Organic Facial Cleanser that deep cleans to prevent breakouts and blackheads
Cleansing is a very important first step for anyone suffering from acne. When it comes to acne and blemish prone skin, the cleansing stage requires special attention because the problem is complex. This means that a face wash or cleanser needs to address many things such as daily dirt, grime and cosmetics, inflammation, bacterial infection and oil production.
A common mistake that people with acne make, is to use very harsh cleansers. This is often because they think of the acne as being “dirty” and they want to “scrub it off”. Although understandable, this approach only stresses the skin even more. Harsh cleansers dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oil. This results in overly oily skin that makes the acne condition worse (even if looks better for a short while).
The key to acne treatment lies in finding an natural face wash or cleanser that balances the skin, deep cleans and is gentle at the same time. While there are ingredients to be wary of such as sulfates, poor labeling standards can make it hard to know what you are getting. For example, the label could say that ingredients are derived from coconut oil, but the product could still include harsh sulfates. Although you can do your best to avoid any obviously harsh ingredients, it’s always a good idea to try a sample if possible to make sure the product isn’t too drying or too oily.
Other things to consider in a face wash or cleanser
Dead skin cells contribute to acne as they clog the pores leading to possible infection and inflammation (in other words a pimple!). Exfoliating is an important step to prevent this. Instead of using a separate scrub to get the dead skin off (this can cause tiny tears in the skin), look for a cleanser that contains fruit enzymes like papaya and pineapple to help slough off dead skin cells.
Bacteria causes acne, so your face wash should destory acne-causing bacteria, look for ingredients such as neem leaf extract which is superb at doing this.
Why do those pimples look reddish and so much bigger than they really are? The answer is inflammation. Soothing inflammation speeds up the healing process, and it also makes pimples look instantly smaller. Tea tree oil is a great anti-inflammatory. (It also happens to be antibacterial).
Other ingredients to look out for
What to avoid in a face wash or cleanser
Petrochemicals: don’t allow skin to ”breath”
Alcohol: too drying
Organic Apoteke’s Active Face Cleanse Gel is a balanced, certfied organic face wash that addresses all of the above. This makes it the perfect cleanser for maintaining normal skin types, but also an excellent choice as the first step towards acne treatment.