Acne, the bane of teenagers and a growing number of adults, is the most common skin condition in the U.S. Unlike an occasional outbreak of pimples, acne is a chronic condition that can result in permanent scarring and low self esteem. As our largest organ, our skin’s primary role is to serve as a formidable physical barrier, preventing nutrient and water loss and protecting against would be pathogenic invaders. Similar to our intestinal microflora, the skin has its own ecosystem, a diverse milieu of microorganisms, some of which serve as an advanced warning system to alert our immune systems into action. A disruption in the balance of this ecosystem can result in skin disorders or infections.
Normal, healthy sebum production is essential for the protective function of the skin. Sebum, a naturally occurring oily substance produced by the tiny sebaceous glands connected to hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin, is part of the body’s natural barrier, as it moisturizes, lubricates and protects skin and hair and provides an antibacterial shield. Acne is often associated with an overproduction of sebum, which can clog pores and lead to inflammation and an overgrowth of skin based bacteria. The buildup of sebum within clogged pores provides an ideal growth environment and functions as a nutritional source for P. acnes, acne-causing bacteria that lives in the follicles. The most common treatment for acne involves the use of oral or topical retinoids, which are designed to reduce sebum production.
Professional Supplement Center now offers SophytoPRO®, a line of functional, organic skincare products from Ortho Molecular. These all natural, scientifically designed products are formulated to actively transform the health of the skin for optimal skin function. SophytoPRO® targets the root cause of skin imbalances by changing the environment to encourage the skin’s innate mechanisms for renewal, resulting in longer lasting, effective skin restoration. Seven years of research and development based on Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western medicine has resulted in the formulation of skin care products that are free of the detrimental toxic chemicals and suspiciously carcinogenic substances found in many skin care lines.
Manufactured in the U.S.A with an average of 90% certified organic whole foods and botanical extracts, these acne-fighting, anti-aging formulas take a groundbreaking preventative approach to enhance and maintain clear, vibrant skin. The clinically proven, science-based formulas take a holistic approach to acne treatment and overall skin revitalization and contain powerful antioxidants and prebiotics designed to inhibit acne-causing pathogens, minimize pore size and protect against environmental stressors. All products are biodegradable and are gluten and paraben free. The botanical extracts are sustainably cultivated on a 200 acre farm located in Herefordshire, England, which has twice won the U.K.’s leading environmental and farming award.
SophytoPRO® Skin Restore System – Recommended for acne and blemish prone skin, this breakthrough 3-step system utilizes age-defying botanicals with clinically proven, research- based acne fighting power to help control breakouts and improve the appearance of skin for a healthier, more radiant complexion.
Skin Purifying Cleanser – This lightweight cleanser is designed to maintain skin’s delicate pH balance, while effectively providing a thorough cleansing without stripping surface oils. Skin friendly, bioactive quillaja extract provides deep pore cleansing along with botanical based alpha hydroxy acid benefits. Ingredients include quillaja wood extract, fruit extracts and pine leaf extract.
Skin Restoring Acne Serum – This oil-free serum provides antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action that rapidly transforms unhealthy skin and helps to mitigate P. acnes bacterial growth to help prevent future breakouts. Plant based ingredients take a holistic approach in supporting healthy skin flora, while suppressing unhealthy bacteria. Ingredients include fruit extracts, willow bark extract, and wintergreen leaf extract. This acne serum contains 1% natural salicylic acid.
Skin Reviving Moisturizer – This instantly absorbed lightweight, luxurious moisturizer effectively hydrates, while minimizing dryness, controlling excess oil and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Ingredients include green tea oil, fruit extracts, cherry seed oil and willow bark extract.
SophytoPRO® Pure Daily System – Recommended for all skin types, these three high performance essential products contain organic bioactives derived from vitamin-enriched plant oils that work synergistically to cleanse, balance and nourish the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin’s texture and overall appearance.
Pure Cleanser – This creamy cleanser removes makeup and impurities to gently purify and cleanse, and delivers conditioning agents to restore and maintain skin’s natural moisture. Ingredients include hazelnut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, honey propolis extract and rosemary leaf extract. Detergent free.
Pure Antioxidant Serum – This ultra mild and oil free formula provides highly concentrated, water soluble antioxidant tea extracts that nourish and deeply penetrate the skin to protect against oxidative stress, DNA damage and UVA free radical exposure. Ingredients include green and white tea extracts, aloe leaf juice powder, and whole apple fruit extract.
Pure Moisturizer – This lightweight formula is noncomedogenic and instantly absorbed to hydrate and balance stressed or congested skin. Ayurvedic adaptogens and sea buckhorn seed oil help to rejuvenate, harmonize and invigorate the skin. Ingredients include astragalus and panax ginseng root extracts, sunflower, jojoba and sea buckthorn seed oil, containing omegas 3,6,9 and 7.
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