What is acne?
Acne vulgaris is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. It is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans yearly.
It commonly occurs during puberty, when the sebaceous glands activate, but it can occur at any age. It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars. At least 85 percent of people in the U.S. experience acne between the ages of 12 and 30 years.
What causes acne?
Genetics play a big part in who gets acne and how severely, but each blemish can be blamed on some combination of sebum production, a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), plugged follicles, and inflammation. Pores become clogged if there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells. Bacteria (P. acnes) can then get trapped inside the pores and multiply. This causes swelling and redness — the start of acne.. Some factors that might worsen acne include hormones, certain medications, diet and stress.
What are the different acne types we are treating?
– Inflammation (most commonly along the chin and jawline), appears cyclically with menstrual cycles for women
– Can be treated with antibiotics or birth control
– A small number of blackheads and whiteheads that are barely visible
– The first signs of a blemish
– Blackheads and whiteheads that might be a little red
– Visible blemishes
– Several inflamed pimples
– Fewer than 20 whiteheads or blackheads
– Fewer than 15 inflamed pimples
– Fewer than 30 pimples that aren’t all inflamed
– Many inflamed pimples and pustules
– 20-100 whiteheads or blackheads
– 15-50 inflamed pimples
– 20-125 pimples that aren’t all inflamed
Severe nodular acne
– Inflamed pimples and pustules plus a few deep nodules (those solid suckers you can feel under your skin)
– More than 5 cysts (hard knots of skin)
Severe cystic acne
– Many nodular cystic pimples with signs of scarring
What active ingredients are we using to treat acne?
There are two big guns used to take down acne, and they’re both great at doing entirely different things. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that comes from willow bark and works primarily as an exfoliator, breaking down fatty acids like sebum so your pores don’t clog. These acids do their thing on comedones — whiteheads, blackheads, and other non-red bumps.
Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial, which means it helps reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria (P. acnes) on the skin. Less bacteria leads to less breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide also helps keep the pores clear from blockages. It’s the most effective over-the-counter acne treatment available today.
What is our spotlight ingredient, CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is derived from the hemp plant and it is classified as a non-psychotropic cannabinoid. Cannabinoid receptors naturally exist in our bodies and are part of the endocannabinoid system (found in the brain, organs, skin, nervous system, and immune cells). CBD activates the endocannabinoid system, which includes anandamide, a neurological transmitter that regulates cell growth. When this system isn’t balanced, the body can produce an excessive amount of oil that ends of clogging hair follicles, ultimately resulting in acne. CBD can reduce acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties that work to reduce the visible inflammation caused by clogged hair follicles. CBD also helps inhibit overactive oil production and it targets problem-causing cells, leaving healthy cells alone and reducing side-effects common to many acne medications, such as dry and irritated skin.
Is our product really made of 95% natural ingredients?
Yes! We successfully developed a natural alternative to the other acne treatment kits on the market that are often made up of many harsh and unnecessary filler chemicals. In our lab we tested and perfected a combination of natural ingredients that are known to promote healthier skin and assist in the treatment of acne. Some of those ingredients include watermelon, kiwi, aloe vera, apple, avocado and more. To learn how each of our natural ingredients have a positive impact on your skin, please read the ingredient descriptions on our homepage.