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Important Notes on Using Coral KAVI

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In addition to the product information available elsewhere on this forum and on the product page itself, please review the contents of this post to maximize your chances of success.


What is Coral KAVI?

Coral KAVI is a medicated cleansing bar. We don't call it a soap because that term often implies a product made with tallow (animal fat). Instead of tallow, we use palm oil, an ingredient that is animal-free and better for your skin. Coral KAVI is "medicated" because it contains two active ingredients that will treat a set of skin conditions. These ingredients are sulfur and salicylic acid.


Which skin conditions will Coral KAVI treat?

The primary indication for Coral KAVI is acne (all forms of it, including papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts). Coral KAVI may also be used to treat rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, pityriasis versicolor, or some other condition for which your physician may find Coral KAVI suitable. Many have found that Coral KAVI works effectively to control excessively oily skin. While Coral KAVI is not a treatment for oily skin, it is a much safer alternative to currently available treatments such as isotretinoin and may be used indefinitely without incurring side effects.


How does Coral KAVI work to treat acne?

To understand how Coral KAVI works, it might be better first to understand how acne infections form. The three components required for an acne infection can be found on everyone's skin: acne bacteria, sebum (oil), and dead skin cells. If acne bacteria can be found in large numbers in and around pores, and should sebum and dead skin cells form comedones to block a pore opening, the acne inside a pore will begin to replicate rapidly and result in an infection. The body's immune system will then respond, sending enough T-cells to the pore to neutralize the infection. The result is a pus-filled lesion inside the pore that is unsightly and often painful. The reasons vary why some people suffer from chronic acne into adulthood while others have experienced only a mild adolescent outbreak, but generally speaking, an excess of any one or all of the three components mentioned above can play the leading role in acne infection. The more a product or set of products helps to correct these imbalances, the more effective it will be in treating chronic acne infection.


The actives in Coral KAVI, sulfur and salicylic acid, are

antiseptic (antibacterial, antifungal),

antiseborrheic (drying),

keratolytic (exfoliating),

comedolytic (able to unclog pores), and

pH-balancing (able to help restore the skin to its natural pH of 5.5).


This combination of attributes in a single product is what makes Coral KAVI so effective for so many people. Use of Coral KAVI as directed will help to achieve the following results in as early as 48 hours from the start of treatment:


* acne bacterial populations on the skin's surface will be reduced, thereby reducing the chances for infection

* excess sebum will be cleansed, reducing the available adhesive for cellular debris to form comedones at pore openings

* cellular debris will be exfoliated, reducing the availability of material that can bond together with sebum to form comedones at pore openings

* existing comedones will be dissolved, helping to drain infected pores and those in danger of infection

* the skin's pH will be restored, enabling the skin's natural acidity to keep acne populations from growing out of control (note that traditional soaps are very alkaline)


How should I be using Coral KAVI?


Coral KAVI should be used as you would use any other cleanser. You may use it for your face, body, or both. There is no need to let the lather rest on your skin any longer than you would leave a traditional soap, however make sure that the product has no less than 30 seconds and no more than two minutes of contact with the skin (any less and the product's efficacy would be compromised; any more and you would risk drying out your skin).


The correct frequency of use varies greatly between individuals. Those with very oily skin can use Coral KAVI up to three times per day (and in some cases, two washes per use) while those with dry skin may only be able to use the product once per day and only during the summer months, when sebum production is at its peak. The reason for this variance is due to the product's strong antiseborrheic nature. Not only are its actives antiseborrheics but even its cleansing base, palm oil, is intended for use on oily or combination skin. For the greater majority of people treating a persistent acne problem, however, once to twice per day will be the ideal frequency of use. Because Coral KAVI's ingredients are naturally-derived and without any harmful chemicals or synthetics, it may be used indefinitely as a total replacement to traditional animal-based soaps you may have been using to date.


Those with naturally dry skin or skin that has dried out from the use of other anti-acne medication risk severe irritation if they introduce Coral KAVI into their daily regimen. Though temporary, symptoms include tightness and pain on the skin's surface, inflammation, and/or a rash of numerous, small whiteheads (this is believed to be an immune response to the dryness). In some cases, cyst-like lesions may also appear. If you currently use prescription or over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide (including ProActiv), take oral antibiotics for your acne (e.g., tetracycline, minocycline, etc.), or employ any other antiseborrheics in your skin care regimen, you should consult your dermatologist for possible contraindications. If you are switching to Coral KAVI from another anti-acne treatment plan, give your skin at least two weeks to recover from the prior treatment before introducing Coral KAVI. If you do not take enough time between plans, you may be compounding treatment and risk irritating your skin. Alternatively, consider that while Coral KAVI is the strongest anti-acne cleanser KAVI makes, it doesn't mean that it's the right one for you. You may wish to skip Coral KAVI altogether and instead choose a milder cleanser still suitable for acne, such as Aqua KAVI or DermaWash.


Will Coral KAVI alone be enough to treat my acne?


It depends, but for most people, the answer is no. Coral KAVI will get you between 50% to 66% of the way there. Additional treatment, such as a daily serum, nightly toner, and/or a weekly salicylic acid mask may be required. Dietary and lifestyle changes may also be necessary. Examples may include avoiding red meat and/or other foods with hormones or other entities that may trigger breakouts, reducing exposure to airborne particles that may clog pores, ensuring all sunblocks, lotions, clothing detergents, etc. are non-comedogenic and with pH less than or equal to 7, and even introducing steam baths into your schedule to help keep pores clear.


Should I be moisturizing my skin while I use Coral KAVI?


Dry skin is not an acceptable side effect of any anti-acne treatment. Proper hydration (whether applied topically or imbibed orally) along with safe levels of exposure to the sun are the most important measures one can take to slow the onset of premature aging. If you are unsure of which moisturizers to use to avoid aggravating your acne, note that all of KAVI's moisturizers are non-comedogenic and safe for sensitive pores.

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