Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, Julie Brackenbury, discusses ZO Skin Health’s Cebatrol oil control pads and the benefits for clients with problem skin
It would be fair to say I would be lost without the very faithful Cebatrol pads. I have used them for over a year now and in that time I can honestly say that I have not had a single breakout—I never thought I would say that. However, it’s not just me who is experiencing the success of clear skin, but my clients are ex- periencing the same.
PATIENT EXPERIENCE One of my clients had been on antibiotics for three years and when she came to see me, I immediately advised her to stop taking them and use a skin regime that included Cebatrol. She is now antibiotic free and has clear skin. A fantastic outcome that has ultimately improved her quality of life—that is what our jobs as aesthetic practitioners is all about.
TREATING ACNE Quite simply, Cebatrol is the answer to acne-sufferers’ prayers. It’s a highly effective, take-no-prisoners solution designed to treat current acne and to prevent further outbreaks. It is indicated for clogged pores, acne-prone skin, open comedones (blackheads) and those who have an oily complexion. It is formulated to kill the living bacteria that cause acne in the first instance, while cleaning the skin’s surface; breaking down impurities and reducing the red, inflamed appearance that so often accompanies acne-irritated skin. Cebatrol is stronger than TE pads and when coupled with Glycogent, a powerful exfoliation accelerator that penetrates the skin to effectively remove the surface layer of dead cells, will stop breakouts and oiliness dead in their tracks as well as minimize pore size. Cebatrol is also effective for acne that is more systemic, on the body, although your client may need a helping hand with the application.
WHAT’S IN CEBETROL? Salicylic acid (BHA—beta hydroxy acid): A well-known acne-fighting ingredient to deeply penetrate pores, slough dead skin cells and remove excess dirt that can clog pores and cause breakouts. Cebetrol contains 2% salicylic acid and has antimicrobial properties with the ability to penetrate into the pores and thus, can exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, which makes it effective for reducing blemishes, including blackheads and whiteheads—the perfect ingredient. Mandelic acid: Helps to reduce inflammation or irritation. Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) with anti-bacterial properties. Like other alpha hydroxy acids, mandelic acid has many skin benefits. It increases skin cells turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin to be sloughed off more quickly to reveal healthier cells underneath. This increased rate of sloughing thins the outermost layer of the skin called the stratum corneum. Consequently, a thinner stratum corneum reflects light better and makes skin look smoother and more youthful. In addition, mandelic acid and other alpha hydroxy acids also soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture. At the same time, they lighten areas that have darkened in response to skin damage and sun exposure. Triclosan: Kills the living p.acne bacteria on the skin. Triclosan in higher concentrations can kill both bacteria and skin cells by breaking down their outer membranes. In lower concentrations it kills bacteria by shutting down their ability to use fatty acids. In a nutshell, since acne bacteria feed on fatty acids, triclosan causes them to starve.