What is causing your acne?

Posted on September 22 2016

So in the last few days, I have had so many customers asking me to help cure their acne. I have been asked about which Olive products in particular would work to get rid of acne. The truth is - it is not that simple. I also wonder, with acne being the most common skin condition in world, why isn't there a cure?

Acne is nasty. It is annoying and it is just a deal breaker. Before we can get to getting rid of acne, it is important to identify the type of acne you have and what could be causing it.

Types of acne

  • Whiteheads - remain under the skin and are very small
  • Blackheads - clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin. 
  • Papules - visible on the surface of the skin. They are small bumps, usually pink
  • Pustules - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and contain pus
  • Nobules - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid pimples. They are painful and are embedded deep in the skin
  • Cysts - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful, and are filled with pus. Cysts can easily cause scars

What could be causing your acne?

Treating acne should be 4 pronged - diet, lifestyle, skincare/make up and medication. Most of the time your acne is being caused by something you can control and therefore a holistic approach to treating your acne is something you should definitely consider in addition to meeting your doctor.

So what could be the cause of these horrendous bumps on your face?

  • stress
  • too much high GI foods which basically means high sugar food. Refer to index below from urbanhealthnw.com
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  • crazy all over the place hormones
  • genetics
  • greasy makeup
  • leaky gut caused by chronic stress or food sensitivities - image from draxe.com
  • deficiency in nutrients

Treatment?

Like I said earlier, it is a 4 pronged approach - diet, lifestyle, skincare/makeup choices and and medical intervention. Whilst most types of acne can be cured this way, other types like cystic acne (stage 3 and part of stage 2) will need major medical intervention.

Do this and you will slowly start seeing a difference

  1. Cut out the high GI and moderate GI foods completely and focus on eating fresh vegetables and fruits as listed above. This is probably the most important thing you can do or your skin

  2. Exercise. Go for a jog. Sweat. Do some yoga. Anything to keep your body active. Exercise and yoga also help reduce stress.

  3. Sleep on time people. 7 hours every night is crucial.

  4. Lots of water. 3 litres a day to be specific

  5. Solve that leaky gut problem - go to your GP and have a chat about this so your nutrients start getting absorbed again

  6. Stop using greasy and thick makeup. Opt for natural or semi natural alternatives

  7. Always wash your face well 2 times a day max - Olive's Rich Cleansing Milk (if you have makeup to wash off) followed by Olive's Clarifying Face Wash always does the trick. Also, exfoliate once a week.

  8. Moisurise moisturise and moisturise!!! Dry skin causes your skin to produce excessive oils causing acne. Use a simple moisturiser to counter that. 

  9. Visit your dermatologist. Do not be afraid to use the gels and oral medication prescribed. If you have fairly serious acne, talk to your doctor about the possibility of taking Isotretenoin . There are multiple warnings and horrendous side-effects attached to this drug but if taken under supervision and monitored monthly, this may actually rid you of acne totally

  10. Get a blood test to look at your hormones and make sure all is in check there

It takes time but we will get there. Hang in there. There is a cure for everything, you just need to be looking at the right place.

xoxo

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