Acne is the 8th most common disease in the world affecting more than 633 million people globally. It’s a long-term skin disease which occurs when hair follicles get clogged with dead skin cells and oil and primarily affects skin with a relatively high number of oil glands ie: the face, upper chest and back.
SKINCARE FOR ACNE THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU
Acne does need special care to keep it from spreading and getting infected and there are some treatment methods here which you may not have thought of before. Here’s our 4-step skincare routine specifically for acne and problem skin:
To suggest cleansing with oils seems counter-intuitive given that acne is often associated with an over-production of oil. However, even Acne.org promotes the idea persuasively, explaining it this way:
‘Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.’
See Wellness Mama’s excellent article on how to use OCM with botanical oils for acne here.
Apple cider vinegar can be used externally for cystic acne. Dab a Q-tip in raw apple cider vinegar and then onto your cysts. This should be done twice a day. You can also make a 50/50 dilution of water to apple cider vinegar and use it as a toner.
For this to be effective, you need to use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that includes the ‘mother’. The ‘mother’ is the substance which ferments the apple cider into vinegar and comprises beneficial healing bacteria, enzymes and acids. It is the ‘mother’ which gives raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar its characteristic cloudy appearance.
Lavender essential oil can be applied to acne cysts with a q-tip several times a day. Most people can tolerate lavender essential oil neat (without diluting) If you find the oil to be too strong, dilute it with some coconut oil or castor oil first.
Tea tree essential oil can be a very powerful all natural remedy for acne, as it is antibacterial. To apply it, mix a small amount (5 to 10 drops) in a 1/4 cup water. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it to your skin. You can reapply throughout the day or leave it on under your makeup.
Raw,unfiltered honey can be used topically for cystic acne a couple of times a day. Honey is a wonderful “medicine” because of its strong antiseptic and antibacterial effects.
Contrary to popular belief, acne-prone skin still needs to be moisturised. It’s well established that acne can only heal if the skin is sufficiently hydrated. However, great care needs to be taken in choosing a moisturiser that won’t irritate and further inflame already traumatised skin.
BaoCare Acne Skincare is a completely natural solution for acne, breakouts and problem teenage skin. Organic Baobab oil helps soothe and hydrate while the Tea Tree, Calendula and Evening Primrose oils are anti-microbial and high in linoleic acid, known to help balance sebum production