I am not a dermatologist. However, I have been able to cure some of my own acne in my day. And, perhaps my skin advice won’t be applicable to everyone but I do know a thing or two. Acne is usually a sign of imbalance in hormones, stress related, or even genetic. When dealing with my own skin, I found the following to be helpful and I highly recommend taking some time to potentially heal your skin before turning to toxic skin products.
Drink plenty of water and herbal teas, and stay away from caffeine (with the exception of green tea). Chamomile is fabulous because of it’s calming and soothing properties. You can also use tea bags as a gentle face wash.
Clean up your diet.
Eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy for a few weeks. I recommend a plant-based diet. Add in more cooling foods; sprinkle in more turmeric, throw a splash of aloe vera juice in your smoothie, drink more green juice, add in healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado. A good way to track your food is by keeping a food log which may be helpful.
Reduce Stress with a little TLC.
Take a bath. Give yourself a facial. Post-facial, place a damp, warm washcloth over your face with a drop of lavender or chamomile essential oils. I love and use Doterra. Enjoy a sauna, wet or dry, for 20-30minutes. Again, make sure you are hydrated! Use with hazel or apple cider vinegar as a toner, and a little coconut oil for moisturizer, again you can add a drop of lavender, chamomile, or tea tree oil.
Best facial Scrub
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 lime (juice)
5 shakes of cinnamon
I am also a HUGE fan of Pangea Organics. Their products are epic and made of ingredients you can read. All organic and fabulous.
Get your dry brush on.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and we can experience a more efficient detox by taking care of it. I recommend before/during the shower. Here is a useful video on dry brushing, how to and why…
Keep it simple and get back to your roots! Go sweat, get wet (in the ocean, if possible), soak up some sunshine and play like it’s nobody’s business!