For many of us, we’ve all had a brush with some of the most common skin conditions in our teenage years. Sometimes phases of skin blemishes come and go on their own, while other times it requires prescribed medication to properly treat these conditions.
What people forget is that, whether you suffered from this condition from a young age or not, it can come back or even materialise for the first time later in your adult life. These skin conditions are sometimes referred to as ‘adult acne’, but this general phrase could be referring to a number of conditions that we’ve explained below.
Depending on how serious your condition is, it’s likely that your dermatologist could put you on a course of medication to treat the illness. While the medicine is doing its job it’s important to find a natural way to soothe, cleanse and hydrate your skin to best boost chances of recovery and to keep your spirits up.
The natural properties of seaweed are highly beneficial to our bodies, especially our skin. Here’s everything you need to know about some of the typical skin diseases that we suffer from and the natural role that seaweed can play in your recovery.
Acne is a chronic skin condition that affects most people at some point during their life. It causes blackhead and whitehead spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. The symptoms of acne can be mild, moderate or severe.
In teenagers, it happens as a result of hormones that are triggered during puberty. In adults, it can be caused by a hormonal imbalance. This is one reason why women entering menopause can also develop acne.
Although acne is not caused by poor hygiene, regular application of a seaweed-based face wash or soap can help extract impurities and stop a build-up of oil on the skin that develops as a result of the disease.
When people talk about eczema they are usually referring to atopic dermatitis. The symptoms of this are dry and red itchy skin. Sometimes the itching can be severe enough to interfere with sleep, causing tiredness and irritability. Those that suffer from this disease usually have hypersensitive skin, leading them to easily react to impurities in their environment such as airborne toxins.
You may already know that the nutrients contained in edible seaweed can help fight inflammation when it’s included in your diet, but did you know that immersing yourself in a seaweed bath can have the same effect? Enjoy a seaweed bath in your own home when by adding VOYA’s Lazy Days seaweed bath to your home tub. The sea salt absorbed by the seaweed is activated by the hot water and is released along with the seaweed’s own natural minerals, delivering a soothing relief for eczema sufferers.
Eczema also impairs the skin’s ability to retain moisture, leading to dryness. VOYA’s Pearlesque hydrating moisturiser contains laminaria digitata seaweed, which has anti-aging therapeutic properties that repair the skin’s natural defences and can help you lock in moisture.
Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory skin disorder in which there is an increase in the rate at which skin cells are produced and shed from the skin. Psoriasis sufferers can sometimes shed the same amount of skin in 2-3 days that non-sufferers would usually shed in a month.
Psoriasis can affect any part of the skin surface, but most commonly involves the elbows, knees, scalp, and the lower back. Patches of irritated skin can flare up causing scaly or bumpy areas of the skin known as plaques.
Psoriasis can be genetically inherited, but just because your parents or siblings have it, doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to develop the condition.
The key to a psoriasis-soothing treatment is exfoliation-based therapy. An organic hydrating body scrub from VOYA introduces a blend of almond oil, seaweed and ginger extracts to the skin and removes rough skin cells and flakiness. The seaweed wrap also has the added benefit of rehydrating your skin.
The Emotional Impact of Acne
People often talk about the emotional impact of acne, in particular issues of low self-esteem that can develop when skin blemishes appear on the face. It might sound simple but the best way to overcome this is to seek treatment as soon as possible and reassure yourself that it’s a one or two-month treatment and you’ll feel better at the end.
Talk to other people who are going through the same thing; family members, friends or colleagues and it’s likely that you’ll hear that others have come out the other side of treatment perfectly happy.
If for your own peace of mind, you wish to cover up skin blemishes with makeup while you’re undergoing treatment, look for makeup that is non-comedogenic. This means that it’s formulated so as not to cause blocked pores and won’t aggravate the skin further.