Taking Control Of Your Acne
Getting rid of acne can be a struggle; the frustration that comes with using products and no results to show for it can be discouraging.
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition found on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest and upper arms. Acne occurs when your skin pores become blocked with oil, dead skin or bacteria. The intensity varies and can take on the form of whiteheads, blackheads, pustules/pimples, papules, cysts and nodules.
There are several factors that cause acne including genetics, hormones, diet, medication, hygiene, lifestyle and stress.
We might not have total control over our genes and hormones but, we do have control over our habits and lifestyle. Break bad skin care habits and enjoy the healthy glow of clear skin.
Here are some tips to get you that glow you desire:
Stop touching your face with unclean hands: Touching the face is one habit that people don’t take note of. During the course of our day we come in contact with a lot of germs and the hand is a primary point of contact for this germs. Touching our face transfers these germs. We don’t want bacteria building a house on our face. Becoming conscious of this habit will definitely reduce the thriving of bacteria on our face.
Stop smoking: Apart from the fact that smoking kills our lungs, smoking also has a significant contribution to acne as it decreases the amount of oxygen that goes to your face. Carcinogen which is a cancer causing substance present in cigarettes irritates the skin and dries it out. This in turn triggers your skin to produce more oil which leads to breakouts.
Check the ingredients of products before buying them: This is one thing a lot of people are guilty of -purchasing products without knowing or understanding its content. Lack of knowledge could lead to more harm than good. The fact that your friend uses it, doesn’t mean it is good for your skin. Products containing artificial colours and fragrances tend to irritate the skin and increase acne breakouts. We ensure that our products are produced using naturally sourced ingredients that do not to irritate the skin and our fragrances are naturally sourced too.
Improve your hygiene: It is important we take care of our body by keeping it clean, washing the face twice a day. We should also ensure we shower after exercise, regularly wash our hands, wash clothes frequently, wash pillowcases and beddings weekly and wash makeup brushes/sponges. Additionally, washing off makeup before going to bed is important because your skin goes through a regenerative process at night. Makeup impedes this natural exfoliation by clogging your pores with dirt.
Use hair products that are skin friendly: Many hair products contain ingredients that can harm your skin and trigger breakouts. Noticed those breakouts around your hairline, forehead, neck and back? They are usually because of hair products. Products containing silicone and sulfate irritate the skin. If your breakouts occur in areas near where you apply hair products, it may be time to look at their ingredients and remove anything likely to be causing a breakout from your routine. Our Ivory Butter is specially formulated without irritating ingredients to avoid causing breakouts.
Quit popping those spots: There is a myth that popping acne makes it go away. Popping a spot doesn’t make it go away. Many people think they are getting rid of it without realising that this pushes bacteria deeper into the skin. It also makes acne noticeable, increases scarring and is painful. This habit generates other skin issues like dark acne scars, infection and inflammation. Let the breakout clear on it’s own and that glow will become closer than you imagined.
Avoid stress: Cells that produce sebum respond to stress hormones. Sebum is the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles leading to a pimple or acne cyst. Stress causes the body to release hormones and cell signals that increase the body’s inflammatory response. This inflammatory response can make acne flare ups worse. Your peace of mind is priority. A mind at rest and 8 hours of sleep at night can do wonders for your skin.
Watch What You Eat: Certain foods that you eat trigger the sebaceous gland to secrete more sebum than it used to. By changing your diet you will significantly reduce your risk of getting acne. Dairy products have proven to contain high level of hormones that lead to increased oil production thereby clogging the pores. Inflammatory fats are not healthy and they increase inflammation in your skin and cause excess oil production. Alcohol and salt cause dehydration which makes the skin produce more oil leading to breakouts. Sugar spikes the blood sugar level hence more production of insulin which encourages your skin to produce more oil. Cleaning out your fridge is one of the best decisions you will ever make when it comes to diet. Replace those unhealthy foods with plenty of fruit, vegetables,whole grains and protein.