We wanted to discuss with you the merits of our different cleansers, the benefits of each, and who should use them.
Exfoliating is the process of washing your face using a cleanser, which can utilise either physical particles or mild acids to work as exfoliating agents. Exfoliating is a great thing to do because by doing so, you remove the top layer of dead skin cells, brightening up your skin and reducing skin congestion. It also promotes new cell production – helping keep your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated. Increasing cell turnover by removing surface cells and accelerating the upward migration of new skin cells can be beneficial if the user has thickened skin or increased epidermal pigmentation aka sun damaged skin.
However, when removing the top layer of the skin, you also remove your natural moisturising factors (NMF) which are secreted onto the surface of the skin and contain amino acids, lactic acid, various sugars and minerals, and peptides as well as other things. This helps protect our skin from UV, keeping the skin surface a healthy environment and even helps prevent ageing. Since exfoliating removes this healthy skin barrier, exfoliating in the morning makes us more susceptible to UV, meaning you might be at more risk of skin cancer as a result, which is why we recommend exfoliating at night, so that your NMF has time to be replenished before morning.
Exfoliating every day can be excessive and is only required under rare circumstances. It leads to thinning of the skin, increasing the rate of moisture loss (transepidermal water loss), which often causes many other problems including increased erythema (redness) and heightened sensitivity, and can further exacerbate existing skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and even acne. Loss of skin moisture control is a big factor for all these skin problems.
As an alternative, there are non-exfoliating cleansers which don’t contain detergents or exfoliating acids and use ingredients such as sugar particles to gently remove loose dead skin cells. They often contain calming and soothing ingredients for sensitive skins but are still great for all skin types.
Here are some of the cleansers we recommend for pigmentation sufferers:
Tebiskin® Gly-Clean is an exfoliating cleanser for aged and over-pigmented skin. Gly-Clean has a keratoplastic effect (loosens dead skin cells) and also helps with congested skin by loosening blackheads, whiteheads and reducing keratinisation (thickened skin) and hyper cornification (excess dead skin) which all contribute to blockages.
Tebiskin® Gly-Clean is based on the combined action of Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, both defined as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). Together they remove the dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin and at the same time can have an impact on the melanin synthesis. As previously described, this would be great for sun damage.
Tebiskin® Gly-Clean is for cleansing lacklustre and lifeless skin by bringing fresher skin cells to the surface and removing dead skin cells. It can also be used prior to peels to help condition skin for peels and lasers.
Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is a soothing non-exfoliating, non-detergent based cleanser containing Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM). This delicate cleanser has anti-inflammatory properties but it also removes dead skin utilising sugar crystals and is ideal for irritable, hyper-reactive skin and is the ideal cleanser for the post-treatment recovery phase. The soothing and anti-reddening action of Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean utilises MSM, operating on various inflammatory skin chemicals and growth factors which are produced as part of the inflammation process. It’s a natural non-steroid anti-inflammatory.
Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is ideal to cleanse delicate and intolerant skin, including skin affected by rosacea and also to use as a morning/night cleanser for people suffering from pigmentation so they do not over exfoliate with the Gly-Clean or OSK-Clean.
Tebiskin® OSK-Clean is an exfoliating cleanser that utilises pyruvic acid instead of glycolic or lactic acid as found in Tebiskin® Gly-Clean, because Pyruvic acid penetrates oil whereas the other two don’t. It breaks down oil and has a sebostatic (oil slowing) effect, making it great for oily skin types but also ideal for those suffering from pigmentation but also with oily or acne prone skin.
The Cleanser incorporates the combined antibacterial action of triethyl citrate (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and hexamidine (antibacterial). This can really help to resist spot development in congested skin prone to acne.
Tebiskin® OSK-Clean is suitable for cleansing the skin in all medical-aesthetic procedures where surface sebum reduction is desired prior to the procedure or when treating pigmented oily skin prone to acne. The cleansing base is made of eudermic (skin balancing) ingredients for super effective cleansing and is suitable for face, chest and back.
If you are interested in any of our cleansers, please speak to the clinical team by calling 0333 247 2474.