The modern pace of life has increased, causing constant daily pressures and discrepancies between our minds and our bodies. While our minds want to go faster and do more at once, our biochemistry has not changed much since the Stone Age. As a result, adults are living with more chronic stress, which can cause breakouts and visible signs of premature skin ageing.

While everyone experiences chronic stress, the numbers are staggering for adult women, who face rising socioeconomic pressures to work outside the home while growing and maintaining a functioning household. Women do more unpaid domestic work, take on more emotional labour, and are twice as likely to suffer from severe stress and anxiety as men. In the U.S., one third of total acne office visits are made by women over 25 years old – almost twice as many visits as men – with some dermatologists claiming nearly all of their adult female patients have acne. In France, adult-onset acne was reported by 41 percent of women, with stress listed as a precipitating factor.

When chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances intersect with environmental assault and lifestyle compromises, the skin reacts with breakouts that can then lead to premature signs of skin ageing. These signs come in the form of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, rough skin texture and uneven skin tone. While some dermatologists are calling this an “epidemic,” the skin health experts at Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute call it the new normal.

Today’s answer to adult acne is Active Clearing: a comprehensive system that effectively clears breakouts and reduces the visible signs of premature skin ageing. Backed by the latest research, Active Clearing products work together to bring powerful ingredient technology to the forefront. The result: clearer, brighter, more vibrant skin.

Why Active Clearing?

Active Clearing formulas harness the best of nature and science to control breakouts and reduce the appearance of related skin ageing. Because of adult skin’s potential for skin-ageing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, having products that address breakouts and ageing simultaneously helps streamline treatment – which is important in today’s fast-paced environment. These formulas are extremely effective because they counter factors that contribute to breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as well as improve the health of the skin barrier.

NEW Retinol Clearing Oil

This high-performance night oil combines two powerhouses into one formula for the first time. Salicylic Acid rapidly clears and prevents breakouts. Potent, time-released Retinol helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation for clearer, more vibrant skin overnight.

Key ingredients and benefits:
• Time-Released Retinol (Vitamin A) helps increase skin resilience and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
• Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid, reduces breakouts to clear skin.
• Argan, Rosehip Seed, and Golden Jojoba oils deliver lightweight, skin-friendly phytoactive

Why combine Retinol & Salicylic Acid?

Adult acne doesn’t occur in a vacuum: clients often also have premature skin ageing along with increased sensitivity. Treating these concerns together can be a complex challenge. But by combining skin-friendly time-released Retinol with Salicylic Acid and phytoactive lipids, we can address adult acne, premature skin ageing and skin sensitivity – without risking irritation or complicating clients’ skin care regimens.

The new Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil will be Available from authorised Dermalogica skin centres, department stores, Life Pharmacies and online at from 29 May 2020.