Natural Cosmetics and Treatments for Acne-Prone SkinAcne is a common skin problem that typically shows up in the teenage years and can even continue into adulthood. Caused by excess oil in the sebaceous glands, acne can be serious enough to cause permanent scaring.
The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends using oil-free makeup. Cosmetics that are not oil-free will only add to the excess oil on the skin and make acne worse. Choosing a product that won't clog the pores, along with a good hygiene program to cleanse the skin can help improve acne and keep it from getting worse.
Natural Cosmetics for Acne Prone Skin
Choosing a lightweight mineral powder makeup with no oils or irritants is a good alternative to heavier oil based cosmetics. Natural mineral makeup should contain only a few ingredients and have no chemical additives. One example of pure natural mineral wear makeup is a brand by the name of Pure Anada. Their ingredients are listed as follows: Mica, Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide, Silica, Boron nitride, Iron oxides, Ultramarines. The ingredients are very basic with no oil based or chemical additives.
Some acne treatment products will make the skin more sensitive to the sun's UV rays. The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends use of sunblock to further protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide both naturally reflect the suns rays and can be found in many natural mineral makeups.
Natural Treatments for Acne Sufferers
There are other natural cosmetic treatments available for acne sufferers. Natural face masks can be made out of rolled oats and water. Other kitchen items like juices from lemons, tomatoes and other fruits help tone pores and reduce oils on skin.
Drinking lots of water can also aid in acne improvement; as water helps flush out toxins in the body. Other dietary considerations are to avoid fatty and sugary foods and increase consumption of beta-carotene and vitamin A foods. The Acne Resource Center Online states that Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is very effective when treating acne.
Natural Cleansing for Skin with Acne
Keeping skin clean and oil free is important when dealing with acne prone skin. The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends washing the affected areas once or twice a day. It is also advisable to wash products such as makeup brushes and pillow cases often as they collect oil and bacteria.
How to Chose Natural Cosmetics and Treatments for Acne Prone Skin
For most, acne is a skin condition that lasts a long time. For some it will last a lifetime. Choosing a good hygiene and cosmetic routine can make living with acne a little easier.
When looking for natural cosmetics that will not make acne worse, review the list of ingredients and avoid any irritating chemicals or additives. Look for lightweight mineral wear formulas that applies the cosmetics in layers. Cosmetics with Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide help reflect the suns rays and should be considered when searching for natural cosmetic wear.
Regular cleansing of the skin and washing products that come into contact with the skin is another important practice. Consider natural facial scrubs and masks that can be made with kitchen items such as rolled oats and fruit juices. These cosmetic cleanings will keep skin clean, tone the skin and help keep the pores from clogging up.
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Canadian Dermatology Association, "Tips & Myths" (accessed June 30, 2010).
Pure Anada, " Pure Anada Difference " (accessed June 30, 2010).
Suite101.com, "Home Remedies for Acne" (accessed June 30, 2010).
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