Oh blemishes, what wouldn’t we do to be rid of you forever? Unfortunately, acne is a complicated beast that is rarely the result of a single factor. Hormones, stress, diet, and the products that we choose all play a role. Luckily, we can take active steps to help minimize, and even eliminate, our acne. In order to do this, it’s important to understand what causes acne. In short, acne occurs when our hair follicles become clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. So what can you do? First, you can prevent dead skin cells from becoming a problem with regular exfoliation. Second, you can address excess sebum production by choosing nourishing products that include ingredients geared towards calming and reducing acne. Avoid drying products as they simply irritate your skin and throw your sebum production further off kilter. Seek out products that include therapeutic essential oils, which naturally reduce inflammation, infection, and redness (lavender, patchouli, cypress, frankincense, myrrh, and helichrysum are great examples). Additionally, remember to address your hormones. Lifestyle changes are typically the most difficult, but they also have the most impact. Exercise, meditate, and eat your way to balanced skin!
Blemishes do not have to rule your life (even though it often feels that way). Remain patient and consistent. More importantly, experiment with your skin care ritual until you find products that you love and that love your skin back!
Seed to Serum’s Top Picks:
(1) Province Apothecary Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum
(2) Laurel Blemish Treatment
(3) Kypris Clearing Serum
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