By Marni James
You may be wondering what sugar has to do with skincare, well in the case of sugar cane, it can mean even, smooth, clear and beautiful skin. Just ask Dr. Craig Austin, a veteran dermatologist who created a skincare line called Cane + Austin that contain a star ingredient: Glycolic Acid derived directly from sugar cane. As the gold standard in skincare ingredients, Glycolic Acid is clinically proven to correct hyper-pigmentation, skin discoloration and is effective in reversing sun and free-radical damage. What makes Glycolic Acid unique is that it penetrates through the damaged top layers of skin and removes the dead skin cells that clog pores, resulting in increased cellular turnover, a smoother complexion and an overall more youthful appearance.
After 20 years of searching for the best possible solution to fight the common signs of aging and acne breakouts, Dr. Austin decided to use what he knew worked and began constructing his Cane + Austin line with Glycolic Acid as the foundation. It was, and still is, Dr. Austin’s vision to give people something they would ordinarily only be able to find at a dermatologist’s office, something to fight the signs of aging and acne, and make it available and affordable for everyone.
Pure Glycolic Acid can increase collagen, elastic tissue and fibroblasts, all which work to produce new skin. These unique differences set Cane + Austin skincare above and beyond other brands; it is a clinically proven one step process that gives actual results. Curious why Dr. Austin developed these products, who should use them, or what to use along with them? So were we! Lucky for you, we had the chance to interview Dr. Austin to get a glimpse at his vision:
BN: Who do you recommend the Cane + Austin Acne pads for? What about the Retexturizing pads?
Dr. Austin: The Acne Treatment Pads are for all skin types, particularly people prone to acne – teens and young adults, particularly men between the ages of 13 – 18 and women between the ages of 25-50, due to an increase in testosterone levels. In general, they are ideal for people who are concerned with acne and aging. The Retexturizing Treatment Pads are great for all skin types, particularly people concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, acne scarring and age spots.
BN: What do you recommend using in combination with either of the treatment pads? We love your idea of “you don’t need a medicine cabinet full of products,” because we think every woman would want to streamline her beauty routine.
Dr. Austin: The pads cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. They cleanse and exfoliate by removing dead skin cells that clog pores to increase cellular turnover and moisturize by bringing water molecules from the environment into the skin and up from the lower levels of the skin. The Retexturizing Treatment Pads can be used with the Retexturizing Cream for additional hydration as they work synergistically.
BN: Is Glycolic Acid something that is safe to use long term if it’s working for you? Does it ever become less effective? Is it safe to use in the summer?
Dr. Austin: Glycolic Acid is safe to use long term. It is clinically-proven to correct hyper-pigmentation and skin discoloration, and is effective in reversing sun and free-radical damage over time. Pure Glycolic Acid helps to improve the actual structure of the skin by increasing collagen, elastic tissue and fibroblasts – all of which work to produce new skin. It helps to restore the thickness of the skin back to its original state. Glycolic Acid does not become less effective over time. The benefits of Glycolic Acid are persistent and will continue to benefit the skin with continued use. The treatment pads can be used year round as Glycolic Acid is not photosensitizing (it doesn’t make you sensitive to the sun!)
BN: Can you tell me a bit about why this version of Glycolic Acid is more effective or safe than other over-the-counter versions at places like Sephora?
Dr. Austin: Cane + Austin products contain 10% Glycolic Acid in an ultra-pure crystalline form, the highest amount recommended by the FDA for retail products, making them the most effective at-home treatments.
BN: Can you tell me a bit about the new products to the Cane + Austin Line?
Dr. Austin: PROTECT SPF 55 is an oil-free (non-comedogenic), ultra-sheer, weightless broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that can be used alone or under makeup to shield against sunburns and counteracts premature aging. It is loaded with anti-oxidants that protect the skin and protect it from free radical damage.
The next new product is the Retexturizing Cream, a dual action hydrating and regenerative facial cream that revitalizes fine lines and brightens skin without irritation. Containing 10% Glycolic Acid in an ultra-pure crystalline form, the highest amount recommended by the FDA for retail products, the cream works effectively as both an exfoliator and moisturizer to improve skin tone and texture for a more youthful appearance. It also has anti-oxidants and additional moisturizers including Vitamins A, C, E and CO-Q-10.
Finally, the Retexturizing Body Pads relieve rough, dry skin to reveal a brighter, smother complexion. Containing 10% Glycolic Acid in an ultra-pure crystalline form, the highest amount recommended by the FDA for retail products, the Retexturizing Body Pads help to firm skin and improve tone and texture for luminous, healthy looking skin. These are used for areas of the skin outside of the face, including rough areas with larger surface area. But similar to the Retexturizing Treatment Pads, they exfoliate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.
Dr. Austin’s top-selling, editor-obsessed, effective products include:
• Retexturizing Treatment Pads: 10% Glycolic – A one step, at home glycolic treatment that gently exfoliates and retextures skin while helping to rebuild collagen. Use twice a day to visibly help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation, firm skin, and improve tone and texture.
• Acne Treatment Pads: 5% Glycolic, 2% Salicylic Acid – A one step, easy to use, at home treatment that works to gently exfoliate the skin while combating unsightly acne. Specially formulated to help accelerate the removal of dead skin cells.
To learn more or purchase Cane + Austin skincare for yourself, visit http://caneandaustin.com. Dr. Austin’s dermatology practice is located just a short trip north of NYC in Fishkill, NY: (845) 896-6669