DEALING WITH ACNE

April 25, 2020

DEALING WITH ACNE

Acne is a skin condition involving the oil glands, known as a pilosebaceous unit, at the base of hair follicles. When a pilosebaceous unit becomes blocked or inflamed, it results in acne. Acne is manifesting on the skin surface in different ways; as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads with a greasy t-cone, and mild inflammation, or they can be more severe with boils, abscesses, bulges, fluid papules, blind cysts and extreme, very sensitive, and painful inflammation.

It affects up to 80% of the population, increasingly being deemed a chronic disease, and even if it can be somewhat controlled, it may not be cured.

Various factors can act together to affect acne; puberty and genetics are most often, while other factors like skincare and hair products, medical conditions, certain medication, and even fabrics of clothes, are more secondary importance.

Puberty – During puberty, our bodies produce male hormones called androgynes, which cause sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This excess oil mixes with the cells that line the hair follicles and together block the pores. A bacterium called p. acnes, which naturally lives on the skin, settles in these areas, and increases inflammation and the severity of the spots.

Genetics – Acne can be hereditary since certain traits of our sebaceous glands are inherited from our parents. Acne treatments vary greatly from home use products (generally containing ingredients such as retinoids and benzoyl peroxide) to prescription facials (incorporating LED light and laser therapies, high-frequency treatments, microcurrent) and medical treatments including antibiotic creams, contraceptive, and other pills, Roaccutane...).

Here are some stay-at-home solutions for all of you suffering from acne.

Diet: Scientists have found that devouring a diet that offers a good supply of vitamins A and E and zinc may have a lower risk of severe acne. Fresh vegetables, fruit, oily fish, and nuts are a great guideline to create a strong base for healthy skin.

Skincare: In the last few years we noticed that some skincare routines and ingredients help reduce the appearance of acne. Our customers have reported a simple routine can reduce inflammation and make their skin look and feel better.

EXFOLIATION:
To reduce the appearance of acne, we recommend regular exfoliation with our Instant Glow - once to twice a week, to remove dead skin cells. Dead skin cells can keep your pores clogged and retain dirt that can cause inflammation.
A few ingredients in Instant Glow that help with reducing the appearance of acne:
AHA Fruit Acids, safely, and efficiently swamp away all impurities. It is well documented that alpha hydroxy acids can be beneficial for problem skin and are excellent for exfoliation. Glycolic and lactic acids have also shown to be effective in treating pigmentation. AHA’s work by helping to remove dead cells from the upper layer of the skin and promote cell turnover.
Lavender is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, calming, and soothing.
Fennel offers contain rosmarinic acid - a compound that shows strong anti-oxidant properties.


(Monica, using Flower and Spice products for 4 weeks.)

OIL:
Congestion often happens if the skin lacks oils. Yes, funny as it sounds, your skin needs oil to create a healthy skin barrier and regulate your oil production. We recommend applying a thin layer of oil on your face every day and try to avoid striping it off, using the harsh cleanser with strong surfactants. For cleaning use oil-based cleansers and gentle flower waters.
Our Midnight beauty serum showed some remarkable results on people suffering from acne since it contains powerful ingredients that help your condition maintain under control. Besides an amazing cocktail of 10 very powerful plant oils that help make your skin barrier strong, the serum contains Rose and Coriander essential oils that both have antibacterial, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties.

We put a lot of knowledge into formulating our skin collection, and if you are suffering from acne, please don't hesitate and reach out to us. We are here to consult and help you.

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