Acne is caused by the overproduction of sebum by sebaceous glands which blocks pores and creates blackheads, whiteheads and pustules, and causes inflammation. Below is a selection of products suitable for acne skin

About Acne

Acne is caused by the overproduction of sebum by sebaceous glands which blocks pores and creates blackheads, whiteheads and pustules, and causes inflammation.

Hormone fluctuations, stress and environmental factors can all cause acne. It is a common condition thought to affect around 80% of 11 to 30 year olds although some people can also suffer from acne in later life.

Caring for Acne Skin

The combination of oil and sweat on our skin, keeps our skin healthy and elastic, however the continuous cleansing of the skin with alkaline products like soap and other harsh foaming products can result in an unbalanced skin condition.  The body then corrects this by producing more oil thus exacerbating the problem.  Therefore it is important to use products that help balance the pH level of the skin and also include antibacterial ingredients.

Exfoliate the skin (remove the dead skin cells) twice a week.  Make sure you avoid using very coarse scrubs.  We advise using gentle clays that remove the dead skin cells and draw out impurities.

It is important to put hydration into the skin, without adding rich oil products, thereby helping to balance and control the body’s oil output.  Toning gels are great for this and a light day cream will provide protection and help to balance the skin.

Avoid ‘touching’ and ‘picking’ at pimples throughout the day.  This not only brings harmful bacteria onto the area, but also spreads the infection but can also result in scarring.

Gentle exposure to the sun can be very helpful for acne sufferers, but this must be monitored carefully – early in the day or late afternoon is recommended.  

A balanced diet including plenty of fresh vegetable and fruit is important as is drinking at least 8 glasses of purified water a day to help maintain good skin health.

See how Alana coped with acne and the results she got with Living Nature products: Alana's testimonial

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