Of course, there are many factors that contribute to acne, and diet is just one of them. Along with eating cleanly and avoiding acne triggers, there are many other factors that can contribute to your situation.
What You Put On Your Skin Matters
There is no shortage of products out there promising to clear up your blemishes but can be too harsh or drying and many are best tossed in the trash. When you’re deciding what to put on your acne prone skin here’s what you need to know:
–Natural Skincare is a great idea. While converting your entire skin care regimen to 100% paraben, phthalate free etc. can be a big undertaking it’s wise to start moving in that direction. Because much of the underlying cause of acne, especially in PCOS, is hormonal things that mimic estrogen like parabens are only going to add to your misery.
– Switch to an acidic PH Face Cleanser. The number one reason why your skin’s acid mantle is acidic. An acidic ph is NOT bacteria-friendly, which is important. Don’t believe us! A 1995 study tested the impact of cleansing on acne-prone skin. Scientists asked patients with inflammatory acne lesions to use either soap or an acidic face cleanser for three months. The results? Only one month later, the group using soap had way more lesions than before. The group using an acidic cleanser had the opposite result: they had fewer lesions than before! In other worse: high pH soaps make acne worse while acidic cleansers (like our Face Cleanser) help to clear acne up. The reason? As this study shows, when you wash your face with soap, propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria that causes acne) proliferates. You have a lot of those nasty buggers on your skin. But when you switch to an acidic manuka oil face cleanser, the amount of propionibacterium acnes bacteria on your skin falls down significantly. That’s a win right there.
– Don’t over dry. Be careful with acne treatments and use only on congested breakout prone areas.
– Don’t be scared of oil. Non-oil moisturises are so popular among acne sufferers but for so many can make the sebaceous glands rebound and produce more oil. With topical oils use sparingly but they do wonders to help balance out oil production.
– Exfoliation is key. Remember your normal sloughing off of old skin cells is compromised. If your skin is broken out it’s important to use something gentle as to not damage the skin further.
Our Manuka Biotic Recommendations
Manuka Biotic Skincare for Acne
Manuka oil is a powerful remedy for acne. It has been extensively used for generations in New Zealand for its antimicrobial properties for other skin problems, such as eczema or even wounds. Manuka Oil contains other compounds that have strong antibiotic qualities and clinical trials suggesting that it has more of an effect on MRSA bacteria than the more common tea tree oil.
The topical application of Manuka oil for acne not only has healing benefits, but it also helps to maintain a good balance of bacteria on the skin. It has been shown to have exceptionally strong cleansing and anti-bacterial effects against a wide range of microbes, including acne-causing bacteria.
When new acne breakouts appear Manuka oil is the go-to treatment for disinfecting the blemish and eliminating toxins from the pores. Manuka oil soothes and instantly reduces inflammation and redness, helping acne appear less obvious. It also assists in speeding up the healing process to clear your complexion sooner.
Use as a targeted spot treatment by applying a drop of Manuka oil onto a cotton bud and directly dabbing onto emerging and existing pimples.
Our manuka oil infused Face Cleanser and Light Day Cream have amazing antibacterial properties that penetrate deep into the skin. Manuka Oil is known to be effective in killing acne-causing bacteria and drying up blemishes without the side effects. Our Face Cleanser is pH perfection, supporting the skin’s natural balance of protective oils. Many overly alkaline cleansers strip the skin of the acid mantle, a protective layer of oils. Our Face Cleanser is formulated not to interfere with the skin’s barrier in any way leaving the skin soft & smooth while gently washing away dirt & impurities.