My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne

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

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
If you are in the habit of wearing makeup, use olive oil instead of conventional makeup remover solutions to clean cosmetics off your face. Olive oil is the best makeup remover I have ever used, and a little goes a long way, which means a cheap bottle of olive oil can last you a long time. If you don't react well to olive oil, you can try virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. Just stay away from the chemical stuff.

Wash your hair with baking soda

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
Conventional shampoo that you buy in stores are often laden with all sorts of chemicals and fragrant additives that you don't really need to keep your hair clean, not to mention it can strip your scalp of so much oil that your body overproduces more oil to compensate, leading to breakouts. I realized after awhile that my breakouts could be partially attributed to sensitivities I have to the chemicals in conventional shampoos and conditioners. And rinsing out my hair after a wash meant I was also exposing my body to these chemicals, which would sometimes cause acne flare ups on my face, back and sometimes chest.

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

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
The way conventional shampoos can cause breakouts applies to conventional conditioners as well, and maybe to an even higher degree, as conditioners often leave behind a residue on your skin. Many commercial conditioners also do more harm than good by temporarily giving you soft silky hair, but also doing long term damage to your scalp and hair follicles.

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

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
If you didn't already know this, many breakouts are due to an excess of dead skin cells that are clogging your pores. I have found that baking soda is the gentlest yet most effective way to exfoliate my skin. It is tough enough to help scrub away any dead skin cells, yet fine enough that it doesn't feel too abrasive. And of course, it's all natural as well.

Wash your face with honey

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
Honey works just as well as soap in carrying away the grease and grime on your face, and it has many natural antibacterial properties that will help stave off acne by killing harmful bacteria before it creates a pimple.

Tone your skin with apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
After your shower or bath, use apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar to tone the skin on your face and/or body. This helps restore the pH balance of your skin in the most natural way possible, while also calming the skin to prevent inflammation.

Try the oil cleansing method

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
Many people say they have had a lot of success using the oil cleansing method to help reduce acne breakouts and improve their complexions. Heads up though: there is a lot of trial and error with different oils while using this method, and you may experience a period of breakouts as your skin rids itself of toxins before you see permanent, clear results.

Oil pulling could work too

My Natural Beauty Regimen to Treat Acne
Although I have never seen any major results from oil pulling myself 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.

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