Classic, Quality Ingredients
We have carefully handpicked classic, quality ingredients and incorporated them into our products that treats acne prone skin. These ingredients have been used since ancient times and some are safe enough to consume. Here we will list the ingredients in our Black Currant line and it's role in clearing acne.
Black Currant Seed Oil
Black currant seed oil is derived from the black currant berry. Black currant seed oil is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that brightens skin, evens skin tone, and has a role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is the most important protein in the healing of wounds and can accelerate the healing of blemishes and reduce the appearance of scars.
Black currant seed oils is also high in gamma and alpha linoleic acid. Gamma and alpha linoleic acids are unsaturated, omega-6 fatty acids. People with acne have low levels of linoleic acid, causing sebum to be thick and sticky, resulting in clogged pores. Low levels of linoleic acid also causes more oil production. The combination of the thick, sticky sebum and an excess of oil production creates the perfect environment for P. acnes to thrive. Applying linoleic acid to skin will thin out sebum and lessen oil production, which is key to treating the cause of acne. Linoleic acid also reduces inflammation and retains moisture in the skin.
Black currant seed oil is also rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that regulates the production of collagen and elastin and fades away acne scars.
Raw honey has many properties that make it a great ingredient in skin care. Raw honey is antioxidant rich, anti-fungal and antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a natural humectant.
Honey contains phenolic compounds that serve as antioxidants. The phenolic compounds are caffeic acid and ferulic acid. Caffeic acid is a potent antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antiviral properties. Ferulic acid is another potent antioxidant that stabilizes vitamins C and E, doubling it's photoprotection properties. Ferulic acid also inhibits lipid peroxidation which is the process of degrading lipids in the cell membrane, causing cell damage. Lipid peroxidation is directly related to inflammation in the body. Since ferulic acid prevents the peroxidation of lipids, it prevents inflammatory diseases, such as acne. Preventing the amount of inflammation that occurs in the body treats acne at the root cause instead of treating the symptoms.
Raw honey also contains hydrogen peroxide, giving honey its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and limiting the amount of bacteria on the skin.
Honey is considered to be hygroscopic, meaning that it is a natural humectant. It aids skin in absorbing moisture from the air and helps maintain moisture in the skin. When the skin is moisturized, it is less likely to scar and moisture encourages growth of new tissue.
Hibiscus has many properties that help obtain and maintain acne free skin. Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids. Citric acid and pyruvic acid help exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover, and control acne breakouts. Malic acid and tataric acid, in addition to citric acid, stimulate collagen production and improve flexibility and elasticity of skin.
Hibiscus flowers also contain an antioxidant called anthocyanodes that reduce oxidative stress, which leads to premature aging; has astringent properties that help pores appear small; is anti-inflammatory; and absorbs harmful rays that damage tissues.
Hibiscus also has a high mucilage content, making it a great moisturizer and is a natural surfactant that attracts excess oil, dirt and bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar plays a major role in renewing skin cells. ACV has alpha-hydroxy acids that dissolve dead skin cells. The malic acid present in apple cider vinegar loosens the outer layer of dead skin cells, making it exfoliating, and stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Malic acid also prevents inflammation, improves elasticity, and reduces the appearance of acne scars.
ACV also contains acetic acid which has the ability to pass through cell membranes to kill a wide range of microbes.
Because apple cider vinegar is acidic, it balances the skin's slightly acidic environment. Maintaining the skin's pH is what keeps skin at a healthy balance between oily and dry.
ACV's sulfur content removes oil from deep within the skin, supporting a healthy glow.
Raw African Black Soap
Black soap is made with plantain and palm leaves, cocoa pod, palm kernel oil, and shea butter. Each ingredient that goes into this moisturizing soap makes it great for acne prone skin.
The plantain/palm leaves, Shea butter, and palm kernel oil allow black soap to be rich in Vitamin E, which is both a skin protector and powerful antioxidant. Palm kernel oil have both the tocopherol and tocotrienol forms of Vitamin E. Vitamin E wards off free radical and UV damage, promotes cell renewal and regeneration, and has anti-inflammatory properties. The Shea butter and the plantain leaves also provide black soap with vitamin A, which boosts collagen production; and allatonin, a skin conditioning agent that reduce scarring and blemishes.
Palm kernel oil also contain lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that serves as a potent antibacterial. Lauric acid is said to be more efficient than benzoyl peroxide.
Lastly, the cocoa pod is filled with antioxidants that reduce premature aging; it has anti-inflammatory properties, and is the reason black soap can firm, tighten, and tone skin.