Most of the time, we think that the only way to treat and cure acne is through chemical-filled, conventional cosmetic products, together with antibiotics, the pill, or the feared by many, Accutane, the so-called acne wonder-drug.
What most dermatologists make us think is that acne is a skin disease which needs to be addressed from the outside with harsh topicals, combined with medication. However, those anti-blemish facial washes and toners usually have a rebound effect, causing more acne, stripping your skin from its natural protective barrier, and leaving you with redness and irritation.
Also, we tend to forget that what comes through the dermis in the form of pimples on people with problematic skin may also be the result of food allergies, bad digestion or lack of vitamins/zinc, so what we put in our bodies is of equal importance.
This new habit requires patience, but it has a lot of benefits. It’s gentle to your skin, effective and some of those ointments we will start with can easily be made at home as you may have their main ingredients in your fridge or cupboard. In the next paragraphs, I will explain the first steps on how to clear your skin naturally.
Introducing Yourself Into The Natural World
I would suggest, if you have decided to switch to the synthetic-free way to take care of your skin, to start with masks of honey, that you can apply once or twice per week, depending on the severity of your acne.
Your skin may react to this change, but this is normal, as it’s too used to the common anti-acne products, so it will first feel this alteration a bit intrusive. Because of this, I would recommend doing the switch gradually during the first days, so it gives your skin time to adjust to the new approach you just took to take better care of it.
Focusing now on honey, the reason I mentioned it is because it has proven to be very beneficial for the skin. It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and can also help with hyperpigmentation, giving your skin a more even tone when used regularly, as it reduces dark spots.
First Recipes For Your New Skincare Routine
As pointed out earlier, the best way to begin your journey within the world of natural skincare is to prepare gentle face masks that you can make at home. Here I´m going to list a couple of them, as well as how to apply them to your face.
1. Honey and lemon mask. Mix one tablespoon of honey (or add a bit more considering how much would be suitable for your skin, as this can vary), with a few drops of lemon (from a fresh lemon, not from lemon juice, as that tends to contain artificial preservatives and additives, and we want to be as natural as possible), together in a bowl, and blend them with a spoon.
With your fingers, take the mix and massage it in all over your face and leave it for half an hour. After it has stayed for that amount of time, remove it with warm water (never hot or cold water) and a cotton bud. Pat dry your skin with a clean towel (don’t rub your face). You can do this 2-3 times per week.
The honey will lessen the inflammation and redness you may have, and the lemon will act as an antibacterial, helping to dry pimples. This concoction will also improve hyperpigmentation and dark spots, as both honey and lemon lighten and brighten your skin.
2. Yogurt and oats mask. Add a bit of full fat, natural yogurt (Greek yogurt is a good option) with some oats (the ones that you may eat in your morning porridge) to a bowl, and mix them until you have a consistent paste. Apply it to your whole face with your fingers, or with the help of a cosmetic spatula. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. As described in the previous recipe, wash it off with warm water and cotton, and then pat dry your skin with a towel. In combination with the honey and lemon mask, you can use this face mask once per week.
The yogurt and the oats are two very good components to treat skin irritation. You can also combine it with honey to have an extra touch of softness.
An Already Improved Habit That Will Show Results Soon
With these two introductory recipes, you will be able to make the move smoothly and your skin will get used to the new natural regimen steadily. This is the beginning of a new phase in your skincare routine. There will be times when your face may react, but as I mentioned earlier, giving it some time is an essential aspect when using chemical-free products. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below. Happy natural indulgence!