Your Guide to Healing Acne & Congested Skin

The majority of us are dealing with congestion, breakouts or acne to some degree. The most common being hormonal breakouts on the jawline, congested bumps on the forehead, persistent breaking out on the cheeks and/or chin.   

Forget Beauty merged the world of eastern medicine with western skin nutrition to create a skincare program to heal, support and return your skin to its healthiest state.   

After over 10 years of client consultations Amanda has created a guide for you answering the most commonly asked questions.

SHOULD I CLEANSE AM & PM?

YES!  Be sure to cleanse your skin morning and night with a gentle cleanser.   Energized was formulated to be gentle, and supportive to all skin needs.  It can then be boosted with acids as needed - this is not something you should do daily.  Many skin practitioners will tell you that you do not have to cleanse your skin in the morning but I highly disagree.  Your skin has been in contact with your pillow, perhaps a bit of drool, sweat, and dirt from your hair, and the products applied the night before. A morning cleanse is essential to create a well cleansed canvas to apply your morning products.  

WHAT ACIDS SHOULD I USE & WHEN? 

If you are experiencing mild congestion you can add in The Transformed Detoxifying Toner a couple times a week and follow the "straight up" instructions below but if you are dealing with more frequents breakouts and congestion you can use it daily, follow the "diluted" instructions below.  The Transformed Detoxifying Toner is alcohol free and formulated in a supportive organic aloe base, it contains salicylic, and glycolic acid, plus pore oxygenating hydrogen peroxide and other skin supporting nutrients.  

Straight Up (2-3x a week)
Simply spray onto a cotton pad and wipe on the areas you are experiencing congestion or apply to the entire face as it is a great exfoliator. I recommend using Transformed in the evenings at the end of the day after cleansing and prior to your serum.  

Diluted (daily)
If you are needing daily acid support due to more frequent breakouts and more intensive congestion then you can use daily.  You will use straight up 3x a week and then on the other days you will dampen your cotton pad first then spray the Transformed onto the cotton pad - this will dilute it reducing the strength. This way you will get daily support without taxing your skin barrier.   I recommend using Transformed in the evenings at the end of the day after cleansing and prior to your serum.  

 

WHAT TREATMENT SERUM SHOULD I BE USING?

The Harmonized Clarifying Serum is a unique, powerful formulation that merges ancient, proven eastern herbs with results driven western nutrients, and antioxidants, along with highest form of Vitamin A on planet earth - Encapsulated Retinaldehyde.  (Not retinol). 

Featured Eastern Herbs
Burdock Root is a powerful Chinese herb that has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which allows it to reduce and heal acne lesions.  

Neem is a long revered herb in Ayurvedic medicine, it soothes irritation and inflammation, clear up pimples, and removes bacteria.

Featured Western Nutrients
BioFense is made from a fermented probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus. On the skin it kills harmful bacteria creates a healthy balanced microflora. The size and erythema of acne lesions heal much quicker. 

Dermasyr is a high tech powder active from plant cell cultures that eliminates sebum and reduces acne lesions.

Featured Top Performer
Encapsulated Retinaldehyde is the most effective and least irritating form of vitamin A available. It regulates sebaceous gland activity which means oil and bacteria control. It regulates cell turnover ensuring healthy new skin is visible and prevents the clogging up of pores by promoting keratinization. Lastly is stimulates collagen keeping your skin healthy and youthful. 

How To Use
Harmonized Clarifying Serum is to be used at night only.  We recommend using every 3rd night and after a couple weeks you can increase to every second night but if you find it causes your skin to purge than just continue to use every 3rd night.  This seems to be the perfect frequency for many clients.  

Tip for Pesky Breakouts
If you feel a breakout coming beneath the surface or have a pesky one already present on your skin simply grab a Q-Tip/Cotton Swap and pump some Harmonized or Transformed on one end and press onto the breakout for 30 seconds.  

DO I NEED TO USE MOISTURIZER?

Regardless of how oily your skin may be a moisturizer is a non-negotiable, a properly formulated one that is.  A moisturizer provides a protective barrier between you and the environment.  The Immersed Nourishing Moisturizer is for all skin types and needs. It is both oil free and contains two water binders meaning it is very hydrating without being heavy.  We added a unique ingredient, D-beta which is derived from beets and sugar and its helps build and retain moisture in the skin while also promoting healthy surface bacteria. 

If you are acne prone but have dehydrated skin you will also want to ensure you are using a water based serum. The Awakened Hydrating Serum was formulated to support the dermal layer and resolve dehydration. This serum works deeper than a moisturizer. 

Successfully healing and supporting acne prone skin requires a holistic skincare plan along with healthy foods and self care practices.    

I highly recommend looking into Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine for internal guidance on your journey to healthy skin.