The dos and don’ts of living with acne
Acne is a condition affecting up to 85% of Australians at some point in their life.
Like most skin conditions, the severity of acne can vary from person to person. Some are prone to a few spots or zits when triggered. Others can live with painful, angry cysts that won’t clear up regardless of the treatment protocol in place.
What is acne?
Sebum is the skin’s natural oil secreted through pores and follicles. The combination of excess oil, dead skin cells and dirt can lead to blockages in the pores that lead to breakouts.
As such a common complaint, consumers are often advised how to treat acne. And when so-called cures don’t work, the resulting frustration leads many to claim acne is something you just have to put up with.
And, the reality is, there is no topical cure for acne.
Learning how to treat the causes of the condition is ultimately the only way to reduce the painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
But regardless of treatment, there are a lot of changes you can make to reduce the severity of outbreaks.
Here are our ‘dos and don’ts’ of living with acne.
DON’T rely on topical treatments to ‘cure’ acne
It doesn’t matter which products claim they can cure acne, they can’t. Acne is only cured by identifying and addressing the internal causes. End of story.
DO consult with a naturopath or dietician
Research has identified strong links between gut health and acne. Consuming anything the body perceives as a threat can cause inflammation that displays as redness and irritation on the skin’s surface. Internal triggers such as gluten, dairy or sugar are a leading cause of acne but effective treatment can only begin once the source of the gut imbalance has been identified.
A naturopath or dietician will help identify and gut issues or intolerances to reduce the severity of outbreaks and in many cases, stop them altogether.
DON’T take antibiotics
Antibiotics are designed to kill the bad bacteria that cause infection. Unfortunately, antibiotics can’t tell the difference between good and bad bacteria and each course of treatment can wipe out millions of good bacteria that counteract the harmful bacteria. This can cause an imbalance in the gut that can trigger acne.
Regular exfoliation is an absolute must to clear oil, dirt and dead skin cells from acne-prone skin. If the skin is irritated and sensitive, swap harsh scrubs for gentle enzyme exfoliants that are kind to healthy cells.
DO apply Bd Luminosity Serum
Bd Luminosity Serum is a potent blend of phytonutrients that can heal and nourish acne-affected skin.
Quercetin and tartaric acid are key nutrients naturally occurring in Davidson plum that work hard to reduce redness, calm inflamed skin and work as a gentle enzyme exfoliant to help regulate oil flow and clear pores.
DON’T underestimate the role of hormones
Acne is common in teenagers, pregnant women and those who have recently stopped taking the contraceptive pill. The hormone imbalance can lead to excess oil which triggers the outbreaks either ongoing or at certain points of the cycle. If breakouts are intermittent, keep a diary and try to identify any times in the cycle.
DO manage stress
Stress is a common cause of acne as it increases cortisol levels in the body which can offset gut bacteria and increase inflammation that leads to redness and irritation.
DON’T use makeup to cover up outbreaks
The ingredients used to formulate can be driving factors that contribute to breakouts and acne. Ingredients that end in ‘cone’ such as silicone and dimethicone are known irritants and should be avoided by anyone with acne-prone skin.
DON’T apply retinoids
Synthetic vitamin A used as an ingredient in common acne treatments. Retinoids haven’t been confirmed safe during pregnancy or when breastfeeding and can harm healthy cells. We strongly discourage all use.
Acne is a complex condition and understanding the causes and triggers will ultimately help identify your cure. To try Bd Luminosity Serum, visit the shop today.