Controlling acne can at times be challenging. Today is the start of a new blog post series all about taking control of your acne! If you’ve suffered from acne or hormonal breakouts, you ’ll know how stressful and frustrating it can be. Especially when you don’t know the best way to manage it. You want someone to give you some honest advice and find some products that work. I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter I had terrible hormonal acne. Red, sore and angry. And I was thinking the whole time “where is my radiant pregnant glow everyone speaks about?” But all I wanted to do was hide. And I had no idea what to do and what products were safe to use on my skin during pregnancy. I wish I had known about Botani back then!
I sat down with our founder Barbara Filokostas, to have a chat about how to treat acne. With over 20 years’ experience as a naturopath and after treating many clients with skin sensitivities such as acne and hormonal breaks outs, she is the guru on this topic. She had loads of practical tips to help manage acne which I’ll be sharing with you over the coming weeks. Barbara takes a holistic approach to skincare, looking at all the lifestyle elements that can impact the skin health.
1. Ingredients To Watch
Mainstream brands will often use ingredients such as dimethicone, which is a silicone-based polymer. It’s used to make products go on smoothly, often used in primers, foundations and lotions. But what this synthetic ingredient does is act like plastic and cover the skin, would you like to be wrapped in plastic all day long. It stops the skin, which is our largest living organ, from functioning properly. The skin naturally releases bacteria, skin oils and other impurities but when it has a coating of dimethicone on it, these impurities become trapped in the skin causing inflammation and infection. So the very cosmetics that you may be using to cover up acne is actually contributing to the breakouts and congestion. To read more on this check out our blog post Acne Aggravators – Silicone the Sly Smooth Operator.
2. Over Cleansing
It may sound funny to say this when talking about acne, but oil is not the enemy! This perception often leads to people experiencing acne to over cleanse. This actually strips the skin and interferes with the Hydrolipidic Layer, also known as the acid mantle. This layer is really important for protecting the skin against infection, irritation, allergic reaction and dehydration. Over cleansing can leave skin prone to further infection and breakouts, not to mention dehydration.
In taking a holistic approach to skincare, it’s vital to look at how we feed the skin from the inside. Poor nutrition can make you more susceptible to breakouts. Foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are linked to acne breakout. That includes:
- Processed food eg. chips and biscuits.
- Food high in starch eg. white bread, pasta, potatoes.
- Sugary drinks eg. soft drinks.
These foods increase your blood sugar and your body responds by producing more insulin which increases the production of skin oils. This in turn contributes to clogging the follicles in the skin which is the perfect environment for P.Acne bacteria to thrive. Another good reason to stay away from sugar (there are many!) is that it also breaks down the collagen in your skin, increasing the aging process. Collagen keeps your skin the elastic and firm. Looking for a smoothie recipe to make your skin sing with good health? You might like to try our Strawberry Smoothie recipe.
Several years ago we held a trial group for the Skin Rescue Acne Cream. We documented the journey of the trial team in a video. Have you seen it? The results speak for themselves! Make sure you visit next week and see part 2 of Take control of you Acne! Have a great week! Author: Rigel.
This weeks giveaway is our signature Skin Rescue Kit, especially designed to help you fighting the war on acne. A simple 3-step system provides you with all the armour you need to fight those irritating blemishes and blackheads while restoring balance and harmony to your skin. Benzoyl Peroxide free, this gentle blemish buster solution is suitable for all skin types.
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This competition is now closed. Congratulations Pei!