At the first sign of a breakout, we often go on the attack and use the strongest, most ferocious weapons we have. This may temporarily dry out pimples, but harsh treatments will also wreak havoc on our skin by causing dehydration, flaking, more redness ,and permanent damage.
When treating any breakouts, gentle is always the best solution.
I know this goes against what the ‘Clean and Clear’ commercials want to make us believe, but trust me on this.
Avoid these ingredients in your acne care products:
Alcohol: Found in most toners and astringents, alcohol will only strip the skin of its natural oils (signalling to the body to produce more!). It will also cause dehydration and make the skin more susceptible to bacteria.
Salicylic acid: This is the most common ingredient recommended for fighting acne, but it’s often far too harsh for the skin, and is most often found in alcohol solutions. Note: it’s also an absolute no, no for women who are pregnant!
Benzoyl Peroxide: This is a common ingredient found in topical creams prescribed for acne by dermatologists. It’s also another ingredient that’s too harsh for the skin and will result in irritated, flaky, and dehydrated skin. If this (and other harsh ingredients like this) are the only things that seems to clear up your breakouts, then you should probably look internally. Seek out a naturopathic doctor to help identify the problem that is most often deeper than what’s on the surface.
For the topical treatment of acne, look for ingredients that are naturally anti-septic (but not drying), anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and nourishing.
Black Mud: Earthen ingredients like mud and clay are incredible for drawing out impurities and absorbing oil. Black mud specifically, which is extracted from the Dead Sea, is extremely rich in minerals which helps to detoxify and purify the skin.
Pine: Naturally fights fungal and viral infections, boosts the skin’s immunity, and reduces redness.
Black Cumin Seed Oil: Naturally anti-inflammatory and clarifying. This oil has black been used for centuries. It’s ideal for re-balancing oil production and helps prevent against breakouts caused by bacterial infections.
When it comes to skincare, I never want anyone to feel tied to one specific product or brand. That’s why I like to educate on ingredients, first and foremost, so that you can pick and choose products based on the ingredients you know work for your skin. That said, I am super excited to say that all of these ingredients can be found in the Holistic Vanity Acne Care line, which is a line I have always loved and supported.
I particularly love the fact that Holistic Vanity is one of the first to introduce these incredible ingredients into a full acne care line. Read my review here.