Acne-prone skin is the bane of a woman’s existence. Almost every woman has had a breakout or a lone ugly pimple pop on her face in her lifetime. But that is not the same as an age-long, persevering case of acne, where the pimples never seem to go — they just settle down at one place, only to pop out at another. Like that game of poppets. For women with such skin types, what is the remedy? How to go about managing acne, its symptoms, and mitigating its long-term effects like scars and blemishes?
Don’t use chemicals, please. That can of worms is best left unopened. Instead, go for natural products. Not natural remedies per se, although they may work too. But the world of natural skincare is pretty advanced and capable now. There are myriad natural products targeted specifically to acne-prone skin. Some are preventive, like cleansers and exfoliants. While others help control the symptoms — like blemish treatment serums and creams. Here we have curated the best natural skin care products for acne-prone skin.
But before that,
Why Natural Skincare Products?
Acne in itself is a very irritating disease. It wrecks the skin like a wildfire through a fertile forest. There are pimples, redness, inflammation, dark spots, blemishes, and scars — all on your cheek, or forehead, or chin. Isn’t that horrible?
So why would you want to douse this already accelerating fire with more chemicals? Isn’t it better to hunt for soothing natural ingredients and products? Here’s why you must —
- Natural ingredients are gentle, less irritating. They come without harmful, drying, and irritating chemicals like alcohol and benzoyl peroxide. Instead, soothing agents like witch hazel, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, honey, and aloe vera are used to fight acne.
- Only natural fragrances are used in these products, keeping you safe from all those synthetically made scents that cause allergies, respiratory problems, sinus blockage, etc.
- Natural skincare products are preserved with natural ingredients like radish root extracts. This keeps you away from those harmful preservatives — parabens, BHA, and BHT that are known to harm the liver and kidneys, and cause hormonal imbalance.
- The environment also remains happy with you as natural skincare products are very rarely disruptive in nature. In fact, most of these ingredients originally came from nature, so they go and mix seamlessly back in.
- No animals are harmed. Most natural skincare products also are cruelty-free. Like the Savarnas Mantra’s range. This means they are conscious and well-meaning, touching more than your beauty regime.
Does Acne-Prone Skin Respond to Natural?
Yes, it does. How do you think chemical products came about? The inspiration for most synthetically produced chemicals came from nature. From the original compounds and elements found in nature. So it is a no-brainer that natural skincare products will soothe your acne. You just need to find the right product for you, and once it suits you, you need to use it religiously. A regular, persistent routine is the best and the only way to overcome any problem, acne included. And with nature, persistence is what takes you across the finishing line. Not instant.
What Age is Best to Try Natural Skincare Products?
Any age. There is no bar. You can be all of 14 and battling your first round of acne, or 40 and still going through bad months after a few good ones. The only difference is, the kind of products you choose at 14 will be bolder as your skin is young. It is elastic and still replete. But at 40, the skin begins to lose most of that, asking for collagen, hydration, vitamins and minerals. So in addition to acne products, a woman in her 40s will need anti-aging products too in her skincare.
Natural Skincare Products For Acne-Prone Skin
I have chosen a line of basic products that most of us already use in our daily routine. There is no point in going fancy, just stick to the usual, ‘less-is-more.’ Only, in the natural form.
Natural Face Wash & Cleanser
These two may sound similar but are not. And one cannot be replaced by another. A gentle natural face wash for acne-prone skin washes your skin thoroughly. It is a must for oily skin. While a natural cleanser rinses off any leftover impurities, makeup residue, and oils from the pores after you have washed it. Savarnas Mantra offers a line of natural cleansers. The best among them for acne-prone skin is the Natural Rose Cleanser, which is infused with rosehip seed oil that soothes the skin and prevents pimples.
A toner is usually used pre-makeup. But even if you have acne-prone skin and do not use makeup, it is beneficial. It is like mint to your breath, known for refreshing. Toner for oily skin also removes any excess oil and preps the skin to absorb the moisturizer. Savarnas Mantra Natural Herbal toner is best for acne-prone skin and is gentle in its formulation.
Not only dry skin, but the oily and acne-prone type also need a good moisturizer. You may need less product at a time, but you do need it. Why? Simple. Because if oily skin becomes dry, then it demands more moisture from the body. And the body, the generous little thing it is, produces more oil. So moisturize your skin at least twice a day, depending on your needs. Make sure it is non-comedogenic so that it doesn’t block your pores and cause more breakouts.
I know I said I will keep it simple. But an exfoliant is a necessity. Not daily, but once in a few days. Most women choose to exfoliate weekly, say Sunday to Sunday, but acne-prone skin needs to exfoliate at least twice a week. What does exfoliating do for acne-prone skin? A natural exfoliant helps in gently scrubbing away dead cells, micro-impurities, dirt, and oil that has accumulated over the week. If not exfoliated, these can settle into pores and clog them — classic beginning of acne. The Savarnas Mantra Natural Honey Exfoliant uses amber granules (great to fight acne) to scrub the skin clean. The natural honey extracts act as an anti-bacterial, as well as soothe the skin.
Natural restorative masks are great for acne-prone skin. These can be used once every week or even fortnightly. A mask is one of the best products to hydrate, calm, tone, and revitalize irritated skin. The kind of pampering that acne-prone skin deserves. Many types of natural masks are available with different active ingredients, like aloe vera, tea tree oil, honey, neem, Vitamin E, etc. But the Savarnas Mantra Natural Restorative Mask comes with a formulation of Hyaluronic Acid on top of aloe vera. So not only does your acne gets soothed, but you also get plumper, more hydrated skin.
If your acne-prone skin is very oily, and if the breakouts are never-ending, then a vitalizing night serum is a good idea. Yes, there are night creams and spot creams available for acne, but they don’t work as quickly and effectively as a good serum. Why? Because a serum contains concentrated active ingredients that are known for their quick action. And when you pick a natural serum, side effects are minimized.
Natural Blemish Treatment
This particular product is used when your pimples just wouldn’t go. Or if you have acne scars and blemishes left over from the last breakout. The Savarnas Mantra Natural Blemish Treatment, for example, is targeted to wipe away acne and blemish marks from their root, helping you achieve that smooth, even-toned skin. The cream comes replete with Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Witch Hazel, and Menthol, which not only work miracles on acne but also fight hyper-pigmentation.
For women with acne-prone skin — a life without pimples seems impossible when you are going through a breakout. But trust me, it passes. The pimples settle down, the skin doesn’t remain inflamed forever, and red patches don’t trouble you all your life. But. Yes there is a but. You need to take care of your skin when the breakout happens, use the right products (natural, preferably) so that long-term scars or blemishes are minimized. This is the way your skin remains looking just as it did before acne came to haunt your life.