Understanding acne is the answer to getting rid of it!
Acne is an unfavourable skin condition that can affect any gender and age group. Not everyone understands the impact acne can have on a person both physically or mentally, as those who have it experience conditions that can vary from a small unnoticeable pimple or whiteheads to severe breakouts on the skin.
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that can occur anywhere on the skin, including the face, shoulders, back, neck or arms. Acne is essentially the inflammation or infection of the skin pores and follicles. Follicles are tiny sacs that produce and secrete liquid, connecting the oil glands under the skin to the pores, where sebum is produced. Sebum is what carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface. It is when a combination of skin cells, sebum and hair become trapped in pores that a bacterial infection may occur.
Before we go into natural skin care treatments to fight acne, the first step to getting rid of acne is to understand its causes, which is not always an easy task.
What causes acne?
Common causes include unhealthy skin, dry flaking skin, or hormonal imbalances which in turn cause sebum imbalances. It is important to note however that often bad habits and other triggers can facilitate or worsen severity of breakouts (the following is not an exhaustive list):
- Popping or picking at pimples
- Touching your face with unwashed hands
- Drinking too little water or too much alcohol consumption
- Maintaining unhealthy diets
- Not properly cleaning or exfoliating the skin
- Over-exfoliating the skin
- Using too much makeup or leaving makeup unwashed
How to treat and avoid acne?
The simple and only answer is healthy skin!
Although correcting or identifying hormone imbalances is not an easy fix, the next best alternative is to ensure you are using the right skin care products for your skin, ensuring that your skin is properly cleansed and hydrated. Natural skin care products are usually the best option given they are generally much more gentle on the skin preventing any further damage. Mellow Naturals' Mangosteen Facial Foam for instance is a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which is able to gently purify and detoxify the facial skin without stripping away the natural protective minerals.
Similarly to keep the face hydrated and moisturised, it is crucial to use a serum or moisturiser which is gentle on the skin yet produced with ingredients selected to specifically target acne conditions. These ingredients should contain properties which at the very least are antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. The Mellow Naturals Clarifying Face Serum with Sophora Root is just an example, click here to read more on its ingredients including Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Picea Excelsa Extract and Tangerine Peel Extract.