5 minutes with...Danné Montague King
bh: You developed the original DMK acne range over 40 years ago to cure your own acne – why did you feel the need to create a new acne range?
DMK: Over the last decade the benzyl peroxide (BP) approach to acne has become controversial. Partly because long-term use of BP products tends to dry out the skin and interfere with the skin’s natural acid mantle, respiratory systems and in a way, become a free radical, but primarily because of increasingly difficult regulations that demand that BP products be only listed and sold as a drug. I decided to re-formulate and create home use products that are paraben and sulfate free and contain no benzoyl peroxide – yet still address the main concerns of acneic skin, such as infection (bacterial), inflammation, cuticle build up and sebum control. The active ingredient in most of the new Klear Collection products is salicylic acid. This ingredient aids in the correction of abnormal desquamation that occurs in acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid is especially helpful in treating acne as it aids in penetrating the follicle.
bh: Is there a particular age group/skin type that Klear Collection is most suited for?
DMK: Anyone who suffers from any grade of acne, including onset adult acne, will benefit. This range is designed to help people who have tried it all and are still looking for relief from their acne at any level of severity.
bh: What makes the Klear Collection range different from other anti-acne ranges?
DMK: ACU-MIST is the most unique product in the range and will revolutionise the way teenagers manage their acne. It’s a light spray that hydrates the skin as well as helping to kill off the P.acnes bacteria. This is an easy product to carry with you and have on hand all day.
bh: Is there one ‘star’ product that you think all breakout sufferers should use?
DMK: The one product I couldn’t live without is ACU-THERM. It’s the ultimate weapon against those nasty breakouts that always appear at the most inappropriate times. Using a pseudo heat, similar to tiger balm, it brings blood to the area and encourages circulation and healing.
bh: Are there any DMK in-salon treatments that can complement these at-home products and make them work more effectively?
DMK: All the signature DMK enzyme treatments (which work with transfer messenger enzymes) and resurfacing procedures will complement and encourage the success of these products.
The DMK Klear Collection comprises: ACU-KLENZ (an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory cleanser), ACU-KLEAR (a fast-working pimple and acne treatment cream), ACU-MIST (an anti-bacterial, hydrating face spray), ACU-MOIST (a skin balancing moisturiser), and ACU-THERM (a deep pore cleansing treatment).
Have you ever tried any DMK products or treaments? Are you prone to pimples or do you suffer from acne? What do you do to try clear your skin?
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