Maturation arrest acne
Gameplan to Defeat Player
Sulfur| Charcoal Soap, Mandelic Acid 5%, Glycolic Gel 10%. A-Game I
Past Teams
Acne Players Club

Mary Maturation, is the most difficult player in the league.

  1. Do you have bumps under your skin?
  2. Maybe they just appear tiny and round.
  3. They might be spread all over your face?

Maturation arrest acne, often referred to as MAA, is characterized by bumps under the skin’s surface. What sets maturation arrest acne apart from more common forms of acne is that the lesions do not come to a head or mature into pustules. Instead, they remain within the skin.

Treating MAA can be challenging, and it often requires a combination of products and a diligent home program. But never fear, we have faced Mary before and we do have a good handle on what defensive players you need to get to start to defeat her. It will be a bit of a journey.

Game Plan: Maturation Arrest Acne

Objective:  Forcing Skin Turnovers 

Quarter 1: Pre-Game Prep

Ensure your skincare products aren’t heavy on foundations or pore clogging creams. We see Mary alot with heavy foundations when trying to cover acne, or heavy creams. If you have oily skin, using heavy foundation or cream acts like a blanket and traps the oils in the pores. Opt for lightweight options that won’t block your pores and hinder natural oil secretion.

Quarter 2: First Down – [VS] Handmade Sulfur | Charcoal Soap

Start with the Sulfur Charcoal Soap Bar to create a solid foundation. This play is designed to help flush out dead skin cells with the sulfur and charcoal and set the stage for the upcoming defense.

Play 2: Mandelic Acid Am Blitz

In this play, implement the Mandelic Acid 5%  AM to break through the line of clogged pores. This acid is one key player in unclogging pores and preparing the skin for the next PM move.

Play 3: Glycolic and A- Game I Vitamin A Combo

Execute this combo play in the evening to further unclog and correct pores.

  • Exfoliation: Glycolic acid belongs to the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family and is known for its exfoliating properties. It works by removing the top layer of dead skin cells, helping to unclog pores and improve skin texture. By exfoliating the skin’s surface, glycolic acid can prevent pores from becoming congested and reduce the formation of acne.
  • Cell Turnover: Retinoids, such as retinol or tretinoin, are derivatives of vitamin A that promote skin cell turnover. They help to accelerate the shedding of old, dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new, healthier cells. This process can prevent pores from becoming clogged with dead skin cells, reducing the risk of acne.
  • Unclogging Pores: Retinoids also have the ability to unclog pores by preventing the formation of comedones (the initial stage of acne lesions). They regulate sebum production, reducing the likelihood of pores becoming blocked and leading to acne breakouts.

Glycolic acid and Vitamin A work together to provide a dynamic duo, driving towards the end zone of clear and radiant skin.

Sequential Use: It’s generally recommended to introduce these ingredients into your skincare routine gradually. Start with one product, allowing your skin to adjust before incorporating the other. Using them on alternate nights may be a good strategy to start.

Evaluate the performance of your skin after implementing the plays. Celebrate the victories of open pores and extracted impurities. Adjust the game plan as needed for future matchups.(email us for help)

Coach’s Final Words:  Remember, consistency is the key to clear skin. Keep following the [VS] playbook for clear skin domination!”

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