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Allergan Aesthetics Launches 2 Products For Acne-Prone Skin


Mona Gohara, MD, explained the importance of the products' impact on the skin barrier.

Teenage boy with acne utilizes a skin care routine | Image Credit: okrasiuk - Adobe Stock

The new products integrate a formulation featuring 2% encapsulated salicylic acid, providing proactive defense against breakouts while addressing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and pore refinement. | Image Credit: okrasiuk/Adobe Stock

Allergan Aesthetics, under AbbVie's umbrella, unveiled 2 products today through its SkinMedica line—SkinMedica Acne Clarifying Treatment and SkinMedica Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser.1 The company wrote in a press release that these products are “breakthroughs in skin care, providing effective balanced care for people with acne-prone skin.”

Clinical studies affirmed the efficacy and tolerability of the SkinMedica Acne Clarifying Treatment and Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser, highlighting their ability to deliver clearer skin without compromising the skin barrier—a crucial aspect in acne management. This approach aligns with dermatologists' goals of treating acne effectively while preserving skin health. Mona Gohara, MD, board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, underscored the significance of balancing acne treatment with skin barrier protection, citing SkinMedica's products as exemplary in achieving this equilibrium. She said in a press release, "Navigating the challenges posed by acne can be difficult, and most acne products are effective at targeting acne but ignore the impact of the ingredients on the skin barrier. My patients often find themselves in a bind when choosing acne products that treat acne but don't compromise the skin barrier. I am excited to offer my patients these new products from SkinMedica, which focus on sebum regulation and barrier protection to create a desirable balance of low irritation with strong efficacy.”

The SkinMedica Acne Clarifying Treatment integrates a formulation featuring 2% encapsulated salicylic acid, providing proactive defense against breakouts while addressing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and pore refinement. Complementing this, the SkinMedica Pore Purifying Cleanser combines salicylic acid with antioxidants and soothing botanicals to effectively cleanse and refresh the skin without causing undue irritation. The company wrote, “The product also includes ingredients like niacinamide and bakuchiol, which work together to reduce the appearance of discoloration and post-acne marks while refining pores and enhancing skin tone. With each application, this treatment becomes a shield, preserving the skin’s natural barrier.”

Jasson Gilmore, senior vice president of US Aesthetics said, “Acne is the most common skin concern in the US.2 It is also the primary reason patients schedule an office visit with their provider. For 25 years, SkinMedica has been dedicated to perfecting scientifically proven skincare that yields visible results. The formulations of the new products continue the legacy of promoting skin health and addressing key patient concerns like acne.” To better understand the product line, @SkinMedica posts on Instagram.

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1. SkinMedica® Empowers Clear Skin Confidence with a New, Modern Approach to Acne. News Release. Abbvie. April 9, 2024. Accessed April 9, 2024. https://news.abbvie.com/2024-04-09-SkinMedica-R-Empowers-Clear-Skin-Confidence-with-a-New,-Modern-Approach-to-Acne

2. Acne: Overview. American Academy of Dermatology. Accessed April 9, 2024. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/really-acne/overview

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