What is acne?

Acne is a disease of the sebaceous hair follicle that afflicts most people during teenage years. There are several different types of acne including blackheads, white heads (comedones), pimples (papules), pustules and cysts.

What causes acne?

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by diet, poor hygiene, stress or excess surface oil on the skin. Acne is directly related to the production of hormones within the body that cause the over-stimulation of the sebaceous glands. Under normal circumstances, sebum travels up the hair follicle and onto the surface of the skin. With acne, sebum becomes trapped with the hair follicle along with dead skin cells, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Chemicals produced by the bacteria cause inflammation of the follicle and the surrounding skin. Acne is a vicious circle - picking and squeezing can spread infection and cause severe scarring.

How can rose hip oil help?

It can be tempting for acne sufferers to scrub the skin several times a day to remove excess oil; however, this can actually intensify the problem. Our skin is designed to compensate for the removal of the oil by producing more and more, resulting in recurring infection and more acne.

The best solution is to cleanse gently, without stripping the skin, and to maintain the skin’s balance. After cleansing, Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil can be applied to damp skin both morning and night. Why add oil to oily skin? The essential fatty acids combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of rose hip oil will help to prevent infection and reduce over-stimulation of the sebaceous glands.

Over time, Kosmea’s Skin Clinic™ Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil helps to repair the damaged skin and prevent acne scarring.

Recommended Kosmea products:

Clarifying Facial Wash, Daily Facial Exfoliant, Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil and Hydrating Rosewater Mist to cleanse, purify and prevent your skin from break-outs.