If you suffer from acne, you're not alone. In fact, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. But there's good news - there are a number of things you can do to get rid of your acne and achieve clear, beautiful skin. Read on to find out what they are!
Most people believe that acne is caused by dirt and oil, but the real culprit is actually a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes. This bacteria thrives in oily environments, which is why acne is more common in people with oily skin. Acne occurs when the hair follicles (even peach fuzz hair) become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, allowing the bacteria to grow and cause inflammation. Gone too long, and you get pimples, zits and other painful blemished.
There are many factors that can contribute to acne, including genetics, hormones, diet, and stress. While you may not be able to control all of these factors like genetic oil production, there are some things you can do to help eliminate acne for good.
Here are some tips for eliminating acne. They're also the tips that you see everyone say. We'll write them here, they're not special.
1. Keep your skin clean. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser to remove oil, dirt, and makeup. Be sure to wash your face after working out or sweating to remove any bacteria that may have gotten on your skin.
2. Use an exfoliating scrub. Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub 2-3 times a week for best results.
So, what gives? These two recommendations are true in theory. But, for many, it is not enough. The key is to combine cleaning and exfoliating with the right ingredients that can cover your face when it is fresh and most receptive to acne fighting properties.
Here's the three natural ingredients that make washing and exfoliating a super powerful way to get rid of acne for good.
Now, like we said, you're not going to get away from washing and exfoilating. That is the gold standard of acne care. However, by using these three ingredients, you can make your routine way more powerful at stopping acne for good.
Acid sounds intense, but this is a key!
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body, and is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated and plump. It can also help to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, which is a total bonus in this situation.
Hyaluronic acid will hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation. (The main effects of acne.) This in turn keeps bacteria at bay, and helps to reduce the appearance of acne.
Additionally, hyaluronic acid can help to soothe irritated skin and speed up the healing process of any existing acne or pimples.
Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea)
Red tea, also known as Aspalathus Linearis, is a powerful herbal remedy for acne. This tea has been used for centuries in Africa to treat skin conditions. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Red tea can be taken orally or applied topically to the skin. When taken orally, red tea helps to detoxify the body and reduce inflammation. When applied topically on your skin, it helps you heal and reduce redness from acne. Heal, and take care of the visual blemishes as well - best of both worlds!
Chondrus crispus (Seaweed) AKA the natural acne fighter.
This one, 100% natural ingredient, works just as good as drugstore products and doesn't require adding another chemical to your face. It's seaweed. Seaweed, specifically Chondrus crispus, is a type of algae that naturally attacks the bad, acne, bacteria on your skin.
Recent studies have shown that seaweed can be effective in treating acne. One study found that a product containing 3% seaweed extract was just as effective as a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream in reducing acne symptoms.
Another study looked at the effect of seaweed on sebum production, which is thought to be one of the main propellents of acne. Seaweed was found to reduce excess sebum on the skin by up to 70%
Natrually eliminating the root causes of acne is essential to permanetly solving the problem and seaweed can seriously help you get there.
These three ingredients are great on their own and any one will help you on your path to ending acne. Combining them is even better and can help your body overcome acne, naturally.
You can use a cream or a scrub with these products. Of the two types, we recommend a scrub. A scrub will better clear physical acne issues like dead skin cells and deep dirt. This lets active ingredients like seaweed and red tea to actually get into your skin and do their job. Plus scrubs tend to last way longer than creams because you only have to use it 1-3 times a week. We're all about picking quality products that last.
If you are looking for a natural way to treat your acne, this one is our favorite scrub and it features Hyaluronic acid, red tea and seaweed. It's a homerun in our books!
Here's an amazon link if you want to check it out.