Contrary to popular belief, acneic skin is actually a form of very sensitive skin. And it is often made even more sensitive by over-processing in an attempt to address the issue. If someone has undergone harsh treatments to ‘battle’ their acne — like prescription topicals, accutane, stipping procedures that damage barrier function like harsh acid or exfoliation treatments, etc., — then the first step needs to be re-establishing the skin’s essential, protective hydro-lipid barrier that these types of treatment destroy. Luckily this is easily done by simply eliminating the harsh, stripping treatments and introducing a daily application of Oil Serum and HydroSoul.
During a break-out we may want to throw everything but the kitchen sink at our skin in an attempt to pacify the flare up, but this is ultimately counterproductive as it leaves the skin overwhelmed, inflamed, and usually worse off than it was to begin. When the skin is at its most reactive is when it requires the most simplicity. Instead of doing it all, pare down your approach, focus on simplicity and choose nutrient-dense, calming, restorative and purifying plant ingredients. In our world this looks like simply choosing one Oil Serum and HydroSoul pairing, and leaving it at that.
One of our favorite uber-simple, yet powerfully effective rituals for acneic skin (especially skin that is at its most stressed and reactive) is to choose one oil to use as both your cleanser and your moisture, and pair it with a HydroSoul. Our favorite oil for this highly minimalistic approach is Neem Immortelle Purifying Infusion. This special, multipurpose product is a blend of two infused oils and one essential oil and is formulated to be remarkably decongesting, calming, heat-pacifying and balancing.
Our top two HydroSouls for this ritual are Lemon Thyme, or Lavender if skin is especially irritated, hot, reactive, or sensitive. Alternatively, if there’s another plant you have a special affinity with — Rose Geranium or Frankincense, etc., — you can use that HydroSoul instead. All of our HydroSouls support blemish-prone skin.