addressing acne

You’d think breakouts and blemishes would be left behind when puberty has passed and our skin has settled into maturity, but that’s not always the case. Hormonal fluctuations and irritating products can all cause skin to become reactive – and begin to breakout.

Often products targeted at resolving blemishes tend to strip the skin of excess oil and over-dry to reduce sebum production. Many contain drying alcohols or harsh acids – which are completely counterproductive. When skin is over-producing oil, it’s desperately attempting to restore balance. In a nutshell: struggling skin breaks out. It’s as simple as that.

Stress, which causes spikes in the hormone cortisol (a contributing factor to excess oil production) can trigger breakouts, too. At /skin regimen/, we focus on empowering the mind-body stress response – specifically to help lower cortisol levels (a hormone known to cause sebaceous glands to go into overtime producing sebum) – so your skin can look better while you feel better, too. We also use some pretty powerful plant science to create our targeted products. Our best solution for breakouts? Tea Tree Oil.

We combine concentrated 1% Tea Tree oil with 3% Mandelic Acid and our trademark Longevity Complex™ to create our 1.0 Tea Tree Booster. Tea Tree Oil has natural antibacterial properties which help prevent breakouts and imperfections, while Mandelic Acid – a gentle alpha-hydroxy-acid derived from bitter almonds – works as an exfoliant. Then we add our Longevity Complex™ to stimulate cellular turnover while refreshing and rejuvenating skin for powerful blemish-busting results. Used every day for a month, women who tried our 1.0 Tea Tree Booster reported sebum production was reduced by 26% and pores shrunk by 12% on average.

But it doesn’t stop there. While using the 1.0 Tea Tree Booster is a great way to rebalance your skin and combat  blemishes, you can also help your skin look its best by supporting it from within.

Our number one suggestion? Clean…properly. Some cleansers simply don’t do the job. Make sure your cleanser – like our Cleansing Cream – fully removes all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities for a perfectly-clean canvas. Secondly, be mindful of your skin – our biggest organ can be surprisingly delicate. When cleaning your face, applying a serum or really touching it at all, try to use the gentlest touch. Using your ring finger (the weakest on the hand) to gently dab products into the skin – and NEVER scrubbing the face violently – is a great habit to develop.

And always pat skin dry gently after washing – no scrubbing!  Finally – and one of the best ways to combat the unavoidable stress that results from urban life and can affect skin – get out and move! Whether it’s a short walk on your lunch break or a bike ride or outdoor yoga class on the weekend – a bit of exercise and a bit of fresh air is proven to reduce cortisol levels and tame the stress response – all great steps towards your best skin yet.