When it comes to treating acne with an effective skincare routine, it's easy to feel overwhelmed after watching 15 step skincare routines on YouTube or searching for products online and getting bombarded with hundreds of product offerings. “A mistake we often make with skincare is that we layer so much on our skin”, Dr. Zenovia shares. “Go back to basic chemistry- like dissolves like. Applying an oil over another skincare oil will dissolve it. When we use a bunch of products, we are just wiping them off with the next! Rather than wasting time and money diluting previous skincare products applied, what we really need in a simple, yet effective acne clearing skincare routine. This inspired Dr. Zenovia and her skincare team to create an effective acne treatment plan with 3 simple steps: The Acne Solutions System.
How to Use the Acne Solutions System
The Acne Solutions System includes a powerful acne-fighting cleanser, spot treatment, and moisturizer.
Step 1: The first step is to balance your skin by cleansing twice daily with Dr. Zenovia’s 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cleanser. This multitasking, soap-free cleanser gently removes everyday impurities and excess sebum while comforting acne-prone skin and providing it with vital skin-soothing nutrients.
Step 2: Next, apply Dr. Zenovia's 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment on any pimples. This spot treatment is formulated with medical-grade Bakuchiol and Aloe Vera to help soothe redness or irritation. It specifically targets and clears stubborn hormonal acne.
Note from Dr. Zenovia: Benzoyl Peroxide is highly effective at helping to get rid of dead skin cells and excess oil. Such effects may lead to skin dryness and peeling. Dr. Zenovia therefore recommends gradually introducing this ingredient into your routine and building up the frequency of usage over time. If excessive dryness or irritation occurs, reduce application.
Step 3: Lastly, moisturize the skin with Dr. Zenovia's Aloe Vera Blemish Soothing Moisturizer. This ultra-light, oil-free moisturizer features skin-soothing Squalene and medical-grade Aloe Vera to provide long-lasting hydration and free radical protection. The formulation is perfect for skin experiencing excessive oiliness. Due to benzoyl peroxide's drying properties, it is imperative to keep the skin hydrated throughout the day!
Additionally, as these ingredients can increase sensitivity to the sun, be sure to follow with SPF during the day. Dr. Zenovia's Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 provides the benefits of a brightening moisturizer and contains transparent nano zinc-oxide broad-spectrum mineral protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Acne Solution System Ingredient Breakdown
Dr. Zenovia’s 3-Step Acne Solutions System is infused with acne-fighting clinical-grade ingredients including benzoyl peroxide, aloe vera, and Dr. Zenovia’s proprietary REG-ulate360 Complex™ to help diminish current breakouts and redness while soothing acne-prone skin. Dr. Zenovia believes that it's not so much the products you use, but the ingredients in those products.
Benzoyl peroxide is a chemical compound that oxidizes on the skin, releasing oxygen to destroy pore-clogging bacteria. It is anti-inflammatory, comedolytic, and anti-bacterial meaning this ingredient decreases skin inflammation, opens the pores, exfoliates the surface layer of skin, removes excess sebum, and kills bacteria. These properties make it a powerful acne-reducing agent.
Benzoyl peroxide can be used on all types of acne and does not require a prescription. It works particularly well for inflammatory acne including papules, pustules, and cysts. The percentage of the ingredient in over the counter topicals varies from 2.5% - 10%. The various percentages available are all effective at fighting acne, but the higher percentages run the risk of drying or irritating the skin if used as a leave-on treatment. For this reason, Dr. Zenovia formulated the kit’s cleanser with 10% and the spot treatment with 5% benzoyl peroxide.
Aloe vera contains over seventy-five compounds such as polysaccharides, vitamins, and enzymes that work together to deliver its soothing properties. Aloe helps the skin retain moisture, aids in the ability of other topical products to work deeply within the pores, and is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog the pores. Aloe, therefore, serves as an effective ingredient in an acne clearing skincare routine. The aloe vera we use is pure and medical-grade, sourced from high-grade medical suppliers.
Dr. Zenovia’s proprietary REG-ulate360 Complex™ is a powerful cocktail of medical-grade actives including Resveratrol, Vitamin E, Green Tea, Bakuchiol, and a cutting-edge, plant-derived phytoestrogen known as Geinstein that helps balance hormones at the skin level. By regulating hormonal fluctuations at the skin level, you experience fewer acne flare-ups.