel once every other week. Everyone's skin is different, and you have to experiment with the application intervals to find the optimal regimen for you.
And if you would like to switch to a lower system, please contact KAVI Support for assistance.
If your skin feels dry and is still peeling, then you had best wait another week and evaluate your skin before commencing with Glycolic Acid 40. Waiting a while will allow (a) the first peel to complete its keratolytic cycle and ( your skin to recover and generate new layers at the base of the epidermis.
For the acne on your chin, you could look at a salicylic acid peel (8% or 15%, applied once per week) to help bring it under control. The KAVI Toner would make for a good maintenance cleanser to be used daily between peels.
For general pigmentation issues, glycolic acid peels are a good place to start (and can be used on alternating weeks with salicylic acid peels), however we do make more specialized products for skin tone that you may wish to consider following a consultation with your dermatologist.
An alternative to peels, and one that addresses both your acne and sun spots, would be Enhanced Retinol 0.30% (applied once or twice per day). While it may be used together with the Toner, the retinol serum may be too strong if used in combination with any of our peels.
Yes, you can use Glycolic Acid 50 on your hands (e.g., on the backs, for the treatment of age spots or wrinkles).
Though not an answer you may like to hear, our guess would be that a "peaches and cream" complexion without makeup or treatment may likely be attributed to genetics. KAVI, however, helps level the playing field with its line of natural skin care products.
We are delighted to hear that you are happy with our products and service.
Regarding your question, no there isn't such a thing as eliminating pores, and even if there were, it wouldn't be a good idea. Pores are used by the body to regulate temperature (through sweating), lubricate skin, and excrete unwanted toxins and waste from the body. In a nutshell, pores are an integral part of the human anatomy.
As you've seen though, it is possible to use KAVI products to keep pores clean and healthy, as well as give them consistency in appearance.
We offer a number of products in varying degrees of intensity for the conditions you mentioned below. Have you reviewed our Product Matrix at http://www.kaviskin.com/st-htm/product-matrix.html? For initial application on skin that is neither too sensitive nor too accustomed to treatment, here is what we would recommend:
Cleanse daily with your choice of DermaWash (dry skin), Aqua KAVI (normal skin), or Coral KAVI (oily skin),
Maintain pores once per evening with KAVI Toner,
Clear pores once or twice per week with Salicylic Acid 8 (apply only once every other week if used in conjunction with a glycolic acid mask to treat wrinkles, see below).
Fine Lines / Wrinkles
Cleanse daily with your choice of Glycolic Cleanser 10 (dry or normal skin) or Pearl KAVI (oily skin),
Repair lines with your choice of Complex C (sensitive skin, applied once or twice per day), Enhanced Retinol 0.30% (also good for maintaining pores, for normal skin, applied once or twice per day), or Glycolic Acid 20 or 30 (intensive treatment, applied once per week, or once every other week if used in conjunction with a salicylic acid mask),
Moisturize skin with your choice of Hyaluronic Acid 95 (normal or oily skin, fine for use under makeup) or the Glycolipidic Moisturizer (dry skin).
Hopefully the information above will give you some options to consider for your first purchase.
Results from a sulfur-based cleanser are fairly immediate in most cases (improvement can be observed in as little as 2 days). Our Coral KAVI medicated cleansing bar is twice as potent as the 5% sulfur solution you are using now, however it may be insufficient for your children's acne condition if the 5% is offering you little to no results. For best results, it is important that no other cleansers be used with Coral KAVI: the high pH of over-the-counter cleansers can negate the benefits that a sulfur cleanser provides.
The Anti-Acne System III is safe for teens and would be a good starting point for them, however we would advise you to avoid over-medicating their skin. Too much anti-acne medication can dry and inflame the skin, leading to increased sensitivity and, in some cases, more acne (typically in the form of numerous small whiteheads where skin is the driest and most irritated).
As always, please confer with your dermatologist for any and all medical advice, including the use of KAVI products in your family's skin care regimen.
Glycolic Acid 40 or 50 would be more appropriate for KP on the upper arms. Weekly peels may be complemented with daily use of Hyaluronic Acid 95 to minimize any dryness or discomfort that may result from the glycolic acid.
If your skin is typically dry and very sensitive, then Aqua KAVI would be a better choice. For just about all other skin types, Coral KAVI will be better for acne. However, we would not recommend using Coral KAVI in conjunction with a prescription benzoyl peroxide gel. The combination will likely dry out your skin and lead to increased inflammation and discomfort.
Over the long run, cleansing your skin regularly with Coral KAVI will be a healthier alternative to benzoyl peroxide. And when you're ready to make the switch, give your skin a week or two to recuperate from the prescription treatment before starting with our products.
In plain English, "Indications" means "Use this product if you have any of the following listed after the colon symbol ( : )." "Contraindications" means "Don't use this product if any of the following listed after the colon symbol applies to you." For your case below, if you have dry skin, we do not recommend you use Coral KAVI, because Coral KAVI is an antiseborrheic, which means its use can temporarily dry out the skin.
For those with oily, acne-prone, Coral KAVI applied twice a day works very well and does not lead to dryness. However for others, twice per day may be too much. Because the effects from dryness are temporary, it should be ok to try different application frequencies until you find the right one for you. In the event that you experience any dryness or discomfort on your skin, moisturize your skin and discontinue use of Coral KAVI for several days before trying a different application frequency.
Here are some thoughts for you, organized by the three issues you listed:
1. Adult Acne
Your primary goal right now should be eliminating new breakouts. Once the rate of new acne is under control, we can look at repairing the scarring left behind (there wouldn't be a lot of logic going after scarring first if one hasn't found a way to slow down the rate of future scar/spot formation from acne infections that will be sure to happen).
Determining the cause of your acne can be an extensive process and would involve looking at everything that comes into contact with your skin and, yes, even what you eat (think, allergic reaction). For many, however, the root of their acne stems from pH imbalance. Simply switching soaps from whatever you use now to Coral KAVI can make the biggest difference. Coral KAVI is pH-balancing and also medicated with sulfur and salicylic acid. To complement Coral KAVI, you can also look into a salicylic acid mask (typically applied once per week). We would recommend starting with Salicylic Acid 8, though we have strengths up to 25 and beyond. Apply the mask twice the first week (e.g., on Sunday and Wednesday) and then once per week thereafter.
Though we have many other products for acne, it would be helpful to start out simple, monitor the results, and then make adjustments as you go along (e.g., adding the Sulfur Suspension for cystic acne, or increasing the mask strength, etc.).
2. Uneven Skin Tone and Dark Spots
Following the motto of prevention before treatment, we would advise you to regulate your exposure to the sun, as the effects of UV radiation on the skin can yield some very unpredictable and at times very undesirable side effects including, at the very least, uneven skin tone and spotting.
For the most effective results, we typically recommend the Advanced Melanin Repair Serum (applied once or twice daily) in conjunction with a glycolic acid mask (applied once per week). However, if you will be using a salicylic acid mask for acne, it would be fine to substitute it in place of the glycolic acid. Though you wouldn't be benefiting from glycolic acid's regenerative qualities, salicylic acid's keratolytic properties (i.e., turnover) will be an adequate complement to the Advanced Melanin Repair Serum.
3. Premature Aging Prevention
Hydration is the word. Drink plenty of fluids, reduce your time in the sun, and moisturize your skin. We make several moisturizers you can choose from, and they are all non-comedogenic (will not clog your pores):
SPF30 (low-impact moisturization, with UVA/UVB protection)
Glycolipidic Moisturizer (high-impact, best for very dry skin, not the best for acne-prone skin)
Hyaluronic Acid 95 (high-impact, best for combination or oily skin)
Glycolic Serum 15/30 (with glycolic acid to help with collagen repair) --> our recommendation for you.
Complex A (exclusively for the eye region, helps reduce puffiness and dark circles too)
Complex C (helps with collagen repair, has Argireline (non-toxic BOTOX alternative), for sensitive skin)
Hopefully that gives you the information you're looking for.
Would you be referring to the Glycolic Serums? If so, Glycolic Serum 30 will provide more intensive collagen synthesis and cellular turnover than Glycolic Serum 15, yielding accelerated results in the treatment of premature aging. It will also be more effective with enlarged pores. Both contain the same percentage of hyaluronic acid for moisturization, and both maintain the same pH.
If you are interested in moving to the 30% strength, you could begin by using the 15% strength in the mornings and the 30% strength in the evenings for a few weeks to ease the transition.
If her acne is currently active (i.e., new breakouts every week), we would recommend the following regimen:
(1) Change her soap to Coral KAVI (medicated anti-acne cleansing bar with sulfur and salicylic acid), to be used once or twice per day.
(2) Apply a salicylic acid mask at 8% (e.g., KAVI Salicylic Acid 8) once per week to neutralize acne infections and exfoliate surface layers of skin damaged from acne.
Please note that the above products are antiseborrheics (i.e., they dry out the skin) and should not be used with any other anti-acne products, neither oral nor topical.
For more information on what peel to use for acne, please see http://www.kaviskin.com/info/aha-bha.html.
Please find answers to your questions below:
"I have read conflicting articles about sulphur use, namely, that it may cause acne to increase?"
There are conflicting (and often erroneous) reports out on the web regarding the use of sulfur for acne, however rest assured that our sulfur preparations are highly effective in the treatment of acne for a great percentage of our customers (>99%). For the very few whose acne does worsen, the reason is likely an allergic reaction either to sulfur or to another ingredient in the cleansing bar.
"Also, salicylic acid, are the results temporary and will my daughter have to continually use them?"
Salicylic acid helps open up clogged pores and neutralize acne infections within. Several treatments (applied once or twice per week) are often needed to clear up an area of skin. The effects, however, may not be permanent. Hormones, environmental conditions (smoke, makeup, frequent contact with hands, etc.), and other factors may contribute to new breakouts, requiring another series of salicylic acid treatment.
"Does your kit come with complete instructions about use of your products and frequency of use?"
Our systems come with some instructions, however more complete instructions for the system you purchased may be found here: http://www.kaviskin.com/pages.php?pageid=19#AHS3OC
"Also, there was no mention on the website about the kit being a recurring order/charge, is it?"
Not at all. There are no recurring charges whatsoever.
"She is a lovely girl and her acne really dampens her self-esteem."
We hope we can help: it is why we are here.
We do make a product, Complex C, that includes among its anti-aging actives an ingredient called Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, which helps relax repeated muscle contractions which in turn can lead to wrinkle formation. For more information, please refer to the product web page at http://www.kaviskin.com/products/complex-c.html.
All of our glycolic acid masks contain the same active ingredient (glycolic acid), which serves to slow the effects of premature aging (including wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin resulting from a breakdown of the collagen-elastin matrix). Determining which mask to use is based on several criteria:
(1) Will the mask be applied on facial skin or elsewhere?
(2) Do you have any prior experience with glycolic acid peels (e.g., a spa treatment)?
(3) Do you have sensitive, irritable skin?
For those who are looking for a facial mask, have little experience with glycolic acid, and do not have very sensitive skin, Glycolic Acid 30 is the best peel to start with. For applications on less delicate locations (e.g., back of hands), Glycolic Acid 40 is good. For sensitive skin, we recommend Glycolic Acid 20.
For the concurrent treatment of acne and superficial acne scarring, we would recommend KAVI Salicylic Acid, as it will exfoliate the top layers of damaged skin cells as well as clear infected pores of acne bacteria. The chart labeled “Choosing the Appropriate Chemical Treatment for Acne Scarring” at http://www.kaviskin.com/info/aha-bha.html provides additional information.
We offer peels in several strengths to help you maintain your skin at home. Choosing the right one requires a bit of research, however, and we have put together a concise matrix to help our customers choose correctly. Please visit http://www.kaviskin.com/info/aha-bha.html and refer to the table named "Choosing the Appropriate Chemical Treatment for Acne Scarring". If you still have questions, please feel free to write us back or call us at (877) 219-6156.
Ethanol is used primarily as a stabilizing ingredient in the manufacture of our cleansing bars.
We don't use a sliding scale for determining comedogenicity, only a pass/fail system. We would not advise relying on a point system for ingredients due to the large variances that may be observed between skin types.
We would defer all questions regarding safety of use during pregnancy or nursing to your doctor. While there are no explicit reasons not to use our products while pregnant or nursing, the decision to do so rests between you and your doctor.
We make a number of products which can help rejuvenate your skin and reveal its natural beauty. You did not specify if you are also interested in specific anti-aging treatments (e.g., wrinkles, age spots, etc.) so we will provide a list for you here to choose from..
Anti-aging cleanser for oily/combination skin: Pearl KAVI
Anti-aging exfoliation mask (makes skin look new and fresh, also good for fine lines): Glycolic Acid 30
Reverses age spots and other discoloration: Advanced Melanin Repair Serum
High-impact moisturization (slows onset of premature aging): Hyaluronic Acid 95
The products above may be used concurrently with the following suggested regimen (instructions for individual products are included with your order):
(1) Cleanse once or twice daily with Pearl KAVI.
(2) Exfoliate skin once per week with Glycolic Acid 30.
(3) Apply the Advanced Melanin Repair Serum once per day to clean, dry skin.
(4) Apply Hyaluronic Acid 95 to skin once per day, 3 to 5 minutes after Advanced Melanin Repair Serum.
You may also wish to incorporate an SPF product (e.g., KAVI SPF30) into your daily regimen to protect your skin against the sun while undergoing treatment with Glycolic Acid 30.
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Please have a look at our seborrheic keratosis page at http://www.kaviskin.com/info/seborrheic-keratosis.html for a detailed description of our recommended treatment options.