What is Acne?
Acne, also known as 'Vulgaris', is a common skin condition that causes outbreaks of pimples and cysts, mainly on the face, back, arms, and chest. Acne occurs when hair follicles in your skin become blocked with excess oil (sebum) and dead skin cells, ultimately causing your pores to become infected and inflamed. Although acne is commonly thought of as a problem of adolescence, it can occur in people of all ages. Adult acne has many similarities to adolescent acne with regard to both causes and treatments.
What causes Acne?
The three factors that directly contribute to acne are: excess oil production pores becoming clogged by “sticky” skin cells and bacteria. This can result in non-inflammatory acne such as whiteheads and blackheads. Sometimes, inflammation occurs within the blocked pores, which leads to pus-filled pimples, cysts, and nodules.
There are also some indirect factors that influence the aforementioned direct factors, including:
- hormones, stress, and the menstrual cycle in women, all of which can influence oil production
- hair products, skincare products, and makeup, which can clog pores
- diet, which can influence inflammation throughout the body
Sven's Island remedies for 'Acne'
One of the most important things you can do to reduce or eliminate acne is to help balance the skin’s oil levels, reduce inflammation and kill bacteria to prevent future acne breakouts. Using our Spotless facial gel cleanser and Fresh Face moisturiser that both contain antibacterial properties will help to remove impurities sitting on the skin’s surface, ultimately safeguarding your skin from the formation of acne-causing bacteria. Researchers have found that Manuka leaf oil can reduce the number of acne sores in people with mild to moderate acne. Recent studies suggested that Manuka leaf oil may work as well as 5 percent benzoyl peroxide, which is a common over-the-counter (OTC) acne medication.
Spotless- Facial Gel Cleanser
Developed for sensitive skin types, our gentle facial cleanser is packed with natural cleansing properties that eliminate dirt and oil while re-balancing the sebum in your skin without over-drying. The key ingredient is New Zealand Lemonwood leaf extract which inhibits the growth and formation of Acne causing bacteria along with Kumarahou leaf extract which contains naturally occurring soaping properties and anti-inflammatory goodness to soothe any redness and irritation.
Miracle Manuka- Skin Repair Ointment
Our Miracle Manuka skin repair ointment is a 100% natural skincare treatment that contains organic Manuka leaf oil which has strong antibacterial properties and has shown to be highly effective in reducing Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria most commonly involved in the pathogenesis of acne. It also contains the powerful antiseptic properties of Palmarosa oil to help fight skin infections along with organic Marshmallow root extract which acts as a potent anti-inflammatory that can help soothe and relieve red and inflamed skin, symptoms often associated with Acne.
Always use as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.