Organic and herbal facial washes can be almost as effective (if not more effective) in the treatment of acne-prone skin than their traditional counterparts. A high-quality herbal acne cleaner should be filled with soothing herbs to soothe the acne from the ground up.
There is a misconception that oily and acne-prone skin forms prefer to use strong soaps and astringents to extract any trace of oil from the skin. As a result, many modern cleaners are filled with very strong detergents and astringents such as sodium lauryl sulfate and denatured alcohol. In fact, this is the exact opposite of how you’re expected to handle your acne.
Acne is a skin condition where the oil glands are overwhelmed with sebum and dead tissue. Such clogged pores are the spawning sites for the bacteria responsible for breakouts. There are many causes of excess sebum development (hormonal changes, oral contraceptives, naturally oily skin, or tension) and many of these are temporary events, such as tension. Although you may think extracting all the oil on your skin is a smart idea, vigorous washing disrupts the skin’s defensive acid mantle and pH equilibrium. In fact, this causes the skin to over-produce oil in reaction which may contribute to more acne breakouts.
Many of these companies have facial products that concentrate on combating acne as well as being cruelty-free, organic and made from fresh ingredients.
Earth tu Face – Organic Palmarosa + Aloe Face Wash
All Earth Tu Face items are free from artificial fragrances, preservatives and fillers so that even the most susceptible skin can relax comfortably. The foam cleaner is also made up of nourishing oils such as coconut, jojoba and olives.
Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
Avalon Organics Intense Defense Cleansing Gel
Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Crafted with 100% natural ingredients, it’s no wonder Dr. Idriss is the pick of the lot. Australian pink clay helps to strip the skin of impurities and clogged pores, exposing smaller, more balanced pores.
Tea Tree & Willow Acne Clear Cleanser
Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser
This foamy cleanser is filled with coconut and sunflower oil, which are extra soft, and you don’t have to think about wreaking havoc on the natural oils in your skin. Aloe vera also soothes and stimulates hydration.