Monday, April 6, 2015

Oil Equals Acne, Right?

by Kareem Rabaa


OIL = ACNE...RIGHT?

Oily skin is often associated with acne. But why does your skin produce oil? Sebaceous glands are found just below the dermis layer of the skin and are responsible for producing oil called sebum. Sebum eventually makes its way from the dermis to the surface of the skin through hair follicles and pores. Sebum is responsible for waterproofing the skin, as well as protecting the skin from bacterial and fungal infections. However like most things in life, sebum is best in moderation. Too much, and your pores become clogged with sebum and dead skin cells, so you’ll probably be battling acne. Too 
little sebum will result in dry, cracked skin. 

LE CHATELIER’S PRINCIPLE - A CHEMISTRY LESSON

French chemist Henry Louis Le Ch√Ętelier’s claim to fame was “The Equilibrium Law”. The equilibrium law lets us predict the effect of a change in conditions to a system in equilibrium. You're probably thinking “I hated high school chemistry, what does this have to do with me?” In our case, the system in equilibrium is your body’s skin. Essentially, the Law of Equilibrium tells us that if your body detects dry skin, it will produce more sebum. If your body detects oily skin, it will stop sebum production. So by applying oil with a molecular structure similar to that of sebum to your face, you can actively trick your body into stopping excess sebum production. But oil equals acne, right? Science tells us otherwise.

So we’ve covered the root cause of acne: pores getting clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. We also covered the Law of Equilibrium, which tells us by applying oils with a molecular structure similar to that of sebum to our faces, we can trick our bodies into stopping excess sebum production. Because of consumer stigma towards oil-based products, the vast majority of the acne products on the market use alcohol based ingredients in order to kill acne-causing bacteria in a poor attempt to get rid of existing zits. However the alcohol also kills good bacteria, called “flora”, and dries out your skin. The dry skin triggers the production of excess sebum by your skin, which clogs pores and leads to more acne. The truth of the matter is that once a zit appears, there is not much you can do but let nature take its course. We need to find more long-term solutions that get to the root of the problem. 

SOLUTION: “BE NATURAL ORGANICS - BIO-RECOVERY EVENING REPAIR”

Be Natural Organics Bio Recovery Evening Repair Serum contains a plethora of botanical to reduce excess sebum production, and provides nutrients to support strong capillary walls, helping to create a smooth, bright complexion. 

The serum contains: borage oil – which contains an extremely high profile of essential fatty acids and reduces tissue inflammation, grape seed oil – which contains an incredibly strong antioxidant, about 50 times stronger than antioxidants like, vitamin C and E, sea buckthorn oil – this oil is loaded with powerful antioxidants, vitamins B1, B2, K, P, A, C, E, essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6,9 and the rare Omega 7, all key building blocks for healthy skin, Jojoba Oil – a natural humectant known for its soothing and healing properties, and last but not least, rose hip seed oil – an ideal source of nutrients and essential fatty acids that play a vital role in the regeneration process of skin cells.

Unlike most manufacturers, Be Natural Organics uses cold press technology so their organic oils retain their potency. We formulate their products in small batches to ensure they are as fresh as possible when they arrive at your doorstep. While it is not a one stop shop to solve all your acne problems, this product is a necessity to add to your existing skin care routine and is perfect to apply after your cleanser and toner.