Have you ever wondered how to improve your skin complexion naturally? Well, if you have, here is a solution for you which you never thought of before.
You can’t see it, but that’s the beauty of algae. It’s almost invisible—until you realize it makes everything better: water, soil, and your skin. But, there are many different species of algae, so how do you know which types of algae are good for skincare, and especially good at fighting acne?
In this article, we will discuss some all too common causes of acne, and how algae extract as a natural ingredient is your best friend for those with acne-prone skin.
What is Algae?
Did you know that the oldest known skincare products were actually derived from algae? The popularity of algae has risen greatly in the past decade, with significant breakthroughs in the areas of anti acne.
Algae is a major ingredient in skincare products. In fact, algae ingredients are particularly popular among the eco-friendly organic skincare brands that have been trending in the past few years. But what exactly is algae? And how is it used in the ingredient listing of a skincare product?
Algae is the genus name of a large group of organisms. It has been used for centuries as a beauty enhancer because these organisms have remarkable beauty-enhancing capabilities. Using algae extract to care for your beauty needs is nothing new. Algae are found in the sea, in freshwater, and even on land.
It is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 species of algae that cover the world. And yet in spite of this diversity amongst species, it’s interesting to note that they all use photosynthesis to survive and thrive.
Algae is a general term used to describe the photosynthetic organisms that grow in water. Marine algae (from the Latin: alga, meaning seaweed) is a type of brown algae that grows in the ocean and contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. It also contains extracts such as polysaccharides and polyphenols which make it an effective anti-aging ingredient for treating fine lines and wrinkles.
Although there are thousands of species of algae, all are single-celled plants. For skincare, the most commonly used is Chlorella. Why? Chlorella contains polysaccharides that can bind to harmful toxins that cause skin maladies like acne, help repair damage from free radicals, and hydrate the skin.
How Can Algae Help Acne?
With marine algae, now known as the gold of the sea, you now have a powerful new resource to help banish breakouts. Seaweed Extract has high levels of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids essential to supporting healthy skin.
Natural marine algae is an incredible source of antioxidants that cleanse and de-stresses the skin. It’s also rich in vitamins A & C, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, fatty acids, and has anti-inflammatory properties. The result is a powerful acne treatment that helps to prevent breakouts while helping restore skin balance.
Algae is an Anti-bacterial Powerhouse
Acne vulgaris is the most common chronic skin disease in the United States and many other countries and affects nearly 85% of adolescents and young adults.
While the key to healthy skin is a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting some daily exercise, sometimes breaking out can be beyond your control. In that case, all you can do is treat the acne itself.
Marine algae components such as Astaxanthin and Fucoxanthin can help address acne’s more physical side – its appearance. They do this by targeting the blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes caused by clogged pores. This unique complex of marine algae components can help reduce visible redness and inflammation of pimples, blotches, and swelling of acne areas of the skin.
Marine algae help to eliminate excess sebum from the skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy, enhancing its natural elasticity and suppleness. Marine algae extracts are reducing redness, lightening hyperpigmentation, and fighting acne-causing bacteria. This unique complex of marine algae is a great addition to an acne-fighting skincare routine.
Marine algae extract is great for both promoting the overall appearance of skin and helping to combat acne. The extract functions as an antibacterial agent, due to the presence of fatty acids found naturally within marine algae. These fatty acids are great for helping skin cells multiply, regenerate, and produce new skin cells.
Marine algae have been used in Asia for centuries to treat a variety of skin ailments including acne, eczema, and dry skin. They are starting to show promise here in the West due to their high content of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that is thought to be good for us. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammatory reactions by modifying chemicals our own immune system uses to cause inflammation, so they may help keep acne under control.
Exfoliate to Feel Great
Organic red marine algae is a member of the Rhodophyta phylum and are found in the shallowest of waters where it thrives on direct sunlight, salt water, and seaweed. Red marine algae, or cytomelane, is a unique and rare ingredient grown in the pristine water of the South Pacific’s Cook Islands and along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This type of algae offers a combination of highly beneficial pro-antioxidants and natural exfoliation ingredients to help restore damaged skin for optimal appearance and function.
Red marine algae help remove the dead skin cells left over from shaving and normal exfoliation. Red algae, like spirulina and chlorella, are tiny (<5 μm) and more of their cell wall composition is polar lipids (35%) than proteins (3%). Algae’s high polysaccharide content provides a good surface for lipid extraction.
Red marine algae is a powerhouse of active, exfoliating ingredients while still having a gentle and moisturizing feel. Its benefits range from anti-aging and repairing sun damage to improving the appearance of acne and hyperpigmentation. It’s also an excellent choice for consumers with sensitive or dry skin who want to even tone and add some moisture back into the skin without over-drying it.
If you’ve been using harsh scrubs and manual exfoliation to treat acne, a natural and effective algae skincare solution may be worth a try.
The Bottom Line
Millions of people suffer from acne. But could marine algae have the solution?
Marine algae-based skincare formulations can offer quick, natural, and eco-friendly solutions to banishing breakouts and combating acne flare-ups. Coming soon: Try Canzon’s new Algae-infused product range and find out how algae can help uncover your best skin within.