Here at Aurelia Probiotic Skincare we’re often asked about the causes of acne, and how some of our products can help to soothe and prevent breakouts. We wanted to focus on some tips and techniques you can use that will help to alleviate breakouts and to help you tailor your skincare routine to suit your needs.
Why do we get acne?
Acne and breakouts can start to affect skin from our teens onwards. Sometimes acne can begin well into adulthood and is normally caused by hormonal imbalances and changes or emotional stress. The blemishes themselves are caused by an inflammation of the sebum gland in a hair follicle and once this occurs, dead skin, oil build-up and dirt can get trapped in the pore, causing swelling, redness and sometimes a whitehead. It’s important to look for skincare products that are non-pore blocking (non-comedogenic) like the products in the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare range. The important thing about treating acne and breakouts is not to let it panic you or cause you stress. It can be difficult not to pick or squeeze blemishes but this will make them worse, or cause longer lasting scarring.
There are a lot of ways you can help to alleviate the symptoms, but by nourishing your skin rather than drying it out, you’ll have a better chance of reducing breakouts. It is really important to keep acne prone skin clean, but the type of cleanser you are using can sometimes make things worse. A common mistake people make is to use a foaming cleanser, to get that squeaky-clean, tight feeling. However this can cause an upset in skin’s balance of natural oils. The skin’s acid mantel is integral to overall hydration, and stripping your skin using products containing harsh sulfates will make matters worse. Another common mistake is to use facial wipes which often contain methylisothiazolinone (MI), a preservative that can cause major irritation and is also used to preserve domestic cleaning products and paint! Try not to overload the skin with products, but pare your routine back and use nourishing, gentle and calming products. Sufferers of acne are often nervous of exfoliating, as damaging breakouts with abrasive scrubs can spread bacteria and lengthen the healing process. It is however very important to exfoliate acne-prone skin, and by using a gentle yet effective exfoliating mask once a week you will reduce dead skin build up and soften skin texture.
Our recommended routine:
Here at Aurelia we have a strict free-from ingredients policy, so you won’t find any of the harsher chemicals in our products. We advocate a twice daily cleanse with our Miracle Cleanser, a cream based, soothing product that leaves skin feeling hydrated, supple and soft, but above all clean. Containing decongesting eucalyptus and calming probiotics and chamomile, the Miracle Cleanser works well on acne-prone skin to soothe and nourish from step one. The soft antibacterial bamboo muslin is perfect for removal as it will gently buff the skin, resulting in a radiant, glowing complexion that won’t feel stripped or tight but balanced, clean and fresh.
Follow the cleanser with our Revitalise & Glow Serum in the morning for non-greasy yet nourishing hydration. The Revitalise & Glow Serum is wonderful because you will get the benefits of the hydrating peptide complex, the soothing probiotics and the antioxidant-rich botanics but in a very lightweight texture. This fluid serum absorbs very easily and deposits the luxury ingredients where they are most needed. Follow with the Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser for supple, smooth and nourished skin with an even texture. This silicone-free moisturiser creates the perfect base for makeup and contains aloe vera to soothe breakouts and vitamin E to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Exfoliation with the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm can be hugely beneficial for congested, acne prone and oily skins. Gentle exfoliation is key, as the build-up of dead skin leads to daily impurities and make-up settling in pores and causing breakouts or blackheads. Using the Miracle Balm twice a week as a mask will result in smoother skin to the touch, a clearer complexion and a reduction in pore size. Instead of massaging the product into the skin, press the balm over the face, avoiding the eye area and leave for 5-10 minutes to let the enzymes work. The beauty of the Miracle Balm is that it helps to rebalance the sebum levels in your skin, as it does not leave you feeling dry, tight or stripped of oils. As an oil-based texture which emulsifies on contact with water, the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm helps to alleviate the signs of dryness by addressing flakiness and leaving the skin supple. Exfoliation in this way will also increase the effectiveness of subsequent skincare products, as serums and creams can then penetrate beyond the top layer of dead skin, depositing the ingredients and probiotic technology where they are most needed.
Now you can promote a luminous, dewy and radiant glow with Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s morning routine combined in one luxurious gift wrapped box. Our Miracle Cleansing Collection combines a full sized Miracle Cleanser and Refine & Polish Miracle Balm with complimentary luxury miniatures of our Revitalise & Glow Serum and Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser.