Acne sufferers will know the pain, frustration and - as much as I hate to say it (as I suffered from this) shame - that comes with bad skin.
I have made it my business to educate and treat acne sufferers, and for good reason. It's not just something that teenagers suffer. It's not from chocolate (as I was always told), thank goodness - though a good, clean diet does help!
Acne comes in many shapes and forms, and affects many different people at different ages.
I've known teens to outgrow it, lucky to avoid scarring. I've known women and men with clear skin their whole teenage years, only to sprout acne in their mid-twenties. I've known pregnant women to break out, and even 60 year olds can experience acne for the first time ever.
Treating acne, much like acne itself, comes in many forms - some of it chemical (peels and acids), some of it hormonal (the OCP), and some of it treated medically (antibiotics and oil blockers). But my go-to has always been:
-Keep your pillow cases clean
-Wipe down your phone (if you let it touch your face)
-Tie your hair back
-A clean diet
-No touching the face - at all!
-And use oils
When I first started talking about Acne + Oils...boy did I cop it. Mind you, this was years ago when coconut oil was just hitting mainstream popularity, and we'd used oil based products in salon, and I'd worked for an organic skin care company that featured a few types of oil.
Four years later, and I'm still talking about it, educating and showing people the benefits of using oils on the skin.
The principle 'Like attracts Like' is a simple one; yet highly effective.
This is especially true if your skin is oily. You use an oil.
But it has to be the right oil.
So, in my experience, research, and now development, I proudly present The Acne Edit.
And the first product is simply titled, No.1.
This Oil, designed for excessively oily, acne prone and active skin, boasts four oils that contain high levels of Linoleic Acid. It not only balances the skin, but nourishes it - and unlike other oils, may help prevent future break outs.
Oils containing more Linoleic Acid than Oleic Acid have been shown to balance the skin in acne sufferers- as they tend to have low levels of Linoleic Acid, and their skin is lacking in the essential fatty acids that it needs to heal.
Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)
Evening Primrose contains ingredients such as Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and this miracle oil helps the healing process. Known for helping balance hormones (when taken by capsule), this oil will help on the outside too.
Organic Pomegranate Kernel Oil (Punica granatum)
Cold pressed from the seeds of the stunning Pomegranate, we only need to look at a sliced Pomegranate to see what it looks like - skin cells! It's perfect for rejuvenating the skin, helps break down dead keratinocytes and reveal gorgeous skin.
Organic Rosehip Oil (Rosa canina)
Cold pressed from the small buds, or 'hips' on rose bushes, Rosehip oil is rich in fatty acids, including omega 3, 6, and 9 and may help repair damaged skin. It's high in vitamin C, renowned for it's anti-ageing benefits and is high in antioxidants. Perfect for use on scarred and pigmented skin, Rosehip oil helps to brighten and even out skin tone.
Organic Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus)
Sunflower oil is very good for acne sufferers, especially if the traditional acne remedies have failed. Extremely high in antioxidants - vitamins A, C and E- they prevent free radicals from damaging your skin, and is anti-inflammatory.
This Oil has a dryer feel than most oils, and will absorb into damp skin quickly.
Apply a small amount to face and neck after cleansing.