5 products to tackle acne and breakouts
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Whether it is stress, hormone imbalances, poor diet choices or a genetic predisposition that is causing your acne, there are natural products that can help quickly and effectively. These products work in four ways, addressing the underlying physiological concerns contributing to break outs:
- Balancing of over production of oil creates a build up of oil and bacteria, clogging pores and leading to breakouts.
- Anti-microbial action preventing breakouts and redness and swelling
- Liver and hormone support to address difficulties clearing hormones and an imbalance of hormones which trigger an excess in sebum production
- Soothing, calming and hydrating action to nourish the skin and ease inflammation
Here are our 5 favourite topical products for healing acne and what our customer’s are saying about them:
The foaming cleansers I used to use made my face too clean meaning stripping my skin which leads to more breakouts. My skin loves this cleanser. It feels so lovely on the skin and really does it’s job." - Arkay
Some Inside Beauty Tips:
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- Stock up on fibre: Clear skin starts with a healthy gut. Fibre is crucial for maintaining the digestive function, balancing hormones and combating acne. Some of our favourite fibre-rich foods are lentils, almonds and flaxseed.
- Avoid sugar, dairy and alcohol: Skin is very sensitive to changes in insulin. High levels stimulate sebum production, which leads to breakouts. Surges are triggered by consuming sugar, dairy and alcohol (hence why you often get blemishes after an indulgent weekend). If you reduce your intake of these foods, your skin will thank you. Stick to a low glycaemic index diet to improve blood sugar and insulin control. Consider herbs such as Gymnema, goats rue and chromium for oily and acne-prone skin linked to PCOS and hormone imbalances.
Opt for functional foods: Upping your intake of certain nutrients is a wonderful way to reduce acne. Here are three of our favourites:
- Zinc: Not only is zinc responsible for moderating sebum levels, but it's also effective at balancing hormones, regulating insulin and reducing the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria. Zinc-rich foods include garbanzo beans, seeds (hemp, pumpkin, sunflower), oatmeal, tofu, and spinach.
- Vitamin A: Vitamin A is crucial when it comes to a healthy complexion. It's responsible for the natural shedding of the skin cells, which helps keep pores clear. Up your dose of Vitamin A by filling your plate with pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, apricot, squash and dark leafy greens.
- Fermented foods: Probiotic-rich fermented foods are shown to improve acne by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. Sauerkraut, miso and kefir are musts. You can also take a probiotic supplement to strengthen your microbiome.
- Hormone harmony: Regulating hormones is an important factor in controlling acne. Our 4 Golden Glow Tea contains red clover and liquorice, which work to support hormone balance, plus lymphatic herbs burdock and cleavers to detoxify and cleanse. Upping your intake of fibre also helps.