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All About Acne

There is no cure for acne, but it can be treated with the right knowledge and products!
This skin condition is so common that almost every one of us had it as a teenager. But it doesn’t stop there — acne also affects 30% of adult women and 20% of adult men. 

Dr. Sandra Lee MD, aka Dr. Pimple Popper

We like to remind our SLMD users that acne is not life-threatening, but we know it can really affect one’s self esteem and confidence. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to not only provide effective products and systems to treat and manage acne, but to also provide honest, straightforward education that's needed to really understand and take control over one’s own acne.

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Acne doesn’t discriminate

Sometimes dealing with acne feels lonely and isolating but just know that you are not alone! Acne affects both men and women, all ages, all skin types, and all ethnicities. The primary causes of acne are internal: genetics and hormones. Two things that we have no control over. External factors also can exacerbate or cause acne. Things like stress, lifestyle, environment, and even the personal care products one uses or the clothes one wears.

No matter what the cause of your acne, SLMD is here to provide you with guidance, counsel and, most importantly, effective products to treat and manage your acne.

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Control your acne with consistency and routine

Tackling acne can be exhausting. Different skin types, lifestyles, genetic and hormonal causes all play a part and why we get acne, but a consistent and regular skincare routine with effective, dermatologist-proven ingredients is a big step in the right direction to help manage breakouts.

The SLMD Acne Systems are easy-to-follow and comprehensive in their approaches to treating and managing acne. Three steps, twice daily - Cleanse, Treat & Moisturize your way to clear skin.

Acne System

SLMD Acne System is a 3 step, morning and night routine formulated to treat and prevent acne at all stages.

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Sensitive Skin Acne System

Sensitive Skin? Sensitive Skin Acne System contains all you need, in gentle acne-fighting formulas.

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Control your acne with consistency and routine

Tackling acne can be exhausting. Different skin types, lifestyles, genetic and hormonal causes all play a part and why we get acne, but a consistent and regular skincare routine with effective, dermatologist-proven ingredients is a big step in the right direction to help manage breakouts.

The SLMD Acne Systems are easy-to-follow and comprehensive in their approaches to treating and managing acne. Three steps, twice daily - Cleanse, Treat & Moisturize your way to clear skin.

How does acne start?

It starts in your pores — you’ve got millions of them. Dirt, dead skin cells, and oil/sebum produced in your pores can all mix together and get trapped, resulting in a clogged pore. These are commonly referred to as blackheads and whiteheads, also known as comedones.

How Acne starts

Every pimple, papule and nodule starts out as a blackhead or whitehead so it’s important to make sure you’re keeping your pores clean by using products that cleanse and exfoliate.

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Salicylic Acid is an exfoliating acid that dives deep into pores and cuts through oil to clear out all pore-clogging impurities. Salicylic Acid Cleanser, part of Acne System, is gentle for everyday use to give you the best start to your routine.

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Shop Resurfacing Wipes

For added acne-fighting power, Resurfacing Acne Swipes are loaded with three major skincare acids, Salicylic, Glycolic and Lactic. This trio works together to exfoliate and clarify by sloughing away dull skin at the surface, and diving deep to remove pore-clogging impurities.

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Shop SA Spot Treatment

For zit-zapping on the go, maximum strength Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment is a handy roller ball that glides on clear. The perfect treatment to target problem areas that tend to get congested more, such as the T-zone.

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The next stage: Inflammatory acne

The change from blackheads and whiteheads to what you might call ‘acne’ — the red, inflamed breakouts such as pimples (also known as pustules), papules, nodules and cysts — happens when a specific bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes for short) enters the mix.

Acne Inflammatory

This acne-causing bacteria invades and thrives in clogged pores, and it’s your body’s defense mechanism of trying to rid the bacteria that causes inflammatory breakouts.

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Stop P. Acnes in its tracks with an antibacterial ingredient, such as Benzoyl Peroxide. BP Lotion is a lightweight treatment that kills the acne-causing bacteria, and helps reduce redness and irritation.

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Shop BP Spot Treatment

If you want a hit of the stronger stuff, BP Spot Treatment contains maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide, ideal to target stubborn pimples.

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Shop Sulfur Lotion

Want a gentler option? Sulfur Lotion utilizes a natural mineral that slows the growth of acne-causing bacteria, and can help reduce the amount of sebum produced by your pores.

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The next stage: Inflammatory acne

The change from blackheads and whiteheads to what you might call ‘acne’ — the red, inflamed breakouts such as pimples (also known as pustules), papules, nodules and cysts — happens when a specific bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes for short) enters the mix.

Acne Inflammatory

This acne-causing bacteria invades and thrives in clogged pores, and it’s your body’s defense mechanism of trying to rid the bacteria that causes inflammatory breakouts.

Is Retinol safe for acne-prone skin?

Yes! Retinol has been a long-time loved ingredient for acne-prone skin. It is known to gently exfoliate, and encourage cell turnover which can speed up the fading of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation/dark marks, helping to even out skin texture and tone.

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Retinol Serum, formulated for night time use, is a time-release lightweight gel that delivers Retinol and Vitamin A into skin all night long.

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DO NOT skip the moisturization step!

Whether you have naturally oily, dry or combination skin, acne treatments can be drying. So it’s important to moisturize after applying any treatments or at the end of your routine. Look for moisturizers that are lightweight and made with acne-prone skin in mind so you’re not using a moisturizer that can end up clogging your pores and exacerbating your acne.

Daily Moisturizer
Shop Facial Moisturizer

Formulated for acne-prone skin, Facial Moisturizer is a lightweight lotion, enriched with Vitamin C, that provides essential moisture without clogging pores.

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Shop Daily Moisturizer

We know sun protection is essential during the day, and acne-prone skin is no exception. Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 was formulated as the day-time answer to finish your skincare routine, giving you the ease of moisturization and broad spectrum sun protection in one step.

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DO NOT skip the moisturization step!

Whether you have naturally oily, dry or combination skin, acne treatments can be drying. So it’s important to moisturize after applying any treatments or at the end of your routine. Look for moisturizers that are lightweight and made with acne-prone skin in mind so you’re not using a moisturizer that can end up clogging your pores and exacerbating your acne.

Daily Moisturizer

Yes, the acne on your face is the same kind of acne you may have on your body.

We have pores (tiny hair follicles) practically all over our body, so acne can form almost anywhere! So if you are prone to getting acne on your face, you may experience acne on the body as well, particularly on the upper body (back, chest, back of the neck, shoulders) where there is a higher concentration of pores and higher oil/sebum production.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back (and everywhere else!).

Body Acne System

Body breakouts can be treated with the same ingredients for face, but as the skin is tougher/thicker, it can tolerate higher concentrations of active ingredients.

Body Acne System contains BP Body Wash and Salicylic Acid Body Spray — this in-shower body wash and post-shower (or anytime) body spray routine attacks body breakouts with Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, to together fight acne at all stages.

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Looking for an acne system that tackles acne in all of its stages from all angles?

Our acne systems were carefully curated by our founder, Sandra Lee, MD (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), to systematically treat acne in all of its stages. Dr. Lee developed each product in these systems to contain the same scientifically-proven ingredients that she recommends to her own patients in formulas that your skin will love.

So go ahead, apply with confidence!

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SLMD Skincare Acne System

Looking for an acne system that tackles acne in all of its stages from all angles?

Our acne systems were carefully curated by our founder, Sandra Lee, MD (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), to systematically treat acne in all of its stages. Dr. Lee developed each product in these systems to contain the same scientifically-proven ingredients that she recommends to her own patients in formulas that your skin will love.

So go ahead, apply with confidence!

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Want to learn more about acne?

Head over to our blog full of expert advice, tips, and tricks that can help you take control of your acne.

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