Why do we get blemishes?
Having blemishes is normal and it’s usually not because you’re not washing your face enough. Blemishes are caused by our genes or hormones, lifestyle factors such as eating unhealthy foods or stressing about a presentation, or environmental factors such as pollution. These factors can all cause oily skin, which combined with dead skin cells can form a clump around a hair follicle that clogs pores creating whiteheads or blackheads. Increased oiliness can also lead to the overgrowth of a certain type of bacteria, which can cause irritation and inflammation, creating a blemish.
So, how to fight blemishes?
First of all, getting blemishes is not your fault, so don’t blame yourself for not eating the right way or stressing too much. You’re just doing what you can to handle life and that’s okay! We can’t affect our genes or hormones, and sometimes we can’t affect what we’re eating and how much pollution we’re exposed to either. What we can affect is using the right products for our skin. Products designed for oily skin and blemishes usually have ingredients that are proven to prevent and diminish oiliness, blemishes and blackheads. But it all starts with oil control!
How to care for oily skin
When you have oily skin it’s common to over-cleanse or use harsh products to get rid of the greasy feeling. It’s understandable that you may want to bring in the heavy artillery when your skin is acting up, but it’s important to be gentle with your skin especially when you have blemishes. Over-cleansing can actually dehydrate your skin, causing it to produce even more oil to protect itself, making the blemish problem even worse. And don’t forget, even oily skin needs hydration to stay balanced, so use a moisturiser specifically developed for oily and blemish prone skin.
Salicylic acid and Gluconolactone to the rescue!
Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is very effective for tackling blemishes. What’s so special about Salicylic Acid is that it cleans out the pores from the inside and dissolves dead skin cells, oil and dirt that could otherwise clog the pores and cause blemishes to develop. It also boasts strong antimicrobial properties that help fight bacteria that could trigger a blemish outbreak.
Salicylic Acid benefits for the skin:
• Exfoliates the skin
• Cleans pores of dead skin cells, oil and dirt
• Helps prevent new blemishes, blackheads or whiteheads from forming
• Fights bacteria that could cause blemishes
• Helps fight current blemishes
Salicylic acid is especially effective combined with a new star ingredient that purifies the skin with a gentler action – Gluconolactone. Gluconolactone is a Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) that both hydrates, soothes and exfoliates the skin’s surface to reveal fresh skin underneath.
Gluconolactone benefits for the skin:
• Purifies and moisturises the skin
• Encourages skin renewal
• Gentle on the skin
• Clears the skin surface of dead skin cells
• Strengthens the skin barrier
• Soothes congested skin
So, if you’re struggling with blemishes, Salicylic Acid and Gluconolactone combined is one of your best bets!
Coming soon! Look out for our updated range of Pure Skin products with Salicylic Acid and Gluconolactone.