May 01, 2010
Acne affects such a large proportion of the population, and those who suffer from acne will know that it affects people in a number of ways. It's frustrating, and can cause great distress and a lack of self-esteem.
Before we go on, we'd like to remind you, that you are beautiful. As a general rule, acne sufferers tend to view their acne and its effect on their appearance much less favourably than do other people around them. It's probably not as bad as you think!
On top of this, acne is not untreatable or incurable, and sometimes the solution is a lot simpler than you think.
What you may not know, is that nearly all the commonly-recommended/suggested products for acne contain ingredients that are in fact not very good for your skin at all, and are unlikely to help it in the long-term.
Most popular, off-the-shelf products for acne contain not only bleaching agents and harsh ingredients, but also nasty preservatives and synthetics which aren't actually helping your acne at all, but are there simply to preserve the product, or hold the ingredients together.
You don't want to be putting harsh or damaging ingredients on your skin. If you have acne, your skin is suffering enough. Treat it with kindness.
There are hundreds of natural acne remedies, which have been used successfully for hundreds of years. These include tumeric, sulphur and garlic, among many others.
More so, some of these products have been found in various studies to be even more effective than popular chemical acne treatments. One good example is Green Tea.
A 2003 study conducted by Dr Jennifer Gan-Wong and presented at the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that a 3% green-tea solution was comparable at clearing acne to a stronger, 4% benzoyl peroxide cream. And that's without any of the drying and irritation that can be experienced with benzoyl peroxide use.
Another study conducted by the University of Miami in 2009 revealed that a 2% green tea lotion applied twice a day significantly reduced mild to moderate acne over a 6-week trial.
Green Tea has amazing antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and is also said to help with the regulation of hormones - a common cause of acne. Green Tea is wonderful for all skin types - so you can rest assured that using it on your acne-prone skin won't result in damaged skin years later. The same cannot be said, however, for the more common non-natural acne treatments.
Yes, you want to clear your acne - but you also want to look after and nourish your skin, not leave it scarred, irritated and damaged.
Our gorgeous Invoke Green Tea Moisturiser is perfect for acne-prone skins, containing green tea, watercress extract to balance and clear, citrus seed extract to brighten, and rose maroc essential oil to add moisture without greasiness. It's also very reasonably-priced at just $16.00 for 50ml. ALL natural - ALL beneficial ingredients that your skin will love.
The root cause of acne can vary. One of the most common causes is hormones. In these cases, there are various options available, including the contraceptive pill for females. There are also a variety of natural hormone-balancers available, including green tea and evening primrose oil.
Evening Primrose oil has long been associated with hormonal regulation, and is one of the ingredients in The Little Alchemist Ultra-C Radiance Serum, which also contains Rosehip Oil, excellent for acne scarring and pigmentation, Calendula to calm inflammation, and a natural form of Vitamin A, also proven very effective in fighting acne. You can click on the image for more information on this beautiful product.
Fighting acne effectively doesn't have to mean abusing or damaging your skin. The best way to fight acne, we believe, is to do so using ingredients that are helpful and kind to your skin long-term, whilst clearing your acne naturally. As we said, acne-prone skin is in distress and is already suffering enough - it needs caring for and treating with love, just like the rest of you.
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