Skincare Focus: Acne

Monday, 18 April 2016  |  Sarah

Skincare Focus: Acne

Acne is commonly associated with teen skin, but more and more women are also experiencing the condition. For teens, when we hit puberty, testosterone levels in both boys and girls can increase, which causes an overproduction of sebum from our sebaceous glands. We need sebum in our skin as it acts as a natural moisturiser, but when too much is produced our pores can become clogged, leading to spots. In  our 20's and 30's, hormones (both sex and stress) can be unbalanced and this tends to manifest itself in breakouts and blemishes around the chin and jawline. 

Many mainstream brands formulated to treat breakouts and acne contain alcohol. This can be very drying on the skin, and can leave it feeling tight, too tight for comfort! Whilst alcohol may help dry up sebum, it can send our sebaceous glands into overdrive as they try to compensate for the lack of sebum in the skin. In the long run, alcohol-containing skincare may in fact make breakouts and acne skin worse.

For acne or skin prone to blemishes and breakouts, look for products to target these problems. Natural ingredients that may be beneficial for this skin issue include Willow Bark Extract, Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Salicylic Tea Tree Oil, Honey, Lemon and Oatmeal. Do not look for products to “dry out” the skin as this will only cause the affected areas to produce more oil in the long term, and also do not be scared to use products that contain the right types of oil, as oil balances oil in the skin. Besides from Tea Tree, you may also wish to consider Bergamot, Clove and Lavender.

Always remember that what you put in your body affects your skin as well as what you put on it. Limit caffeine and alcohol intake, don’t smoke, and drink water like it is going out of fashion. Acne can be caused by deficiency in Zinc and Essential Fatty Acids. Good sources of zinc include shellfish such as oysters, beef and lamb, spinach, cashes and pumpkin seeds. Make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of oily fish to provide EFAs, along with a spectrum of colourful antioxidant-packed fruits and vegetables. 

Solution: Try Alba Botanica’s AcneDote to Remedy Acne in Teens and Adults Alike

Acne at any age is no fun at all. Whether going back to school with breakouts and blemishes, or a stressed out adult experiencing hormonal acne, Alba Botanica’s range of products, AcneDote, is formulated especially to target breakouts, blemishes and acne in skins of all ages.

How does Alba Acnedote Work?
AcneDote contains 2% Salicylic Acid, naturally derived from Willow Bark Extract, along with skin soothing ingredients such as Aloe and Chamomile to calm inflammation and redness. Salicylic Acid works by thoroughly cleaning the skin’s surface and also helps to slough away dead skin cells. Note, this is no quick fix and it can take three weeks or longer for skin to respond to this regimen.

The Acnedote Skin Care Regime:

  1. A good skincare regimen starts with a decent cleansing product. Deep Pore Wash is just this   a gentle foaming was to help fight breakouts. To use, apply to wet face using small, upward circular motions, massaging into a foamy lather. Rinse thoroughly. In the evening, to ensure all pollutants, makeup and bacteria are removed from your skin, we recommend a double cleanse.
  2. After cleansing, tone with Deep Clean Astringent. This product cleans deep down in the pores, neutralising acne causing bacteria and reducing breakouts in just eight hours*. Apply with a cotton pad after cleansing.
  3. For problem areas and individual spots, apply Invisible Treatment Gel a targeted treatment to help zap zits on contact, delivering clearer skin in just four hours*. Dries clear. To use, ap-ply directly to blemishes morning and evening using a cotton wool bud, and even more frequently if necessary.
  4. Many customers complain that their skin is dry even though they are suffering from acne. This is where the Oil Control Lotion comes in. It’s light enough to keep skin oil  and shine free, but delivers enough moisturisation to take away any feeling of tightness in the skin. To use, apply to a freshly cleansed face morning and evening.
  5. 2 -  3 times a week, use the Face & Body Scrub, formulated with ground walnut shell. This exfoliator gently foams to help scrub away oil, dirt and pore clogging dead skin cells. Gentle enough to be used daily, if necessary.

The Alba Botanica AcneDote range is dermatologically tested, non-comodegenic, 100% Vegetarian. With NO: Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Artificial Fragrances, Para-bens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sul-fate or Sodium Myreth Sulfate.*clinically tested.

Source: Kinetic News