Agony of Acne * Why it happens

Acne mostly appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. If hair follicles in these areas become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, acne can result.

Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.

These glands secrete an oily substance (sebum) to lubricate your hair and skin. Sebum normally travels along the hair shafts and through the openings of the hair follicles onto the surface of your skin.

But if there is an excess of sebum and dead skin cells the two can build up in the hair follicles and form a soft plug, creating an environment where bacteria can thrive. Once bacteria develop in the plugged pore it becomes inflamed and infected and this condition we know as acne.

Oil Dissolves Oil

Spirit based cleansers are too harsh for acne-affected skin and are likely to cause more problems than they solve. If you strip the skin of its own natural oils the skin thinks it is dry so it produces more oil, so it can make matters worse.

Everyone knows oil and water don’t mix so water also is ineffective in unblocking the blocked pores. The best way to clear excess skin oil is pores is to use another beneficial oil to gently cleanse the skin, unblocking the soft plug and clearing away dead skin cells and removing the acne-causing bacteria, leaving the skin clean, lubricated and refreshed.

But not any oil will do. Recent tests on acne sufferers showed a higher level of sebum production, which is hardly surprising, but few tests have analysed the Sebum produced.

There are two main studies undertaken revealed that acne patients have relatively low levels of lineolic acids in their surface skin lipids and relatively high levels of oleic acid, both of which are key components of oils used in natural treatments.

In the event of an acne breakout, effective natural skin treatments should seek to redress the linoleic acid/oleic acid imbalance and use oils high in linoleic acid and low in oleic acid should be preferred.

Carrier Oils Higher in Linoleic Acid

  • Evening Primrose Oil—Linoleic–72.6%; Oleic–8.4%

  • Grape Seed Oil—Linoleic–70.6%; Oleic–16.2%

  • Safflower Oil—Linoleic–68-85%; Oleic–8-30%

  • Pumpkin Seed Oil—Linoleic–57.2%; Oleic–23.3%

  • Hemp Seed Oil—Linoleic–56.48%; Oleic–10.71%

  • Black Cumin Seed Oil—Linoleic–55.6%; Oleic–22.6%

  • Soybean Oil—Linoleic–52.97%; Oleic–22.72%

  • Rosehip Seed Oil—Linoleic–44.1%; Oleic–13.9%

Karma Skincare uses Essential Oil to Balance the Skin especially for Problem Skin such as Acne:

Rose Hip Oil is valuable in the counter balance of Acne as it speeds up healing and removes scar tissue by regeneration. You can use it twice a day as a moisturiser. It is classed as a carrier oil so there is no need to dilution

Calendula AKA Marigold Oil is great at balancing the sebaceous glands so they produce less oil.

Chamomile Oil is Anti-bacterial as well as Anti-inflammatory so it gets to work on bacteria straight away.

Aloe Vera is also Anti-inflammatory and very gentle on the skin and will not stimulate the skin, instead it will calm and soothe the skin.

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