Finally, an all-natural skincare alternative for acne has arrived
We've all been there: You get a pimple. You reach for the strongest treatment you can find. Then, you end up with a dry and irritated mess that's practically impossible to conceal. Or, if you’re one of the 85 percent* of people who have acne this all too familiar cycle is your daily struggle. Sound familiar?
Anyone who has struggled with acne will know the effects extend far beyond appearance alone - it can have debilitating social and psychological consequences too. Dermatologists, treatments, testing out products…The battle to overcome acne is no easy feat and can be an extremely emotional and disheartening journey - not to mention expensive!
Knowledge is your best defence
You might be surprised to learn that the best defence against acne is not actually 10 different lotions - its knowledge. With knowledge comes power – the power to decode ingredient labels, identify acne triggers, avoid expensive solutions that further aggravate skin and find effective ones that actually work.
In a sea of millions of products, misleading labels, unfounded claims and empty promises, below are our no-nonsense rules for banishing breakouts, as well as our tried-and-tested product recommendations.
1. First things first – stop with the chemicals!
This one sounds obvious yet most of us have been doing it for years: applying abrasive and toxic ingredients to sensitive and irritated skin! Probably not the smartest move…but hey you live and you learn. Breakout prone skin requires gentle actives, which heal and nurture your skin. Thankfully (albeit overdue) a natural alternative in acne skincare has arrived: Alba Botanica acnedote™.
Leveraging powerful botanicals, acnedote™ is a maximum strength acne fighting system clinically proven to reduce inflammation and fight acne. Key ingredients include extracts of Willow Bark, Liquorice, Lentil, Lemon Balm, Parsley, Aloe, Green Tea and Chamomile.
2. Cleanse twice daily
It’s especially important if you have oily skin to wash both A.M and P.M with an oil-free cleanser. Even though you can’t always see it, skin is a magnet for dirt and sweat, which further exacerbate acne. It’s imperative to thoroughly cleanse, ideally double cleansing at night, to ensure the day’s build-up doesn’t penetrate your pores. Formulated with blemish-banishing maximum strength 2 % Salicylic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, acnedote™ Deep Pore Wash digs deep into pores to unclog the gunk, making it the ideal face wash for your daily cleanse. If cleansing twice a day just isn’t realistic an antibacterial face wipe in the morning or after exercise will do the trick. acnedote™ Clean ‘n Treat Towelettes are handy two-in-one medicated wipes, also infused with Willow Bark Extract and maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid, which draw away dirt and makeup in a few sweeps. The cloths are biodegradable cloth too so good for the planet.
3. Hold back the toothpaste
We hate to break it to you but toothpaste will not do your skin any favours. While it’s true that toothpaste has drying properties, what it really does is irritate the area inflicting more redness and flaking. Instead, use a specialised spot treatment formulated specifically to target pimples. Promising clearer skin in four hours, the acnedote™ Invisible Treatment Gel is an ultra-light but potent gel that clears blemishes fast. Or, for an even more targeted solution pop on an acnedote™ Pimple Patch on before bed. The latex free stickers form a barrier to keep bacteria out and actives in while encouraging faster healing and reduced risk of scarring.
4. Hands off!
Resist the urge to pick and pop for short-term gain or be left with a long-term scar...what would you rather? It’s always best for blemishes to heal naturally or with the help of a spot solution. Also by touching your face you risk bacteria transferring onto the skin AKA more breakouts.
5. Don’t be afraid to moisturise
It’s a common misconception that moisturising acne-prone skin will make it worse. Stripping the skin completely with drying ingredients will actually put your oil glands into overdrive in turn producing compensatory sebum. Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturiser like acnedote™ Oil Control Lotion. The powerful, botanically effective formula keeps shine at bay while weightlessly hydrating skin. It’s formulated with Salicylic Acid and Willow Bark Extract for a visibly clearer and refreshed complexion while maintaining an all-day matte finish.
7. Master colour correcting
While Acnedote™ will help get rid of acne and prevent it from the outset, we understand you still want to cover up in the interim. Colour correcting is hands down the best beauty hack when it comes to concealing a nasty breakout. For the uninitiated, colour correcting is the technique of using products that help to counteract discolouration. Use a green colour correcting concealer to help mask redness and blend the pimple into your natural skin tone. Then, follow with your regular concealer and foundation.
Still need convincing? Let the results speak for themselves - based on consumer evaluation;
- 70% tested saw clearer skin in just 7 days using the Deep Pore Wash and Astringent
- 80% Tested saw clearer skin throughout the day with the Face and Body Scrub.
Acnedote™ is available now at selected health stores and pharmacies nationwide.
*85% of people aged 12-24 suffer from acne.
What product from the Acnedote™ range are you most interested in trying?