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Acne. It’s a word that makes most of us cringe. And it’s a condition that can instantly crush one’s self-esteem. But as we look forward to new beauty possibilities in 2011, we find hope for clear skin with Ermis Labs.

And in this company’s new 2-pronged attack on acne, we also discover a special ingredient at the bottom of the sea. It’s sea whip coral, and yes, it plays a key role in the acne treatment program of CoralActives.

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Here’s the skinny on my current Skin Care Love-Affair with Coral Actives:
Waking up in the morning at the the ripe old age of 23 with another acne breakout? Seems to be the norm these days. What ever happened to the whole “Oh, you’ll grow out of that”, fable? We can ask questions all day, OR…. Try using Coral Actives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser and Penetrating Acne Serum. After two days my skin showed visible improvement, I kid you not folks.

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My face has been LOVING these products!
Before I had been using Proactiv and other products that contain Benzoyl Peroxide, which have worked really well. unfortunately they do leave me with another problem though: dry and flaking skin. My skin gets really dry in the morning (after I’ve cleansed my skin), then a few hours later it gets really oily (its ‘normal’ self). by the end of the day my skin is one hot, flaking mess.so for the last 3 weeks (exactly 21 days now) I’ve added both Coral Actives to my skin care routine. Coral Actives is an acne treatment with a moisturizing formulation: the moisturizing formulation minimizes the traditional side effects of benzoyl periode. while trying out the products, I’ve been focusing on two things: has my occasional acne been improved? Is my skin still dry and flaking?

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Coral Actives for Acne and More
Sea Whip Coral is what sets Ermis Labs apart from their many competitors. It’s a soft coral found in the Caribbean, and it is a very potent, natural anti-inflammatory extract that is safe, effective, and environmentally friendly. Sea Whip Extract is also a completely renewable resource. “Colonies of Sea Whip Coral have been researched by independent scientists since before 1990 and consistently monitored since 1996. Their studies, as well as the records of the exclusive harvester, show that the coral extract has been collected in a sustainable manner that has consistently resulted in complete re-growth.”

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Review: CoralActives Acne Treatment
I received these products for free, but I can honestly say that I will definitely be repurchasing them when I run out. For sure! If you have (occasional) breakouts or if you’re just interested in reducing redness/inflammation, you might want to consider Coral Actives. A+ in my book!

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CoralActives Acne Treatment
If you follow my blog, then you know about my skin issues. I have extremely oily skin. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my face completely matte. I also suffer from the occasional whiteheads (due to hormones or stress), which leave red spots on my skin for months…

Having good skin is really important to me. More important than makeup actually. Cause if my skin doesn’t look good, there’s no makeup in the world that will make it look completely flawless all day long!

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CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser
When I was younger I would often use Oxy cleansing pads or their topical creams to treat pimples that always seemed to emerge at the worst possible times. What I hated most about it, was that it dried out my skin. I would apply it in a circle covering the pimple and within a day I would have a circle of peeling skin. So if people weren’t staring at Mount Vesuvias on my face, they were staring at my peeling, dry skin no thanks to Benzoyl Peroxide, which is known to dry out skin.

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Acne can be embarrassing and painful—those large red spots and lumps under your skin can hurt and take away your self confidence.  There are a lot of acne products on the market.  They come in a variety of forms and all have some benefits.  But, the best method of treating acne is to ensure that you stick to a regimen of washing your face daily.

Step one – Find the right acne product.  There are a lot out there.  Look for a good quality benzoyl peroxide product that doesn’t irritate your skin.

Step two – Wash your face daily, preferably at night.  The acne medication you searched high and low for has some powerful ingredients.  However, if you do not wash your face before applying them you are dramatically reducing their effectiveness.  The creams and gels will help your acne, but only if the excess oil is first removed with a cleanser.

One thing to remember – soap can dry your skin, so try to use a specially-formulated cleanser.  The best idea is to choose the same manufacturer as the cream or gel your have purchased.

 

In 2005 the FDA provided a public draft guidance document to the pharmaceutical industry on how to develop drugs to treat acne vulgaris, or acne. The draft guidance document contains the FDA’s current thinking on the development of acne drugs and the methods that should be used.  Some of the guidance document information is summarized below. At the time of this writing the FDA document had not been finalized.

Types of Acne Lesions
The two major types of acne lesions are classified as non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne lesions are more commonly known as whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammatory acne lesions include papules and pustules and are more deeply seated in the skin than the non-inflammatory lesions.

How Acne Severity Is Rated
Currently there is no standardized method for rating the severity of acne outbreaks. Several methods have been proposed, but each has its difficulties. A sample scale for rating acne severity is summarized below, from least to most severe:

  • (0)  Clear skin with no inflammatory or non-inflammatory lesions
  • (1)  Almost clear; rare non-inflammatory lesions with no more than one small inflammatory lesion
  • (2)  Mild severity; greater than Grade 1; some non-inflammatory lesions with no more than a few inflammatory lesions (papules/pustules only, no nodular lesions)
  • (3)  Moderate severity; greater than Grade 2; up to many non-inflammatory lesions and may have some inflammatory lesions, but no more than one small nodular lesion
  • (4*)  Severe; greater than Grade 3; up to many non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions, but no more than a few nodular lesions
    (* worsening beyond Grade 4 is possible).

Acne Drug Treatment Study Groups
Pharmaceutical companies recruit participants to form test groups, which consist of people with similar symptoms who use the medication to test its effectiveness. Acne drug test groups should be large enough to be statistically significant so that any claims of success and safety can be supported. Test patients are usually recruited during their most severe acne breakouts.  Acne drug trials are recommended to be randomized, blinded, multicenter trials, and other requirements will also apply. A control or placebo group should be utilized.  Furthermore, those doing testing should recruit test populations that are representative of the age, race, gender, and geographic location of acne patients in the United States.

Determining The Success Of Acne Drug Treatments
Acne severity is rated at the beginning and end of every test. Photographic evidence and/or lesion counts may also be taken. It is proposed to measure the success of acne medications as either a success or a failure, based on one of these two methods of measuring success:

  1. Success meaning a rating of clear skin or almost clear (severity rating 0 or 1) within the test period; or
  2. Success meaning an improvement of 2 severity grades within the test period. Under this definition, a successful test subject would have a severity improvement from 4 to 2 within the test period, as an example.

The Final Decision On New Acne Drugs
Several phases of testing are recommended for proposed acne drugs. Studies must be designed to account for effects such as test dropouts. Rigorous data analysis must be performed in conformance with FDA regulations. Only acne drug test data that has been validated and undergone quality assurance testing should be submitted to the FDA for approval.  Only through a rigorous and tightly-controlled testing and analysis procedure, followed by FDA approval, can new acne drugs be made available to the public.

Acne can be embarrassing and painful—those  large red spots and lumps under your skin can hurt and take away your self confidence.  There are a lot of acne products on the market.  They come in a variety of forms and all have some benefits.  But, the best method of treating acne is to ensure that you stick to a regimen of washing your face daily.

Step one – find the right acne product.  There are a lot out there.  Look for a good quality benzoyl peroxide product that doesn’t irritate your skin.

Step two – Wash your face daily, preferably at night. The acne medication you searched high and low for has some powerful ingredients.  However, if you do not wash your face before applying them you are dramatically reducing their effectiveness.  The creams and gels will help your acne, but only if the excess oil is first removed with a cleanser.

One thing to remember – soap can dry your skin, so try to use a specially-formulated cleanser. The best idea is to choose the same manufacturer as the cream or gel your have purchased.