Acne is one of those things that affected most of us throughout our lives. From the occasional breakout to full blown acne, this can be extremely frustrating. Waking up with a large spot (or several) on your face can hinder your confidence and the ongoing struggle is certainly not helping that. We are told to "apply this to the spot" but it fails to do anything, burns our skin, leaves it cracked and dry or it does happen to shrink with only another to pop up in its place. We think that we are cursed to cover up these imperfections with makeup every day. Maybe it is time to re-evaluate the process in which we treat these blemishes. Regardless of how stubborn your acne may feel, the reasons for developing it in the first place are due to the same process in your body. The severity, however, varies from person to person.
Acne is first and foremost caused by production of something called sebum. Sebum is the waxy or oily substance that is excreted by the sebaceous glands, glands that are in the skin to excrete this substance and waterproof your skin and hair. Often triggered by fluctuations in hormones, excess sebum can create a plethora of issues when left unmanaged. In the natural process of the body, sebum can actually be antifungal and antibacterial and give your skin a protective coating. However, when it becomes trapped and mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria, it can cause an infection which is what we know as a pimple.
To limit the amount of matter that is irritating your skin, consider adding in an exfoliator to your routine semi-regularly. Overuse of scrubs can lead to their own issues but your skin within its natural cycle sluffs off dead skin cells and there is much added benefit to speeding up this process. In some people this barrier of dead skin is actually much thicker and needs a bit more encouragement through proper exfoliation. If the barrier is too thick or too thin, it can create problems in the natural protection and regulation of your epidermis.
Just the same, there is a balance of natural oil and PH which, when thrown out of balance, can cause an excess of oil production. If you are treating oily skin and blemishes by drying them out with acne treatments, it may work as immediate gratification but is not ideal for sustaining a healthy and clear complexion. Your skin should always be cleansed gently with a non stripping cleanser that does not contain harsh chemicals or astringents. Your skin will be clean, hydrated and still protected by the natural layer of fatty lipids. If you are prone to dehydrated skin on the other hand, using a similar cleanser will keep the skin moist and supple. It will help balance out the underlying issue by aiding in the sluffing of dead skin cells, impurities and build up with less likelihood of getting trapped beneath the surface.
Whether dry or oily, follow up with a nourishing skin care system to replenish moisture and continue to balance the skin. This step has added benefit as there are a series of oils that are found in moisturizers which are much preferred for fighting off acne. The list is extensive, however, the idea is that it is important to note where they fall on the scale of oleic and linoleic acid. Typically, oils higher in oleic acid are better for dry skin types but they can clog the pores of those susceptible to acne. Whereas, linoleic acid will control the amount of sebum produced and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It has been shown that people struggling with acne are low in this fatty acid. There are many additional methods to moisturize further without aggravating your skin if you are very dry. Choosing to use plant based oils that are rich in this will also inhibit the production of sebum and your bodily reaction to any congestion - all without harming you through the use of chemicals and harsh synthetic ingredients! It is also considered a preventable practice!
Our skincare does contain oil that is high on the linoleic acid scale. Some of these include sweet almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil and sunflower seed oil. Through the use of quality natural ingredients, we have had great success stories over the years in helping clear up recurrent skin issues. We want to know how we can help you in your unique skin care journey. Let us get you on the path to healthy and beautiful skin. - Come in to our store for a free consultation!