Understanding and Preventing Maturation Arrest Acne

Understanding and Preventing Maturation Arrest Acne

In a perfect world, none of us would have acne, but acne is part of life. Your genes, eating habits, hormones, cosmetics, medicine and other factors contribute to the problem. Even though most people associate acne to their teenage years, adults get acne throughout their lives, including maturation arrest acne.

There are two main types of acne - non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Also, there are four grades of acne. Various types of acne cause various kinds of scarring and discoloration. So it's important to know the kind of acne you have.

Maturation arrest acne is a non-inflammatory type with a grade 2 level. It is one of the hardest acne to treat.

What is Maturation Arrest Acne?

Maturation arrest acne looks like small studded nodes. It is non-inflammatory. It’s not visible from far away. However, when you observe your skin closely, you can see the small studded patterns.

The cause of this acne is closed comedones or whiteheads. These whiteheads give the skin the studded appearance. Oil and dead skin cells accumulate inside the pore and create a blockage. The blockage also stops bacteria from getting in. That's why there is no inflammation. Without inflammation, the body is unable to discard the accumulated oil and cells from the pours. As a result, the acne doesn’t heal and results in permanent studs on your skin.

In a general acne life-cycle, the comedones mature into blackheads, which have been oxidized. But here, the maturation process is stopped or arrested. Instead, the accumulations get trapped and the acnes continue to grow in size. Sometimes 50-100 blackheads and pores filled with sebum on only one side of the face with an occasional inflammatory lesion.


Here are some of the culprits that can cause maturation arrest acne:

  • Hormonal Imbalances: A rise in Testosterone levels
  • Dehydrating Topical Products: Mineral oils and other stiffing ingredients
  • Tobacco Related: Clogged pores
  • Vitamin Deficiency: Unbalanced secretion and excretion
  • Excessive Inflammation: Extreme exercise and sweating


Because maturation arrest acne is harder to get rid of, you will have to be more proactive.

  • Create a low pH and oxygen rich environment to fight bacterial infection.
  • Apply corrective and skin digesting products for your exfoliation
  • Check if your cosmetics are contributing to the problem.
  • Manage stress as it can contribute to hormonal imbalances and over active sebum production.

Even though maturation arrest acne is not as painful as inflamed acne, it gives your skin a dull appearance. When you stretch your skin, you can see the nodes like small tiny pebbles. Also, it makes your skin oily but dehydrated within the basil layers of the epidermis. Suggested corrective skin care will help the remedy.

Products That Can Help Treat Maturation Arrest Acne?

Mandelic Cleanser

This gel cleanser combines Mandelic Acid, Enzymes, and Turmeric to gently exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin.

Mini Facial

A dermal treatment polish encompassed with all the essential ingredients to dissolve blackheads, balance sebum production, stimulate the defense system.

Pumpkin Enzyme Complex PEC

A superior dermal polishing exfoliant that contains a combination of chemical and physical resurfacing agents. Papain Enzymes help slough dead skin cells while Lactic Acid helps to brighten and hydrate the healthy skin.


This high performance serum contains a blend of acids suspended in Japanese Green Tea. 12% Elimaderm Serum gently exfoliates dead cells helping to control acne breakouts, minimizing superficial lines and revealing smoother healthier looking skin.

Anti-Wrinkle Retinox

This triple action formula contains corrective ingredients that promote new collagen, elasticity and strengthens fibroblast. Nightly use will encourage clarity, improve texture and help normalize photo damaged skin.