Skin Spring Cleaning: 5 Steps to Eliminating Acne this Spring
the winter, our skin gets dryer - and dry skin is not healthy skin. A
normal response to help dry skin symptoms is to use products that
contain oils. Doing this may produce a serious problem for acne prone skin - clogged pores and an entire inflammatory cycle of "producing" the pimples or cysts.
Over-dry skin may also be a manifestation of invisible inflammation in deeper layers of the
skin. So, instead of one problem you may actually have two if you allow
your skin to get too dry due to environmental factors like wind, cold,
indoor heating, hot showers etc. or because of prolonged use of certain
ingredients in your skincare products such as salicylic acid or alcohol.
PLEASE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief, over-drying oily skin to deal with acne is not an efficient way to treat acne.
The 5 Steps
trying to get rid of "winter skin", here are a few of my top tips to
get your skin in to tip-top shape for spring, and to help eliminate your
Bad Skin Oils
Avoid products that contain the following oils that are comedogenic, and can make your acne WORSE. This applies to your face and body products:
- Cocoa Butter
- Oleic Acid
- Isopropyl Isostearate
- Isopropyl Myristate
- Myristyl Myristate
- Acetylated Lanolin
- Oleyl Alcohol
- Octyl Palmitate
- Isostearic Acid
- Myreth 3 Myristate
- Butyl Stearate
- Lanolin Acid
Treat Your Dryness From The Inside Out
3 and Omega 6 supplements together with Alpha Lipoic Acid will help
your dry skin regain its health without promoting acne. You can use
supplements and a diet rich in those nutrients, and your skin will thank
you by not just regaining its proper moisture, but also reducing
inflammation and acne breakouts.
Acne Friendly Topical Products
topical solutions, avoid harsh ingredients and granulated and harsh
chemical based exfoliates. Opt for non-oil, non-comedogenic ingredient
based moisturizers, possibly with natural moisture retaining powers such
as aloe vera.
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Essential Oils Steam Bath
warm moisture derived from this essential oil mixture cleans the pores
and moisturizes the skin in order to keep the skin clean and prevent
breakouts. Using herbs like this in an herbal bath allows the essential
oils from the plants to be taken in through the pores of the skin, which
are opened up by the warmth of the water. Excess sebum is removed and
the herbal ingredients with these cleansing properties are then able to
clean your pores to prevent them from being clogged. You will also get a
more powerful effect since the herbs are being inhaled and going
directly in to your pores.
- 1 or 2 essential oils (any combination of lavender, thyme, chamomile and/or lime flowers)
- bath tub full of water (not hot, warm)
What to do
5-10 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. The larger the tub, use
closer to 10 drops. The water should be warm, not hot, comfortable
enough to submerge your body. I want you to feel as much relaxation as
possible, but please watch that you don't nod off or fall asleep! Relax
in the bath for 10-30 minutes depending on the time you have. Repeat