Acne is a universal problem for so many, and in my 38 years in this industry I have come across almost all types of acne.  For many people who have acne, the skin disease affects more than their appearance, potentially taking a large toll on one’s emotional health. Researchers have found in study after study that people with acne can also develop:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-image
  • Decreased quality of life
  • A feeling of being all alone

Most types of acne are easily treated with skin care products, simply initiating a skin routine that is best suited to your skin.  Bren gives personal consultations to individuals and will stay in touch to be sure the routine is working.

In some cases we need to dive in deeper.  We take a look at your lifestyle, stress, water intake, diet and help you recreate life habits that will decrease your acne.  Bren has Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) training and education, and can give advice that will make a difference through the use of product and lifestyle changes.  Acne is very complex, but working together we can make a difference.

 Some combination of products work better than others, and over the years I have determined that the products listed below create a good foundation to build from.

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cleanser: This cleanser contains glycolic acid, azelaic acid and salicylic acid.  These 3 acids start the gentle exfoliation of your skin.  It is in a cream base, significantly reducing the risk for skin irritation and dehydration.

Jan Marini Bioclear (Cream or Lotion) comes in two formulations depending on your skin type.  Lotion for combination to oily skin and a cream for normal to dry skin types.  This product contains 12% glycolic acid, azelaic acid and salicylic acid, which starts the exfoliation of dead skin cells that trap debris below the skin. It also begins to dry blemishes quickly upon application.

Biologique Recherche Vivant Mask is like a miracle in a bottle as far as I am concerned.  When applied over pimples 2-4 times a day, it will make them disappear quickly.  This mask contains a high concentration of yeast, which helps to reduce inflammation and redness.  Results can even be seen after one application.

Biologique Recherche ISO Placenta Cream is a light moisturizer that will leave no shine on your skin.  It helps to heal blemishes and reduce marking left by blemishes.

ELTA MD SPF 41 (tinted) and 45 (untinted) can be used as a moisturizer in the morning or applied overtop of the IS0 Placenta Cream.  These 2 sunscreens can be reapplied throughout the day with no residue left behind.

ELTA MD CLEAR (SPF 46)  and 46 (tinted) is also great for problem skin and contains niacinamide to help reduce redness and irritation.  Along with providing great protection from the sun it can also help to reduce the appearance of pimples.


Many people struggle with acne, but you don’t have to be one of them. Fill out our free online consultation form today and let’s work together to find the best solution for you.




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