You are here because you deal with acne and you want to know how to treat it naturally. I know what it is like to have acne, it is something I have had to endure for the last 20 years. You can read About My Personal Journey With Acne.
I know how difficult it is to constantly be battling breakouts, I also know how important it is to you to find solutions that work, but also solutions that are safe.
I want to help you find these solutions and to teach you the proper way to care for your face. This page is meant to be a resource for you, somewhere where you can find information that will help you in your search for safe skin care.
Washing Your Face
When looking at acne, we need to start with how you wash your face. This is an important step, and something a lot of people do wrong. You have to remember to be gentle with your skin, trying to strip it with a harsh cleanser is just going to irritate it. This irritation leads to inflammation and more breakouts.
Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)
The oil cleansing method is a popular treatment for a variety of skin conditions. It can help with acne by stabilizing our skin’s oil production, gently dissolving hardened sebum, and by cleansing and nourishing the skin.
Coming Soon – The Oil Cleansing Method for Acne
Using a Toner
Toners have come a long way over the years, no longer do they only remove residue from your skin, they now come packed full of nourishing ingredients. Many toners contain anti-aging, calming, and healing ingredients.
A toner can be a good addition to your skin care routine, but only if it makes your skin feel good. If you are on any drying acne treatments (such as benzoyl peroxide) a toner can be irritating to your skin.
There are many different types of toners available. Toners made for oily skin are often astringent (Causing contraction of tissues) and are meant to remove excess oil.
I personally use Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) to prevent my acne. I have used it since 2014 and it has worked wonders at clearing up my skin. I have tried to naturally help my acne for years, and never got anywhere. Clay and tea tree oil just didn’t cut it.
If you choose to try BP, there are a few things you need to be aware of:
- get the lowest concentration you can. 2.5% is just as effective as 10%, without the harsh drying effects.
- make sure you use a moisturizer after using BP, to counter any drying effects.
- be aware that it takes a couple of weeks to see results.
When looking for BP products I was sad to see that many of them contain parabens and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients. After some serious searching, I did find a more natural BP product that did not contain a slew of toxic chemicals.
The Benzoyl Peroxide I Use:
There are other treatments out there, but I am not familiar with a lot of them. I have never tried retin-A or sulfur. If you head over to My Journey with Acne post, you can see many comments from people who are sharing what worked for them.
A non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) moisturizer is what you are going to want to use. The problem with the term non-comedogenic is it doesn’t have an agreed upon meaning in the cosmetic world.
Just because a product is labeled non-comedogenic is not a guarantee that it doesn’t contain some ingredients that will clog pores. It is truly difficult to find moisturizers that do not have some of the identified comedogenic ingredients.
I prefer using facial oils instead of a traditional moisturizer that is an emulsion of water and oil. You can learn about what facial oils are comedogenic and use only those that will not clog pores. Emu oil is a great example of a non-pore-clogging oil.
My favorite non-comedogenic facial oil/balm/moisturizer is Mahalo’s Rare Indigo Beauty Balm.
I am a huge fan of facial oils. I use them instead of a moisturizer. I am not sure if I would love oils so much if I wasn’t using Benzoyl Peroxide. Using BP makes my skin much dryer, so the nourishment of the oil is welcoming. I think if I was not using BP, I may not want to use oils on my skin as often.
Many people have seen positive results in the appearance of their skin by using facial oils, you just have to make sure they are non-comedogenic.
There are many oils that are supposed to benefit acne-prone skin and you can learn more about them on our site, we have written extensively on the use of oils on facial skin.
- Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil for Acne
- Is Coconut Oil Good for Acne-Prone Skin?
- 9 Best Natural Oils For The Skin & Why You Should Use Them
- A List of Non-Comedogenic Facial Oils
- Emu Oil Skin Care – Treat Your Skin Naturally
- Laurel Whole Plant Organics Antioxidant Serum Review
- Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm Review
- Odacite Jojoba and Lavender Serum Review
Masks are an excellent way to give your skin a deep cleaning. I once tried to eradicate acne by using a clay mask mixed with honey and apple cider vinegar 3 times a day ( I figured it would keep my pores clear and thus get rid of my pimples). Long story short, it didn’t work. My face still broke out, the only difference was that now it felt dry and tight.
Masks can be a good way to keep your skin clear of blackheads, reduce oiliness, and detox the skin. It is a beneficial practice but should be limited to no more than 3 times a week.
Read Our Articles:
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- Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask Review
- May Lindstrom Honey Mud Review
- Mahalo Pele Mask Review
- May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt Review
Exfoliation is important for those who suffer from acne. People with acne-prone skin often create dead skin cells faster than normal skin. This dead skin clogs your pores, leading to inflammation and pimples. Exfoliation gets rids of these dead skin cells.
Chemical vs Manual Exfoliation
Just what the words state – using chemicals to exfoliate your skin. Chemicals such as Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids are used to break up and get rid of the dead skin that will clog your pores. These chemicals dissolve the old skin, revealing the fresh new skin underneath.
This is why Benzoyl Peroxide works for clearing up acne – it keeps your pores clear of dead skin cells as well as killing the acne causing bacteria.
When you use something such as a sponge, washcloth, or some sort of scrub to manually remove the dead skin cells.
This is a good method in some ways, but it has a downfall – it causes inflammation. Acne-prone skin often cannot tolerate manual exfoliation, it irritates the skin too much and leads to more breakouts.
If you are to practice manual exfoliation, you must be extremely gentle, and you must only perform it a few times a week.
Makeup can be your best friend and your worst enemy. It can be your friend when it helps cover your blemishes and increases your self-esteem, but it can be an enemy when it irritates your skin and makes you break out more.
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