Adult Acne

Unfortunately, your teenage years may not be the only time you suffer from acne. In fact, even if you did not have acne as a teenager, you may have it as a adult! The following skin care information was written by Stephen Strassler, President & Founder of Reviva Labs addressing that issue, and is being shared with his permission. 

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According to reports from Dermatologists, there is currently a tremendous rise of acne flare-ups in women 25 through 50 years of age … who never had the problem in the past. We won’t go into detail about the causes but suffice to say that P.M.S. and stress are two of the most common factors. 

How does Reviva Labs treatment approach differ from others? Typically, treatment involves “de-oiling” and “drying” with products ranging from harsh soaps, strong scrubs, mass-market medicated (drying) cosmetics … to antibiotics. 

For over 39 years, Reviva Labs has preached that the usual drug store approach to acne can cause intense drying of the skin and provides only short-term benefits. After drying-out blemishes, skin may appear satisfactory for a few weeks; but over-drying can cause oil glands to compensate by working harder, resulting in clogged pores and more “breakouts” 3 to 4 weeks later. This often causes the user to resort back to the drying products.  Again, short term improvement.  And so it goes. A vicious cycle. Reviva Labs Has A Different Approach.

We have always promoted a more gentle, “normalizing” approach.  We advocate anti-bacterial cleansing with our CAMPHOR CLEANSING MILK (#153) followed by CAMPHOR TONER (#154).  (These products should be used instead of the medicated soaps others urge.)  For those with acne-prone skin, deep pore cleansing is critical and it’s vital to maintain an acid balance; the CAMPHOR MILK & TONER is necessary to accomplish this.

Supplementary Cleansing … EXFOLIATION … So Important! …  The importance of proper exfoliation (“peeling”) for blemishes cannot be overstated. Each year Dermatologists stress more strongly the significance of removing sufficient dead, hardened skin cells to aid (normal) oil flow to the surface; and thus avoid blockage of pores. Hence, once or twice a week, our most important cleansing supplement in the blemished program is Reviva Labs LIGHT SKIN PEEL (#107). Unlike harsh or abrasive Peels, LIGHT SKIN PEEL is gentle enough for the most sensitive skins.  And beside its enzyme action in digesting dead cells, it aids cell metabolism.

Day & Night Treatment

In the morning, we recommend protecting your skin as well as helping to balance the oily condition with our GLYCOLIC ACID OILY SKIN CREAM (#209). It’s important to use a protective oil-free day time cream that helps the oily condition as it protects against dust, bacteria and pollutants.

At night, we recommend our unique OILY SKIN NIGHT CREAM (#315).  It helps clear skin as it works to normalize the oily condition. It doesn’t over-dry skin, but contains ingredients like zinc oxide to absorb excess oil … plus cod liver oil and thyme to fight blemishes as they also calm redness or irritation.


Pick 2 nights each week; use our MUD MASK (Oily Skin) (#452) one night. Second night, use our PROBLEM SKIN MASK (Blemished) (#449) to help draw-out the impurities and fight blemishes. These two treatments will add immeasurable success to your program.

Fun Fact On Internal Care …  Zinc is an important supplement in fighting adult acne.  Reducing stress is also helpful.  To achieve this, look for Vitamin B Complex or Brewer’s Yeast at your Health Food Store. But be careful to avoid iodides like iodized salt, kelp and sea salt … and multi-vitamins with high iodide level. Additionally, research has established that Vitamin A is the most significant single skin vitamin for Acne – but it is much more effective when combined with Vitamin D.

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  1. MarciaF (beauty info zone) says:

    I use several Reviva products that I can recommend too… love the Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Night Gel. I also love the Light Skin Peel.
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  2. Those looks like product that will be perfect for me. I agree with the statement on the anti acne products that will just result to a cycle…

  3. Good advice about not using drying agents. Jen had very oily skin as a kid and used lots of those products. The thing is, they dried out her skin but didn’t stop the oil production. She had dry skin that was super-oily. Ewwwww!
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