Acne can be more than a mild frustration - it can be painful, unsightly, and leave your self-esteem feeling fragile at best.
And whether we like to admit it or not, it plagues even the most posh of mature women, not just pubescent teenagers. After numerous dermatologist appointments and “miracle drugs” that haven’t worked, it can feel like it is time to throw in the towel and resign yourself to the idea that your skin might not achieve a comfortable clarity.
The honest truth is that many over-the-counter remedies are actually chemical-based concoctions that dry up your skin and cause adverse reactions.
While you should always consult your dermatologist before embarking on a serious regimen to try and clear up your acne, there are many completely natural products, such as argan oil, that when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can address the underlying causes of your mild to moderate acne.
First, a quick look at what causes most acne:
Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts all fall under the category of acne. While most of these problems arise in people who have an oily skin type, problems can always occur if you are not taking extra care of your health in general.
Remember: your skin is the largest organ in your body. What you eat and how you exercise will most certainly affect your overall appearance.
Outside of general healthy habits, acne is generally caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, excess sebum production, or excess bacterial growth. Sebum is the natural oil your body produces so that your skin doesn’t dry out. Many people experience a combination of these three factors and thus it is important to have a skincare regime of natural products that work with your body to keep your pores open, clean, and properly moisturized.
Pure argan oil is an excellent product to include in your healthy skin care routine. When used regularly it can keep your skin hydrated and moist, not oily as one would presume, and can help your acne fade into the background where it belongs. How can it work so well? It is rich in vitamins and minerals that help your skin and body reach a natural balance.
Argan oil is naturally rich in antioxidants, which help your cells oxidize or breath. The Vitamin E will provide your skin with a natural non-oily moisture that will also decrease painful acne inflammation. Linoleic acid found in argan oil helps prevent excess dead skin cells and thus prevents buildup.
When it is regularly applied this acid can promote healthy skin turnover and will even keep your hair follicles from getting clogged. Oleic acid, another naturally occurring substance in argan oil, promotes healthy sebum production.
If you want to introduce argan oil into your beauty routine consider the following steps:
1. Clean your affected area twice a day with a natural cleanser that does not contain scrubs or cleansing beads.
2. Dry your skin gently.
3. Apply two or three drops of argan oil to your face and massage until the oil has absorbed. Replace this with a conventional moisturizer.
Generally, acne is treated on the face but you can apply argan oil anywhere on your body. It works best if you apply the oil immediately after taking a shower.
Your beauty routine is always complimented with a well-balanced diet and lifestyle. While argan oil can help you achieve clearer skin, acne will pop up across the face of people who do not maintain a healthy diet. Some trigger foods are: white bread, bagels, enriched pasta, white rice, potato chips, and starchy vegetables.
Remember to exercise regularly and wash your face after you are done. Sweat does not cause acne but the bacterial buildup that occurs when you don’t shower can cause skin irritation.
Purchasing argan oil can be your first chance for better and clearer skin. With a winning smile and healthy outlook on life there is nothing that is unachievable.
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