How I Cleared My Back and Face Acne Naturally
First of all, a little regarding my skin condition: 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 nut-shell, 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.
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.
I have devoted an entire article to calcium bentonite clay (There is just too much to share.) and listed various mask recipes for different purposes and skin types.
Blemish and Scar Care
There are a couple of methods I use to even out my skin tone from all the Post Acne Marks—let us call her PAM. I switch it up so it does not get boring, just like exercising!
After gently rinsing off the mask with warm water, I apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to PAM and wait for it to dry completely 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:
- Exfoliation: This sloughs off dead skin, whisking some of your old scars away and promoting skin renewal.
- Bleaching: This fades hyperpigmentation from PAM over-time.
And if you are wondering, I do not wash the lemon juice off my face nor do I dilute it with anything. It does sting for a bit (just a minute or so), but hey! No pain, no gain. I leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.
Let me stress this: It is imperative that you wash the lemon juice off prior to any sun exposure, regardless of the intensity of light you will receive. Lemon juice increases our skin’s photosensitivity and, when exposed to UV rays, causes hyperpigmentation.
If you are afraid of the acidity, by all means, try manual exfoliation. I use baking soda and mix it with some honey to create a 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.
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.
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.
© 2013 Peony