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Acne

Are you frustrated, angry, anxious, or depressed because of another breakout? Many people experience these emotions when they notice the first signs of a new outbreak. You’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work.

What is acne ?

Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition affecting millions of people of all ages and genders worldwide. It’s characterized by the appearance of red, inflamed pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Acne can range from mild to severe and can significantly impact an individual’s self-esteem and quality of life.

The underlying mechanism is an overproduction of sebum. The overproduction of sebum can lead to clogged pores, which can cause bacteria and other substances to build up, leading to inflammation and acne. The overproduction of sebum is often caused by hormonal changes in the body, such as during puberty or pregnancy. Stress, hormones, certain medications, bacteria, genetics, and lifestyle choices can also trigger it.

Expert Advice

Unfortunately, dermatologists have spent decades treating acne-prone skin with harsh chemicals that strip and dry your skin causing a feedback mechanism that will make your acne worse. We believe many breakouts can be controlled with natural alternatives and lifestyle modifications.

Choose the right products

If you have acne, choosing the right products for your skin to minimize breakouts and keep your skin healthy is important. You can reduce inflammation, unclog pores, and prevent future breakouts with the right products. Choosing the wrong products can make your skin worse, so it is important to take the time to find the right ones for you.

With so many options available, it’s essential to understand which ingredients are beneficial for treating acne and which ones should be avoided. By reading labels, you can ensure that the skincare products you choose are tailored to your specific needs and will help improve your skin health.

Avoid scrubbing your skin

While acne can be frustrating, it is important to know that scrubbing your skin too aggressively or too often can worsen acne. Scrubbing your skin can irritate the inflamed area, leading to further irritation and redness. It can also strip away the natural oils from your skin, leading to dryness and even more breakouts.

Thoroughly remove makeup

Many of us have experienced nights when we were exhausted and have gotten into bed without removing our make-up. This is a No-No. Removing your makeup is an important step in managing your acne and can help you to achieve clearer skin.

By removing your makeup, you are allowing your skin to breathe and preventing bacteria buildup, which can lead to further breakouts. Additionally, removing your makeup helps to reduce the risk of irritation or infection from products that may be comedogenic (pore-clogging). Taking the time to remove your makeup every night can help you maintain healthy, clear skin for the long term.

If you have acne-prone skin you do not have to stop using makeup, but we recommend that you learn to read the labels and choose products that say non-comedogenic, won’t clog pores, or oil-free.

Do not pop or squeeze

Breakouts on your skin can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but popping or squeezing them is not the answer. While it may seem like an easy fix, it can cause more harm than good. Popping or squeezing breakouts can lead to infection, scarring, and even further breakouts.

Instead of trying to pop or squeeze your breakouts, you should focus on taking steps to prevent them in the first place. This includes using gentle cleansers and moisturizers that won’t clog your pores, avoiding harsh chemicals and fragrances that could irritate the skin, and eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. Taking these steps will help keep your skin healthy and clear, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with breakouts in the future.

Cleanse twice daily

Washing your face regularly is essential to any skincare routine, but cleansing your skin twice daily is one of the key steps to controlling acne. Cleansing helps remove dirt and oils from your skin and keeps it clear of bacteria that can cause breakouts. Regular cleansing also helps keep your pores unclogged and stimulates circulation, which can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne.

Always use a toner

One way to help manage your acne is by using a toner. Toners are an effective tool for treating acne because they help balance your skin’s pH, reduce inflammation, and remove excess oil and dirt from your pores. Additionally, toners can help reduce the appearance of blemishes and provide extra hydration for dry or irritated skin. By incorporating a toner into your skincare routine, you can help keep your acne under control and maintain healthy-looking skin.

Do not over-dry your skin

Over-drying your skin can lead to an increase in oil production, which can lead to more breakouts. It can also cause irritation and inflammation, leading to redness and discomfort. In addition, over-drying your skin can cause further damage by making it harder for your skin to heal and protect itself from environmental stressors.

While astringents are often used to treat oily skin and reduce the appearance of pores, they should be avoided if you have acne. This is because astringents can worsen acne by drying out the skin and making it more prone to irritation. Furthermore, astringents can strip natural oils away from the skin, leading to an overproduction of sebum and clogged pores. Therefore, avoiding using astringents if you suffer from acne is best.

Protect your lipid barrier

Our skin is our body’s first line of defense against environmental factors. Lipids are essential for maintaining the health of your skin, and a damaged lipid barrier can lead to further issues with acne. The lipid barrier is the protective layer of oil that helps keep moisture in and bacteria out.

When the natural protective lipids that make up our skin’s barrier are lost, it enters into a repair mode, causing an overproduction of oil. This can lead to dryness, irritation and inflammation, as well as an increased risk of infection.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your skin barrier if you have acne. One of the best ways to do this is by using plant oils that are rich in fatty acids. Plant oils are naturally rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, which help to nourish and protect the skin’s delicate lipid barrier.

Pay attention to pH

The pH of the skin is an important factor in maintaining healthy skin. The normal pH of the skin is slightly acidic, ranging from 4.5 to 6.2 on a scale of 0 to 14, with seven being neutral. This acidic environment helps to protect the skin from bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause infections and other skin problems.

Keeping a balanced skin pH is essential for those who suffer from acne. When the skin’s pH level is off balance, it can lead to an overproduction of sebum and clogged pores, which can cause breakouts. An unbalanced pH level can also make your skin more prone to bacteria and other infections that can worsen acne. By maintaining a balanced skin pH, you can help reduce the severity of your acne and keep it under control.

Manage your stress

Stress can have a significant impact on the body’s hormones, which in turn can cause an increase in acne breakouts. It is essential to find ways to reduce stress to maintain healthy skin and prevent further outbreaks. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing stress and controlling acne breakouts, several strategies can help reduce your stress levels and keep your skin looking its best, including exercise, meditation, and changing your diet.

Exercise increases endorphins that help reduce stress and anxiety, and meditation helps to relax the mind and body and can help you gain clarity on how to handle stressful situations. Changing your diet can also help reduce inflammation that could be causing acne breakouts. All of these methods can work together to help you manage your stress levels and control acne breakouts.

Our Recommendations

Acne is caused by clogged pores on the surface of our skin, which can cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. We have formulated a range of skincare products designed specifically to help improve blemishes, unclog pores, and cleanse skin prone to acne, congestion, and blemishes.

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