by Kira Walton
Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears all have one thing in common, and it’s not just a bulging bank balance. Some of Hollywood’s most bankable stars have struggled with acne throughout their time in the spotlight.
Celebrities suffer with acne too
The fact is that it’s very unlikely that your favourite celebrity has skin as perfect as it looks on the cover of a magazine. While you can be sure they can afford whatever skincare products they want, it is likely that Photoshop plays a large role in smoothing out their imperfections.
Never is it more obvious that photo-editing magic is at play when you see films in HD. High definition shows that acne doesn’t just disappear after your teens, it still affects many of your favourite stars long into their thirties.
Natural cures for acne
Resisting the temptation to pick your spots will help your skin mend, however prevention is key if you really want to tackle your breakouts. Acne is caused by the oil and bacteria on your skin mixing to cause blemishes and redness. So rather than waiting for spots to appear, you’ll need to get proactive.
New York Dermatologist Dennis Gross MD told Elle Magazine:
“The conventional acne treatment for teenagers is to dry them out and get rid of the oil… With adult acne, it’s a problem with the oil chemistry. As hormones change, oil does – becoming more viscous.”
This causes blocked pores, which isn’t helped by the flaking off of dry skin as well.
Organic cleansers work best on acne
While chemical cleansers aimed at reducing symptoms of acne often dry out the skin, what your skin needs is simply for the acne to be dried out and the face kept clean. Organic cleansers, which use a range of natural ingredients, are less harsh on skin.
When choosing a cleanser, there are a number of ingredients to avoid, especially if acne is an issue.
Top of the list are sodium lauryl sulfate, which causes face washes to foam and alcohols, which break down the skin’s barriers. Both of these ingredients in cleansers can be rough on the skin.
Fragrance can also irritate the skin, and as it isn’t naturally occurring, it is often used as an umbrella term for a lot of chemicals, none of which your skin will welcome if it’s sensitive.
Cleansing solutions to balance the skin
Teen Vogue named VOYA’s seaweed-based organic products as top performers for naturally balancing out the skin.
Our organic cleanser, Cleanse and Mend removes dirt and other impurities, and as a super mild formula, it’s great for sensitive skin. It contains organic lavender and chamomile, both of which work to calm skin down while removing makeup and bacteria.
For a deeper cleanse, our Totally Balmy cleansing balm is king of the organic cleansers. Totally Balmy cleansing balm contains unique algae extracts, organically sourced from the Atlantic coast of Ireland, as well as ylang ylang, bergamot, sweet almond and rose oils. This one is anti-aging as well as offering a thorough cleanse to rid your skin of pollutants.
To deal with the issue of dead skin cells flaking off and clogging pores, our Love a Scrub facial scrub is a great natural solution. Named as one of Social and Personal’s Best Beauty Buys 2013, it gently exfoliates, using a light blend of organic botanical herbs, seaweed extracts and bamboo. This lets your skin breathe without causing further damage.
Organic skincare gets results
Normalising your skin’s oil production is important, and can be done using gentle organic cleansers and scrubs, to keep your pores from getting clogged with harmful bacteria.
Keep up a regular routine and you should notice a visible difference in your skin’s appearance!