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Family, travel, feast with friends - the holidays
are a time of celebration for many, and great way to relax and recharge for the
new year ahead. For anyone with acne, however, the stress and hustle of the
holiday season can prove to be tough on skin.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United
States, and comes in many forms. Acne is attributed to a hormonal imbalance,
which can affect the function of the sebaceous glands, whose job is it to
create sebum, or oil, which 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. The result
of that response usually appears as red, swollen bumps known as pimples, a
symptom of acne.
It’s important to understand that acne starts
forming long before we witness a pimple on the surface of our skin, which is
why treating the problem internally and externally is our best bet at achieving
real results. We still have a few weeks before the whirlwind of holidays hits
us and by taking any of these steps early on, you can help reduce acne
breakouts in time for those festive functions!
Keep clean. While
the production of excess sebum is, in a large part, to blame for acne, that’s
only half the battle. Keeping the surface of the skin clean with a powerful
anti-inflammatory agent is key – we like to suggest a powerful acne
fighting chamomile astringent that is very easy to
make at home. Exfoliating
is especially important right now in these cooler months, as dead skin cells
which collect on the surface can contribute to the formation of acne, so
implementing a gentle, twice weekly treatment to your routine can help matters
for the better.
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.
In order to keep acne from spreading, this bacteria must be eliminated.
Luckily, we can turn to simple ingredients which can be found 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.
inflammation. Of all the acne types, inflammatory acne is the most prevalent,
and many topical washes and spot treatment creams are designed specifically to
treat these symptoms. What many people may not realize is that the harsh
chemicals used in these formulas may actually end up making acne worse by
triggering the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum in an effort to make up
for what was just washed away! One effective way to reduce an inflammatory
response is through diet, which is typically low in sugar and high in foods
containing naturally occurring anti-inflammatory properties, such as turmeric,
ginger, and coconut oil. You can learn more about introducing an
anti-inflammatory diet for your acne, here.
While the holidays are meant to be a time to enjoy family and reflect on the
blessings of our lives, let’s be honest - it can get stressful. From travel to
shopping to everything in between, the holiday season can take a real toll on
our bodies, and that can show up right on our skin. Taking a few minutes for self-care can help keep both stress and hormone levels in
check, even if all we can muster are a few deep breaths in
between eventful outings.
Prevention. 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, no matter how mild or
severe the symptoms. 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. The best way to ensure clear skin this
holiday season, or any day of the year is to implement a method of prevention
with AcnEase - just think of it as a gift to your skin!