Pimples & Blemishes
What are pimples?
A pimple is a small pustule or papule. Your pores are a ‘tunnel’ to transport good oils up from your sebaceous glands to the skin’s surface. If that tunnel is blocked with excess oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, this leads to infected oil glands that show up as swollen red spots filled with pus.
A blemish is a generic name for a mark on the skin, and since many people actually refer to an active or old (acne scar) pimple as a blemish, we have grouped them together for the purposes of this article.
What causes / triggers pimples and blemishes?
Any skin type can experience pimples. You may experience the odd pimple, or if it is a regular occurrence you may want to speak to your healthcare professional about the skin condition Acne Vulgaris. Pimples can be caused by:
- Overactive oil production due to hormonal activity such as puberty
- External irritation
- Pore blockage (dead skin cells, oil, dirt) – eg, from improperly cleansed skin or lack of exfoliation.
Tips to help combat pimples and blemishes naturally:
- Adopt a simple, natural skincare routine that does not suffocate the skin with petrochemicals
- Always cleanse your makeup off thoroughly! Use a pH balanced cleanser that removes all traces of makeup. We recommend using the non-alcoholic Soothing Facial Mist to ensure all traces are removed
Recommended 3 step skincare routine for pimples and blemishes
Cleanse with the appropriate cleanser for your skin type. Use the sulphate-free, pH balanced, non-abrasive gel cleanser Purify Facial Cleanser It has a foaming action that removes impurities and water-based makeup remover and balances excess sebum without stripping away natural oils.
Use Rescue Acne Cream as a spot treatment to help soothe and heal blackheads, pimples, blemishes. A non-abrasive and non-drying Benzoyl Peroxide-free treatment with anti-inflammatory and healing botanicals that provides immediate relief for red, inflamed skin.
After treatment use the lightweight Boost Balancing Moisturiser with hydrating actives Olive Squalane and Betaine for weightless, all day hydration. Contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial Lemon Scented Tea Tree to balance the T- zone area and prevent blemishes. Features soothing actives aloe vera, calendula and chamomile to calm skin irritations and redness