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Best Methods for Treating Problematic Skin



Problematic skin is a big confidence buster. Worrying about discoloration, acne or irritation can detract from conversations and interactions with others on a daily basis. Sometimes it may seem like there are so many problems it’s a wonder that anyone is able to have “normal” skin.

But normalcy is possible when you know which treatments to use. From creams to lasers to light therapy, science is giving us more ways than ever to put problematic skin in its place.


Stress, diet, medications, fluctuating hormones and genetics could all cause acne to be an issue well into adulthood. On top of fresh blemishes, acne can leave marks or even scars that linger well after the flare-up is over.

Acne treatments need to be three-fold: preventing future breakouts, clearing up current problem spots and reducing the signs of past pimples.

  • Prevention comes from limiting sebum oil production, cleaning out bacteria and clearing away the dead skin that can clog pores.
  • To clear up acne that’s present inflammation, pore blockages and infection need to be treated.
  • Improving the look of past acne requires exfoliation and healing of the skin.

Treatment Options for Acne

  • Over the counter cream that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • Prescription tretinoin, tazarotene or adapalene lotion
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Prescription isotretinoin
  • Laser therapy
  • Light therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion

Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

Melasma and hyperpigmentation are two skin problems that are characterized by discoloration, however their causes are quite different. Melasma is caused by hormones and affects women more often than men. Hyperpigmentation on the other hand is often caused by eczema, psoriasis or trauma to the skin that occurs from acne.

Both skin conditions can clear up own their own over time, however there are treatments that can speed the process along. There are over-the-counter and prescription strength versions of hydroquinone cream that’s applied topically to the discolored area.

For those that have hydroquinone sensitivity there are products like Vibrance Therapy from VIVITE that use antioxidants and glycolic compounds to reduce discoloration. Tretinoin, azelaic acid, kojic acid or a corticosteroid can also be prescribed in place of hydroquinone. Glycolic acid peels and microdermabrasion are sometimes used in addition to creams for the best possible results.

Sunscreen is also necessary to prevent melasma and hyperpigmentation from coming back or worsening. 


This skin condition can look like acne because it causes redness and sometimes swelling and/or sores. While there’s no cure for rosacea and it’s not clear what causes the condition, if its left untreated it is likely to get worse.

Common treatments for rosacea include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin
  • Laser surgery (for extreme cases)

Sunscreen is an important part of the treatment regimen because sunlight could be a factor in why flare-ups occur in the first place. Try the VIVITE Daily Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen to help protect your skin.

Sensitive Skin

Some people have skin that’s easily irritated, even by regular daily cleansers. This can be how your skin is naturally or sensitivity can be caused by the use of a skin care product.

Focus on using products that are alcohol free, soap free and fragrance free. A moisturizer with niacin can also help calm sensitive skin. Avoid skin care treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels – they’re too harsh for the skin and can actually led to problems rather than correcting them.

Not sure how to treat your skin? Try our Skin Typing Tool to find the best products to use to take care of your skin. 

Our VIVITE systems package together a variety of products to treat specific skin concerns. Shope our systems on our VIVITE Systems page.

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