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Acne fighting regimen: Cleansing your skin from the inside and out

So anybody who follows this blog knows that I have been dealing with adult acne, more so than ever since my wedding last year. Since then I have tried many regimens and “miracle” products to try and get my acne into check.

Recently, I have been having some success in achieving better skin, and I would like to share what I have discovered through much trial and error. This is what worked for me – no guarantees it will work for everyone!

1- Stop using face moisturizers that have shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax amongst its ingredients

Most butters, although very hydrating, will block your pores if you have an acneic complexion. Butters will affect people differently, but for me, the effect was almost immediate: every time I tried a new moisturizer with butters as an ingredient, my face would break out. You could literally see the clogged pores. So if you have an issue like that, one of the first steps to take is to stop using your moisturizer to see if it gets better.

I have been using, for a month now, Pai’s Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream. This cream uses a base of jojoba oil (which is very close to the composition of the skin’s natural oils). It is truly non-comedogenic, and it feels fresh and light when applied. And it smells like geraniums, which I love. It’s also 100% natural and contains a majority of organic ingredients.

2- Stop moisturizing at night

I have found that one of the problems with my skin is that I was not giving it a chance to breathe. Night time is a great time to allow your skin to breathe and rebalance itself. Stick to cleansing, and a spot treatment if necessary, and leave it at that.

3- Use a cream cleanser

Soap-based cleansers have the advantage of being very sudsy and of leaving your skin feeling really clean and fresh, and tight. But this tightness is actually a sign that you are stripping your skin of its natural oils, which makes your sebaceous glands go into over-drive, and actually cause acne.

Cream cleansers are just better for your acne-prone skin. Cream cleansers clean your skin without over-stripping it, which helps to balance your skin. I use Cocoon Apothecary’s Petal Purity Organic Facial Cleanser, and LOVE it. It is very gentle, is great for removing make-up, and has lavendar and geranium to fight breakouts. Plus it smells super fresh. And its also 100% natural and mostly organic

4- Exfoliate and use a face mask more often

I have always had a tendency to forego my weekly scrubs and face masks due to lack of time or motivation. For the past month, I have dutifully exfoliated my face 5 times a week, and done a face mask twice a week, and my skin has been thanking me. Use a gentle scrub (one that has jojoba beads for example) and a clay mask for combination / acne-prone skin, like Eminence Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque.

5- Use a good spot treatment

I discovered the Eminence Herbal Spot Serum recently, and have been applying it to my trouble zones (cheeks and forehead) every night after cleansing, and it has been very helpful in keeping my acne in check. It is pricey but you need to use very little to get your whole face, so well worth the investment.

6- Treat your acne from the inside: use probiotics and drink lots of water

I have always been good with drinking my 1.5 – 2L of water per day. What helped was to cut the caffeine I was adding to that. Drinking a cup of tea or coffee cancels out an equivalent of water that you may have drunk that day. So if you drink 1.5L of water and 0.5L of tea, you’ve really only drunk 1L of water. So I have cut all caffeine from my diet and drink only non-caffeinated herbal teas and water, up to 2L a day, which means that my skin is well hydrated from the inside-out. Drinking lots of water also helps you get rid of toxins in your body, also helping with acne.

Also, I have started a regimen of probiotics. Everything in your body is related, and if you have an unhealthy gut, you’ll most likely have bad skin. Since I was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant, I have been really careful (mostly) with my diet, which I think has helped greatly to balance my digestion. But I decided to boost my digestion by adding daily probiotics, which encourage good bacteria in your intestines. I have been taking one Bio-K yogurt (the equivalent of 50 billions live and active bacteria) daily for the past 3 weeks, and I feel great. I have also noticed a considerable improvement in my skin

Any other tips you’d like to share?

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