Best for Mild to Moderate Acne
There are seven phases in which acne develops in the skin. The active ingredients in the Glytone Acne Kit are effective against the first five phases, which are retention hyperkeratosis, bacterial accumulation, microcomedone and then papule/pustule formation. (Gross, right?!)
But when you get to phases six and seven, nodule and cyst formation, the only well-established way to treat this is with oral doses of vitamin A (Accutane). Thankfully, this does not occur in the vast majority of acne cases, so the Glytone Acne Kit is still effective.
Great for Dry and Acne-Prone Skin
The Glytone Acne Gel (step 2) contains a hydro-gel matrix that is designed to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) through the skin. The Glytone Acne 3P Gel (step 3) is also a patent-pending micronized benzoyl peroxide that is designed with polymers that help reduce irritation within the skin.
I imagine that this works in one of two ways: First, the system may involve some sort of microencapsulation technology, where the micronized benzoyl peroxide slowly is released into the skin as the capsules dissolve. Or, conversely, this may also involve attaching the micronized benzoyl peroxide to a lipid-based polymer, which provides hydration to the skin. Either way, it’s a great way to deliver hydration and potent acne treatment into the skin. Bravo, Glytone, Bravo!
Salicyclic acid at 0.5%-1.0%: Another Reason This Kit is Best for Dry or Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin
Salicyclic acid is found in concentrations of up to 2% in skin care products sold over-the-counter in the U.S. Salicyclic acid is biosynthesized via a specific chemical process from the amino acid phenylalanine.
Generally, I recommend concentrations of 2% salicyclic acid for anyone with acne. After all, it’s cheap and it’s potent, softening the keratin within the skin, increasing cell turnover, and renewing the skin (DermNetNZ).
However, the Glytone Acne Kit only offers salicylic acid at 0.5% in the cleanser and 1.0% in the Acne Gel. I think this is a part of their formulators’ effort to keep irritation low for dry or sensitive skin. If you have oily or very oily skin, try other products designed for oily to very oily skin, with salicyclic acid at 2%.
Benzoyl Peroxide at 5%
Like salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide is also found at higher concentrations than in the Glytone Acne Kit, with concentrations up to 10% sold over the counter in the U.S. Again, I presume the reason for the lower concentration is the desire to keep irritation low for dry or sensitive skin.
Longtime FutureDerm fans also know this is the first time I am recommending benzoyl peroxide as anything but an on-the-spot treatment. This is because benzoyl peroxide works by a largely unknown mechanism of action (Cosmetic Dermatology), which is quite possibly causing oxidation in the follicle, something that is known to contribute to aging. (This is also exactly the process antioxidants are designed to combat).
Yet I still recommend the Glytone Acne Kit because the benzoyl peroxide is a slow, sustained release into the skin, and in lower concentration than most other acne treatments. The likely result is that you will not be getting oxidative reactions all over your face like BOOM BOOM PANG from a full-fledged 10% benzoyl peroxide treatment, but rather, a slow, sustained delivery of the ingredient. And, quite frankly, it works.
Results in Very Smooth-Looking Skin
Glytone products are good at giving you a very clean, polished look, probably because the glycolic acid in the other products is like a one-of-a-kind refresher for the face. With the acne line, the one-two punch of the active anti-acne ingredients with the hydrators makes it also result in very smooth-looking skin
I highly recommend the Glytone Acne Kit for those with dry or sensitive skin. I do not recommend it for those with oily to very oily acne-prone skin — not because it isn’t somewhat effective, but because the extra hydration this kit yields would be completely lost (and, quite frankly, undesired) by you.
Product Rating: 9/10. (High concentration of proven ingredients: 3/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value: 3/3. Sunscreen: 0/1).