Acne usually appears in teenagers during puberty, but it can also appear in adulthood.

“When it comes to acne, it’s important to note that it doesn’t just affect the younger generation, teenagers, but also adults in their 20s or 30s. For them, acne has different from adolescence. It can take the form of non-inflammatory lesions, such as blackheads and whiteheads,” Federica Lam, regional marketing manager for Lucas Meyers Cosmetics said.

Despite the increasing incidence of adult acne, which is caused by lifestyle and environmental changes, there still seems to be a lack of solutions to deal with this persistent problem.

“The adult market is focused on anti-aging, brightening, and moisturizing products, so we don’t see many products targeting this segment.” Lam said.

Another problem the industry faces is the lack of acne products for sensitive skin, which is itself a very large segment.

“If we take a step back and look at the Asian skin care market as a whole, we find that Asian consumers tend to lean towards products made for sensitive skin. It is a sign that more and more Asian consumers have sensitive skin, and that is due to factors such as lifestyle or increasing urbanization.” Lam said.

However, acne care products largely don’t cater to this audience, she adds.

“Looking at the APAC itself, most acne products use common ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. While they are well known in the market, they can be very harsh on the skin.”

A real balancing act

To tackle acne in a gentler way, Lucas Meyers Cosmetics turned to understanding the link between acne and the skin’s microbiome.


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