Hey Eden, here are some insights based on the answers you gave us when you took our skin survey. The answers you provided really helped us to perfect the product – Base Plus was made with you in mind.
Acne is caused when sebaceous glands begin to produce too much sebum. This can result in the excess sebum mixing with dead skin cells and bacteria, and blocking the hair follicles in the skin. If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it swells outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead.
Bacteria that lives on the skin can infect the plugged follicles, causing papules, pustules, nodules or cysts. Causes of acne are different from person-to-person, sometimes triggered by hormonal changes in the body, diet etc.
People with moderate to severe acne are advised to seek advice from a medical professional; people with mild acne often use exfoliation to prevent blocked pores. Exfoliation can also be done physically, for example using gentle cloths, or chemically, using gentle to strong peels. Lactic and salicylic acids are often more gentle. People often use oil-free, noncomedogenic skin care products to help prevent clogging in the first place.
Skin that feels dry
Dry skin is often confusing as there is a difference between (and a different approach for addressing) skin that lacks oils, and skin that lacks hydration. Dry skin types are ones lacking enough of the oils naturally produced by the skin, and so can typically look dry – this is commonly addressed by using moisturisers with high oil content. The higher up the ingredient is in the ingredient list of a product, the greater the amount used in a product. For someone with combination skin and acne, getting the balance right can be tricky. It’s very important to use oils that are non-comodegenic.
We hope this information was useful and look forward to seeing what you create with us.