If you have acne-prone skin…
...try a skin care system that specifically targets acne. Beyond Belief 3-Step Acne Treatment System is a dermatologist-tested acne treatment system with salicylic acid to help clear up acne and prevent breakout cycles. Designed for acne sufferers of all ages and skin types, its non-irritating and non-drying formula absorbs excess oil and removes pore-clogging impurities. This easy three-step system—cleanser, toner, and moisturizer—compares to Proactiv System.

If you have oily/combination skin…
...use an oil-free skin care line that and combines alpha and beta hydroxy acids to help control oily/blemish prone skin, clarify skin tone and reduce flakiness. Beyond Belief ABH Pore Refining Foaming Cleanser deep cleans and unclog pores. Beyond Belief ABH Shine Control Mattifying Toner contains oil-absorbing mineral powder and gives skin an instant matte finish. Beyond Belief ABH Oil Free Moisturizer has a light, greaseless formula that won't clog pores and reduces flakiness.

To diminish a blemish overnight…
...apply a mud-based masque to the inflamed area and allow it to dry. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a great choice—you can even leave it on overnight! After removing the mask, apply Beyond Belief ABH Blemish Stop Treatment with salicylic acid and natural drying ingredients.

To control blackheads…
...use a pore-refining Purist Naturals Rosemary Refining Masque, a synthetic-free formula that opens pores to release dirt and debris. Target your nose with Beyond Belief ABH Clean Pore Nose Peel.

Banish Breakouts!
Treat and prevent blemishes and deep clean pores.

Whether you have the occasional blemish or ongoing outbreaks, unsightly skin can make you feel self-conscious and distract you from enjoying life. Take a sensible approach to skin care by adopting a skin care program that targets your specific problems.

What is Acne?
Acne is a common skin disorder characterized by pimples and clogged pores. A pimple (inflammatory papule) is caused by buildup of sebum (the skin's natural oil), dead skin cells, and the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) deep in the hair follicle. A blackhead, or open comedone, is a plug of sebum and dead skin cells stuck in the opening of a hair follicle. The dark color is caused by oxidation. A whitehead is a closed comedone.

Who gets Acne?
While often associated with the hormonal changes during the teen years, acne can affect people of all ages. Excessive oiliness and hormonal fluctuations can provoke or aggravate acne outbreaks and women commonly experience mild to moderate acne during pregnancy, around their menstrual cycles, or when starting or stopping birth control pills.

Can Acne be prevented?
Most acne can be controlled with over-the-counter products, however, if acne is severe or persistent, a dermatologist should be consulted. Here are some tips for at-home care and prevention:

Wash problem areas with a gentle skin cleanser. Avoid excessive washing or scrubbing, which can irritate skin. If you tend to develop acne around your hairline, shampoo your hair frequently.

Apply an over-the-counter acne lotion to dry excess oil and promote peeling. Look for products containing active ingredients, such as salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid), which cleans out clogged pores, and sulphur or benzoyl peroxide, which are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

Avoid irritants. Use skin care and makeup products labeled "water-based" or "noncomedogenic," meaning they won't clog pores. Mineral makeup can be a good choice for acne-prone skin.

Use sun protection. Sun exposure can provoke acne outbreaks or worsen existing acne. Additionally, some prescription medications can make skin more sensitive to the sun. Check with your physician to see if your medication is one of these. Use a noncomedogenic sunscreen that won't clog your pores.

Watch what touches your face. Keep your hair clean and off your face. Also avoid resting your hands or objects such as telephone receivers on your face. Sweat, dirt and oils can contribute to acne. Tight clothing or hats also can pose a problem, especially if you're perspiring.

Don't pick or squeeze blemishes. Picking or squeezing can cause infection or scarring. Most acne will clear up without this kind of intervention. If you need aggressive treatment, see your physician or dermatologist.

What are AHAs & BHAs?

Both alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs, also known as salicylic acid) exfoliate skin by acting on the "glue" that holds dead skin cells. AHAs are derived from a variety of fruits, as well as milk and sugar. There is only one beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid. The primary difference between the two is that AHAs are water soluble only, while BHAs is lipid (oil) soluble. This means that beta hydroxy acid is able to penetrate into the pore which contains sebum (oil) and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. Because of this difference, BHAs are more effective on oily skin with blackheads. Together they form a powerful rejuvenator for both congested skin and mature skin.