Acne

Discover more about acne and how to fight it!

Causes of acne are multiple. Your trusty cellphone, for example, keeps you close to your friends, but also to your enemies as it’s a propagator of nasty bacteria and dirt. Learn more with us on what causes acne, and pick up quick tips and solutions to help keep it at bay for clear, radiant skin from within.

Some of us have to go through the trouble of always having an oil-blotting sheet in our purse because we have oily skin. Do not fret, here are some tips that might help get rid of that oily skin.

1. Cleansers

Avoid buying cleansers that contain sulphates which will cause immediate tightness after cleansing as this will cause your skin to produce more oil than necessary. Instead opt for an “Oil-Control Cleanser” that is formulated with activated charcoal that will help to purify the skin without drying it out. Also, do not wash your face with hot water but light steaming once a week accompanied by your evening regimen should be good.

2. Exfoliation

Exfoliate your skin mildly. Scrubbing your face too often or too long might cause more oil production. Do it once or twice a week and lightly scrub the face. Buying a facial scrub that contains Salicylic Acid will help to gently exfoliate and also reduce acne.

3. Toner

Use a toner that is acetone and alcohol free. If the toner contains alcohol, it will send messages to the oil glands to produce more oil. It would be best to avoid them.

4. Moisturiser

Instead of using a moisturiser, use a hydrating serum. If your skin is very oily, use the serum only at night. But if your skin is somewhat oily, you can use the serum once in the morning and once at night. A hydrating serum does not only help to hydrate the skin, it also helps to keep skin glowing and smooth. Only use a hydrating moisturiser when skin feels dry after using the serum twice per day.

5. Sunscreen

Never forget to protect your skin from the sun. End off your skin care routine with a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more and your skin will thank you for it! Do not use a moisturiser containing sunscreen. Your sunscreen should just be purely a sunscreen.

There is a lot of nutrients packed in a tomato that you can just grab at the supermarket that benefits your skin! They contain vitamins that your skin need including:

– Vitamin A

– Vitamin C

– Vitamin K

– Antioxidants, lycopene

-Dietary fibre

– Iron

– Calcium

– Zinc

 

1. Shrink Your Pores

Tomatoes are an astringent which helps to reduce the size of your pores to make them smaller.

Mix a tablespoon of tomato juice with 3-4 drops of lime juice. Use a cotton ball and spread gently all over your face in circular motion. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

2. Cure Acne

Vitamins A and C are regularly found in acne medication and these two vitamins are also available in tomatoes.

If you have mild acne, cut the tomato in half and rub it all over your face. For severe acne, you can use fresh tomato puree as a mask. Take one tomato and make it into a puree and rub on face. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse and apply moisturizer. Do it on a regular basis.

3. Remove Blackheads

Tomato works as a repellent substance and reduce blackheads while the avocado oil has antiseptic and moisturizing effect. When these two products are combined together, it makes a very good skin care product.

Mash tomatoes and add avocado oil or mash up some avocado as well, mix together and apply it on face. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash with warm water.

4, Reduce Inflammation

Tomato cool the skin and neutralize the skin surface, while the yogurt gives the skin a much needed protein, making it more soft and supple.

Add half a tomato and mash it with 2 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture on face, neck, hand and feet for 20 minutes and wash off.

 1. BANANA PEELS

Most of us just throw out the banana peel after enjoying the fruit. While many feel that the skin has no benefits, it actually helps to reduce acne and acne scarring. Here is how you do it!

Just take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Keep rubbing until it turns brown. Leave it on for 30 minutes. As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients from the peel. Do it 3 times a day and you will start to see the results!

 2. AVOCADO

After a whole day of working and schooling, our skin might be dry and dehydrated with all the environmental aggressors around. Just grab an avocado on your way home as it is a natural moisturizer. Here is how you do it!

Take a small amount of avocado and mash it up. Gently spread it all over your face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

 3. KIWI

Apart from cleansing, you must exfoliate your skin twice a week, especially for those with oily skin. Did you know that an exfoliant can also be edible? Have half a kiwi and use the other half as your facial scrub. The seeds act as an exfoliator. Also, it has Vitamin C that helps the skin to look young and radiant. Here is how you do it!

Take a quarter of a kiwi and slice it. Gently scrub the kiwi slices all over your face. If you do not want to waste the other quarter, you can mash it up and make a face mask out of it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

 4. ICE CUBES

Who would have thought something so simple could help with our skin care routine right? Ice cubes help to give you a more refreshed and toned complexion. Here is how you do it!

Get some water and freeze it up. You can choose to also add lemon juice or cucumber while you freeze. Grab an ice cube and gently rub it on your face in an outward and upward motion. You can also choose to freeze up green tea to get the anti-inflammatory extracts from it on top of the toned complexion.

There you have it – 4 tips that can help you get better skin. Try it out and you’ll definitely see the results!

As simple as it may sound, these tips definitely go far in your journey to Porcelain skin.

Porcelain Skin Tip #1: Never sleep with makeup on

Tip #1 for Porcelain Skin: Never sleep with makeup on

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You should never ever leave your makeup on while you sleep, as it may lead to breakouts and rashes. Makeup also clogs your pores, contributing to the appearance of enlarged pores and making your skin look inflamed.

Porcelain Skin Tip #2: Reduce processed foods; eat more fruits & vegetables

Tip #2 for Porcelain Skin: Eat more fruits & vegetables

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Processed food is usually filled with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and processed grains, which aren’t good for your health and skin. Instead, you should eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that provide good vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your skin and body will thank you for!

Porcelain Skin Tip #3: Eat healthy fats

Tip #3 for Porcelain Skin: Eat healthy fats

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Eating healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids provide you with loads of health benefits and improve your skin. Instead of normal cooking oil, you should opt for olive oil when making your own meals to get your daily quota of healthy fats.

Porcelain Skin Tip #4: Drink water and cut down on soft drinks, caffeine & alcohol

Tip #4 for Porcelain Skin: Drink water

Soft drinks are high in calories and sugar, which doesn’t do your waistline and skin any good at all. On the other hand, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin, making it look dry, dull and tired. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin.

Porcelain Skin Tip #5: Beauty products – Go for quality, not quantity

Tip #5 for Porcelain Skin: Choose quality beauty products

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There are tons of beauty products out there, and you just got to accept the fact that you’d never be able to finish trying them all. Looking for the right product that suits your skin is really going to work way better than trying everything off the counters.

Porcelain Skin Tip #6: Protect your skin from the sun

Tip #6 for Porcelain Skin: Protect from the sun

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It is of utmost importance that you wear sunscreen daily. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long period, choose a sunscreen with high SPF and remember to re-apply! It’s really better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to see pigmentation and wrinkles forming, and start regretting not slapping on sufficient sunscreen.

Porcelain’s Newly Launched Balance, Hydraclear Gel is a watery gel that helps to control sebum, supply water, increase water retention and sebum balance in skin. It helps to reduce inflammation and microbial activities which prevents acne formation without causing peeling, sensitivity or redness.

In order to explain how exactly this special formula works, here’s the science behind it.

Causes of Acne 

1. Hyperkeratosis*: The thickening of the stratum corneum or outer layer of the skin

2. Bacterial Proliferation: The rapid growth or production of bacteria

3. Sebum Hyper-secretion: Over production of sebum, which can be a result of wrong usage of products, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, stress or unhealthy lifestyle

4. Local Inflammation: A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation or infection, characterized by pain, redness and swelling.

Consequently, the way to reduce acne is to reduce hypekerotosis, bacterial growth, sebum secretion and inflammation.

Balance – Hydraclear Gel

Based on an In Vivo Test, ran on a period of 42 days, Balance, Hydraclear Gel is able to help with the reduction of active sebum glands by 31% and amount of sebum by 44%, and based on an In Vitro Test, Sebum secretion was reduced by 44%, Hyperkeratosis was reduced by 54%, Inflammatory Activity was reduced by 72% and Bacterial Growth was reduced by 100%.

Benefits

1. Targets all 4 areas of acne reduction

2. It is mild and does not cause drying or peeling

3. Helps to brighten and refine your skin

4. Balances pH, sebum and moisture levels

5. It is cooling & soothing and has a watery gel texture

Last but not least, it helps you achieve the clear, hydrated and healthy skin you wish for! 🙂

 

The Balance – Hydraclear Gel is suitable for all skin types.