The saying goes, ‘beauty is only skin deep’, but it’s hard to believe that when you’ve got acne. Remember, you are not alone. In adults and teenagers, acne is very widespread and up to 90 per cent of people will suffer at some point, and natural skincare can help manage acne.(1)

What is acne and how does it form?

Acne is a chronic disorder of the skin’s sebaceous glands (oil glands). Almost every teenager and many adults will have an outbreak at some point. Sebum, produced by the skin, is a good thing. It’s our skin’s natural barrier and a source of skin hydration. As you age, your skin gets dryer because you produce less sebum, so a healthy production of sebum is great for young and healthy skin. Acne starts with clogged pores. This happens when sebum gets “sticky” and stuck in the pores. Small blackheads or whiteheads can form and get inflamed or infected - this is when skin pimples form.

Teenage acne

Almost all teenagers get pimples. Pimples happen when teens hit puberty because of hormonal changes. An oily substance called sebum clogs pores so pimples can appear on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Pimples cause problems with self-esteem. Teens can get enthusiastic with skincare products and use too many too often, so sticking with natural acne treatments such as Manuka Biotic Acne products and Mānuka essential oil can really help calm, manage, and relieve spots and outbreaks.

Pregnancy acne

Adult women can experience changes in their skin because of hormone fluctuations in pregnancy or menopause. Female hormonal changes can lead to skin flare ups.

Other causes

Stress, poor diet and nutrition can affect skin problems, so can exposure to environmental toxins, pollution and hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Diet does not cause acne but can help in treatment. Clear, healthy skin needs a strong, well- functioning digestive system.

If you suffer from gas, indigestion, constipation, loose stools or bloating, you should sort out these digestive issues. Nutrition and supplements can help. If your digestive system is working well and you still have outbreaks, look at diet and lifestyle.

Natural treatments

Acne can be treated from the outside and the inside – your skin and your gut. On the outside, using natural skincare treatments can really help with healing inflamed, angry skin. Natural acne remedies can also prevent skin pore clogging. A natural healing face cleanser can draw out impurities and improve skin health.

Treat acne naturally from the inside by rebalancing the body. Techniques such as cleansing the liver, increasing lymphatic circulation, and clearing elimination pathways can help.

Prescription drugs and topical medications are sometimes chosen over acne natural remedies, but there is something for everyone’s preferred remedy to try, and different solutions work for different people.

For healing skin acne and preventing new breakouts naturally…

  • Choose the right skin cleansing routine and
  • Use a suitable moisturiser that won’t clog pores

  • Why use Mānuka Oil for acne?

    Mānuka oil is a powerful natural remedy for acne. It has been used for generations in New Zealand for its antimicrobial properties, and to treat skin problems such as eczema and wounds. Mānuka Oil contains compounds that have strong antibiotic qualities. The topical application of Mānuka oil for acne has healing benefits and helps to maintain a good balance of bacteria on the skin. It has been shown to have strong cleansing and anti-bacterial effects against a wide range of microbes, including acne-causing bacteria.

    Why use Manuka Biotic natural skincare products?

    • All our products contain Mānuka oil, with potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and repair the skin.
    • Our products are made using natural ingredients and are FREE from:
    - Parabens
    - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & SLES
    - PEGs, PABA, EDTA
    - Added fragrances & colouring
    - Petrochemicals
    - Mineral Oils
    - Phenoxyethanol
    - Propylene Glycol
    - Phthalates
    - Animal testing or animal derivatives
    Our Acne Bundle consisting of our Blemish Control Face Wash and Light Day Cream and Mānuka Oil are excellent natural acne treatments. They are infused with Mānuka Oil which has amazing antibacterial properties that penetrate deep into the skin. Mānuka Oil is known to be effective in killing acne-causing bacteria, promoting acne healing, and drying up blemishes without the side effects.
    Our Light Day Cream contains Totarol extract which is highly antibacterial and helps keep bacteria from replicating while the Mānuka Oil helps keep new blemishes at bay and helps to prevent future blackheads and whiteheads from forming.

    Want to know more?

    Many people have dealt with acne and found ways to manage the stress that comes with it. Consider joining our Facebook page, or private Facebook group to connect with other people who are going through this with you. We have many customers who have shared their stories in our community for those struggling with stress and anxiety from acne, as well as many other itchy skin conditions. Do not be afraid to reach out – we love to hear from our customers, and we understand what you are going through. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on Facebook or drop us an email here.

    Check out the following website for further information on how you can treat and prevent the condition. DermNet New Zealand – All about the skin – this organisation has an excellent website. A full list of skin condition facts, forums, blogs, education and a support line, to help improve the lives of people living with itchy skin conditions.

    For further information talk to your doctor. Information displayed on this site is intended for Australian and New Zealand residents only and is not designed to replace the advice of your healthcare professional. Use of, and access to, the information on this site is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our Terms of Use.