Acne is literally the most common global skin concern. Each type of acne lesion requires a different treatment approach. Typically acne falls into two categories, depending on whether or not they cause inflammation of the surrounding skin. First, you need an understanding of what factors are likely contributing to your breakouts. Face mapping reveals that jawline breakouts are likely linked to digestion or hormone imbalance, for example. If something is out of balance in your body, it can often present on your skin. Certain foods are also known to trigger breakouts. Cutting back or eliminating dairy can help prevent breakouts. Generally, you are on the right track if you are eating a plant-based diet full of leafy greens, taking probiotics and seeking foods rich in the vitamins and minerals that help keep skin healthy. And hydrate a lot. There is a strong connection between our digestive and skin health. It is well understood in healing circles that our gut microbiome is vital in regulating the Gut-Skin Axis — that beauty truly starts from within. For additional support, The Beauty Chef CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder is helpful for skin congestion, supporting the natural detoxification process to calm problematic skin from within. The Beauty Chef GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is ideal as daily maintenance, your internal moisturiser to support skin function. Combining bio-available prebiotic and probiotic superfoods, GLOW also contains zinc, an essential skin ingredient with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to calm stressed, acne-prone skin. You can also try adding stress-relieving activities into your daily routine, meditation and apps such as Headspace which can help bring balance into everyday life. For some advice on building a skincare treatment regime for acne-prone skin, read on.
Skin treatment for acne
Begin with streamlining your skincare. The nutrition you put on your skin can be just as important as what you eat for your skin. Incorrect products can amplify underlying skin issues, so cleaning up your skincare, and building a clean skincare regime can be useful in addressing and treating acne. Try and get rid of the products you've had for a long time — more than 12 months or that concern you. And if you have in the past used prescription acne treatments or strong topical ointments containing antibiotics, these also. Most topical creams do not work that well or in some cases work at all. Basically, with a topical cream, it means you wait while all the layers of your skin come off. Depending on how deep the infection is, which could be awhile. There are natural solutions for acne that work. And so while there tends to be this idea that natural products are not as effective as medications or conventional acne treatments, this isn't the case.
Decongest with facial clay masks
Deep cleaning, Plant Apothecary Not a Spot Acne Mask contains purifying Activated Charcoal and Kaolin Clay to balance sebum levels. With this approach, you'll decongest and tighten pores without stripping the skin. You don't want to use aggressive scrubs; this will most likely create more inflammation and spread bacteria. A gentle clay exfoliant such as Salt by Hendrix Matcha Clay Mask works to purify and takedown inflammation with White and Green French Clays, gently removing impurities to help clarify skin. Matcha and Aloe tame inflammation and soothe. With both masks, you mix these yourself in the palm of your hand with water before applying, they wash off pretty gently with warm water. Minimal fuss.
The best cleanser for oily skin is an oil cleanser
Oil cleansing is for everyone — even if you have acne. When we experience breakouts, we often try to dry out the skin, disrupting the skin barrier and aggravating inflamed skin. As such a common mistake is that if you have a lot of breakouts, you'll tend to over-wash your face. Excessive washing strips the skin's natural oils which can lead to possible breakouts, dry skin, and irritation. It can also result in even more oil production as the skin attempts to restore the lost oils. With a cleansing oil, you actually cannot over wash your skin because you aren't changing the pH or stripping the skin. We love Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser; it's super hydrating. Antioxidant-rich Sunflower Seed and Argan Oils flood the skin with high doses of antioxidants, Omegas and Vitamins which work together to nourish the skin's moisture barrier. Expect dewy skin the first time you use it. And if you are toning, Plant Apothecary Re-Fresh Organic Toning Spray is an ideal toner for acne-prone skin. A gentle astringent and skin balancer this combines Aloe and Cucumber to soothe inflamed skin while Witch Hazel, both an astringent and anti-inflammatory works to tighten pores.
Moisturiser for oily skin
And while sufficient hydration may not seem obvious, it's essential. If the skin has too little oil or excess oil, there's an imbalance. Healthy skin requires a balanced barrier function, and oils can help support our barrier functions. If you're using topical treatments that dry out the skin — which most acne treatments are formulated to do, this reduces sebum production. Often your skin will compensate the imbalance by increasing oil production resulting in more breakouts. A face oil like Labonics Radiance Liquid Gold Face Oil high in linoleic acids will help to reduce sebum production and make for fewer breakouts. Layering with an intensive barrier serum such as Salt by Hendrix Botanical Facial Serum can provide additional anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support. Rich in Vitamin C, Kakadu Plum contains potent anti-ageing actives that work to lighten hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
And, of course, don't forget your sunscreen
Zinc oxide is a potent anti-inflammatory and acts as a physical barrier to protect the skin. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, topical zinc works to balance oil production and clear acne-causing bacteria from the skin. Suntegrity provides this all in one, "UV Chemical-Free" Sunscreen and BB cream that hydrates, protects, primes while producing super light coverage. A super light BB cream is ideal since it is vital to let your skin live in its natural condition. If you can, try and go makeup-free at least two days a week. Healthy skin is more about revealing than concealing.
Be kind to yourself, do not to pick at your skin as this can push the bacteria deeper into the skin and could cause complications such as pigmentation and permanent scarring. The skin is capable of healing and repairing itself with the proper treatment — addressing both internal and external variables. You want to focus on the approach and products that work for you. And once you find the right regimen, practice patience and consistency with your products. If you have any questions at all, we are here for you. Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Article by Tracey Creed for Biddy + May Clean Beauty Blog.