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Cleansing Oils for Acne
Did you know that acne affects over 60 million Americans? And it is not limited to teenagers either. In fact, more adult
women today experience symptoms of acne due to hormonal fluctuations. Acne’s effects are not just physical either; the
deep embarrassment that is felt by those who suffer severe acne can take an emotional toll.
Acne - What We Know
Acne is a disorder of the skin that can range from mild to severe levels and is the result of hyperactive sebaceous glands
and ineffective desquamation. Sebaceous glands produce sebum, the skin’s natural oils, and desquamation is the
shedding of dead skin cells. The combination of too much sebum and poor shedding of skin cells result in clogged pores,
whiteheads, blackheads, and plugged hair follicles.
Mild acne is also considered to be non-inflammatory acne, and conversely, acne that is seen as severe is often the result
of infection and appears inflamed. Painful nodules or cysts may be present and are often the cause of scarring of the skin
for those who suffer a more acute level of the skin malady.
There are a number of factors that dermatologists attribute to causing acne. Below we have listed the ones at the top of
Diet – Eating healthy is not just good for your health; it's essential in preventing acne flare-ups. Medical studies
have shown that certain foods including carbohydrate-rich breads, bagels, and potato chips, and dairy products
have been identified as potential acne triggers. Chocolate is another food on the list of usual suspects.
Prescription drugs – Several medications have been shown to have a worsening effect on acne. These include
those which contain androgens, lithium, and corticosteroids.
Stress – Like many other areas of health that stress affects negatively, high stress levels exacerbate acne.
Hormone fluctuations – During puberty, boys and girls both experience an increase in androgens. This causes
sebaceous glands to widen and produce excess sebum. Oral contraceptives and pregnancy cause other
hormonal imbalances that can lead to acne flare-ups.
Medicated Acne Treatments
There is a broad range of acne treatments available both over the counter (OTC) and by prescription. Prescriptions
comprise topical treatments that include retinoids and antibiotics, to oral medications which also include antibiotics in
addition to oral contraceptives and anti-androgen agent. OTC treatments primarily consist of cleansers, lotions, creams,
and ointments that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids, and sulfur.
For those who don’t mind pumping chemicals into their bodies or slathering it on their skin, prescription drugs and
topical creams might be the answer to their acne woes. But for those who prefer a more natural and organic treatment,
there are cleansing oils.
Mother Nature’s Acne Treatment
According to the chemistry principle, like dissolves like. In the case of cleansing oils, your skin’s natural oils are dissolved
by the cleansing oil. Following that, the cleansing oil provides a gentle but deep cleaning of your pores, removing dirt,
grime, and dead skin cells. The cleansing oil also helps to create a healthy balance in your sebum production while
leaving your skin hydrated, instead of dried out and tight like many astringents or alcohol-based cleansers leave it.
Since there are no harsh chemicals or detergents used, your skin's natural oils are not stripped away. This is beneficial
because when skin loses its sebum, the sebaceous glands go into overdrive trying to replace it – which ultimately results
in even more clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and an exacerbated case of acne.
Cleansing oils like the EVERYTHING oil by CRUDE serve to reduce the elements in the skin that cause acne. By combining
organic botanical ingredients, it works with your body's regenerative processes to heal skin.