Osmosis Acne Awareness Month: Understanding Acne and How to Treat It

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June is Acne Awareness Month, a perfect time to bring attention to one of the most common skin conditions affecting people of all ages. Whether caused by diet, environmental toxins or stress, acne can be a persistent and frustrating issue. At Osmosis, we've curated the best products and protocols to help your clients achieve clearer, healthier skin.

Unraveling the Root Causes

Acne is better understood as an inflammatory response to internal and external factors. Here's a deeper look into the real culprits:

  • Candida Overgrowth: Candida, a yeast strain naturally present in the gut, can overgrow due to factors like antibiotics, mucus-forming foods (dairy, fried food) and hormonal imbalances. Candida overgrowth can release toxins into the bloodstream that excrete through the skin. This overgrowth leads to "candida acne," manifesting in specific facial zones.
  • Diet and Toxins: The foods we eat and the toxins we are exposed to play a significant role in acne development. Processed foods, food preservatives, pesticides, chlorine and heavy metals all contribute to acne located in the “liver zones.”
  • Hormonal Factors: Hormonal changes, particularly an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone exacerbated by estrogen-mimicking toxins, can trigger acne. This is often seen along the jawline.

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Acne Mapping: Understanding Your Skin

Understanding where acne appears on the face and body can provide clues about its underlying causes. Here's a simplified acne skin map:

  • Candida Zones: Around the mouth and chin, temples, forehead, between the brows, cheeks and nose.
  • Food Preservative Zones: jawline
  • Pesticide Zones: neck, behind the ears and into the scalp.
  • Chlorine/Bleach Zones: chest and upper back.

The Blemish Prone Heroes:

The Blemish Prone Line is the newest addition to the Osmosis skin care solutions. Formulated to clear and balance the complexion, these products are a must for any acne-fighting protocol.

  • Balance Botanical Activating Mist: This gentle mist acts as your first line of defense, detoxifying, calming and refreshing the skin. Packed with ingredients like Red Algae and Tea Tree Oil, it eliminates impurities and prepares the skin for optimal product absorption.
  • Extract Purifying Charcoal Mask: This powerhouse mask provides a deep cleansing experience, absorbing excess oil and removing impurities without stripping skin of essential moisture. Activated charcoal acts as a magnet, drawing out toxins, while clay soothes and refines the pores.
  • Clarify Clearing Retinal Serum: This targeted serum goes on the offensive, attacking blemishes at their source. Vitamin A, the secret weapon, promotes cell turnover and reduces inflammation, leading to clearer, smoother skin.
  • Acne-fighting Wellness: Because acne is fueled by internal factors, we have developed advanced supplements to help combat mucus build-up, candida overgrowth, and other imbalances. Add in Skin Perfection, Skin Defense, or Skin Clarifier to your topical Blemish-prone treatments for a long-term solution to acne.

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Acne is a complex condition with multiple contributing factors. By understanding its true causes and adopting a holistic approach to treatment, you can help clients achieve clearer, healthier skin. Remember, skin is a reflection of internal health, and addressing underlying issues like diet and toxins is key to managing acne effectively.

For more information on the Osmosis skin solutions, submit the form to the right for a chance to receive a personalized virtual consultation with Ben Johnson, M.D.

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