Acne - Facts And How To Care For It With Natural Skincare
Acne - Facts And How To Care For It With Natural Skincare
Acne is a stressor and stress triggers acne. Does that sound like a loop? Well, yes it is! Can skin be cleared of acne fast – a question often asked and has its answers in two parts. Yes, it can be cleared but no, not fast! But some acne facts first.
We are tempted to quote these lines "Be in love with your acne, they have taught you patience in life". Whoever coined this is wise. If you hate your acne, it gets you with a vengeance. Acknowledge, accept and heal – now that's a good mantra! Couple it with an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and a few high-performance topical applications and you should be good to go.
But What Is Acne?
Is acne, pimples? Or blackheads? Or whiteheads? Or breakouts? Well, acne is all of these. Acne is a medical term for blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, pustules, cysts, nodules (pimples that don't come out on the surface but just seem like hard bumps inside the skin). Let us look at the various stages of acne.
Grade 1: Whiteheads and blackheads
Grade 2: Pus filled pimples
Grade 3: Large painful pimples that look like cysts
Grade 4: A mix of all of the above plus those red bumps which never come out.
A simple acne fact is that it is a pore that’s clogged with sebum. When it collects dirt and particulate matter, it turns into a blackhead that later gets inflamed causing pus.
What Causes Acne?
Several factors and that's what makes it so hard – to diagnose and to treat. The first task is to identify what causes acne in a person and we are hoping this list will help :
- Hormonal imbalance is the most common cause of acne, in both males and females, puberty topping the list. Menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause or PCOS predominantly in females.
- Stress, the second most common cause.
- Intake of certain drugs like steroids, bodybuilding supplements, and other hormones.
- Improper skin hygiene and by that, we mean usage of wrong skincare products as well as inadequate daily cleansing. Includes makeup removal.
- Lifestyle – Junk food like fried and fast food. Dairy products and food with a high glycemic index.
- Genes – it can run in the family.
- Picking zits and pimples can flare it up further and leaqve behind scars and pigmentation.
Acne can be mild, or stubborn. Yet, all acne can be managed and cared for with the right lifestyle and efficacious topical applications. Diet plays a major role in managing acne and hence, before you begin your deep dive into skincare, give your food choices a thought.
"It seems that for many, the cure to acne is at the end of a fork, not in a prescription pad" – Unknown.
But, all is not lost! You can manage acne by giving it proper care and making informed choices. We are here to help you with some suggestions in caring for your acne-related skin issues.
Cleansing For Acne Prone Skin
Cleansing and appropriate cleansing is the key to managing acne. Earlier in the blog, we have brought to your notice that the root cause of acne is pore-clogging. So let's set that right and look at some face cleansers that mitigate acne issues.
Is there one ingredient in face cleansers that can alleviate acne? Yes, and that is BHAs – beta hydroxy acids, more specifically Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is derived from the bark of White Willow and Wintergreen leaves. It works as an anti-infective and anti-fungal agent, thereby protecting skin from microbes.
Comes with a luxurious gel texture and has been known to reduce acne. Cleanses effectively, yet retains natural moisture balance and you get a brighter, fresher, and detoxified look. Credit that to sea salt that exfoliates gently while its minerals nourish the skin. Aloe Vera pitches in too in reducing acne and fortifying skin with antioxidants.
Benefits: Reduces acne + Gently Exfoliates + Hydrates + Refreshes Skin
A good face wash to invest in for acne related and oily skin types. Willow Bark extracts and Tea Tree Oil make this cleanser a very potent remedy for acne issues. Also contains Glycolic Acid that sloughs away dead skin cells and imparts brightness and freshness to skin.
Benefits: Cleanses the skin. Balances sebum and helps in healing acne. Fades away scars and dark spots. Has anti-bacterial properties.
These are just two of the face cleansers for acne that we have at Aardae. Check out a whole lot more here
Time to look at the next step in skincare – moisturizing. Does oily skin need moisturising is probably one of the most searched topics on the net, and the answer is yes, it does. Oil or sebum secretion is a continuous process in all types of skins and sebum is what keeps skin hydrated and looking healthy. Drier the skin, a) darker it gets, b) faster it ages, c) itchier it gets.
Why Does Oily and Acne-prone Skin Need Moisturizing ?
There is an oft-quoted misconception that people with oily skin should skip moisturizing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every type of skin needs moisturizing because there is a constant loss of moisture from our skin due to TEWL and weather conditions. The natural tendency of skin is to produce sebum every day, every minute. In the mistaken notion when you deprive skin of external hydration, it produces even more oil to compensate for the lack. So, the wise ones choose an oil free, non-comedogenic and water-based moisturizer to keep their oily skin hydrated.
An important ingredient we all must look for in a moisturizer is Hyaluronic Acid. It is sometimes called the ‘moisture magnet’ because it attracts moisture and retains it in the skin, keeping tissues lubricated and plump.
We have for you here two serums (since serums are more potent) just in case some of you are still uncomfortable about using moisturizing creams.
This quick absorbing serum can be used to moisturize face lightly while it targets sebum control too. It is suitable for very oily skins too and a must-have for congested skin. Salicylic acid and the oils of Tea Tree and Clary Sage make it a potent blend to fight zits and painful pimples. What we love about this is that it can be worn under makeup too. It is also known to fade post-acne scars.
Benefits: Reduces acne and blemishes and controls excess oil
Centella Asiatica is at the heart of this serum. The antioxidants present in it heal and strengthen the acne spot areas while also hydrating and soothing the skin. Horsetail extracts heal by targetting microbes and Sage extracts alleviate skin sensitivity to irritants and lighten pigmentation. So, whats not to like about this serum? Dab it on every time your skin feels dry or under-nourished.
Benefits: Hydrating + Non-Comedogenic + For Acne Prone and Oily Skin
Are Toners and Mists Good For Acne?
Yes, yes, yes! Toners do oily and acne-prone skin a good turn. They lend a hand in some additional cleansing. They unclog pores and dislodge makeup more easily. Often, toners and mists can be substituted for moisturizers when skin feels dry. Air conditioned spaces, dry and cold weather can dehydrate skin. Work, travel, sports or even leisure sometimes are not conducive to frequent application of moisturizers. But, toners and mists are so convenient! Just a spray all over your face and neck and skin feels hydrated.
A balancing toner enriched with Witch Hazel and Cider Vinegar that regulates oily skin and aids in clearing acne over time. We have had some sensitive skins try out this toner and it has been much appreciated.
Benefits: Balances Skin pH, fades acne marks, keeps skin soft & supple and reduces inflammation.
A super refreshing toner that regulates sebum and keeps skin fresh, hydrated, yet oil free. Citrus fruits with their Vitamin C along with tea tree oil get that done efficiently. Don’t we all love Rose hydrosols for their moisturising benefits? Well, Tangy Fresh Toner contains that and also Apple Cider Vinegar that helps tone up skin tissues. Cucumber and Rosemary soothe the skin. So, with so many potent ingredients, this seems like a dream product for acne.
Benefits: A treat for refreshing skin. The right dose of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Regulates the sebum level. Clarifies the skin
We have many more options, click here to check them out.
And before we move on to another skin topic in our next blog, we wish to remind you to stay clear of sugar, all refined foods, eat a nutritious diet, sleep and exercise adequately, meditate to keep stress at bay and stay happy. Show acne the backdoor with these great lifestyle habits.
With natural ingredients sourced ethically from across the globe, we at Aardae are constantly working to providing concern based beauty solutions.
See you soon again. Till then, stay beautiful, naturally with Aardae !
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