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How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

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The best way to fade acne scars naturally:

The question of how to get rid of acne scars is one our esmi skin team is asked frequently! 

Here we guide you through the different types of scars and marks, the best ingredients and products for acne scar treatment, and when to start tackling them. 

We truly understand how acne scarring can affect your skin confidence. Scarring is something many of our customers deal with and treating it takes time and patience.

While skin care solutions can help assist with improving the look of even very deep scars, some still may remain visible. And that’s ok. We encourage you to embrace skin confidence wherever you’re at in the journey while working towards your healthiest skin outcomes. 

 

The Types of Acne Scars

 

Acne scars develop in the dermis (the second layer of the skin) and appear on the surface as depressions, indentations, or raised lumps.

Discovering how to get rid of acne scars begins with understanding the type of scars you’re dealing with. 

4 of the most common acne scars are:

Ice pick scars (atrophic)

Deep and narrow, these scars look like the skin has been poked with an ice pick and are the most common type of acne scars. They are often the result of cystic acne. 

Keloid scars (hypertrophic) 

A raised mound that is a different colour, often darker, than the surrounding skin. These types of lumpy scars are caused by excess protein created during the skin healing process.

Rolling scars (atrophic)

Often the result of long-term inflammatory acne, rolling scars appear as indents that vary in depth and have sloping edges giving the skin a wavy appearance.  

Boxcar scars (atrophic)

Boxcar scars are defined by their straight, sharp edges that cause a box-like indent in the skin. They are most common in areas like the jaw and cheeks where the skin is thicker. 

Acne scars vs acne marks

The types of acne scars above are characterised by textural integrities. They present as either indents or lumps in the skin due to an underproduction (atrophic) or overproduction (hypertrophic) of collagen during the healing process.

Acne can also leave behind ‘marks’ - dark spots and discolouration on the skin known as hyperpigmentation or red spots known as erythema. These marks are the result of inflammation to the skin caused by acne.

 

When to Consider an Acne Scarring Skin Routine

 

The process of healing acne scars can’t be rushed. 

Frustrating news, we know, but timing is super important in the approach you take on how to get rid of acne scars. You shouldn’t think about dealing with scarring until all active breakouts are cleared.

If you try to treat scars while you’re still breaking out, you risk exacerbating the situation. The result? Increased chance of irritation and scarring down the road. 

Once active breakouts are under control you can move forward with tackling acne scarring.

 

What Ingredients to Look for to Fade Acne Scarring

 

In understanding more about how to get rid of acne scars, it’s useful to know the different ingredients that help fade acne scarring and how they interact with the skin. 

Vitamin C: An all-round antioxidant superstar, Vitamin C promotes collagen production which helps rebuild healthy skin and speed up the healing of scars.

Glycolic acid: A chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid helps increase cell turnover to improve the appearance of acne scars and discolouration.

Kakadu Plum extract: Believed to be the most concentrated natural source of vitamin C in the world, Kakadu plum can brighten, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and promote collagen production.

Liquorice extract: Known for its ability to lighten hyperpigmentation, liquorice extract offers a number of active ingredients to bright, soothe, and strengthen skin. 

Bearberry extract: A botanical extract, bearberry is a natural skin brightener which also contains allantoin which helps to soothe and repair damaged skin. 

Pomegranate extract: An excellent choice for acne prone skin, pomegranate extract not only helps manage breakout causing bacteria it also plays a role in lightening post-inflammatory scarring and promoting skin regeneration.

Retinoids (Vitamin A derivative): Can help reduce acne lesions, quicken cell regeneration, and lighten dark spots.

 

Using a Brightening Cleanser

 

Don’t underestimate the role your cleanser can play in your acne scar treatment routine. Using a cleanser with brightening active ingredients can help minimise discolouration and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening is ideal to help improve the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation while being gentle enough to use in the morning and evening. 

The cleanser assists to brighten and even out skin tone with the help of Vitamin C rich Kakadu Plum extract while gently lifting away impurities and maintaining the skin's hydration levels.

How to use The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening

Apply a pearl-sized amount of the cleanser to damp hands and massage gently into skin with an upward motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. 

Use in the morning and at night - don’t forget to double cleanse in the PM after wearing foundation.

 

Pomegranate Serum for Regeneration

 

Including serum in your treatment routine for acne scars can really speed along results in minimising pigmentation and healing scar tissue. 

Pomegranate Brightening Serum is a potent brightening, anti-pigmentation serum with powerful skin lightening ingredients including Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), pomegranate extract, and licorice extract. 

Ideal for most skin types the serum can help improve the appearance of pigmentation to minimise acne scars and enhance skin's luminosity and clarity.

How to use Pomegranate Brightening Serum

Ideal for morning and evening, use the dropper to apply an amount smaller than a pearl on cleansed skin and gently massage in. Allow the serum to absorb before applying other products.

Have sensitive skin? Start by applying a pearl-sized amount to cleansed skin every second night for 2 weeks, gradually increasing to every night. 

For best results, finish with 24k Gold Nourishing Oil to lock, seal and create a protective barrier on the skin and protect your skin daily with Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30.

 

Boost Blood Circulation to Reduce Scar Appearance

 

Boosting blood circulation in the skin may help speed up healing in areas affected by scaring, improve texture and overall strength of the skin. 

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Luxurious 24-karat gold leaf face oil nourishes for a visibly firmer, more youthful complexion - boosts skin elasticity, stimulates collagen production and improves blood circulation.

Non-greasy, it’s perfect for combination to dry skin as a moisturiser to address dryness, dehydration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles on face, neck, and decolletage.

How to use 24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Using the dropper, drip 2-3 drops of oil directly to the palm of the hand and massage into cleansed skin after applying other skin treats. Can be used morning and night and around the eye area.

 

Detoxify and Exfoliate

 

How to get rid of acne scars with exfoliation? Exfoliation works to remove the build up of dead cells on the surface of the skin. 

When dry, old cells pile up on the outer layer of the skin it can enhance the appearance of acne scars. Regular exfoliation (1 - 3 times a week, depending on your skin) can help minimise the look of acne scars and aid in smoothing uneven skin tone caused by acne marks.

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum 

This exfoliating charcoal serum is a 10% AHA (Glycolic and Lactic Acid) combination. 

These are fruit acids which help to remove skin cell build up, drawing dirt and debris from the skin to aid in the improvement of overall skin texture, including acne scars and acne marks. This serum is ideal for most skin types. 

How to Use Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Using the dropper, apply a pea-sized amount to your charcoal brush or fingers and massage into freshly cleansed skin, avoiding the under eye area. When using AHA, you may feel a mild to intense tingling sensation but don’t worry it’s a normal skin response. 

Leave for 5-10 minutes before wetting the charcoal brush or fingers and massage around the face to remove any softened dead skin cells before washing off.

The charcoal is a detoxifying ingredient and can draw impurities out of the skin - continue to use after impurities have emerged.

We suggest using the Charcoal serum 2 times a week or less frequently if you have sensitive skin.

Using the Charcoal Serum for the first time?

When introducing the Charcoal Serum to your skincare routine, apply 1-2 times a week after cleansing.

 

Brighten and Boost to Promote Smooth Skin Tone

 

You can probably see by now that the most effective approach on how to fade acne scars is using products in your routine that work to brighten and even the skin tone.

Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

Ideal for lightening hyperpigmentation, acne marks and sun damage, this face mask evens out skin tone for a smoother, brighter complexion. 

Suitable for most skin types, the mask is formulated with a brightening blend of Kakadu Plum, Licorice and Bearberry extracts to tackle dull skin and protect against free radical damage.

How to use the Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

Apply the Bouncy Brightening Booster Mask after cleansing with clean fingers or a mask brush. 

Leave the mask on as long as you like, it works brilliantly overnight to soak up all the active ingredients. You can use it on your neck and chest too! 

Rinse well or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. 

Using the Bouncy Brightening Silky Boost Mask for the first time?

Our Booster Mask range is quite concentrated so if your skin is new to such intense active ingredients it is a good idea to ease your skin into it and work your way up to leaving it on overnight.

 

Refresh and Hydrate

 

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Keeping hydration levels topped up helps scar tissue remain supple which aids the healing and fading process. 

Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

Rehydrate and replenish your skin throughout the day with this refreshing face mist. 

Formulated with super hydrator Hyaluronic Acid and protective natural oils it works to keep skin's moisture barrier healthy and hydrated. It’s perfect to use in environments where your skin is exposed to drying elements - for example, air conditioning, UV rays, and wind. 

How to use Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

Shake the bottle to combine the oils and extracts and spray onto your face throughout the day for a quick skin refresh. You can also use it over the top of makeup to set your look. 

 

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How To Detox Your Skin

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With winter behind us, now is the perfect opportunity to refresh your skin for a bright new season! Get our tips on how to detox your skin from the inside out and recommendations for skin detox products from the esmi range. 

 

The Best Skincare Ingredients And Tips For A Skin Detox

 

Use a face mask with bentonite and kaolin clay

Bentonite and kaolin are two of the most popular cosmetic clays and you’ll usually find them in the best detoxifying face masks.

Bentonite clay detoxifies skin by absorbing oils, dirt and toxins which attach themselves to the clay. When the clay is cleansed from the skin, the debris is washed away with it. 

Kaolin clay acts in the same way but has a more fine-grained texture than bentonite and its absorption properties are milder. It’s a good choice for normal to dry skin that may find bentonite too strong. 

Using a clay mask as a step in your skin detox can help aid in the removal of impurities, target acne forming bacteria, and generally leave the skin smoother and softer. 

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

 

Include a serum with activated charcoal, a detox powerhouse!

Like clay, the molecules of activated charcoal attract toxins, dirt, and chemicals from the skin to be easily washed away. It assists in removing deeper impurities from the skin and unclogging pores. The result is smoother, more clarified skin.  

If your skin is breaking out even more soon after using a charcoal skincare product, don’t worry. It’s common to experience a ‘purging’ phase as the charcoal draws out impurities from deep within the skin. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

 

Double cleanse in the evening

If you’re not doing it already, double up your cleansing step in the evening. 

During the day your skin faces environmental aggressors, including air pollution. Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution can actually lodge themselves in the surface of the skin and trigger free radical activity. 

Free radicals are responsible for a host of skin issues, from dullness to accelerating the signs of premature ageing. 

Double cleansing skin in the evening is an effective way to detox your skin from pollution particles and other environmental stressors from the day. The first cleanse removes makeup, SPF, and excess oil while the second cleanse clears the skin of any stubborn debris still sticking around.

We recommend: The Uncomplicated Cleanser. You may like to follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Charcoal as a detoxifying facial cleanser for the second round if you’re dealing with oily skin, breakouts and congestion.

 

Detox your makeup

Treat your skin to a cleaner makeup routine by avoiding cosmetic products that contain formaldehyde-related preservatives. Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical and is linked with common preservatives in cosmetic products including DM hydantoin, phthalates, and oxybenzone. 

Consider switching to mineral makeup formulations that don’t contain irritating preservatives that can cause skin problems.

Containing healthy minerals, including skin-friendly silica, mineral makeup also has the added benefit of helping to heal and condition the skin while you wear it. It offers additional SPF protection when teamed with your daily sunscreen and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.

We recommend: The esmi range of mineral foundation, BB cream, and powder.

 

Ideas For Detoxing Your Skin From The Inside Out

 

Support your detoxifying skin care products with healthy eating and lifestyle choices to truly maximise the benefits of a skin detox.

 

Sip herbal teas formulated for detoxification

Drinking tea can be very beneficial in supporting your skin detox. Choose teas that are formulated with herbs to promote detoxification and keep your body hydrated.  

Some effective herbs, spices and root plants to consider using in your tea-tox include: 

Burdock root - Brimming with antioxidants, burdock root provides a host of benefits, including potential skin healing for issues such as acne and psoriasis.

Dandelion root - Research has found the properties in dandelion root tea can assist in helping detoxify the liver.

Milk thistle - Assists in promoting the regeneration of new healthy cells and supports the cleansing process by removing toxins. 

Tumeric - With potent antioxidants that fight free radical damage, turmeric can aid liver and skin detoxification when brewed in a tea. 

Green tea - Another antioxidant powerhouse, drinking green tea makes a detoxifying, skin-supporting swap for your regular latte.

 

Give yourself a lymphatic face massage

When you stimulate the circulation in the lymphatic system through massage, you assist your body in draining fluids and toxins away from your cells for proper elimination. Massage stimulates circulation which encourages an overall improvement in skin tone and brightness. 

A lymphatic face massage is something simple enough to do yourself at home but it’s advisable to consult a health practitioner first. 

 

Experiment with celery juice

The humble celery stalk has received a surge in attention recently thanks to its skin healing, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also incredibly rich in minerals and hydrating. 

 

Cut out sugar

Eliminating sugary foods from your plate for a time is detox 101!

Depending on how much sugar you usually eat, it could be a shock to the system. It’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms so your best approach could be to ease into a sugar detox slowly. 

 

Drink plenty of water

During a skin detox stepping up your water intake is key. Sip plain water, water flavoured with herbs and fruit pieces, or alternate with glasses of coconut water for a natural electrolyte boost. 

None of the suggestions above should be taken as medical advice. We encourage you to consult with your medical or holistic practitioner to choose a skin cleanse diet or approach that’s right for you.

 

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Myths About Certain Ingredients

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Confused about the best skincare ingredients for your routine? There are plenty of myths out there about skincare and beauty ingredients! We clear them up and point you towards the best ones for targeting different skin concerns. 

 

Skincare Ingredient Myths

 

Natural skincare ingredients are always safe

Just because an ingredient is natural or a product is classified as organic skincare doesn’t mean it won’t ever cause an adverse side effect. 

It’s possible to have an allergic reaction or increased sensitivity to a natural ingredient. 

Essential oils, in particular, can be extremely strong and are known to cause adverse reactions for some skin types. 

Whether you’re using a natural ingredient or not, always patch test a new product on a small area of your neck before applying it to your face or body. 

Preservatives are bad for your skin and health

Skincare products which contain water or water-based ingredients must have a preservative (natural or synthetic) for the formulation to remain stable and be safe for use. 

While it’s true many ‘traditional’ preservatives have been found to pose adverse health effects, not all preservative ingredients are harmful. 

Benzyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (PE), and Caprylyl glycol are a few examples of safer alternatives to traditional preservatives. 

Read our article Preservatives In Skincare to understand more about harmful vs healthy preservative ingredients. 

The more Vitamin C you apply, the better!

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the best skincare ingredients out there to simultaneously target a range of skin concerns. 

However, it’s advisable to take a ‘less is more’ approach to including it in your skincare routine.  

If the product you’re using has a high concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid you’ll likely experience irritating side effects. The percentage of LAA in a product can range anywhere from 3% - 20%. We recommend easing into using Vitamin C at a percentage of 3% Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (a highly stable, derivative of Vitamin C) which is also a pregnancy safe percentage.

Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is another common form of Vitamin C you’ll find in topical formulations.

Face oils make oily skin worse

Not true. Using the right face oils for your skin type can help improve the appearance of an oily, shiny face and regulate sebum production.

Using a facial oil creates an occlusive layer to seal in moisture for all skin types, even oily ones. Without moisture, the sebaceous glands are prompted to produce more oil in an attempt to correct the dryness. 

In addition to helping skin stay hydrated and plump, certain face oils can also offer anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits to target redness and sensitivity. 

Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are some of the most beneficial for oily skin. 

Mineral sunscreen ingredients aren’t as effective as chemical sunscreen ingredients

Chemical sunscreen ingredients work by absorbing UVA and UVB rays to prevent them from damaging the skin. Natural mineral sunscreen ingredients - titanium dioxide and zinc oxide - reflect the rays, rather than absorb them, to prevent damage. 

Both of these natural active ingredients provide excellent broad-spectrum protection and offer the same protective benefits as chemical ingredients.

Natural makeup ingredients aren’t long-wearing

Natural ingredient makeup has come a long way since the days you only found it on the bottom shelves of ‘alternative health’ stores!

Now, many makeup brands formulated with natural cosmetic ingredients are just as long lasting as ‘traditional’ formulations. 

Mineral makeup, in particular, not only offers your skin long last wear but a range of additional benefits to actually improve your complexion while you wear it.  

The texture of mineral makeup allows skin to breathe and be nourished with minerals including silica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for skin conditioning and natural broad spectrum sun protection. 

Explore our range of vegan mineral foundation, powder, and BB cream.

 

Best Skincare Ingredients For Common Concerns 

 

Our handy list below outlines some of the most effective ingredients to target common skin concerns. Let’s clear up any confusion about what ingredients you need in your routine!

Best skincare ingredients for acne-prone and oily skin

These ingredients are helpful in the treatment of different types of acne, from blackheads and pimples to cysts and nodules. 

Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that assists in helping regulate oil flow and delivers exfoliating activity for clearer pores.  

Bentonite and kaolin clay: Bentonite and Kaolin clay help soak up extra oil. Bentonite is known for its ability to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin while kaolin clay has more mild absorption properties. Kaolin is well suited to more sensitive skin.

Retinoids (Vitamin A): Retinoids are naturally occurring forms of Vitamin A and can help prevent pores from clogging to target breakouts. 

Read our Guide To Getting Rid Of Acne

Best skincare ingredients for hyperpigmentation and dull skin

Hyperpigmentation can be a tricky skin concern to treat. A few of ingredients you’ll want to use in your routine to help target dark patches include:

Vitamin C: Helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots by inhibiting melanin production. Encourages a more even, radiant complexion.

Kakadu Plum: Kakadu Plum is believed to be the world’s most potent source of natural Vitamin C making it an excellent ingredient to help diminish the appearance of dark spots.

Bearberry Leaf extract: Works by reducing melanin production making it an excellent plant-based skin lightening agent.

Liquorice: Used for brightening, liquorice is also high in anti-inflammatories – making it great for post-inflammatory pigmentation and redness/scarring after breakouts.

Learn more about dealing with hyperpigmentation and reviving dull skin

Best skincare ingredients for ageing skin

Dealing with fine lines, sagging skin, and a dull complexion? The best ingredients to target ageing concerns include:

Hyaluronic acid: Deeply hydrates, keeping skin plump and minimises fine lines.

Vitamin A: Revered for its anti-ageing benefits, Vitamin A can cause the dermis to thicken for firmer skin and brighten skin. 

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids: Can remove dead skin cells and are effective in minimising fine lines and wrinkles. 

Vitamin C: Minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens and smooths for an even skin tone.

Omega Fatty Acids: Assist in delivering positive changes in skin hydration, scaling, and roughness. 

Peptides: Can improve collagen levels, smooth fine lines, and minimise the appearance of pores. 

Learn more about how to care for ageing skin 

Best skincare ingredients for dry skin

Ingredients with occlusive, emollient, and humectant properties play vital roles in treating the causes of dry skin. 

Occlusives: Occlusive ingredients help trap moisture by forming a seal over the skin. Examples of occlusive ingredients include jojoba oil, lanolin, olive oil, and argan oil.

Emollients: These ingredients smooth and soften dry, rough skin. A few examples include shea butter, cocoa butter, essential fatty acids like those found in rosehip oil, and squalene.

Humectants - Can pull moisture to the skin’s surface from the air and the deeper layers of skin. Hyaluronic acid boasts superior humectant properties. 

Learn more about what causes dry skin and how to treat it.

 

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How To Prevent Oily Skin And A Shiny Face

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Is oily, greasy skin getting you down? We’re here to help! Read on for our tips on how to prevent oily skin and control shine.

 

Cleanser

 

You can help prevent oily skin by using a gentle cleanser with active ingredients for oil and breakout control.

Some traditional acne and oily skin face cleansers contain ingredients that are extremely strong. They remove every trace of oil and moisture from your skin. 

If you’re trying to prevent oily skin using a cleanser that removes all oil might sound good, but you’ll actually make the problem worse. 

When the skin is stripped of all oil your sebaceous glands (responsible for creating sebum) are triggered to create even more to make up for what’s been lost. It’s like a continuous oily feedback loop! 

 

Use A Lightweight Oil-based Moisturiser

 

Yes, you read that right!

Oil can be extremely beneficial for oily skin and to prevent an oily face - but only if you use the right kind. 

Choose lightweight oils with a low comedogenic rating and those with calming, antibacterial properties. Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are the most beneficial for oily skin. 

A common mistake when attempting to prevent oily skin is to skip the moisturising step in your routine. After you’ve cleansed your skin you need to follow up with a moisturiser to prevent water evaporating from the surface - once your skin becomes dry, oil production increases.  

Using a moisturiser helps it hold onto water and stay hydrated. In turn, hydration helps balance skin and control an oily face. 

We recommend: Acai Skin Balancing Face  or Peppermint Green Oil (Excellent for oily, acne-prone skin in teens)

 

Be Cautious About Using A Toner

 

Traditional toners contain high levels of alcohol which is extremely drying for the skin. 

Just like a harsh cleanser will trigger an oily ‘feedback loop’ a strong toner causes the same issue because alcohol strips the skin. 

If you can’t do without the toning step in your routine, opt for alcohol and astringent free formulations.

 

Introduce a Retinoid (Vitamin A) Product Into Your Routine 

 

Vitamin A actually targets oil glands directly to aid in the control of oily skin by slowing down the production of sebum. 

There are 3 different types of retinoids. The strongest is retinoic acid which is available by prescription-only. Due to its strength, it can be highly irritating for the skin. 

Retinol is a weaker version and available over the counter. Although it isn’t as strong as retinoic acid, don’t be surprised if you still experience irritation. Finally, retinol derivatives like Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Proprionate are even gentler and also sold over the counter.

Known for their initial irritating side effects on the skin, it’s important to introduce any retinoid product into your routine with care. 

 

Good skin comes to those that wait. Retinoids don’t deliver overnight results but with regular use, you should see a significant improvement in your skin in about 3 months. 

 

Switch Up Your Diet

 

Food high on the glycaemic index (GI)  cause insulin levels to rise which can trigger sebum production.

A 2010 study shows that eating sugar spikes insulin, which leads to an inflammatory response in the body and also produces androgens. Androgens are the hormones mostly responsible for sebum production.

If you’re on a mission to prevent oily skin, you could try limiting high GI foods in your diet and observe how your skin reacts. 

 

Keep A Stash Of Blotting Paper Handy

 

How to control an oily face when you’re on the go? A tried and true instant fix for oily skin is blotting paper. 

Using blotting paper is something you can do quickly and discreetly when you’re out and about to address shiny issues.

Take a piece of blotting paper and press it gently but firmly on the areas of oily shine. Your T-zone - the area of your nose, chin, and forehead - is usually the oiliest. 

Keep the paper against your skin for a few seconds to allow it to absorb excess oil. It’s important to use a blotting motion to soak up the oil, rather than rubbing or moving the paper around your skin. 

When choosing a blotting paper, opt for a brand free of synthetic fragrances and powders so it won’t irritate the skin. 

 

Use Glycolic Acid In Your Oily Skin Routine

 

The smallest of the alpha hydroxy acid family, glycolic acid is a favourite for helping control oily skin. 

It works to reduce excessive oil and unclog pores to assist in preventing acne breakouts and balancing oil production.

Glycolic acid is usually formulated in cleansers, serums, and masks designed to target oily and congested skin. Be careful to not overwhelm your skin by using different products that all contain glycolic acid. Stick with it in one or two steps of your routine. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

 

Treat Your Skin To A Mattifying Clay Mask

 

The mattifying benefits of clay can help prevent oily skin blues!

Cosmetic clays, in general, do a great job at absorbing excess oil and assisting in detoxifying the skin. The two types of clay to look out for in a face mask for shiny skin are kaolin clay and bentonite clay.

Kaolin clay is rich in silica and has a soft, fine texture. It’s the gentlest of the cosmetic clays and absorbs oil without stripping the skin. An excellent choice for sensitive complexions.

Bentonite clay is a product of aged volcanic ash. Like kaolin, this clay absorbs excess sebum from the skin’s topmost layer. It helps to mattify the skin, control breakouts and acts as an exfoliant leaving skin softer and brighter looking. 

Always follow a clay treatment with a moisturiser to prevent skin from drying out.

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

 

Chill Out

 

Is stress making it hard to control your oily face?

When we’re stressed the level of cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone) in our body rises. This boost in cortisol can trigger increased oil production leading to oily skin, acne and other skin concerns. We’ve covered a few easy ways you can calm your mind and your skin here. 

Have questions about how to avoid oily skin? Book your free skin consultation with our esmi team of skin experts!

 

How To Prevent Oily Shine

 

Your highschool skincare routine

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Your highschool skincare routine

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Feeling a bit lost about putting your first teen skincare routine together? We’re here to help! Learn how to build a simple yet effective regime with our best teenage skincare products.

 

Know Your Skin Type

 

Putting together a routine of teenage skincare products right for your skin all begins with identifying your skin type! 

This gives you a great starting point to build a routine that suits your skin and treats specific concerns. Using the wrong products and ingredients will hinder, rather than help your skin. 

The most common skin types are sensitive, dry, normal, oily, and combination. 

You may already know your skin type but if you need a little help figuring it out read our guide here.

 

Acne, Excessive Oil, and Congestion

 

One of the big skin complaints about teen skin is excessive oil production which results in congestion and teen acne. 

Why is an oily skin problem so common for teens? One word: hormones!

During puberty, your hormone levels surge. This causes your sebaceous glands (oil glands) to enlarge which leads to increased production of oil (sebum) in the skin. 

Excess oil mixing with dead cells and other debris on the skin surface can quickly lead to blocked pores causing blackheads, whiteheads, and even cysts

Hormones aren’t the only culprit for breakouts in your teen years. Genetics can also play a role; if your parents had acne it’s more likely you’ll experience it too. Stress, diet, and lifestyle choices can also contribute to acne flare ups. 

 

AM Routine For Teen Skincare  

 

Cleanse

The most important step in your teen skincare routine is cleansing! Removing the build up that finds its way onto your skin every day (dead cells, makeup, oil, dirt) is key to keeping your complexion clear and fresh. 

Stick with a gentle cleanser. Many cleansers targeted towards teenage acne can be very harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils. Stripping the skin only makes oily issues worse as your sebaceous glands are triggered to produce yet more oil to compensate for what’s been lost.

A gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser is the best face wash for teenage skin. Choose a gentle formulation that includes active ingredients to target specific issues, depending on your skin type and concern.

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

The original Uncomplicated Cleanser is gentle and ideal to remove surface products.

If you’re experiencing cystic acne or acne that is inflamed, we recommend a double cleanse in the morning and evening. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness (acne prone | double cleanse)

You can opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness for the second cleanse. Containing antibacterial properties, this cleanser is ideal for soothing inflammation and minimising acne flare-ups.

Serum

Containing potent ingredients to target specific skincare concerns, a serum is something you can opt to include in your teen skincare routine.

Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are good all-rounders to start with to improve skin hydration - these humectant ingredients draw moisture to the skin. No matter your age or skin type, extra hydration can benefit everyone.

We recommend:

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Hyaluronic Serum contains Vit B3 (niacinamide) which will help to balance skin and regulate oil flow which can act as a preventative for breakouts. It also accelerates healing and repair post-breakout

Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo  (Acne prone skin)

The 'gentle' dose of actives in this formulation is perfect for teens and helps to balance and strengthen skin, promote repair, and soothe skin.

Moisturise

Moisturiser plays a crucial role in your teen skincare routine - even if you have oily skin. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you have oily skin you don’t need moisturiser. This step is especially important if you are taking acne medication or using over-the-counter spot treatments which can be particularly drying for the skin. 

Moisturiser forms a protective barrier on the surface to help minimise water evaporating from the skin and help prevent environmental irritants from entering in. 

Facial oils are suitable for most skin types - even oily ones - to replace a cream based moisturiser or apply over the top of one.  

We recommend:

Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil

Ideal for all skin types, especially oily skin with balance concerns, this nourishing oil can replace moisturiser to improve tone, calm and hydrate while regulating oil flow.

Peppermint Green Oil (Acne prone skin) 

Highly moisturising with antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne-prone skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties targeting redness and inflammation.

Apply SPF

Let your teenage years be the time you commit to wearing sunscreen every day - this is a skincare habit you’ll never regret. The earlier you start this step, the better your skin will be in the future. Trust us!

We recommend:

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

 

PM Routine For Teen Skincare

 

Cleanse

We always recommend you double cleanse in the evening. 

The first cleanse is to remove any products (like SPF or makeup) and the second is to get deep into the pores to remove debris and any built-up oil. 

You can use the same cleanser for both or a combination of cleansers to achieve more targeted results. Similar to your morning routine, if you're dealing with teenage acne, we recommend double cleansing in the evening.

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser is ideal for the first cleanse. 

You can follow with a second cleanse using The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal. Ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores, the active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.

If you’re experiencing cystic acne or acne that is inflamed, you could opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness again. 

Spot treatment 

Depending on your skin type and concerns, you may want to include a targeted spot treatment as part of your teen skincare routine. 

The evening is a good time to do this. Apply the treatment and wait for it to dry before adding serum.

Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, opt for the Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo again or, if you’re dealing with breakouts, try the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Moisturise

Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil or Peppermint Green Oil (Acne prone skin) 

 

Weekly Treatments For Teenage Skin Care Routine

 

Mask 

Face masks can be beneficial but finding the formulations that work best for your skin type and concerns is important - so is going not overboard with treatments. 

It’s best to introduce masks once your skin is responding well to the core products in your teen skincare regime - cleanser, moisturiser, and serum. 

We recommend:

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

The mild exfoliation action of kaolin clay is kind to sensitive and breakout-prone skin, soothes and regulates oil production while deeply cleansing to remove impurities. 

Teenagers should introduce this step slowly, once the skin is used to the actives in the cleansers and serums.

Exfoliate

Teenage skin can benefit from exfoliating in the right way with the right ingredients to remove dead cells, keep pores clear, and encourage a smoother complexion overall.

There are a few methods you can use to approach exfoliation; chemical (acids and enzymes), physical (scrubs, granules, textured mitt), or a combination of both.

Chemical exfoliation works by dissolving any breakout forming build-up on the surface (oil, dirt, dead cells) to keep pores clear. 

Physical exfoliation removes build up by manually moving the scrub, granules, or mitt/washcloth across your skin's surface.

We recommend:

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum (Acne prone / congestion)

Using this 2-3 times per week will help to clear dead skin cells from the surface and detoxify the skin by drawing out impurities.

This serum contains powerful drawing agents, it will draw out any underlying congestion - so don’t be alarmed if your skin purges. Continue use after impurities have emerged to aid healing. 

Or you could opt for Fresh Sea And Salty Sand. This exotic Polynesian sand physical exfoliator combined with the additional exfoliating power of papaya enzymes gently but effectively exfoliates away dead skin cells.


Have questions about the best skincare for teens based on your skin type and concerns? Book your free consultation with our team of skin experts.

 

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How To Tackle Oiliness And Best Oily Skin Products

How to tackle oiliness and best oily skin products

How To Tackle Oiliness And Best Oily Skin Products

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Shiny hair? Great! A shiny face? Not so much. Discover how to tackle oiliness and choose the right oily skin products to keep your complexion on the happy side of shiny!

 

What Causes Oily Skin?

 

Oily skin types have overactive sebaceous glands which means the skin produces excessive amounts of oil. Characteristics of this skin type include:

 

A shiny or greasy appearance

Enlarged pores

Prone to congestion and breakouts

Skin can appear thick 

 

If you have very oily skin, there’s naturally more oil present on the surface so it's easier for pores to become blocked. Left unchecked, blocked pores quickly lead to congestion and breakouts. 

The best oily skin products aim to keep pores clear of excess oil (to prevent breakouts) and balance sebum production without compromising the skin barrier. 

Typically, having a true oily skin type comes down to genetics but other skin types may find their skin produces more oil at certain times, too. 

Hormonal changes, stress, or using the wrong skincare products can all increase oil production. If this is the case, switching to oily skin products temporarily might be necessary to get a spell of oiliness under control.

 

Don’t Over-Cleanse Your Skin

 

When you’re dealing with oily skin, it can be tempting to use a strong face wash to dry your skin out and get oil under control. 

The problem here? Aggressively stripping your skin of its natural oil can actually trigger more oil production. 

The best cleanser for oily skin will gently dissolve the oils and deeply clean at the same time, without stripping the skin. 

Cleansing in the morning, evening, and after exercise is a must for oily skin types.  We always recommend you double cleanse your skin each morning and night. 

The first cleanse is to remove any products - like SPF or makeup. The second is to get deep into the pores to remove debris and any built-up oil. 

We recommend: 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Gently removes all traces of foundation and impurities with a double cleanse while calming and protecting skin with aloe vera and camilla leaf extract.  

To achieve more targeted results for oily skincare, you can cleanse with The Uncomplicated Cleanser and follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal for the second cleanse. 

This cleanser is ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores, the active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.

 

Moisturise With Face Oil

 

All skin types require daily moisturiser, even oily ones. 

You may be surprised to learn that the best moisturiser for oily skin can actually be more oil! 

The right face oils can be very beneficial to regulate oil production and improve hydration. They act as an emollient moisturiser, helping seal moisture into the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. 

That said, not all oils will benefit oily skin. Heavy oils, like coconut and mineral oil, are highly comedogenic (pore-blocking) and can be problematic for oil-prone complexions.

Choose lightweight oils with a low comedogenic rating and those with calming, antibacterial properties. Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are the most beneficial for oily skin. 

We recommend: 

Acai Skin Balancing Face 

Peppermint Green Oil (An excellent moisturiser for oily, acne prone skin in teens)

 

Keep Skin Hydrated 

 

Oil is not a sign that skin is adequately hydrated. 

Hydration = water, not oil so just because your skin has a lot of oil doesn't mean it has enough water.

When the skin is dehydrated (lacking water) it overcompensates by producing more oil. Excessive oiliness, therefore, can actually be a sign of dehydration.

Hydration helps keep sebaceous glands in check which encourages the skin to become balanced. The line up of oily skin products in your routine should include some of these powerhouse hydration ingredients:

Hyaluronic acid: A natural humectant with superior hydration qualities. Acts like a magnet to attract moisture deep within the skin’s cells. 

Niacinamide: Effective at restoring the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

Squalene: Non-irritating and ideal for acne-prone skin, squalene is an antioxidant with beneficial moisturising properties.

Ceramides: Increase water retention properties by strengthening the skin barrier. 

We recommend:  Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

 

Exfoliate Regularly But Don’t Overdo It!

 

An exfoliator should have a place in your kit of oily skincare products.

Exfoliation is essential for maintaining the health of oily skin and keeping pores clear of oil, dead cells, and acne-causing bacteria. 

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are effective for exfoliating oily skin, particularly salicylic acid. Acids are classified as chemical exfoliants and work by dissolving the "glue" that binds your dead cells, helping them loosen and slough off the skin. 

Fruit enzymes can also be effective for oily skin care. Enzymes are also considered chemical exfoliants, but they are milder than alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids. 

The right enzymes can gently exfoliate the skin to reduce the build-up of dead cells to keep skin clear and help minimise excess oil. 

We recommend: 

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum for chemical exfoliation with salicylic acid.

Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant for both chemical exfoliation with papaya enzymes and physical exfoliation with Polynesian sand.

How often should you exfoliate? It depends on your skin and the type of exfoliation method you use. It’s best to start out slowly and adjust accordingly. 

Over exfoliation can cause the skin to produce even more oil and leave you with a damaged skin barrier. 

You can have a chat with our Skin Consultants too. They’ll guide you through choosing the right exfoliant skin care products for oily skin and frequency of use. 

 

Switch To Mineral Makeup

 

If you have oily skin wearing makeup loaded with oil will leave you with a glossy sheen by lunchtime. 

Why not try a powder-based mineral foundation instead? Ideal for oily, acne prone complexions, powder-based mineral foundation is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block pores.      

Powder also absorbs oil providing breathable coverage that leaves you with a fresh complexion.

We recommend exploring the esmi range of mineral foundation, BB cream, and powder. You’ll find the perfect fit for every skin tone.

If you have questions about the best oily skin products for your skin, book a free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant. Our team of experts are here to help!

 

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