It’s officially Acne Awareness Month! Acne Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness of one of the most common skin conditions affecting people worldwide. Acne is more than just a cosmetic concern; it can affect self-esteem and quality of life. This month, we aim to provide practical tips to help manage acne effectively. We will also recommend some products which may help. Understanding the causes of acne can make a significant difference in achieving clearer, healthier skin. Let’s kick off Acne Awareness Month with DTE.

Causes of Acne

  • Hormonal Changes: Our hormones play a significant role in the development of acne, at all ages of life, but especially during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Androgens, a type of hormone, increase the size of oil glands and stimulate the production of sebum, leading to clogged pores.
  • Inflammation: Inflammation is a key player in causing acne. When pores become clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and dirt/bacteria, it can trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in red, swollen pimples.
  • Bacteria: The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) naturally resides on the skin. When pores are blocked, this bacterium can multiply, which can then lead to inflammation and acne breakouts. 
  • Genetics: Sometimes, something as simple as genetics can predispose individuals to acne. If your parents had acne, you are automatically more likely to experience it as well.
  • Diet: Certain foods, particularly those high in sugar and dairy, have often been linked to acne. Diet can influence not only the hormone levels but also inflammation, therefore contributing to breakouts.
  • Stress: Although stress has not been directly linked to causing acne, it can exacerbate existing conditions by increasing hormone production and inflammation.
  • Skincare Products: Aside from the above, using comedogenic (pore-clogging) skincare products can contribute to acne. When choosing your skincare, it is important to choose non-comedogenic products that do not block pores.

Tips for reducing Acne

  • Maintain a consistent skincare routine
  • Use non-comedogenic skincare products
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Try your best to manage your stress
  • Ensure you’re getting enough sleep
  • Consult a dermatologist (Sometimes acne is beyond our own control and simple tips, be sure to consult with a medical professional for their assistance.)

Down to Earth products for Acne Management

Refresh Cleanser is used to;

  • effectively cleanse away impurities
  • gently exfoliate the skin
  • refresh and refine the skin
  • clarify and tone the skin
  • minimise breakouts
  • calm skin reactivity and reduce irritation
  • promote a balanced and healthy-looking complexion

Refresh Moisturiser is used to;

  • moisturise without causing congestion
  • help support the skin’s microbiome with prebiotics
  • promote a balanced and healthy complexion
  • defend the skin from impurities
  • minimise breakouts
  • calm skin reactivity
  • help prevent scarring
  • replenish nutrients

Clear Skin Gel can be used for;

  • bacterial concerns like pimples and acne
  • minor acne wounds, and also cuts, grazes, blisters
  • insect bites and stings
  • eczema and rashes
  • sunburn and minor burns
  • fungal infections like athlete’s foot
  • cold sores, herpes and shingles
  • sensitivity caused by haemorrhoids

African Potato Cream can be used for;

  • inflamed acne and pimples, especially good for the back and chest
  • muscle and joint pain
  • swelling and stiffness
  • sprains and bruising
  • autoimmune disorders like arthritis and gout
  • painful conditions like varicose veins and tennis elbow
  • burning and tingling sensation from diabetic foot problems
  • restless legs at night
  • excessively dry and cracked skin
  • sunburn and minor burns
  • eczema, psoriasis and rashes
  • skin concerns like warts, stretch marks and scars

In Conclusion

We hope that this blog helped to bring awareness to the causes of Acne, and a few ways that we can try and manage this condition. We acknowledge that Acne can make a big difference in your self-confidence and day to day life, and we will you the best if you’re struggling with this condition. Thank you for stopping by for this read, and we hope that Acne Awareness Month with DTE can be of help. We would also like to remind you that this is in no way medical advice and that should you struggle with this condition it’s best to consult a medical professional.

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