Acne.. Natural vs Chemical

Without doubt the question we get asked the most is about acne and the difference between a natural approach and that of chemical treatments.

Acne is a very complex issue with many underlying causes including hormonal imbalance, stress, diet, sleep deprivation & medications. There are also many different kinds of acne, from mild to very severe.

The information available is vast and conflicting, so many experts,so many different opinions, so confusing!

We hope we can simplify it a little.

What works for some, does not for others, there is no "one size fits all" - no miracle cure.

There are 2 common factors found in acne prone skin that all of the experts do agree upon, clogged pores and low levels of linoleic acid ( and high levels of oleic acid) in the sebum, the oil produced by the body to protect and lubricate our skin.

When the pores are clogged excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria are trapped beneath the surface of the skin causing inflammation and breakouts.

Low levels of linoleic acid and high levels of oleic acid cause the sebum to become thick and sticky worsening the problem and further blocking the pores.

"When dead skin cells lining the inside of a pore accumulate too much of a protein called keratin, they stick together too much, which is called hyperkeratinization. When the pores are clogged in this way, excess sebum keeps building up, creating a plug in your pore.

Due to the absence of oxygen, clogged pores are a perfect environment for bacterial growth

(acne bacteria P.acnes is anaerobic), which leads to inflammation."

Common anti-acne ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are (temporarily) effective.

They help kill bacteria and remove excess cells that trap sebum and bacteria inside pores. They do come at a price though and can cause negative reactions like dryness, burning and peeling. We encourage you to read the ingredients list of acne treatments(and any skin care product you use) and ask what that other "non active" stuff is, what's it for & what it is doing to your skin.

Frequent cleaning and use of harsh chemicals in acne treatments ( & other skincare products, some of them labelled as “natural”) dehydrate the skin, stripping it of natural oils,

causing the body to respond by producing even more oil to compensate which further dilutes the amount of linoleic acid content, which in turn clogs the pores and so the cycle continues.

Supplying linoleic acid to the skin helps to correct the linoleic acid deficiency in the sebum and aids in the unclogging process.

We do not claim to be experts on acne, nor do we claim that any of our products will cure acne, but from our perspective and based on the information above, it is our view that GENTLE daily cleansing and exfoliation to unclog the pores and nourishing the skin with natural oils high in linoleic acid to help restore balance and control oil flow is better than harsh commercial treatments.

Our daily cleansing oat powder/scrub/mask

is a beautiful gentle method of cleansing the skin and unclogging pores.

Get it here: Face cleansing powder

The konjac sponge

is another great way to cleanse & exfoliate gently without the need of anything but water.

Get it here: Konjac sponge

The charcoal scrub/mask

is designed to draw out impurities to deeply cleanse

Get it here: Charcoal scrub

And our facial serum

is very high in linoleic acid, contains no *comedogenic oils and is packed with natures gentle but powerful antibacterial, anti inflammatory & antioxidant properties with the added benefits of oils which have been shown to reduce the scarring that acne can leave behind.

*comedogenic oils are oils which are known to clog pores.

Get it here: Face serum


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