When you have acne, it can often feel like you are the only one in the world with this condition. Apart from making you want to hide your beautiful face, acne can sometimes be painful. And despite what many people think, acne isn't a condition that only afflicts teenagers. If you're in your twenties and beyond, those blemishes you are currently struggling with simply proves this!
There are many factors that can contribute to skin inflammation and acne flare-ups; from processed foods and lack of sleep to hormonal changes and aging. There are also a few surprising causes as well, ones you may never even have thought of. Some examples include:
- Your hairstyling products
- Touching your face while working out (imagine touching your shoes, yoga mats and gym equipment...and then touching your face!)
- Ineffective makeup removal
- Using the wrong types of sunscreen
In today's blog post, we want to share 4 of our top secrets for getting clear, blemish-free skin!
Beware of sugar and dairy
There has long been controversy surrounding sugar and acne, but you can’t dispute solid facts.
Sugar consumption increases your risk of blemishes because it increases internal inflammation, which in turn increases sebum in your skin. This can lead to clogged pores and those frustrating pimples. Dairy today is also packed with hormones that interfere with our own hormones, resulting in huge stubborn pimples that like to hang out around our mouth, chin and cheeks.
Cutting back on these acne trigger foods can help to reduce internal inflammation so you can enjoy healthier and happier skin. If this sounds difficult, it really isn't. There are many healthy options today; almond milk and oat milk (we're huge fans of Oatly!) are some of our favourite dairy-free alternative, and there are many healthy sugar alternatives too!
If you don't believe us then just try this mouth-watering paleo (sugar and dairy-free) chocolate hazelnut tart. It's totally drool-worthy so be sure to share it on Instagram!
Remember that time your mom told you to "leave your face alone" when she caught you picking your pimples? Well, turns out she had a point! Constantly touching your face transfers oils and dirt that may be on your hands onto your face, where it can clog up your pores and result in blemishes. Even worse, picking can result in scars that may take months or even years to fade.
We know it's easier said than done, but try to start becoming aware of just how often you touch your face. Sometimes leaving your pimples alone can go a long way in clearing up your skin. One of the easiest way to get around the habit of picking your pimples is by wearing a pimple patch. These ingenious lil' stickers aren't just here to zap the living daylights out of your zits, they're also here to provide a protective layer and prevent you from picking them.
If you can't get a pimple patch, one creative suggestion we have is to wear a plaster on your main acne-picking finger. This will serve as a useful reminder not to pick your pimples!
Look for skin-soothing ingredients
When your mind is in a mess and you're feeling stressed out, herbs such as Skullcap and Chamomile can be excellent choices for helping to soothe and calm your anxiety. These traditional herbs can also be used topically to treat stressed-out skin.
Circadian Fixer Hydro Drops includes both of these herbs, along with other skin-soothing superstars, such as Arnica, Centella, Japanese Knotweed, Licorice Root, Green Tea and Rosemary. We specially selected these Eight Miracle Herbs to soothe, calm and begin the skin healing process. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to blemishes and redness, this is the serum for you. Also known as our "beauty sleep in a bottle" - each bottle of Circadian Fixer Hydro Drops has also been infused with Chardonnay Grapes from an award-winning vineyard to help hydrate and balance your skin!
A mild acid treatment can help
Using an acid can help decrease appearance of pores and improve the texture of your skin, but too much can also result in irritation, inflammation - or worst, a chemical burn. However, a mild acid treatment used over a long period time can be one of the best ways to combat acne and smoothen your skin. While they are many types of acids out there, they can generally be separated into 2 main categories: alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs).
AHAs are water-soluble and work by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells. This makes them the perfect ingredients for brightening and smoothening the skin, which is why gentle AHAs like Lactic Acid can be found in our brightening cleanser, Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops.
BHAs are oil-soluble and this allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin, unclogging pores and removing excess gunk - including the bacteria that can lead to acne. If you have acne-prone skin, look for BHAs like Salicylic Acid on your ingredients list!
As a general rule of thumb:
- AHAs like Lactic Acid will not "treat" acne, but it can help fade acne scars and blemishes
- BHAs like Salicylic Acid are better at preventing acne, but be careful of overuse as it can also irritate your skin
We hope this blog post has been helpful in making you aware of some things that may be contributing to your acne breakouts, and how you can prevent them. If you follow our tips, things can only get better from here!
@Yen Xi: Thank you! We’ve changed it :-)
Hi, cane across your blog posts and just wanted to point out that there is a typo to “dairy”. Thought you might like to change it.