Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
For anyone with acne, the universal
question still remains - how do I get rid of it?! We all want to get rid of our pesky pimples
ASAP, but in order to understand the best way to treat the problem, it’s
important to understand the cause of our concern.
The term acne is generally used to
describe those red or white swollen bumps that appear on our skin, but those
are actually just the symptoms of acne, which is technically a skin disease.
Usually caused by a hormonal imbalance, acne can affect anyone at any age,
though some people are more genetically
predisposed to experience acne than others. Acne can
appear in a variety of forms, from whiteheads to cysts, each requiring their
own level of care, and approach to treatment.
Because not all acne is the same,
treating acne will vary depending on what you’re working with, which makes it
very important to learn
your acne type, in order to determine the best course
of treatment. With all that in mind, we’ve come up with a three-step plan to
zap just about any zit from your skin in no time!
it out. The acne condition is most often blamed on an excessive amount of
sebum. Produced by the sebaceous glands, sebum, or oil, travels through the
pores to hydrate and protect the skin. When too much sebum is produced, which
can usually be attributed to a hormonal imbalance of some sort, the narrow
pores can become clogged, which can lead to breakouts. By the time a blemish
has formed on your skin, it has filled with pus and harmful bacteria, which is
why many topical treatments aim to dry those bad boys out. Finding an overnight
mask or spot treatment designed to dry out acne will draw these impurities to
the surface of the skin, making their departure that much quicker. Sulphur is
known for its drying properties, as are charcoal and baking soda. Lemon juice,
which is rich in vitamin C, can also be used to dry pimples by applying
directly onto the affected area - just make sure it’s squeezed fresh, and not
store bought, to avoid any added sugar.
bacteria. Excessive amounts of sebum are only half of the problem when it
comes to acne. Those red or white bumps we know as pimples are actually a response
to a bacterial infection that occurs within the pores.
When sebum combines with, dry, flaky skin cells, it produces bacteria. The body
then naturally sends in white blood cells to “fight off” the infection, in a
process known as inflammation. In order to keep acne from spreading, this
bacteria must be eliminated. We can turn
to simple ingredients you can find in almost any kitchen. Honey and garlic
remain the main contenders in terms of homeopathic, anti-bacterial treatments,
both of which are also naturally anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory. You can
apply directly to the skin, or for a longer-term change to your skincare
regimen, incorporate into your existing diet for a systemic solution to your
acne. Tea tree oil also works well to eliminate bacteria, and can also be added
to shampoos to reduce oils on the scalp.
excess oil. Now that the blemish has begun drying out, and harmful bacteria
has been wiped away, we’re left to keep oil production at a minimum if we want
to prevent new acne from forming. Gently steaming the face is a great way to
loosen up clogged pores and flush oils away, and a
mask made of egg whites can help keep skin squeaky clean. Aloe
vera also does a good job at sopping up extra oil, and because of its naturally
soothing and hydrating properties, won’t further dry the skin.
For a long-term approach to keeping oil
production in check, addressing the problem at its source, (the sebaceous
glands), is the best way to keep anyone from scrambling to zap a zit in a hurry :- and AcnEase does just that. Using safe and effective herbal ingredients,
AcnEase works to create a buffer between the hormones and sebaceous glands,
ensuring that only the amount of oil needed to properly hydrate the skin is
produced - no more, no less. Combined with any of these topical treatments, a combination therapy with AcnEase will be sure to have you
resting easy, and waking up every day to a clear complexion.
When it comes to eliminating acne
overnight, perhaps the most important tip is to remember this: be patient! Acne
starts forming days before it reaches the surface of the skin, so giving it the
time it needs to die a natural death (read: no popping!) will be the best way
to ensure clear skin free of scarring, marks, or more breakouts!
We want to hear from you! What is your go-to move to zap a zit in one
day? Have any products or natural remedies to share with our readers? Tell us
in the comments!