I have battled acne for most of my life, and I mean more than just a few pimples that occasionally popped up. I have experienced years of red, inflamed, angry acne that would appear across my forehead, on/around my nose and across my upper back — so I get it, I understand how badly it can affect your self esteem, how frustrating it is that you have to limit yourself to certain types of clothing and activities, how exhausting it is to have to spend an extra 20 minutes in front of the mirror every morning to cover up the blemishes, and when you finally make it out the door, obsessing about your face being hit by certain angles of light that will exaggerate the shadows cast by your pimples and scars.
And as much as you try to convince yourself every day that you are more than what you look like, vanity often gets the best of us.
I've been there. I understand.
This post is about what I do in my daily bath and beauty routine that I think has greatly reduced the number of breakouts I have. I wish I had started doing this so much sooner. However, I don't want to give anyone false hope. The cause of acne and its prevention methods that work vary from person to person, so just because sticking to natural ingredients has helped the condition of my skin (and saved me a lot of money), it may not work for everyone. But it's always worth a shot. So, for those who are interested, below are the things I do in my bath routine that I think helps prevent breakouts. The title of each section is a link that will take you to a more detailed post about how to make these bath products yourself.
Use olive oil as a make up remover
Wash your hair with baking soda
Unless you're rolling around in tar all day, you should only be concerned with washing grease, grime and dead skin cells off your scalp and out of your hair. This is something that baking soda will do just fine without exposing you to harmful and unnecessary chemicals and additives.
Condition your hair with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar or even white vinegar work amazingly well as hair conditioners without leaving behind any residue or causing any damage to hair. It also helps get rid of any residual grease that you might have missed with the baking soda shampoo.
Exfoliate your skin with baking soda
Wash your face with honey
Tone your skin with apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
Try the oil cleansing method
Oil pulling could work too
— besides getting stronger gums and whiter teeth — many people have said their overall health was improved remarkably by oil pulling, including preventing acne because the toxins in their body have been drawn out through oil pulling. Try it for yourself to see if you get favorable results too.
And of course, remember to eat healthier, drink plenty of water and get exercise. Because no matter what you do to your skin on the outside, keeping your body healthy internally is also an essential key to keeping your skin clear.