Acne is a skin problem every person has had at least once. It affects people of all ages, especially teens and young adults. This skin condition, when not treated properly, can come back or worsen. Acne treatments can be harsh to the skin, but natural skincare for acne also exists.
If you’re looking for alternative acne treatment, CANhaveTODAY offers natural skin care products that are safe and effective. Each ingredient is backed by research. The products Waters Mist, Soothing Juggernaut, and Healing Legends contain natural ingredients proven to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. They also have many other benefits for your skin and overall health.
But before we discuss natural skincare, let’s talk about what causes acne. Understanding the causes of this skin problem is important to find the best way to treat and manage them.
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What causes acne?
Acne or acne vulgaris is an inflammatory skin disorder that includes pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts. Acne can result from bacterial colonization of clogged pores. This happens when there is excessive sebum production and dead skin cells block the pores. This creates an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, causing inflammation.
The development of acne can be affected by many factors. Genetics, hormones, stress, diet, and lifestyle choices can contribute to causing acne in some individuals.
Cutibacterium acnes (formerly Propionibacterium acnes) and Staphylococcus epidermidis are the bacteria that cause acne. Using skincare products that fight them is helpful for acne prevention. However, these bacteria develop resistance to antibiotic-infused products over repeated use and extended time. Natural skin care has become popular because of this drug resistance.
Now that we know what causes acne, let’s talk about natural skincare products and their ingredients that help combat acne.
Natural solutions for acne-prone skin
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Studies show that lemongrass is effective in fighting acne-causing bacteria. C. acnes and S. epidermidis normally occur on our skin, but they can infect blocked pores and cause inflammatory acne. These bacteria develop resistance to topical antibiotics over time, even if used correctly. This plant has shown moderate activity against these bacteria.
Aside from its potential against bacteria, lemongrass can also fight fungal infection and inflammation of the skin. There is evidence that lemongrass essential oil (LGEO) can be used to combat inflammation. The study suggests that lemongrass has specific chemicals that stop the production of cell signaling proteins that mediate inflammation.
Lemongrass is used in traditional medicine as a cure for illnesses caused by bacteria. Its oil has properties against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The study shows that lemongrass oil inhibits bacteria at a very low concentration. It is effective against Staphylococcus aureus, a common bacteria on our skin that may cause boils.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
The Cinnamon bark essential oil (CBEO) has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. CBEO inhibits the production of inflammatory cell signaling proteins in a human skin disease model.
Ethanolic extracts from Cinnamon bark also have inhibitory activities against the growth of C. acnes and S. epidermidis. Its antibacterial screening, minimum inhibitory concentration, and minimum bactericidal concentration show positive results.
Apart from fighting acne, the cinnamon extract also fights skin aging. It promotes the production of collagen, improving the signs and symptoms of skin aging.
Cinnamaldehyde, a major active component, penetrates the skin over 24 hours after topical application. It mimics the action of the hormone insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which triggers collagen production. IGF-1 also induces wound healing.
Tea Tree Oil
The extracts from tea tree oil are also effective in fighting acne. It has inhibitory actions against multidrug-resistant acne-causing bacteria. Tea tree oil was tested for its ability to kill or stop the growth of C. acnes, S. epidermidis, and S. aureus. Tea tree oil has an active component that makes it a broad-spectrum antimicrobial.
Aside from its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil has proven activities against fungi, inflammation, oxidation, and tumor growth. It is also effective in immune regulation. Tea tree oil also helps with eczema and skin irritation and inflammation related to allergies.
The Chaga mushroom is effective as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. The ethanolic and water extracts of this mushroom has antibacterial activities against S. aureus, B. cereus, M. flavus, L. monocytogenes, P. aeruginosa, S. typhimurium, E. coli, and E. cloacae.
Alcohol extracts of chaga can inhibit inflammation by reducing nitric oxide production and reducing inflammatory mediators in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. The polysaccharide, polyphenol, triterpenoid, and melanin components of Chaga mushroom extract have antioxidant properties (Lu et al., 2021).
Grapefruit Essential Oil
The essential oil from Grapefruit is a good natural ingredient to combat acne. There is evidence that it can fight the acne-causing bacterium C. acnes. Its light-phase oil extract and molecularly distilled extract have effects against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella typhimurium as well. The light phase grapefruit oil also has good antioxidant activity.
CANhaveTODAY’s Natural skin care products for acne
The Waters Mist salve is packed with natural ingredients that make it a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Its formulation includes cinnamon, which has properties that inhibit bacterial growth, including those of acne-causing bacteria.
This salve also contains lemongrass essential oil and tea tree oil, both having properties against bacteria and fungi. These oils also fight the growth of acne-causing bacteria and inflammation. This product is also a solution to bacterial itch, eczema, psoriasis, skin irritation, insect bites, and cellulitis.
This soothing salve combines the properties of tea tree leaf oil with arnica, frankincense, and cypress. Apart from its properties against acne-causing bacteria, Soothing Juggernaut helps calm the aches and pains associated with fungal acne.
Soothing Juggernaut combats athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. It also helps to relieve irritation, redness, itching, swelling, scaly appearance, and blistering.
The salve Healing Legends has the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory powers of tea tree oil, but it offers so much more. This salve contains myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot in its formula, creating an effective wound-healing property.
Myrrh and frankincense are effective in combating inflammation and oxidants, preventing skin aging, acne, and spots. These natural ingredients also increase skin suppleness and moisture.
The Sparkling Rain moisturizer has grapefruit oil which has antibacterial properties that help fight acne. It boasts the presence of Chaga mushroom extract, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and immunomodulatory agent.
This moisturizer contains mango seed butter which repairs, softens, and hydrates the skin. Mango seed butter can potentially be used in formulations for sensitive skin. It also has grape seed oil that has proven effects against inflammation, microbes, and oxidants. Sparkling rain also has Vitamin E which enhances its antioxidant effects.
Treat acne with natural skincare
Acne is the most common skin problem and many factors can contribute to its development. While acne can be treated by antimicrobials, acne-causing bacteria develop resistance to them. Chemicals can also treat acne, but they also have undesirable side effects.
An alternative to these acne treatments is natural skincare products. Essential oils from lemongrass, cinnamon, and tea tree are proven to be effective against acne. These also have other benefits to your skin, like having antioxidant and wound-healing properties.
CANhaveTODAY offers natural skincare products with these ingredients that help acne-prone skin. Our natural products Waters Mist, Soothing Juggernaut, Sparkling Rain, and Healing Legends all can fight acne, and each has different additional benefits. It is up to you to choose what’s best for your needs.
There are several potent natural ingredients that can help manage acne, including tea tree oil, lemongrass essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, chaga mushroom extract, grapefruit oil, and frankincense oil.
You can apply them directly in the skin after blending them with carrier oils and patch testing. Another way is to mix them in skin care products after studying the content and making sure there will be no negative reaction. You can also buy products from CANhaveTODAY which are ready to apply and are 100% natural.
Although natural, these remedies may not be suitable for everyone and might cause allergic reactions. Always perform a patch test before applying a new product or ingredient to your skin. If you experience any adverse effects, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.