Pure & Green organics Exfoliate Citrus with Coffee Beans is made with Australian grown organic coffee beans, which are ground in our own mill just prior to product manufacture for ultimate freshness. These beans are included in the exfoliate as they assist in peeling off the dirt and dead cells from the skin and bring back its lost glow. However, since coffee encloses caffeine this exfoliate can aid in the management of a variety of skin conditions.

(1) Acne

One of the major causes of acne is the over production of sebum (oil) of the skin when combined with an obstruction (usually trapped dead skin), causing the oil to be contained within the follicle (or skin pore)  and causing an inflammation.  Exfoliating twice weekly can help slough off dead skin and remove excess oil and therefore keep skin and pores unblocked.    The bacterium P. acnes (the condition’s namesake) is generally also present.  A hormonal imbalance is also a major factor, see our note addressing this below.

Acne is commonly broken into two categories (1) non-inflammatory acne, and (2) inflammatory acne.

In non-inflammatory acne  skin blemishes called comedones, either a whitehead or a blackhead, are formed.  When the trapped sebum and bacteria stay below the skin surface, a whitehead is formed. When the pore opens to the surface, a blackhead is formed , and the sebum, which contains the skin pigment melanin, oxidizes and turns a brown/black color. It is not dirt and can not be washed away. Blackheads can last for a long time because the contents very slowly drain to the surface.

A blackhead or whitehead can release its contents to the surface and heal.  Unfortunately,  some  acne becomes inflammatory and this is a result of  the follicle wall  rupturing and spilling its contents into the surrounding skin tissue.  A papule occurs when there is a break in the follicular wall. White blood cells rush in and the pore becomes inflamed. A pustule forms several days later when white blood cells make their way to the surface of the skin.  This is what people usually refer to as a “zit” or a “pimple”.

Why does the wall rupture?  The abovementioned bacteria commonly present in the follicles can ferment glucose and produce lipases, which hardens the trapped oil in the blackhead/whitehead.  It also contains neuraminidase, which renders the follicle walls fragile, resulting in their rupture and release.  This rupture can also be caused by picking or touching the skin. This is why it is important not to pick your acne.

The following skincare regime is recommended for acne prone skin:

Cleanse: Lemongrass Cleansing Moisture Bar x morning & night

Lemongrass has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as being excellent at removing oil.

Tone: Tone with Witch Hazel & Lemon Scented Tea Tree x morning & night

The bacteria commonly found in acne thrive in an environment with a pH above 5.5 so it’s a fairly safe bet your skin’s pH is not balanced if you have acne. Keep your skin within a healthy 5.5 pH and you will make the bacteria “uncomfortable” and halt their growth. Tone restores the pH balance of the skin to a balanced 5.5.  The witchhazel and lemon scented tea tree hydrosol have natural anti-bacterial properties, and work as an astringent, refining pores and helping to improve the texture of your skin and minimise pore blockage.

Moisturise: Hydrate Lavender Deep Moisture Lotion      x morning & night

Lavender is naturally anti-bacterial and for this reason is a good choice for your skin type.

Exfoliate: Exfoliate Citrus with Coffee x twice weekly.  However, if you have pustular acne (ie.  pus filled lesions) don’t exfoliate until these have started to heal.

Lifestyle tip: a simple homemade recipe to help you further combat your acne is a green tea facial masque.  Green tea is  rich in polyphenols a powerful antioxidant that works wonders on acne.  Buy the best quality organic green leaf tea you can afford, place the tea in your food processor til it is finely processed, transfer to a small bowl, then mix with a small amount of filtered water til it resembles a paste. Apply a thin layer to your skin and leave it to dry for 10 mins. Rinse off with a warm wash cloth.

Hormones: It should be noted that some acne is caused by hormonal imbalance.  Most GPs will instantly recommend birth control pills for females presenting with acne but there are other options – consider visiting your naturopath to discuss this further.  Many women have excellent results from a product called “Vitex”, available in health food stores.  Vitex is not a contraceptive, it is designed to regulate hormones and symptoms of PMS but an added benefit is that once your hormones are in balance, your acne might just improve also – definitely worth discussing with your naturopath.

(2) Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition caused by frequently dilated blood vessels that lose their ability to contract. Caffeine can be of tremendous benefit to rosacea sufferers as it has the ability to quickly and effectively constrict blood vessels and may therefore help minimise facial flushing.

The following skincare regime is recommended:

Cleanse: Sensitivity Cleansing Moisture Bar x morning & night

Tone: Tone with Witch Hazel & Lemon Scented Tea Tree x morning & night

The bark and leaves this plant are astringent. Witch Hazel helps to shrink and contract blood vessels back to normal size.  Some rosacea sufferers are sensitive to alcohol.  Our tone contains 3.5% pure organic alcohol (not the drying SD alcohol commonly found in toners), but you may opt to skip toning if you have an alcohol sensitivity.

Moisturise: Sensitivity Deep Moisture Lotion  x morning & night

Exfoliate: Exfoliate Citrus with coffee beans x twice weekly.

Twice a week apply the coffee exfoliate gel to your face and let it rest on your skin for 3 minutes. Do not work the exfoliate in a circular motion, this may overstimulate your sensitive skin.  What you are aiming to achieve is contact time with the caffeine content, after 3 minutes have elapsed gently wash the gel off with a warm wash cloth.

Lifestyle tip: if you’re prone to facial flushing, hot beverages can cause redness; consider limiting your beverages to cold ones.  Also, prolonged cortisone use has been linked to the onset of rosacea in some people so be careful when choosing your treatment for this condition.  It is recommended that you stay out of the sun and wear adequate sun protection when needed.

(3) Cellulite

Cellulite affects approximately 80 – 95% of women and before your self-esteem takes a blow rest assured it is not related to weight as even the thinnest of women have cellulite.    Cellulite is essentially a condition of poor micro-circulation that causes damage to the fat tissue under the skin.  Visually, it is recognised as lumps and dimples commonly known as the “orange peel” effect, and generally is found on the thighs and buttocks.  The good news is, caffeine can work wonders in reducing the appearance of cellulite.  Caffeine belongs to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. These chemicals work by blocking the enzyme which is involved in triglyceride breakage and help the passage of fluid out of the skin cells. As a result of the movement of water from the cells, there is a marked reduction in the size of the skin cells and the skin is tautened as well.

The following regime is recommended to help manage cellulite on thighs and buttocks:

Body Scrub:

Exfoliate Citrus with Coffee beans  x  daily body scrub.

Take product into the shower and rub vigorously into affected areas and then rinse off.

Lifestyle tip:  lots of toxin free organic fresh fruit and vegetables, regular exercise, good fibre intake to prevent constipation, and limiting foods that cause fluid retention (carbohydrates and sodium) can help in your “battle” against cellulite.  Some practical suggestions are: Opt for a low carbohydrate, low sodium diet, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg and foods high in potassium (bananas and melons) as it helps eliminate fluid retention.

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