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The full story on acne: Everything you need to know about one of the most common skin concerns

The full story on acne: Everything you need to know about one of the most common skin concerns

The full story on acne: Everything you need to know about one of the most common skin concerns

Would you be surprised if we told you that acne is one of the most common skin concerns among consumers of all ages?

And, while we’ve all become used to seeing a vision of angry cysts and breakouts, acne actually takes on many forms.

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition experienced by up to 85% of Australians at some point in their life.

The condition can range in appearance from small pimples and whiteheads to blackheads, papules, nodules and cysts with associated redness that may affect the face, back and chest.

…What causes acne?

To understand acne, we need to understand skin function.

Our sebaceous glands are attached to individual hair follicles. The hair helps to “wick” out the sebum (or ‘oil’), also carrying dead skin cells and debris to the surface of the skin.

Sebum is an important factor to a healthy skin, however, it can become a problem when there is overproduction of it.  When too much oil is produced, the combination of excess sebum and skin cells that don’t shed adequately, lead to blockages in the hair follicle. When the follicle becomes blocked, bacteria thrive and irritate the lining of the follicle which can result in pustules and papules, or as we know it, acne.

So with the cause of acne primarily being excess oil, the most important question to answer is…

What causes excess oil?

And here’s where it gets interesting.

Because by identifying and treating the causes of excess oil, we hold a lot more power in our journey to help treat acne.

Hormones

The androgen commonly known as testosterone is one of the primary hormones responsible for excess oil.

As the male hormone, too much testosterone can cause excess oil and explains why males usually have consistent acne but females are more likely to experience ‘part-time’ acne as testosterone levels fall and increase during hormonal changes.

Gut health

If the body is allergic or intolerant to foods or food groups, it treats it as a threat and goes into overdrive to rid the body of the invader. This attack can lead to redness, inflammation and breakouts as the body works hard to defend itself.

Antibiotics, sugar and processed or greasy foods can also lead to an imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria which can display on the skin.

How can I cure acne?

It’s important to note that there’s no way to simply cure acne.

Preventing and treating excess oil that leads to acne relies on addressing the underlying causes and working on a treatment program with a registered professional such as a naturopath or doctor.

That said, this can be a lengthy process and during that time, there are some things you can do to help improve the quality of the skin and reduce the appearance of redness and irritation to support the process.

Gentle exfoliation

We don’t advise applying harsh products on acne-affected or irritated skin, but a gentle exfoliant can help reduce the build-up of dead skin cells and excess oil to clear the pores.

Bx Reveal Exfoliant is a gentle exfoliant powder, kind enough for even the most sensitive of skin types. Harnessing the powerful combination of plant phyto-actives powders derived from Kakadu plum and rice, the triple action formula helps to remove the dead skin cells that can block pores while conditioning and brightening the skin and encouraging cellular regeneration.

When combined with Bc Refresh Cleanser and used as an exfoliation ritual, Bx Reveal is designed to increase hydration and strengthen the skin for a healthier complexion.

*Please note, exfoliation should be avoided if you take oral medications like Roaccutane, Accutane or use any prescribed exfoliating topicals such as ACNATAC.

 

Cleanse daily

Dirt and bacteria can contribute to blockages in the pores leading to redness and breakouts. Regular cleansing using gentle products is an essential step for acne skins to remove the dirt from the pores.

Bc Refresh Cleanser is an extract of soapberry.  As a superior source of antioxidant protection, Bc Refresh cleans the skin’s surface without using synthetic surfactants. As an added benefit for those who experience acne, the cleanser is suitable for sensitised skin types and works to reduce redness while also strengthening the skin’s barrier.

How to cleanse acne-prone skin

AM

  • Massage Bc Refresh Cleanser into damp skin, remove with a microfibre cloth and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Apply Biologi serum of choice.

PM

  • Remove makeup and surface debris with a dampened microfibre cloth.
  • Massage Bc Refresh Cleanser into damp skin, remove with a microfibre cloth and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Avoid topical acne cures

Acne medication and topical products designed to cure acne usually contain harsh, synthetic ingredients that can strip the skin of oil and dry the skin’s surface further. While excess oil is the cause of acne, some oil is essential for skin function so it’s important to regulate oil flow rather than remove it completely.

Apply clean cosmeceuticals  

Biologi serums are 100% active and treat the skin on a cellular level without the use of irritating synthetics. All serums are multi-use which means they work to treat a range of skin concerns while reducing the toxic load on the skin.

All serums in the Biologi clean cosmeceutical range are water-soluble so they hydrate and nourish the cells without the need for occlusive moisturisers which can further block the pores.

Our personal favourite Biologi Serum for problematic and breakout prone skin is Bd Luminosity Serum. The extract of Davidson plum combines the power of tartaric acid and gallic acid to gently keep pores clear, reduce redness and irritation, and strengthen the skin barrier.  Bg Defence Anti-Pollution Serum is an another great choice because it contains B3 Niacinamide, Salicylic acid and Vitamin C, a unique combination that aids oil regulation and helps to keep the skin clear and healthy.

To try our problematic skin favourites, visit our website today.

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