Acne is a common skin condition caused by inflammation around the sebaceous glands that frequently manifests as blackheads, whiteheads, and swollen red growths. The term "pimple" refers to these growths, which are typically found on the face.

Acne may also appear on the back of the neck and the upper chest. Sebum, a greasy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands, lubricates the skin. Sebaceous glands can become overactive when exposed to male hormones called androgens.

Acne is caused by a variety of reasons, such as bacteria, dried sebum, and skin cells that block the flow of sebum. When the flow of sebum is completely blocked, a whitehead, which is a bump of light colour, forms, but a blackhead, which is a patch of dark colour, forms when the flow of sebum is only partially blocked.

Contrarily, skin-surface bacteria frequently contaminate whiteheads and blackheads, cause them to ooze pus, and result in eruptions that resemble pimples. When cystic acne, a severe form of the ailment, occurs, painful purple lumps surround the sebaceous glands on the surface of the skin.

Acne is normally harmless and treatable, with the exception of severe cases that leave scars, cysts, or widespread skin pustules. Acne most typically arises during adolescence and can be extremely upsetting emotionally. The skin eruptions typically start to decrease or disappear by the time a person is in their 20s, however, they may even persist. It's possible for women to start breaking out in their 20s or even 30s. In senior persons, unexplained outbreaks of acne could indicate a more serious problem.

Acne can be brought on by a variety of circumstances, some of which are briefly discussed below.

Acne may be influenced by a person's hormonal changes, particularly an excess of androgen that causes the sebaceous glands to create too much sebum. Inherited issues frequently contribute to the development of acne. In addition, certain medications or chemicals, such as corticosteroids, hormones, including oral contraceptives, as well as iodides, barbiturates, vitamin B12, bromides, lithium, and anti-seizure treatments, could be to blame for acne breakout.

Additional causes of acne include tar, grease, heavy oils, cosmetics, tight clothing, and anything else that can physically impede the skin's pores. Acne outbreaks can occur in adults with some common medical conditions such as Cushing's syndrome, polycystic ovarian disease, or adrenal gland dysfunction. In addition to these, stress, seasonal changes, and exposure to dioxins can all have an impact on acne development.

Supplements and herbs

The ability of several herbs and supplements to both prevent and treat acne and related skin breakouts are well established. Overall, utilising all of the supplements suggested here would be beneficial for the majority of people, and doing so is secure. Frequently, it takes three to four weeks—or even longer—for the consequences to become apparent. Long-term usage of any of these supplements is possible in conjunction with standard acne treatments.

It is important to note that vitamin A is crucial for regulating the excessive sebum production that is the main cause of acne. Since vitamin B6 helps to maintain the balance of hormones linked to acne, it may be helpful in treating acne that has gotten worse because of menstruation or menopause. Additionally, vitamin C supports a healthy immune system, which helps prevent the development of acne-causing germs.

In addition to promoting appropriate hormone levels, zinc also strengthens the immune system and lowers inflammation when coupled with any or all of these vitamins. It should be noted that taking zinc for a long time actually slows down the body's absorption of copper; as a result, zinc should be taken with copper. You'll also gain from mixing zinc with essential fatty acids. Important fatty acids are abundant in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is found in evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil. By assisting in the dilution of the oily sebum, essential fatty acids aid to lessen the likelihood of having blocked skin pores.

At Elma Skin Care, we believe in the power of nature to heal and beautify the skin. Our values are rooted in the use of natural ingredients, cruelty-free practices, and a commitment to high quality. We are dedicated to incorporating the latest innovative techniques, while also drawing upon the traditional wisdom of herbs and plants to create simple and effective skincare products. We strive to provide our customers with a holistic and nurturing experience, enhancing both the health and appearance of their skin.

ESC Ethics

Are ESC products vegan?

At Elma Skin Care, we believe in using natural ingredients to enhance the beauty and health of the skin. Although our products contain lanolin, a substance derived from sheep wool, we ensure that it is obtained from sheep without causing any harm. We are committed to cruelty-free practices and only source lanolin from lanolin glands that have been removed from the animals in a humane manner. We strive to provide our customers with high-quality and innovative skincare products, incorporating the best of both traditional and contemporary techniques. Our values center around the use of herbs and plants, combined with a commitment to simplicity, to create a holistic and nurturing skincare experience.

Are ESC products cruelty-free?

At Elma Skin Care, we are confident in the quality and ethical standards of our products. We are proud to be a cruelty-free brand and firmly believe in never conducting animal testing. Our use of lanolin, derived from the wool of healthy and well-cared for sheep, reflects our commitment to animal welfare. We are dedicated to creating high-quality skincare products that not only benefit our customers, but also promote ethical and responsible practices. Our values center around the use of natural ingredients and a commitment to innovation, combined with a focus on simplicity and effectiveness.

Are ESC packagings recyclable?

At Elma Skin Care, we are committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. We use recycled paper and glass in our products and prioritize the use of environmentally-friendly materials.

As an eco-tip, we encourage our customers to recycle and reuse our jars and bottles instead of discarding them.

For those looking for an eco-friendly solution to travel, we suggest reusing your empty Elma cosmetic containers by filling them with your favorite beauty products for a hassle-free and environmentally conscious trip.

Products FAQ's

Where are ESC products made?

At Elma Skin Care, we are dedicated to crafting products with passion and quality in mind. Our products are made in a small laboratory and factory located in Canada, where we prioritize the personal touch of a "homemade" experience. We believe that even the simplest things, like a cup of tea, have a special taste when made at home, and this philosophy extends to our skincare products. By combining a focus on quality over quantity, we aim to provide our customers with the best possible experience.

Are ESC products made with natural ingredients?

At Elma Skin Care, we are committed to providing our customers with natural and safe skincare products. Our line of skincare products is made with the best ingredients, free of artificial preservatives, steroids, antibiotics, and other harmful chemicals. We believe in using only natural ingredients to ensure that our customers have peace of mind when it comes to the products they use on their skin. Join us in our mission to revolutionize skincare and make a commitment to natural and safe products with Elma Skin Care.

What do locally sourced ingredients mean?

Ingredients sourced locally are obtained from nearby farmers or producers of fresh produce. These ingredients come from farms or growers that are located in close proximity to your location. By sourcing ingredients locally, we ensure that they are fresh, of high quality, and produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

Are ESC products fragrance free?

At Elma Skin Care, we avoid the use of artificial fragrances and instead, allow the natural scent of the herbs and ingredients used in our products to shine through. This means that when you use our products, you'll experience the true, natural fragrance of the ingredients we've carefully selected to enhance your skin's health and beauty.

Are ESC products organic?

At Elma Skin Care, we prioritize the use of natural and locally sourced ingredients in our products. Our ingredients are sourced from sources that are healthy, ethical, and minimize human interference. While not certified organic, our commitment to using only natural ingredients ensures the safety and quality of our products for our customers.

Do ESC products contain preservatives?

At Elma Skin Care, we are dedicated to using only the safest and purest natural ingredients in our products. Our commitment to natural ingredients means that our products are free from synthetic preservatives, steroids, and parabens, ensuring that what you put on your skin is not only effective, but also safe for your health. We believe in the power of nature and are proud to offer products that are free from harmful chemicals.

Can ESC products be used during pregnancy?

At Elma Skin Care, we understand that the safety of expectant and nursing mothers is of the utmost importance. That's why we always recommend consulting with a midwife or physician before using any cosmetic products. As a natural skin care line, we take pride in using only the highest quality ingredients and avoiding any harmful chemicals or artificial preservatives. Our products are made with care and love, and we are confident that they are safe for use during pregnancy.

Why does my product look different?

At Elma Skin Care, we are dedicated to using only the highest quality, 100% natural ingredients in our products. We source these ingredients directly from nature, ensuring their purity and potency. As a result, each of our products may vary slightly due to the unique properties of the natural ingredients used. However, this variation only adds to the authenticity and effectiveness of our products, as each ingredient works in harmony with the others to provide the best possible results for your skin.

Is it recommended to perform a patch test before using a product?

It is recommended to perform a patch test before using any new cosmetic product, including Elma Skin Care products, to ensure that you do not have any adverse reactions to the ingredients. This involves applying a small amount of the product to a discreet area of skin, such as the inside of your wrist or behind your ear, and monitoring for any redness, itching, or other signs of irritation for 24-48 hours. If there is any reaction, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist if necessary.

How should I store my ESC products?

To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your product, store it in a cool and dry location and avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

What should I do if I experience a reaction to an ESC cosmetic product?

At Elma, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our customers. Our skin care line is crafted with only natural ingredients and free from harmful chemicals like synthetic preservatives, steroids, or parabens. Our goal is to offer not only effective but also safe solutions for all your skin care needs. In case of any adverse reaction such as a rash or irritation, kindly discontinue using the product promptly.

What is lanolin?

The use of lanolin in beauty care dates back many years, and is especially favored for its skin benefits. Derived from the sebaceous glands of sheep, lanolin is a natural wax that protects the animals from the elements. The extraction of lanolin from raw wool is done through a soap solution or hot water kneading process, followed by isolation through centrifuging, bleaching, deodorizing, and drying.

Lanolin is highly valued for its moisturizing properties and ability to hydrate not only the skin, but also nails and hair. It helps to retain moisture and serves as a lubricant, making the skin smoother and softer.

At Elma Skin Care, we use lanolin as the foundation of all of our products. We ensure that the lanolin used is ethically sourced from sheep wool that has been shorn without causing harm to the animal.