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November 15, 2018

Clearing congested & acne-prone skin naturally

Having congested, acne-prone skin can be a frustrating experience — and in more severe cases, can really impact on your self-esteem. Whilst it may seem like a bad curse you’re stuck with, it doesn’t have to be! At its worst, my skin used to be blemish-prone, congested and lacklustre — and I would regularly get cystic-acne  spots that refused to budge for a week or more before finally dissolving, leaving a mark that would last even longer.
These are some of the changes I made to heal my skin — and it’s now 90% clear, 90% of the time!

 healing acne naturallyMe at various stages of my acne journey to now; with clear, healthy skin

  1. Start within. Your skin isn’t an entity separate to the rest of your body - what shows on your skin is often a reflection of a deeper issue. The majority of my skin issues cleared up with dietary changes. The biggest culprit for me? Refined, white sugar. This also includes refined, white flours and any other processed foods, but just cutting sugar intake entirely will make a notable difference to your skin (as it includes a wide range of food products — make sure to read the labels!). Depending on your current diet, it can be a difficult transition, but it doesn’t mean going without. There are alternative sweeteners available – raw honey, rapadura sugar, coconut sugar or agave syrups and the like. Another dietary culprit is dairy - both dairy and refined carbohydrates/sugars encourage the production of 'androgens' in the body, one of the major hormones responsible for acne. Try cutting these down and see what happens.

  2. Be gentle! Often acne-prone skin is treated far more harshly than is good for it. Using harsh, chemical-based products can end up stripping skin of its natural oils, damaging the delicate acid mantle and lipid barrier that protects your skin. This in turn can lead to further inflammation, congestion, sensitivity, acne and dryness. Switch to a gentle cream or oil-based cleanser (avoid gels and foaming cleansers entirely), that will cleanse without disrupting the pH. 

  3. Moisturise. As mentioned above, congested, acne-prone skin is often treated with harsh, drying products (just take a look at the ingredients in any off-the-shelf drugstore acne wash), when in reality, what acne-prone skin needs is TLC, moisture and hydration. Don’t shy away from light-weight creams such as Blissoma’s Peace Evening Calming Creme, which will moisturise whilst gently refining skin texture, clearing pores and preventing acne. Follow with a lightweight oil formulated for troubled skin to seal in moisture.

  4. Exfoliate — but be gentle! Congested skin can be caused by a build-up of dead skin cells and sebum, leading to clogged pores and blackheads. Regular, gentle exfoliation — both manual and chemical (such as from fruit enzymes or the vitamin A serum mentioned above) — will do wonders to restore a glow and smoothness to lacklustre skin. Use a dry powdered mask or exfoliant 2-3 times per week to give your skin a thorough but gentle massage and exfoliation. Treat your skin at least once per week with a hydrating, exfoliating mask to cleanse on a deeper level without drying out your complexion. 

  5. Spot treat & fight pigmentation with a serum rich in vitamin A such as Blissoma's Smooth A+ Correcting Serum. The carrot seed oil will help prevent and fade marks left from acne, clear congestion, refine pores and prevent new flare-ups. It will also help improve skin tone for a more radiant complexion. Use this after cleansing & toning, and allow to absorb before following with a moisturiser.

  6. Most importantly, remember that your acne does not define you. Believe it or not, nobody else notices your blemishes as much as you do - it's basic human nature to focus-in on what we believe to be our imperfections while everyone else just sees the whole, beautiful package. Treat your skin, and yourself, with kindness - always!




Eve :)


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