The cause of acne and spots can be complicated to pin down. What may appear to be an issue with the surface of the skin is often influenced by your hormones. An imbalance in one or two key hormones (like too much testosterone) can increase oil production, which is why it often pops up during puberty. Same goes for those having teen skin déjà vu in their thirties. Hormonal changes can cause confusion at skin level. With all persistent skin conditions, a trip to the doctor and finding a naturopath is our first port of call. In the interim, you can optimise your skincare regime with natural acne treatments formulated to be as gentle as possible, reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.
Targeted spot products are the most obvious place to start and our natural acne treatments can get you out of a spot of trouble. Certified organic Absolution La Cure Peau Nette contains fifteen ampules that you apply twice a day to clean skin. Use half an ampule in the morning and the remainder at night to help calm redness, and aid skin recovery from blemishes. Two other top targeted natural acne treatments to try are the Amala Spot Treatment and Lue Clear Spot Treatment. Both are vegan and designed to be applied directly to blemishes.
There’s a reason so many reach for masks when met with breakouts. They can be a great help to reduce redness and inflammation. The three ingredients in the Plant Not A Spot Acne Treatment Mask – white clay, activated charcoal, and basil oil – help with blemishes. For a more intense mask, May Lindstrom The Problem Solver soft and rich mousse texture purifies pores with a warm tingling sensation. If enzymatic masks are your bag, the bright green Tata Harper Clarifying Mask used regularly as a natural acne treatment helps clear complexions without drying or irritating the skin.
Whilst you might see any shine as the enemy, be careful to not strip your skin of its natural oils. You want your skin to feel clean but not ‘squeaky clean.’ If you wear make-up, start with a gentle natural makeup remover like Evolve’s Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser using an organic cotton pad to lift initial dirt. Follow with a cleanser for oily, spot-prone skin like the Dr Alkaitis Purifying Facial Cleanser for a non-drying cleanse with light exfoliation. Soapwalla Activated Charcoal Soap can be used on face and body (great if you’re looking to tackle bacne) to deeply cleanse pores too.
Look for ingredients such as willow bark in the Therapi Lemon Myrtle Anti-Bacterial Facial Toner as it contains naturally occurring salicylic acid that works to unblock pores and gently dissolves skin cell build-up. Another great option is the Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner which has calming chamomile and lavender water to accelerate the healing process of aggravated skin.
An often overlooked part of skincare routines, serums used topically make for great natural acne treatments. The one month supply from Odacite Pimples Serum Concentrate is designed to match the cycle of your skin cells and can be mixed into your moisturiser or applied after toner. Thirty active natural ingredients inside the Kypris Clearing Serum including fruit derived AHA and the ultra-light Twelve Rebalancing Serum are also ideal for detoxing and protecting skin from environmental aggressors that often cause flare ups.
Be wary of oil-free moisturisers as they often contain silicones to give that smooth feeling without the oil. Remember that some oils, linoleic acid-rich oils in particular, can actually be good for this acne prone and oily skin types. Instead try a natural moisturiser such as the Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer which is silicone free or the semi-matte Pai Skincare Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream. Both are great under make-up. If you are after more moisturisers like these, check out our guide to natural and organic matte moisturisers and lightweight face lotions.
We know it’s easier to apply a cream than take a closer look at what is causing spots and or trying to change our habits. But more long-term results start from within with a balanced diet and lifestyle. If that swings out of control, try taking all natural B vitamins such as those found in Synergy Co. Super B Complex or superfood organic chlorella for spot prone skin. B vitamins have been documented to help those with hormonal and stress-related acne by detoxifying and rebalancing skin. Zinc is associated with reducing the amount of natural oil your skin produces and may even prevent pores from clogging in the first place – try Wild Nutrition Zinc Plus. Consumed probiotics have been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which are elevated in those with acne. To help your skin from the inside out, go for a filler free booster such as The Nue Co Skin Food and Prebiotic.
If you are interested in learning more about a personalised and holistic approach to address acne, please phone 020 3075 1006 or email shop[at]beingcontent.com to discuss our treatments and book a consultation with our herbalist and naturopath.
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