Clear, smooth skin… it’s what we all aim for. But sometimes acne and athlete’s foot get in the way.
Whether you’re in your teens or forties, most of you will experience at least the occasional acne breakout here and there. Here is a list a list of common causes of acne.
This is the reason why many young boys and girls experience severe breakouts during puberty. During this time, there is an increase of hormones called “androgens,” which create more “sebum” or oil. This allows oil and dead skin follicles to build-up, blocking pores and inviting bacteria in—causing redness and inflammation. Hormones are also affected during times of stress, pregnancy or while using oral contraceptives.
There is a common myth that eating greasy foods is bad for skin. While they aren’t great for the waistline, greasy food doesn’t directly affect acne. However, if you work in areas with lots of grease, it can stick to the skin and clog pores. In general, it’s better to watch dairy and carb intake. Some recent studies have also shown that chocolate can also be a factor.
Use oil-free make-up to reduce the risk of clogging pores. Always remove make-up completely before bedtime.
Essential oils are a great alternative to harsh acne medications that can actually further irritate sensitive skin. Below is a list of 3 essential oils that can help normal, mild acne, depending on whether you have dry, oily or combination skin.
This antiseptic oil is the go-to for fighting acne. Tea Tree’s antibacterial and disinfectant properties help cleanse the skin of particles that block pores.
Great for oil-prone skin, this oil reduces inflammation by soothing skin. It also contains antioxidants to heal skin and diminish dark spots. For acne prevention, Lavender can be inhaled to combat stress.
This oil is rich in Vitamins A and E, which help clear acne while reducing scaring from old breakouts. Uplifting properties also make Lemongrass great for combatting stress and curbing appetite.
Athlete’s foot is another common condition that can be treated with essential oils. In most cases brought on by a fungal infection between the toes, athlete’s foot results in itching, scaling and redness. It can be caused by coming into contact with an infected person or surface.
To avoid infection, make sure to cover feet before going into high-risk areas like gyms and locker rooms, keep toenails short, and wear fresh socks.
Sometimes we can’t avoid germs, so here are some essential oils that can help rejuvenate the most over-used part of our body: Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Oregano and Geranium.