YOUR HOLY GRAIL TO ACNE-FREE SKIN
Bet we all can agree to be mutual members of the "I LOATHE ACNE" club, because who doesn't?
Before digging deep into the bumpy roads of breakouts, let's walk down the memory lane of our not-so-fond-of memories when dear old friend, acne gave us a surprise visit, first time ever!
We'll go first~
It was a bright Sunday morning and fifteen year old me woke up as excited and buzzy as a bee, all prepped up to set on an adventure called the Annual School Trip. The happiness soon came to a halt when the first glance into the mirror revealed a red bump right on the tip of my nose. An experience that was supposed to be fun was turned into embarrassment, humiliation, and low self-esteem, all created from my first-time acne.
I was told that this was just an "acne phase" and would pass by in a blink if I followed a disciplined lifestyle. The said lifestyle required me to follow certain practices, like:
- Eating clean & on time
- Drinking enough water
- Cleansing our face twice a day
- Using certain products
- Not thinking about it!
Well, here's a reality check; although some of these suggestions can be considered short-term fixes, these are not permanent solutions. What's constant is the ultimate struggle to deal and fight with the pain known as acne & breakout concerns.
Acne issues may start at your teens but the hormones can be a raging mess for skincare at every stage of your growth. Acne shows up in mysterious ways, and we say so because acne breakouts are triggered anywhere and any time. Stress, tiredness, oily skin, dirt and sometimes, just hormones are the reason how acne thrives and dealing with them the right way requires the right set of knowledge and that's where we step in.
Let's dig into the roots of acne;
The pores and hair follicles in our skin contain sebum producing glands that lubricate our hair and skin. As we mature and develop, these glands start producing more sebum. Now, the excess sebum and dead skin cells end up clogging the pores, which leads to the multiplication of bacteria, causing acne breakouts.
Putting it precisely, acne is a wide term and has multiple types. To understand the science behind treating each type, it's important to identify them in the first place. To start with, if a clogged pore closes but bulges out from the skin, it is a type of acne called a whitehead. Similarly, if a clogged pore stays open, the top surface darkens, leaving you with a blackhead. Sometimes sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells layer up under the skin — and you're left with a small, red bump called a pimple, another painful type of acne.
The list of various types of acne can be a long one. A bunch of unhealthy habits and lifestyle choices might be the reason behind your inflamed and popped up face, but keeping the skin clear and free from woes with a little bit of skincare science is our way to celebrate you and your healthy skin.
How to preach acne-free skin?
To treat acne from its crux, it's crucial to make sure your skin is clean and healthy from its core. And to ensure that, a consistent AM/PM skincare routine is a must.
Start your routine with a gentle facial cleanser with natural extracts like Kakadu Plum & Green Tea that soothes your skin while clearing off impurities without effectively blocking your skin’s natural barrier.
Next in the step, balance your skin’s pH with an antioxidant and AHA rich toner. It not only balances the skin’s pH by keeping a check on excessive sebum, it also shrinks your pores and fixes uneven skin tone.
Treat your skin with drops of potent brilliance. Glazing up your skin with Niacinamide serum nourishment will further keep your skin clean, even-toned, supple and glowing.
The next step should be a light-weight moisturizer that doesn’t flame up your skin with its greasy texture. Instead, it should spread seamlessly on your skin and hydrate it with its multi-benefits.
The final yet the most important step is putting sunscreen on. The SPF layer shields your skin against the sun and the ‘N’ number of skincare concerns that comes along with it, one being inflamed acne.
It is said that ‘Prevention is better than cure’;
And adding to it, we say, “If you can prevent your skin from breaking out really bad, then why not?”