Seabuckthorn and Acne
What is Acne?
Acne vulgaris is an inflammatory skin condition that affects the pores of the head, neck, and shoulders, causing plugs and infections that appear as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts.
Acne occurs when sebaceous secretions (skin oils) are trapped inside the pores along with dead skin cells, impurities such as dirt and makeup, and Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne infections. It should be noted that skin oil by itself does not cause acne - oils, debris and bacteria must be trapped in the pores together in order to result in an outbreak. Additionally, other acne-like conditions such as boils and acne rosacea may look like acne vulgaris, but typically occur with bacteria strains other than Propionibacterium acnes.
What Causes Acne?
Teenage acne occurs when hormonal changes cause an increase in sebaceous secretions, which, when combined with a temporary thickening and coarsening of the skin and slight immune system imbalances, work together to create teenage skin. The thickened skin provides both an increase in debris in the pores and deeper pores for material - including the extra skin oil - to collect in, while immune system fluctuations allow bacteria to flourish. Adult acne has a similar - but not identical - pathology. Hormonal and immune system imbalances have been implicated, but with an additional culprit: inflammation. Chronic inflammation is believed to be a contributor to adult acne, swelling pores shut and interfering with healing. This helps explain how adult acne can flourish in the absence of increased sebaceous secretions.
How Does Seabuckthorn Help Acne?
Seabuckthorn acts internally and externally on the three main acne culprits: immune system and endocrine (hormone) imbalances, and chronic inflammation. Seabuckthorn contains several potent natural anti-inflammatory agents (including quercetin and salycins), as well as several groups of micronutrients (including Omegas 3,6, 7 and 9) that work together to balance and regulate the body's hormonal and immune systems. Topical Seabuckthorn applications soften, thin and strengthen the skin and reduce scarring, swelling and inflammation, allowing the skin to finally break the inflammatory cycle and heal itself.
Seabuckthorn is also a mild analgesic, which discourages scratching and picking, and is an anti-microbial. Taken internally, seabuckthorn moderates and regulates the inflammatory, immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems, and balances the skin's cells by strengthening cell and blood vessel walls.
How Do We Treat Acne?
At Seabuckthorn International, we believe 100% in the efficacy of the 'Inside Out' approach to treating acne with SBT Seabuckthorn. Acne, particularly adult acne, requires both a consistent topical treatment programme, and a system of nutritional therapy. The most comprehensive programme to treat acne with SBT Seabuckthorn from the inside out is our Acne Treatment Regime, which includes:
* Two anti-inflammatory-rich SBT Seabuckthorn tea-infused cleansing bars to clean the pores and speed healing
* One bottle of SBT Seabuckthorn seed oil for topical application after cleansing
* A jar of SBT Seabuckthorn moisturising tea cream for when your acne has improved
* Our full internal acne-fighting nutritional line, including anti-inflammatory tea, immune boosting flavones
* SBT Seabuckthorn fruit and seed oils to balance the immune and endocrine systems.
For milder acne that lacks the inflammatory aspect, we recommend our Acne Starter Kit
* One bar of our tea cleanser
* A bottle of seed oil for topical application
* A bottle of seed oil capsules to tune up the body's systems and nip inflammation in the bud.
We also highly recommend that acne sufferers practice our Facial Cleansing Method, which gently exfoliates and discourages bacteria while maintaining the skin's natural moisture balance. Acne-prone skin in particular benefits from the anti-inflammatory effects of the soap during cleansing, as well as the gentle removal of dead skin cells and impurities. The cleansing programme also stimulates oil production, which actually helps acne by activating the pores.