How to combat acne naturally?
If you’re interested in learning to treat your breakouts naturally, it’s important to first understand what causes the issue in the first place. Our body has a few natural defenses to preventing blemishes and breakouts, but sometimes they can break down. And that’s okay! There’s a few key ways we can support our skin’s natural function to make it look it’s absolute best. Let’s look a bit deeper into the key skin functions that prevent breakouts: it’s moisture barrier and pH level.
How to support your skin’s moisture barrier?
Your skin’s moisture barrier has the big job of both keeping out bacteria and keeping in moisture to the skin and other organs. The barrier is made out of cells, lipids (that bind cells together), and natural moisturizing factors that come from the water and foods we consume. When the barrier is strong and healthy, your skin holds on to water, making it appear plump and smooth. When it’s damaged, the skin reflects that damage, and appears dehydrated and dull. Since that barrier is weaker, it's also more prone to irritation and therefore - breakouts.
So how to support the barrier function of your skin? Give it a boost through a few simple changes to your routine.
- Make the switch from harsh, drying soaps to creamy, hydrating cleansers. Sulfates, detergents, and alcohols, are all ingredients that can strip the face of natural oils.
Look for products with nourishing oils that are rich in fatty acids or formulated with hyaluronic acid to naturally improve your skin’s barrier function.
Avoid too much exfoliation. A gentle scrub can be good to remove dead skin from the face, but limit it to once a week use - any more than that can weaken the protective barriers and welcome in bacteria that causes breakouts. You should also avoid scrubbing skin with a rough washcloth or facial cleansing brush. Always pat your face dry after rinsing off your cleanser and try removing makeup with a reusable pad like those in the Reusable Bamboo Make-up Pads Kit from Hello Beauty Club. They’re gentle on skin and can be cleaned and reused time and again.
- To avoid breaking down the sensitive cells of that barrier, use cool water to rinse off your cleanser or makeup, rather than hot.
How to regulate your skin’s pH level?
Your skin’s protective moisture barrier prevents bacterial growth that can cause blemishes, so if it’s disrupted, that bacteria can flourish. The wrong cleanser can also disrupt the naturally acidic pH of your skin, making it more vulnerable to infection and damage.
When skin is at an optimal pH level, it has improved barrier function - meaning its better at moisture retention - and less likely to flake or scale. A slightly acidic skin pH (meaning it’s below a 7 on the pH scale) helps healthy bacteria remain present in the epidermis¹.
Soaps formulated with sulfates are considered alkaline (meaning they’re above 7 on the pH scale) which means they could strip your skin of natural oils. Don’t worry too much about the science details - to keep the pH level of your skin in the right spot, make sure to look for products that are free of harmful chemicals, dermatologist tested, and free of added fragrances. Hello Beauty Club products are a good place to start - they’ve been formulated to work with your skin’s natural pH levels so you don’t have to give it a second thought.
Why you need a face serum?
An essential step to incorporate into your routine to combat wrinkles and prevent signs of ageing is a face serum. If you’re looking to treat forehead wrinkles, crows feet, or wrinkles around the eyes a serum with retinol can be invaluable. Retinol has incredible skincare benefits including fighting acne, reducing wrinkles and dark spots, and helping to brighten dull skin.
Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deep into cells to deliver active ingredients such as vitamins and retinol into your skin. Because they’re easily absorbed, your skin cells will receive a higher concentration of these active ingredients, which means they’ll pack even more of a punch.
Skin care products are applied thinnest to thickest, so use after cleansing gently apply 1-2 pumps of serum over your face, neck and décolletage and leave to sink in before applying your eye cream and moisturiser. If you’re looking for the best face serum that’s also vegan and cruelty-free, make sure to try the Natural Face Serum with Retinol + Vitamins C, E, F from Hello Beauty Club.
Can face serums treat acne?
Yes! Any nourishing products that absorb deeply into the skin (like our Natural Face Serum with Retinol + Vitamins C, E, F or Natural Argan Face Cream) can help rehydrate the cells within the dermal layer, so it can do a better job at flushing out skin impurities that cause breakouts, acne, and redness. The antioxidants in serums with natural ingredients also help build up the strength of your skin’s natural barrier so it can stop the bacteria, oil, and other pore-clogging impurities from entering pores and causing breakouts in the first place.
Can face serums prevent wrinkles?
Serums with retinol can be very effective in reducing wrinkles - in fact, most dermatologists will recommend it as your first step to keeping signs of ageing at bay. That’s because retinol helps prevent the breakdown of collagen in your skin.
Collagen is the key ingredient that keeps our skin looking fresh, youthful and bright. But over time our body starts to produce less which can cause some of the most common skin concerns like wrinkles, sagging skin, dark circles - the list goes on. By stimulating collagen production in your skin with a topical treatment like retinol, you can help return your skin cells to the former glory seen in your younger years. Retinol has become a much loved skincare ingredient
because when your skin gets a boost in collagen, it starts improving from the inside out.
If you’re looking for a natural serum that can prevent wrinkles, try Hello Beauty Club’s Natural Face Serum with Retinol. You can say hello to collagen-boosting skin care and goodbye to blemishes and skin imperfections.
1) "How to Restore Skin pH Levels Naturally | Puracy." 1 Oct. 2020, https://puracy.com/blogs/wellness/how-to-measure-balance-skin-ph. Accessed 8 Dec. 2020.