How I Cleared My Back and Face Acne Naturally

Updated on May 3, 2018
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Having worked in the beauty industry, Peony's interest in skincare peaked. She loves discussing about K-beauty and science-based skincare.

Lift your head up high, and banish those pimples.
Lift your head up high, and banish those pimples. | Source

First of all, a little regarding my skin condition for your reference! I have very oily skin—not just the T-zone but basically, my entire face. It literally takes about an hour after I've cleansed for the slick to form.

I also suffer from whiteheads, blackheads, and deeply embedded comodeons on my cheeks, chin, and nose area. Not to mention the acne on my face and back.

In a nutshell, my skin is: oily + acne-prone + sensitive = terrible!

This article talks about my skin care regime and the natural products and methods I have used that worked wonders for me. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding my experience, so ask away.

Natural Remedies

It seemed like many people were having success with natural home remedies for acne and problem skin. I figured, there is really no harm in trying since the ingredients were easily obtainable (and often found around the house/kitchen).

However, I would admit that they are not overnight wonders and takes time. But, natural acne cures are unlike harsh chemicals that go in with a vengeance to kill. These home remedies heal your problem skin with a gentle touch over a period of time. Diligence and patience are a virtue.

Unclogging Pores & Shrinking Them!

To clear my pores and rid the junk from my under my skin, I used calcium bentonite clay. It is a healing and detoxifying clay that is completely natural (made of volcanic ash) and relatively inexpensive.

Using Bentonite Clay

Depending on my mood (and the mood of my skin), I mix the clay powder with various liquids like raw, organic apple cider vinegar, honey, or lemon juice to create a wash-off or peel-off mask (for both my face and back). It purges the skin of impurities and soothes my angry red spots. As a bonus, I found that it helped shrink my pores too.

For starters, you might experience some breakouts. Not everyone will, but it is perfectly normal. Bentonite clay is toxin-drawing, so it is bound to suck out all the junk that has been lurking beneath your skin. Fret not; persistence is your (new) friend.

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Blemish and Scar Care + Bonus, Oats!

There are a couple of methods I use to even out my skin tone from all the acne marks/blemishes — also known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH). I switch it up so it does not get boring, just like exercising!

After gently rinsing off the mask with warm water, I add the freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon to some raw honey and apply it to my face. After 10 - 15mins, I'll rinse it off with cool water before moisturizing with jojoba oil.

Lemon juice is a citrus extract that is a natural bleach and mild exfoliator. So, the logic of using this for fading acne scars is:

  1. Exfoliation: This sloughs off dead skin, whisking some of your old scars away and promoting skin renewal.
  2. Lightening: This fades hyperpigmentation from PIH over-time.

Raw honey has excellent anti-bacteria properties and is a great antioxidant! Not only so, it also helps immensely by calming inflammation and irritation. So it was great at soothing any active pimples I was having, and minimised their appearance rather quickly.

If you're big on manual exfoliation, the another mask I use is honey (again, cause it's just that effective) and some ground oats to create a physical scrub. Gently massage the scrub on your cleansed face and wash off. Easy. The important part is to be gentle. You are not a roast, so there is no need to manhandle your face as though you are dry-rubbing a slab of meat.

Oats have been scientifically proven to calm sensitive skin — some doctors even recommend a soothing oat bath for children having chicken pox!

Homemade Rose Water
Homemade Rose Water

Tone & Moisturize

I tone with a witch hazel and rose water mix. Witch hazel is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties and is great for reducing redness. It also locks in moisture to improve skin hydration.

Rose water on the other hand, is suitable for all skin types; it is calming and soothes skin irritations. Furthermore, it has been reported to fight signs of aging. It's also free of chemicals or irritating ingredients (made from rose petals and distilled water only). Just remember to get rose water and not rose syrup!

So there you have it. Together with a healthy lifestyle, balanced meals, and drinking plenty of water, these were the natural ways that got my skin on the road to recovery and eventually, clear of acne.

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist/dermatologist/esthetician/witch-doctor (That would be cool though.) What I write is based on experiences from what I have tried and tested. Everyone is unique, so practice discretion.

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      • P FOR PEONY profile imageAUTHOR

        Peony 

        4 years ago

        @ Shelly - Thanks (:

        I wouldn't say that I was very strict about it (I don't normally eat a lot of oily or junk food prior to this, and I still had skin problems), but I did make a conscious effort to drink lots of water and to up my veggie and fruit intake!

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        shelly 

        4 years ago

        Great article. :)

        I have some questions though: How about controlling your diet? Did you avoid oily foods and junk?

      • P FOR PEONY profile imageAUTHOR

        Peony 

        4 years ago

        @ Rosie writes - Thanks for reading! Yes, please do, I still use it as a mask now after my skin's all cleared. It has awesome deep cleansing powers.

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        Rosie writes 

        4 years ago from Virginia

        Excellent advise here. Thanks for sharing your personal remedies. I had read about the Bentonite Clay and will be trying that out.

      • P FOR PEONY profile imageAUTHOR

        Peony 

        4 years ago

        @ jammin009 - Thank you for mentioning that! It almost slipped my mind how amazing aloe vera is (even for hair), I'm glad that your acne is under control, I know how great that feels (:

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        Peony 

        4 years ago

        @ younghopes - Thank you! I agree, and it smells so good too (:

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        jammin009 

        4 years ago from visayas

        Great article! Thank you for the informative and detailed steps. Will surely try some of these natural remedies. Currently, I'm taking a high dose of vitamin A to keep my acne at bay and it works great. You might also want to try fresh aloe vera. It is great as a face mask.

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        Shadaan Alam 

        4 years ago from India

        Rosewater is surely the best toner and it really makes the skin glow, useful hub, voted up

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