Tips for Oily and Acne Prone Skin
Is your skin breaking out and causing you grief in the warm temperatures? Summer can wreak havoc on the skin, often taking "normal" skin and turning it into acne prone and oily. Changes in the weather can bring about skin changes, so we are sharing our favorite tips on caring for oily and acne prone skin.
More often than not, a simple seasonal tweak in your cleanser and moisturizer can help remedy the problem relatively quickly. At Seed, we offer a special essential oil blend designed for oily, combination, and acne prone skin. First, though, what causes acne?
Acne is a skin condition that can have a profound effect on a person’s self confidence. Unlike other issues, acne is something which is highly visible and people who suffer from it often tend to seek out every advertised "miracle" product in order to clear up their skin.
Let’s talk about some acne myths. There are so many surrounding this condition and people with acne often blame themselves for their breakouts. Perhaps the biggest myth is related to food. Eating greasy foods, chocolate, and drinking coffee do not cause acne. Another myth is that your face isn’t clean enough. People with acne tend to wash their faces multiple times a day in an attempt to get cleanse away the oil, but this actually causes more harm and results in more acne breakouts.
The Key Cause of Acne
Those with acne have pores that have become clogged by trapped oils, or sebum. The trapped sebum collects in the pores and will eventually develop bacteria. This combination of clogged pores and bacteria results in acne. The buildup of bacteria in the pores will ultimately result in inflammation and that is when the red pimples become visible and sore.
Skin Care Tips for Acne
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice daily. Seed Advanced Botanicals Daily Cleanser with Lemongrass and Rosemary is a smart choice. Wash away the day's makeup and environmental contaminants as the natural essential oils provide benefits for oily skin. Learn more about these oils for acne prone skin below.
- Use a cotton pad to apply an alcohol-free toner designed for sensitive skin to remove any traces of cleanser and help calm redness. Look for one with cucumber on the ingredients label, such as Seed Advanced Botanicals Cucumber Facial Toner.
- Exfoliate regularly with an oil soluble exfoliant such as salicylic acid. This ingredient is able to get right into the pores to help purge the sebum and bacteria. If you do not clear your clogged pores your battle with acne will continue.
- Moisturize daily with a light and soothing moisturizer. We know what you're thinking: "Oily skin doesn't need more moisture." This is a common skin care myth. It is important to keep your skin hydrated and soothed while it is healing from acne. Our Advanced Botanicals Daily Moisturizer with Lemongrass and Rosemary features anti-aging ingredients such as niacinamide and sea kelp, while the natural essential oils offer acne fighting benefits.
More on Niacinamide
I just mentioned Niacinamide. There is growing research on Niacinamide and its benefits for those with acne-prone skin. According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, a double-blind study revealed that topical application of Niacinamide in 100 participants significantly slowed down the production of excess sebum.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) can also reduce inflammation, which reduces acne flare ups.
Why Your Skin Needs Lemongrass and Rosemary Essential Oils
Why does Seed Body Care feature Lemongrass and Rosemary in for oily and acne prone skin? Lemongrass Essential Oil is abundant in Vitamin A, which contains acne-fighting properties. It also aids cell renewal, helping to shed those dead cells that tend to get trapped on the skin. Rosemary Essential Oil is stellar for acne. It is both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.
Remember: Be patient!
There is nothing more you want than to be rid of your acne, but please remember that it will take at least 2-3 weeks of a consistent skin care routine to help repair your skin. If you do not notice any results, then we recommend you make an appointment with a dermatologist because a prescription topical cream may be in order.
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