Complexion issues have long been a rite of passage for adolescents, a high school memory that no one wants memorialized in the yearbook.
Unfortunately, the same variables that bring this issue to the surface as the body matures can also prompt facial breakouts well into the 20s and beyond. No matter the age, the root cause is always the same: active oil glands, with colonies of bacteria settling into clogged pores. The plan of attack is also usually similar: dry out the pores and kill the bacteria. Without a non-toxic natural alternative, the cure can seem almost as bad as the underlying condition, resulting in dry, irritated skin.
The marvels of 21st century medicine have dramatically changed the way doctors treat so many diseases and conditions. But when it comes to adolescent skin issues, the clock seems frozen in the disco era. Products haven’t evolved much from that ancient tube of Clearasil that your parents may have counted on to avert social calamity in the 10th grade, or the benzoyl peroxide treatments that were so heavily promoted in infomercials that promised a clear complexion in exchange for a recurring credit card charge. Apart from the FDA’s approval of the highly controversial Accutane in the early 90s, the dermatologist’s arsenal hasn’t changed much either. Tubes of gels, astringents and antibiotics are still the weapons of choice to dry out pores and fight inflammation.