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Blemishes, zits, pimples whatever you call them they can be annoying and sometimes painful. They seem to pop up at the worst possible times - right before an interview or a special occasion.

Abstract picture of pimples

Unfortunately, blemishes happen at any and every age. Hormone fluctuation, stress, environmental factors can cause skin to break-out. Here are our recommendations for stopping pimples in their tracks and for preventing future break-outs.

Take a closer look at the cause of blemishes at the end of this article.

Gentle exfoliation will help to remove dead skin cells and sweat from the skin. This will prevent the debris from building up and clogging the pores. Our Konjaku Fiber Sponge w/ Charcoal cleanses as it bring moisture and anti-bacterial qualities to the skin. The sponge gently exfoliates as you use it in a light circular motion around your face.

Konjaku sponge

It's important to be gentle with any exfoliant that you choose especially on irritated skin. It will help if you integrate exfoliation into your routine slowly. The main goal here is to bring balance to the skin and we don't want to take our skin to either extreme.

For a different type of exfoliation, try our Citrus & Fruit Acid Cleanser.  Willow bark is a gentle astringent and tightens pores, while the fruit acids exfoliate.

Our Clay & Herbal Extract Detox Mask is great as a spot treatment for pimples. But when used twice weekly, the green clay in the mask will help to remove toxins from the skin while lavender and other botanicals soothe the skin.

Willow tree

Follow up your soothing mask treatment with Lavender & Willow Refreshing Toner. The astringent Willow bark appears again to help close and tighten pores, while the mineral zinc prevents blemishes from forming.

Bring antioxidents into your routine with our Rose & Nettle Daytime Face Serum. The serum can be used after cleansing or exfoliating each morning to boost the health of the skin. Antioxidents promote cell growth and help to remove toxins and other harmful substances.

Meadow of stinging nettles

All of the products we've talked about above can be used for break-outs and skin conditions anywhere on the body. The Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush can help apply the cleanser on hard to reach spots like your lower shoulder blades and the middle of the back. The mask can spot treat pimples and bring about faster healing.  

Choose a moisturizer based on your preference between a lighter formula and a cream. Neroli brings antiseptic qualities to our Olive Leaf and Neroli Moisturizer which can help discourage break-outs. Chamomile and rose and the other botanicals have a long history of being used to heal the skin and the causes of inflammation.

 Field of German Chamomile

At the base of each hair follicle are sebaceous glands. These glands produce the oil that your skin needs to be healthy. Pores can get clogged with dead skin, dirt and sweat. A pimple forms when the debris in the pore causes an infection..

Many of us get into an unhealthy cycle with our skin and believe that stripping the skin will reduce oiliness. It actually does the opposite. The sebaceous glands kick into overdrive to compensate for the natural oils that have been stripped and produces more oil making your skin feel oily again and the process starts all over.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but allowing your skin's natural oils to remain will actually lead to healthier, balanced skin in the future. All systems of the body seek balance, sometimes attaining this balance takes patience. Using natural skin care products that cleanse gently, serums that tone and a conditioning moisturizer will help bring balance to your skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Jen Bator — July 31, 2017

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