Covering the top skin symptoms and concerns, and how to treat them with natural skin care products
Posted on November 30, 2023 Written by: 100% PURE®
As the largest–and in many ways, most vulnerable–organ in the human body, the skin is prone to a wide range of concerns. In this article, we’ll discuss five of the most common skin concerns, along with their symptoms and causes. More importantly, we’ll recommend the top natural treatment options for each concern, to help your skin get back to its usual, happy self!
#1: Acne-Prone Skin
We’re told that acne is a teenage problem, but many of us continue to suffer from acne long after our teenage years. Studies have found that between 40-55% of adults between 20 and 40 years old suffer from persistent, adult acne. Different people may experience different types and intensities of acne, and for different reasons.
Hormonal acne normally begins during your teenage years, but it can crop up any time your hormones are out of balance. To fight hormonal acne, then, it’s important that you focus on re-balancing your hormones. While many skincare products will tell you that they can solve all of your skin woes, we believe that skincare should be one step in your healthy, self-care regimen. Especially when it comes to hormonal acne, it’s important to support your skin from within. Make sure you’re getting enough exercise and drinking enough water; and concentrate on eating a balanced diet with plenty of healthy, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. You can also try taking a supplement to support hormonal balance; these include evening primrose oil and holy basil (tulsi).
In some cases, your acne may be caused by a vitamin deficiency. This is another reason why it’s important to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of vitamins and minerals. These ingredients are crucial when it comes to maintaining the health of your skin, as well as your overall health.
Many people may not be aware that their improper hygiene is a major contributor to acne. Examples of improper hygiene that can cause acne include using unclean makeup brushes, sleeping on dirty pillowcases, and touching your face with dirty hands. If you’re not sure what’s causing your acne, you may want to step back and consider whether or not your daily hygiene may be a contributing factor.
Whatever the cause of your acne, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and managing stress may help to reduce your symptoms. We also recommend using natural skin care products such as 100% PURE’s Tea Tree & WIllow clarifying collection to gently treat acne spots. These products combine the antibacterial properties of tea tree with the natural salicylic acid in willow to fight acne-causing bacteria. Twice-weekly exfoliation can also help to reduce acne, as it clears up clogged pores and helps to remove dead skin cells.
#2: Sensitive and Inflamed Skin
Skin inflammation and skin sensitivity are more common than you’d think. These skin concerns aren’t always recognized by those who suffer from them, as they can come with a wide range and intensity of symptoms. These include redness and puffiness, rough skin texture, and stinging.
Skin inflammation and sensitivity can be exacerbated by high-sugar diets. If you’re suffering from inflamed skin, we recommend switching to an anti-inflammatory diet, or at least reducing the number of inflammatory foods you consume. Getting enough exercise, sleep, and hydration can also help to fight inflammation throughout your body.
Harsh chemicals can also contribute to skin inflammation. These chemicals can be found in our skincare and even hair care products–artificial dyes and fragrances are two of the main culprits. The inflammatory properties of many synthetic chemicals is one more reason to steer clear of conventional skincare products, and opt for natural alternatives instead.
For inflamed and sensitive skin, we recommend 100% PURE’s Restorative Sea Culture products–especially our Restorative Sea Culture Serum. This serum harnesses the powers of mineral-rich algae and sea kelp to restore and repair skin.
#3: Aging Skin
Skin aging is inevitable, but some of us will experience more severe symptoms than other. These symptoms can include fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, rough skin texture, and uneven complexion. The best way to prevent these symptoms is by limiting sun exposure throughout your life, and protecting your skin with sunscreen.
Luckily, though, there are also ways to mitigate the effects of aging. Antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C can help to fight free radicals, electric charges in the skin which are created as a response to sunlight, pollution, smoking, and other environmental factors. Free radicals are a major cause of skin aging; so by supplying your skin with antioxidants, you can help to support your skin health and combat the symptoms of aging. You can do this both through your diet and by using antioxidant-rich skincare products, such as 100% PURE’s Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Ultra Riche PM Treatment and Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum.
Skin resurfacing procedures, such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion, may also make a difference for aging skin. Ultimately, though, aging is a part of life–and while there are definitely steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy as you age, it’s important that you wear your age with pride!
#4: Large Pores
Large pores are normally caused by genetic factors, and–no matter what a product may claim–it’s not actually possible to shrink their size. However, you can take steps to clear up any oil that may be blocking your pores, further increasing the appearance of their size.
The best products for reducing the appearance of large pores are exfoliants (both chemical and mechanical) and oil-absorbing products. Exfoliants help to lift away the outermost layer of dead skin, freeing up your pores and brightening your complexion. You might choose to use an exfoliating scrub two or three times a week, use a higher-strength peel once a week, or see a dermatologist for a dermaplaning procedure every few months.
High-quality oil absorbing products typically contain charcoal and/or clay, ingredients that soak up the excess oil in your skin, and therefore help to clear up clogged pores. If you’re looking for a powerful oil-absorption product, we recommend our Charcoal Clay Cleanser. This multi-tasking cleanser helps to brighten your skin and fight bacteria while it purges your pores of excess oil.
You can also use our Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum to deeply condition your pores while you sleep.
#5: Dull Skin
Dull skin essentially means a lackluster, unhealthy complexion. This can occur for many reasons, but the two most common ones are a buildup of dead skin cells, and a lack of oxygen supply in the skin.
If your skin is looking dull due to a buildup of skin cells, this is a fairly simple problem to solve. Just try to add a mechanical or chemical exfoliant to your skincare routine. You can use an exfoliating scrub two to three times a week, or a stronger peel once every week or two. Exfoliation will help to banish dead skin cells, revealing the healthy, glowing skin below.
If your skin is looking dull because it’s not getting enough oxygen, then you may want to take steps to improve your circulation. These can include getting enough exercise and eating a balanced diet.
Whatever is causing your skin to look dull, we recommend treating it with our line of Fermented Rice Water products. These products feature fermented rice water (aka sake) because of its high content of vitamins, minerals, and healthy proteins. These vital nutrients will deeply nourish your skin, helping to boost its luster and encourage a healthy, vibrant complexion.
To discover more safe and healthy products for different skin types, check out our guide to the Best Natural Products for Your Skin Type.
What are the most common skin concerns and their causes?
The five most common skin concerns include acne, wrinkles, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and sensitivity or redness. Acne is often caused by clogged pores and can be exacerbated by hormones, diet, and stress. Wrinkles are primarily caused by aging and sun exposure. Dryness can result from environmental factors, genetics, and lifestyle choices. Hyperpigmentation, which includes dark spots and uneven skin tone, can be caused by sun exposure, hormonal changes, and certain medications. Sensitivity or redness can be due to environmental factors, allergies, skin disorders like rosacea, or overuse of harsh skincare products.
How can acne be effectively treated and prevented?
Acne treatment involves a combination of proper skincare, lifestyle adjustments, and sometimes medication. Over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help treat mild acne. For severe cases, dermatologists may prescribe retinoids or antibiotics. Preventative measures include using non-comedogenic skincare products, maintaining a consistent cleansing routine, avoiding picking or squeezing pimples, and managing stress levels. Diet also plays a role; reducing dairy and high-glycemic foods may help some people.
What are the best practices to prevent and reduce wrinkles?
To prevent and reduce wrinkles, sun protection is crucial. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily. Incorporating antioxidants like vitamin C and E into your skincare routine can also help. Retinoids are effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Keeping the skin hydrated with moisturizers and hyaluronic acid can improve skin elasticity. Lifestyle factors like a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and avoiding smoking can also significantly impact skin aging.
What causes skin dryness and how can it be treated?
Skin dryness can be caused by environmental factors like cold weather and low humidity, over-washing, aging, and certain medical conditions. To combat dryness, use gentle, hydrating cleansers and avoid hot water when washing. Moisturize regularly with products containing emollients and humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Using a humidifier in dry environments can help, and drinking plenty of water is essential for overall skin health.
How can I manage hyperpigmentation effectively?
Managing hyperpigmentation involves sun protection, topical treatments, and sometimes professional procedures. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent worsening of existing spots and new formations. Topical treatments with ingredients like hydroquinone, niacinamide, and vitamin C can help lighten dark spots. Chemical peels, laser therapy, and microdermabrasion are professional treatments that can also be effective. It’s important to be patient, as treatment can take several months to show results.