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Spring has been well under
way for a few weeks now, but even if you’ve already cleaned your house and
home, there’s always time for a thorough skin cleansing ritual as well!
Many acne sufferers
complain of increased breakouts during the warmer spring and summer months,
when our skin gets hit hardest with a catastrophic combination of skin-damaging
factors – the drying effects of the sun, extra dirt and debris buildup from the
outdoors…all of this “attacks” our skin. In order to coexist with the change in
weather, it’s important to keep a few key issues in mind when looking to
maintain an acne-free complexion, taking care not to neglect your self-care,
and skin care, when spring cleaning this year.
Before treating acne, it’s
important to understand just how this condition affects the body, and skin.
Acne is attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of
the sebaceous glands, whose job it is to create sebum, or oil. This oil travels
along the pore to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much
sebum becomes clogged within a pore and pairs with dead skin cells from the
surface, bacteria forms, triggering an inflammatory response from the body.
This process is known as the acne cascade, and usually results in red, swollen bumps known as
pimples, a symptom of acne.
Because acne symptoms are
caused by both internal and external factors, your best bet for achieving results
is to treat the condition accordingly. Luckily, the natural bounty that comes
with budding plants and warmer days provides a wealth of organic yet powerful ingredients to work with, and can make for a
blissful, blemish-busting spa day at home that’s both affordable and effective.
Cleaning the surface: Clogged pores lead to acne and the combination of excess
sebum with dead skin cells contribute to breakouts. Steaming the face will open
pores, making it easier for skin to release dirt, oil and toxins. The heat will
stimulate your blood flow, leaving you with a healthy glow. To create your own DIY herbal steam for spring, simply add
4 cups of water, a handful of mint (anti-bacterial), a handful of parsley (rich
in vitamin C,) and the juice of half a lemon (cuts through oil) to a pot. Heat
until steaming, then remove from the stove and place on a steady surface. Throw
a towel over your head and let the steam bath work its magic for 10 minutes.
Once your pores are opened and clean, you can proceed with the easiest mask
you’ll ever use: a tomato mask for
oily/acne-prone skin. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals,
antioxidants which fight off free radicals, and promote cellular turnover,
which can diminish the appearance of acne scars over time. To create, simply
slice a ripe tomato in half and rub onto the skin, rinsing away with lukewarm
water after 15-20 minutes. To tighten up that freshly-cleansed skin, top off
with this easy apple cider vinegar toner to reduce inflammation and further cleanse the
surface of your complexion.
Cleaning from within: There’s no better time than spring to implement some
fresh fruit and veggies into your diet, and certain varieties can actually
reduce the body’s inflammatory response, which can reduce acne symptoms such as
pimples and cysts. Antioxidant-rich berries such as blueberries and
strawberries make for a wonderful seasonal choice, as do leafy greens such as
spinach, and parsley. If you’re on the go, you can mix any or all of those
items into a smoothie with a dash of ginger or turmeric for a nice bit of
added, anti-inflammatory spice. For heavier fare, look to fresh fish such as
this ginger-rubbed black cod to get your omega 3 and protein fix in one tasty dish!
While spring cleaning can
make for a wonderful ritual, you’ll need to go a little deeper if you wish to
treat acne and achieve lasting results. One way to be sure that your acne won’t
go haywire is to maintain a treatment that is always working, no matter what
the weather is outside, and AcnEase, a systemic solution to treating acne, does
just that. Creating a buffer between the sebaceous glands and hormones to
ensure that only the amount of sebum needed to maintain healthy skin is being
created, AcnEase works to prevent acne before it starts, while simultaneously
treating existing acne symptoms. Since AcnEase is always working for you, no matter how mild or severe your acne symptoms may be, it can actually help ease the seasonal
transition’s effects on your skin, allowing you to enjoy your warmer days
worry-free, and acne-free as well!