All About Acne

Posted on November 10, 2015 | Posted under Cleanse Skincare, Ingredients to Avoid, Natural, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, nontoxic, Organic, Organic Skincare, skinnyskinny, skinnyskinny anti-acne treatment, skinnyskinny organic daily moisturiser | 0 Comments

All About Acne is an in-depth look at the roller coaster that a passionate skinnyskinny customer went through to get clear skin! Most of us have been there, but to differing degrees.

Breakouts, blemishes, acne: no matter what you call it, there's no way around it, "problem skin" as it is sometimes referred to can be absolutely exhausting. And for those who suffer from acne, there isn't much that you wouldn't do to see clear skin. I know, I was there before. Years after getting through the monster that is puberty mostly unscathed in terms of acne, my skin took a turn for the worst.
Already aware of the dangers in relying on a chemically based beauty regiment, I threw common sense and reason out for whatever was the "strongest" and therefore most effective treatment. Starting with over the counter, I was using a wildly popular salicylic acid face wash that claims to be gentle and even comes in pink in combination with a microdermabrasion brush. My idea was that I was stripping off the bad skin to get to the good skin underneath. Sounds crazy right? 

Well, salicylic acid actually works by dissolving the top layer of skin and encouraging new skin to form beneath it. This explains the sensitivity to sun, and general redness, irritation and dryness associated with it. 

I would then apply a lotion containing salicylic acid, covered by a layer of foundation which contained, you guessed it-- salicylic acid. This routine was a bit intense, but not uncommon in acne sufferers looking for any possible solution. Salicylic acid is often considered the less abrasive of the two most popular over the counter acne treatments, and yet after a month my blemishes were still going strong while the rest of my skin had become dry and flaky. 

There are two basic beauty notes to be made here: first, makeup and overly dry skin do not mix. Second, your skin has a natural process of sloughing off, when you chemically force this early you leave yourself at risk for more breakouts and also continued irritation. Hindsight really is 20/20. 

So when the "gentle" chemical isn't working, where do you go next? Of course, to what is considered the stronger and also more effective of the two most common acne treatments, Benzoyl Peroxide. With dreams of beautiful clear skin, I spent way too much money and time on creams and treatments that bleached my towels and dried my face.

Comforted by a constant flow of information online and bright infomercials featuring celebrities with glowing faces all thanks to Benzoyl Peroxide, I pushed forward despite the obvious signs that I should stop.

A couple of weeks into my new regiment, my skin started to get dry. Not salicylic acid dry, not wintery flakiness, but really life ruining, red scaly reptile dry. It was to the point where I could no longer wear makeup and I had to slather my face with whatever lotion or cream I could find for relief from the burning.

Just when I thought I had hit a new all time low, my acne started to clear up! Or so it seemed. Underneath my dry skin, cystic acne was forming.

One of the main causes of acne is an excess of sebum production. Sebum is the natural oil that your face produces. There are a number of causes for an excess of oil production, most being hormone related. In my case, I was trapping the oil under a thick layer of dry skin. Plus, the drier the surface of your skin gets, the more sebum your face produces to make up for the lack of moisture. So even though I had lost the bigger red spots, I had gained large bumps under the skin that seemed almost impossible to get rid of.

Despite this, I pushed onward still with hopes of clear skin because in a way, it was working. That is until I started to look less at the ads and more at the science behind it. Skin is a massive living organ that soaks in everything you put onto it. 
So what was I really putting on my face?

-Benzoyl peroxide is a category 3 acne treatment product according to the FDA, meaning the safety of it is unknown. This is based on new information that found the chemical to be a tumor promoter in mice. It has actually been linked to cancer for years now, and once you push away the glamour of advertisements and get to the research, especially just from perusing the National Library of Medicine online, you will be shocked at what you find.

-This chemical also generates free radicals that damage the skin’s structure and cellular DNA, resulting in premature aging of the skin. It interferes with and slows the healing process. And because of this, the red and brown marks that are a regular part of acne can last weeks longer.

-These products are tested on animals.

I finally had enough information to stop. And after some lifestyle changes in terms of food, medications, and skincare things finally started looking up. The last step for me was actually the Organic Anti-Acne Treatment that managed to penetrate deeply enough to fully treat any left over blemishes…without drying! I have actually been able to put together the perfect skincare routine to set trouble skin straight- wash with the always gentle, deep cleaning The Cleanser, mist some Rosemary and Helichrysum Toner, and then follow with the Organic Daily Moisture using the Anti-Acne treatment as needed.

There are two important things to remember: although your breakouts may feel like the end of the world don't risk your health, and the well being of your skin as a whole with potentially dangerous chemicals. And, acne treatment isn't only topical, try to figure out what else may be causing the problem and solve from the bottom, up.

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