Not to sound like a TV commercial…but I’ve had mild acne for-EV-er. I refuse to give in to the cost, irritation, and potential side effects of prescription medications, but otherwise have trial-and-errored just about everything else. This is what works for me – you can give it a try, or not, take it, leave it – as you wish. If you do give it a try, please use the comments to let me know what your experience is. All I ask is that you give it a solid 4-6 weeks before passing judgement. Natural skin care is like good BBQ…it takes a lot of TIME to do it right. Any brand products mentioned are just my fan-girl observations…no paid endorsements or advertising here!
Morning: wipe with soft washcloth and warm water only and wipe dry. Yes, I said water. Can you think of anything less irritating to problem skin? Overkill can cause as much of a problem as the acne itself.
Bedtime: Remove make-up and clean with mild glycerine soap (I use Neutragena, their new “natural” with willowbark is excellent). Tone with a cotton ball dampened with witch hazel…the common, dirt-cheap kind you get in the drugstore. Finish with a few drops of my aromatherapy blend (recipe below)
Weekly or Monthly: clay mask, with kaolin clay, a store brand or plain clay (can order it online) with a few drops of juniper berry oil added to water/clay mix.
Make-up: Mineral powder is my favorite ONLY if it has no borax or borates. I recommend looking for a brand that contains primarily titanium dioxides and zinc oxides, mica and little else, although I’ve had the best luck with the jojoba base on www.everydayminerals.com. Jojoba is a good choice since it balances skin oils plus it has a nicer texture than their other formulations in my opinion.
Essential Oil Blend: In 1 oz of grapeseed oil:
10 drops Frankincense oil
8 drops ylang ylang oil
6 drops juniper berry oil
4 drops jojoba oil
Please store all oils carefully to avoid break-down and spoilage: Keep from light, heat and humidity.
The Foundation: A balanced diet that includes plenty of fiber, drinking plenty of plain water instead of sweetened* beverages, getting enough sleep, getting exercise, and reducing stress is the foundation of good health for ANY condition.
*That goes for artificial sweeteners too.