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What is Causing My Acne?

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Acne can be a troubling skin condition for both teens and adults. But there are a variety of different kinds of blemishes that get lumped into the acne category and they all have different causes.

At SkinDeep Naturals, a Fort Collins natural skin care company, we provide ingredient-conscious individuals with the right skin care products to clear up break-outs. And we also wanted to inform our readers a little bit more about the types and causes of acne so you can eliminate any controllable factors contributing to your skin issues.

Blackheads: Blackheads are caused when pores are filled with bacteria, dirt, or dead skin. This can happen to anyone but can be lessened by using an exfoliating cleanser like our Daily Exfoliating Cleanser.

Whiteheads: Whiteheads occur when a blackhead closes over.

Acne Cyst or Nodule: These painful, inflamed lumps arise when the bacteria that lives on our skin get trapped inside a clogged pore. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this is the perfect place for that bacteria to multiply.

Jawline Acne: Jawline acne is more common in women than men, although can be caused in men by shaving with a dirty razor. For women, jawline acne is often hormonal and doesn’t look the same as typical pus filled zits you might experience elsewhere. If you are a woman and prone to jawline acne, it can also be a symptom of poly-cystic ovarian syndrome which is an imbalance of hormones. And for those with sensitive skin, it can even be cause by the rubbing of a chin strap on a helmet, make up, or touching your skin too much.

For many cases of acne, washing your face daily can help alleviate the problem. If you have questions about any of our skin care products or are wondering if they could help you with your breakouts, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals. We would love to help!

What You Need to Know About Skin Types

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Just like every person is unique, everyone has unique skin. People have different sensitivities, water content, and lipid or oil content in their skin. These factors affect which products you should use on your skin and different elements to add to your skin care regimen. It’s also important to note that skin type can change over time - so listen to your body and change your skin care regimen as needed. These are the 5 main skin types and a few tips for caring for them, according to WebMD.

Normal: Normal skin doesn’t have any sensitivities and very few blemishes. This is a result of the right balance of lipids and water. An important note here is that normal skin doesn't mean "do nothing" skin. The more preventative approach you take at this stage, the better off your skin's health will be in the long run. A regular 3-step cleansing system and use of sunscreen when spending time in the sun are key. Prevent sun damage, prevent dehydration, and prevent clogged pores so that your skin ages well.

Dry: Dry skin has less elasticity, more visible lines, red patches, and a dull complexion. Ways to help dry skin are avoiding long, hot showers, avoiding harsh soaps and cosmetics, and using a rich moisturizer right after bathing, while skin is still damp. This combination of water and lipids mimics and nourishes the skin's acid mantle barrier. Check out our Rosewater Hydrating Mist and Total Nourish Facial Serum for dry skin.

Oily: Oily skin is common during adolescence and is characterized by an oily complexion, visible pores, and black heads. Treat oily skin by limiting washing the face to two times a day and using products labeled for oily skin. Avoid aggressive popping and squeezing blemishes since that can lead to scaring. Instead, try giving yourself an at-home skin care treatment so that pores can be properly extracted.

Combination: Combination skin is just as it sounds, perhaps dry or normal in places and oily in others, especially along the t-zone. If you have questions about which products are right for your combination skin, please contact us.

Sensitive: Sensitive skin is characterized by redness, itching, or dryness. Natural skin care products are a great choice for sensitive skin because there aren’t any chemicals or unnatural fragrances or coloring to aggravate skin.

If you have a difficult time discerning which products to use with your skin type, contact us at SkinDeep Naturals. We would love to set you up with products that are going to make your complexion glow.

Treat Yourself to an At-Home Facial

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Facials shouldn't be considered a luxury - but an important ritual of self-care. Keep reading for steps on how to treat your skin to an effective spa-like treatment in the comfort of your home! 

Step One - Remove makeup with Coconut Dream Cleanser:

Coconut Dream Cleanser

Rub a dime size amount of Coconut Dream between palms to melt, gently press and massage over face and neck to dissolve makeup and impurities. Wipe with warm wet cloth.

Step Two - Steam skin to soften dead skin cells and remove any residual makeup:

Organic Cotton Compress

Fill a basin with very warm water, add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil, immerse an organic cotton cleansing cloth and swish around a bit. Squeeze some of the excess water out (but not too much) and apply to face until the cloth cools off. Repeat 3 - 5 times, re-heating water if it cools off.
*Use organic lavender essential oil as a soothing compress - good for all skin types.
*Use organic citrus essential oils as a wake-up compress - good for normal, oily, or combination skin types.
*Use organic tea tree essential oil as a purifying compress for skin prone to acne breakouts.

Step Three - Slough off dead skin cells with Daily Exfoliating Cleanser:

Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Scoop a small amount of scrub with clean fingers, smooth it on to wet hands, rub together a couple of times to get a nice lather, gently press and massage into face and neck. Pay special attention to areas where pores are enlarged or visibly clogged. Rinse with warm water.

Now is the time to perform extractions if needed, while the skin is still warm and pores are open. Gently apply pressure to the area surrounding the clogged pore or pimple to try and release any pore debris. Don't be forceful - if the pore does not empty with ease, try a few more warm compresses with essential oil to further soften the debris and open the pore.

Step Four - Mist skin with the appropriate toner for your skin type:

Toner

Applying toner is an important step in the process. Our toners provide different levels of astringent properties, close pores after cleansing, and our Hydrating Mists provide beneficial moisture. All of our toners assist in the distribution and absorption of our hydrating facial serums.

For normal to dry skin: Rosewater Hydrating Mist or Cucumber Hydrating Mist. For skin prone to breakouts: Blemish Control Toner.

Step Five - Finish with 2 - 3 pumps of hydrating serum:

Hydrating Serum


While skin is still wet from toning mist, apply several pumps of serum to hands, rub together and press and smooth over face, neck and chest. Use Total Nourish Serum for normal to dry skin - and for skin prone to breakouts, use Blemish Control Serum.

*Always combine treatment serum with toner. This combination of floral water and lipids mimics and nourishes the skin's acid mantle barrier.

I recommend this type of skin treatment at least once a month - more often if time allows! Please contact me with any questions or feedback.