Acne is a painful skin decease where hormones boost the production of sebum, causing outbreaks of pimples. This condition is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, especially the bacteria P. acnes, that lives of the sebum on the skin. The more sebum that builds up, the more the germs can grow, which can promote even more sebum production. Non-inflammatory acne includes pimples/whiteheads and large pores/blackheads, while inflammatory acne includes red, painful cysts that are prone to scarring. It is advised to keep a skincare routine dealing with oily skin, but also know that acne is a decease that should be treated by professionals.
It is always advised to seek treatment by a doctor or a certified dermatologist, who will also be able to provide topical antibiotics like clindamycin, erythromycin and aczone. Be aware that there are hidden new pimples waiting underneath the acne-inflammed skin, and that starting a treatment might bring them to the surface, making it seem like the treatment is making the condition worst at first.
Also extraction or isolaz (vacuum treatment), done by a professional with sterile instruments, can help to clean the skin and aid the healing of acne.
- Witch hazel
- Vitamin B5 (panthenol/pantothenic acid)
- Turmeric / Curcumin
- Tea tree oil
- Rosemary leaf extract / rosemary leaf oil
- Rose water / Gulab Jal
- Rice water / komenuka
- Retinoids (Vitamin A) – (caution)
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Lavender oil
- Kojic acid (caution)
- Juniper berry oil
- Jojoba oil / Jojoba wax ester
- Hyperbaric O2 Facial
- Green tea/Cameillia sinesis
- Frankincense oil / Boswellia carterii
- Facial / Extraction
- Benzoyl peroxide (BPO)
- Arnica Montana (only in skin masks)
- Amla berry