Cystic acne can be very complex and generally requires oral treatment: antibiotics or isotretinoin. If the cystic acne is caused by hormonal factors, the birth control pill, or spironolactone are commonly used options.
We would suggest using the product after cleansing, and before a moisturizer. The selection of each would vary depending on skin type. A 4% Glycolic Peel and sunscreen would be excellent additions to any acne routine.
This amount is required to acidify the base formulation and help clear some acne pimples in the process with mild exfoliation. 0.6% salicylic won't be overly drying on the skin, which is beneficial for acne patients. Salicylic acid is keratolytic. It helps open the acne pores, which can help to control breakouts. However, too much can irritate and peel the skin excessively.
This acne treatment is suitable for anyone with mild/moderate inflammatory acne.
Yes, it will help with acne mechanica, aka "maskne". This type of acne is generally caused by pore occlusion and irritation of the skin from physical pressure. Anyone experiencing "maskne" or acne mechanica should cleanse the skin well and use a moisturizer before masking (20 minutes before). These steps will help reduce the acne-inducing irritation that masks can cause.
The combined formulations in this product can cause short and mild vasodilation. Theoretically, this can exacerbate rosacea symptoms. We don't recommend the Riversol acne treatment for acne rosacea at this time.
It shouldn't. This formulation includes .6% salicylic acid in a moisturizing base.
Where does it go in your routine? (e.g. If I'm already using multiple steps: a cleanser, serum, eye repair, corrector, etc.)
We would suggest: if you're using a serum, we would suggest to use the acne treatment right after the serum. If your primary skin concern is acne, skip the serum and use the treatment right after cleansing.
Acne Treatment Q & A With Dr. Rivers
- Will it work on cystic acne?
- Which products can I use with it?
- Why 0.6% salicylic acid?
- Is it just for adult acne?
- Is it pregnancy safe?
- Will this work with "maskne"?
- Will this help control acne rosacea?
- Will this dry out my skin?
- Where does it go in your routine?
- Can it be used with Roaccutane?
The Riversol Acne Treatment
Dr. Rivers new acne treatment has shown transformative results with patients.