Do you have acne? Have your tried everything? And, nothing works for more than a few weeks. Then, let me tell you all about what worked for me.
Now, acne and me, we go way back. If you want my entire back story, click HERE. If you're just interested in learning how I healed my acne, then continue reading.
Begin Healing Your Skin with this 5 Step Approach
Step #1 - Start washing your face with oil.
For the first 30 days, you want to wash your face with just oil and nothing else. If your acne is cystic like mine was, then you want to use jojoba oil. Now, don't worry, using oil, especially, jojoba oil will not clog your pores and increase breakouts. In fact, jojoba oil is very similar to the sebum your face is already producing. If you skin is oily, which is pretty common for those with acne, your body is actually over producing oil because it's needs more moisture. So, using jojoba oil will actually help your body produce less sebum. If your skin is dry and you just have occasional breakouts you can use jojoba, too; but, you can also use a variety of other carrier oils like coconut oil and olive oil.
How to wash with oil.
TIP: Say No to aggressive exfoliation! The cloth will lightly exfoliate the skin; and, this is all the exfoliation you want while the skin is healing.
Step #2 - Make your first healing serum.
You will not be purchasing any "Acne" specfic products for this routine - just a few simple ingredients your can purchase at a local grocer or health food store. With this particular serum, you'll just need three ingredients and its super easy to make and store.
Healing Face Serum
TIP: Change your pillow case every day. Acne causing bacteria spread easily; so be sure to pull your hair away from your face during the day, especially bangs if you have breakouts on your forehead.
By the way, when you start looking at natural remedies for acne, you'll find an "Essential Oil" for that. I am a huge fan of essential oils, but right now, just keep it simple. Once you arrive on Recover Lane, we will talk oils to reduce hyperpigmentation (those dark spots left where acne used to be), dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles, etc. Just be patient for now.
Step #3 - Skip Full Coverage Makeup
Yep, you read that correctly. Your skin needs to breathe and heal. The less you use in the beginning, the quicker it will heal. You are not going to "fix" years of acne overnight. Make the commitment to go at least 10 days without makeup. This can be challenging if your work outside the house, but the benefits are numerous.
After 10 days, you can use a little cover up, but no heavy coverage for atleast one month. This includes any base, whether it's a light, tinted moisturizer, mineral powder or typical foundation. Also, take a pass on blush, contour, and/or loose transparent powders.
A "Limited" Makeup Look
The following is allowed after your first 10 days if you work outside the home and feel self conscious with a totally make-up free look. By the way, we will tackle this whole "self conscious" thing in another post. ;)
TIP: Clean makeup brushes weekly. When you return to make, be sure to wash your brushes once a week. Remember, acne causing bacteria spreads easily.
Step #4 - Don't fib. I know you Pick your pimples.
I get it. This is a hard one; but it crucial! You must stop picking your face. Picking causes scarring. If you don't want scars, then don't pick. If picking is an issue for you, please implelment these tips that helped me stop picking.
Step #5 - Say Goodbye to Acne Causing Foods
I can't speak for everyone, but for myself and those I work with, food does is most cases aggrevate and some causes causes acne. So, if you really want this to work, you hae not choice but to eleminate the following two foods from your diet for the next 30 days.)
I said Simple. I didn't say easy.
That's all she wrote!
I said it was simple, I don't say it was easy. And, let me be the one to tell it to you straight...if you have severely congested skin and/or cystic acne, do not believe anyone who tells you some product they sell will clear up your skin quickly and with little to no effort on your part.
Back in the day, I wasted so much money looking for miracle potions and serums to clear up my skin. Now, once your skin is relatively clear, there are tricks to zap a zit overnight, and I will provided them and more; but, for now, you need to take control of skin. This means taking control of your health. I don't regret one minute of learning this routine - no matter the challenges along the way. I just wish I had known about it sooner. This is why I am sharing it with you.
If you have any questions leave a comment below.
Here's to a pimple free tomorrow!
Disclaimer - I am not a medical doctor/practitioner, dermatologist or esthetician. This is my personal story and the process of healing that worked for me. Please, by all means, talk to your doctor, especially if you are currenlty using mediacation for your acne.