What exactly is the difference between acne and pimples?
Sebum, skin cells, and hair follicles bunch together to form a ‘plug’, which is then infected by bacteria; the result swelling is called acne. Acne can appear on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, and back. Acne can also be a result of genetic factors, stress, poor diet, hormone changes, and pollution.
Pimples are created when skin pores suffer blockage on account of dead skin cells being held by sebum. A case of severer acne will almost always lead to the formation of pimples. Pimples are generally never caused by genetic factors.
We can summarise that the blockage of pores is a major reason for both acne and pimples. The blockage is caused by oils being secreted by sebaceous glands and dead skill cells. It is essential we keep our face oil-free and rid it of impurities to achieve clear skin.
Most acne and pimple-treating products these days depend on chemicals to dry out the problem, rather than reaching in and repairing the root of it. The result is an increased chance of scarring, which just adds another problem to the list of worries.
At TNS Skin Lab, we have curated a range of products aptly titled ‘The Natural Remedies Collection’ for acne and pimples, hand-picked from a variety of brands to deliver the best possible results for your skin.
One natural treatment that helps is Manuka honey from New Zealand. Long touted as a super-honey, Manuka honey is omposed of sugars (mainly glucose and fructose), amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (antimicrobial compounds). Combined with its low pH level, these ingredients make Manuka honey a mighty fighter against acne.
Hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal destroy harmful bacteria; killing pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which helps to speed up the healing process. Manuka honey’s high concentration of sugars keeps a wound or burn area moist, which also helps to speed up the healing process.
Below are 3 products, which feature Manuka honey as its hero ingredient, to aid you along your journey to clearer skin.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
Cleanse deeply your skin and your spirit with this luxuriously hydrating face mask, which helps leave skin soothed and intensively hydrated. Manuka honey draws moisture to the skin, whilst helping keep skin super fresh and blemish-free.
The Honey Collection Completely Clean Cream Face Cleanser
This gentle cream cleanser provides deep cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Suitable for all skin types, this cream cleanser contains UMF 12+ manuka honey, chamomile extract and avocado oil. These special ingredients, which contain no harsh or irritating properties, will not strip the skin of its natural emollients but leave the skin soft, smooth and hydrated, ready for the application of toner and moisturiser.
The Honey Collection Active Clear
A remedial cream for acne or acne scaring. Active Clear contains a high percentage of UMF 15+ Manuka Honey and has specially formulated to help those troubled by acne. Due to the ability of honey to penetrate deeply into the epidermis, the natural occurring effects of UMF® 15+ Manuka Honey and the special beneficial factors of the selected herbal extracts are maximized to aid the restoration of clear skin and help reduce scarring.
In addition to the products above, we have the Trilogy Blemish Control Gel, specially formulated to fight blemishes and restore skin to its former glowry.
Trilogy Blemish Control Gel
Banish blemishes for clear skin with rosehip, salicylic acid and mandarin. Salicylic acid effectively targets and decongests pimples. Antibacterial lemongrass and mandarin help control breakouts, ginger reduces inflammation and rosehip aids repair.