The most common type of acne, acne vulgaris, can show up anywhere on your face, back, chest, neck, and shoulders. The hair follicles, or pores, that cover your skin contains tiny glands called sebaceous glands. These glands work to lubricate your skin and hair by producing and secreting sebum, or oil. While this natural exfoliation process is meant to keep your skin healthy, many extrinsic and intrinsic factors like the environment, hormone imbalances, stress, and diet cause an overproduction of sebum.
A sebum excess results in the hair follicles getting clogged, and bacteria gets trapped inside your pores. These “plugs” can lead to inflammation and redness, and you experience it as a form of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts.
I’ve addressed the issue of excess sebum production with the Brightening Clay Mask. Kaolin Clay acts as a powerful absorbent to rid the skin of excess oil, impurities, and toxins. In helping regulate your sebum production, the mask aids in preventing future breakouts. Additionally, the Bioactive Marine Algae Concentrate and Signature Seed Oil Complex infuse your skin with antioxidants, vitamins, and trace minerals to keep your skin at its healthiest. Niacinamide helps prevent breakouts, and Laminaria Algae acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe existing blemishes.