PATYKA discusses the most effective ingredients for problem skin.
Why use a face mask for acne?
Each pore consists of a hair attached to a sebaceous gland which secretes sebum to moisturise and protect the skin from external damage. Acne is caused by inflamed pilosebaceous follicles which cause an overproduction of sebum. This oily environment encourages Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium which is naturally present in the skin’s microbiota, to multiply. This anormal bacterial imbalance leads to hyperseborrhoea (which causes oily skin), blackheads, spots, nodules and, in the most severe cases, it can even cause cysts.
Did you know? 25% of adult women suffer from acne¹.
Adult acne may be a continuation of teenage acne which hasn’t healed, but it can also appear for the first time in adulthood. In women, this phenomenon can be the result of a hormonal imbalance (caused by the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or contraceptives).²
To tackle the proliferation of the bacteria responsible for acne, the skin’s microbiota needs to be rebalanced so that it can regulate the production of sebum. As part of a healthy diet, vitamins and minerals have an undeniable biological impact on the skin’s health. But you can also treat the skin’s surface by adopting a skincare routine for acne-prone skin. Excellent hygiene and good hydration are important basics when it comes to treating acne. Using a weekly mask which has been designed for oily and acne-prone skin is another effective addition to a skincare routine to keep the skin looking healthy in the long term.
Which active ingredients should you choose for a face mask to tackle acne?
Known for its absorbent, antiseptic, healing and anti-inflammatory properties, green clay is recommended for acne-prone skin. Packed with minerals and trace elements, it absorbs toxins, impurities and excess sebum to purify the skin, without ever drying it out.
Plant-derived activated charcoal
With its impressive absorption properties, plant-derived activated charcoal acts as a real magnet for impurities. It has a powerful detoxifying effect, deeply cleansing the pores by getting rid of toxins and excess sebum.
Zinc is a trace element which has a powerful effect on acne, thanks to its healing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This natural mineral with antioxidant properties regulates sebum production, purifies the skin and regenerates it.
Salicylic acid is a powerful antibacterial which is often used to treat acne. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties purify and soothe the skin. This astringent ingredient tightens the pores and reduces the appearance of pigmented scars for a more even complexion.
Burdock root extract
Known for its detoxifying, antibacterial and purifying properties, burdock root helps to treat acne by removing toxins. It regulates sebum secretion and purifies the skin. Its softening and soothing properties help to keep the skin moisturised, clean and healthy.
Obtained from natural sugars, gluco-oligosaccharide prebiotics protect the microbiota and the skin’s ecosystem. They stimulate the growth of healthy flora and counteract pathogenic bacteria to rebalance the epidermis.
How should you include your face mask for acne in your beauty routine?
Step 1: Start with a double cleanse
Double cleansing is the most gentle way to cleanse the skin. Start by using a cleansing oil, suitable for acne-prone oily skin, to remove make-up and excess sebum. Finish the cleansing process with a suitably mild cleanser to remove sweat and impurities.
Step 2: Apply your face mask for acne
Once your skin is perfectly clean, apply your face mask for acne to unclog the pores and purify the skin. You can also use a moisturising mask for acne-prone skin to rebalance the skin’s sebum production. Leave to work for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Step 3: Use an astringent toner to close the pores
After using a mask, apply a toner or a hydrosol with astringent properties to tighten the pores and refine the skin’s texture. Pores which are properly closed reduce the build-up of dust and impurities which cause blackheads and spots. Sweet Mint Floral Water is a refreshing, purifying and astringent hydrosol which is suitable for combination and oily skin.
Step 4: Moisturise generously with a non-comedogenic product
Acne-prone oily skin is sensitive and imbalanced. Remember to apply a non-comedogenic moisturiser to help to regulate the sebaceous glands’ production of sebum and protect your skin from external damage. For even better results, you can apply an anti-blemish serum before your moisturiser.
PATYKA’s advice: Try a facial sauna just before applying your mask!
A facial sauna or steam bath gently opens the skin’s pores to remove impurities. If you opt for a facial sauna just before applying your purifying mask, it will cleanse the pores in depth for even healthier skin.
PATYKA’s Detox Charcoal Mask
The Detox Charcoal Mask is a purifying mask which absorbs excess sebum and rebalances oily and acne-prone skin. Its unique formula, made with green clay, plant-derived activated charcoal and zinc, clarifies the complexion, purifies the skin and reduces the appearance of marks. Apply to a clean, dry face once or twice a week for clear, purified and radiant skin.
The Detox Charcoal Mask, made with 99.9% ingredients of natural origin, is part of PATYKA’s PURE range which has been designed to correct blemishes in combination and oily skin. It is certified as being organic by the Ecocert label which guarantees a responsible approach
when choosing ingredients and at every stage of production.
PATYKA’s products use natural ingredients, most of which are organic, to take care of your skin and the environment.