I have had problems with acne since I became a teenager. Some days are better than others and some days I just want to hide my face under a bag. It’s embarrassing having acne at my age. Really, as an adult I should have things together. My face should be clear and perfect. But it is broken out and overly oily.
A few weeks ago I noticed that my skin was getting worse. I decided I was going to give Proactive a try. The commercials made me extremely hopeful and I so badly wanted to have beautiful clear skin that didn’t look like I had poured a bottle of oil on it by the end of the day.
I got my Proactive in the mail and started using it that night. Three days later my skin was red, burning, and itchy. Evidently, I am one of the few that has a problem with Proactive, which is odd. My skin has never been sensitive to any kind of product before. I stopped using the Proactive and my acne only got worse and my skin was oily to the extreme.
I went searching on the internet for anything natural that could help clear my skin. I set up my own skin care routine. It has only been a week but I have already seen such great progress that I had to share.
I seriously feel like I am writing a script for an acne commercial.
My skin is starting to clear up, it’s not there yet, but I have fewer fresh pimples and my skin…OMG my skin! It’s hardly oily anymore and this is after a week. It’s not dried out and it’s not so oily that I leave a mark when I rest my head anywhere. I even went an entire day without cleaning my face (I know this probably isn’t good but it was for the sake of experiment.) and by morning the next day my skin still felt clean and just a tad bit oily.
So here is what I use! I figured since it worked so well for me it will work for others as well, and it’s all natural stuff so you are not bogging your skin down with unnecessary chemicals.
Step 1 Facial cleanser (baking soda!)
This is really simple. You add a little water to a little baking soda and create a paste. It depends on your own liking to how thick or thin this cleanser might be. If it’s too liquidy (I know this is not a real word…) then add more baking soda. If it’s too dry add a little more water. It might take a little trial and error to figure out how you like it.
Step 2 Toner!
Okay, this is going to sound weird. And it’s not going to smell that great either, but you need it. This is a mixture of Witch hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Green Tea. The green tea is the kind that you brew at home, the stuff that doesn’t have all the sugar and all in it. Witch hazel can be used alone as a facial cleanser or astringent…It tightens your pores, reduces itching, and calms redness. It’s great. Apple Cider Vinegar also helps with inflammation and has minerals and vitamins that help our skin. Green tea is full of antioxidants. It’s good for your body over all if you drink it.
For the toner I use 1 part Witch Hazel, 1 Part Apple Cider Vinegar, and 3 parts green tea. You can use water instead of green tea if you wish. Put it on a cotton ball and rub it all over your face.
Warning: This could possibly sting a tiny bit. Nothing horrible, just a little uncomfortable tingle.
Step 3 Treating Current pimples
Tea Tree Oil has a very strong smell. Very, very strong smell. But it helps so much. You put a little on a q-tip and dab on the pimples that are visible. It dries them out and reduces the redness. It may sting a little if you have any open sores.
Some places say to dilute it with a carrier oil, but I don’t. I apply it directly to my skin. Test it on a small spot first. It does burn some people, more than just a little sting. Just test it a little first. I didn’t have a problem with it and my face was still red and itchy from Proactive when I used it.
Let this dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 4 (optional)
It says to use after you wash your face. It’s supposed to take care of anything left over from washing. It also tightens pores.
Not to mention that it feels really nice to spritz this on your face.
This step is totally optional.
Step 5 Moistuizer
I got moisturizer for sensitive skin because of what Proactive did to my skin. I use just a little bit to cover my skin.
If you have oily skin, don’t skip this step. Your skin can be overly dried out…even if you don’t think it possible. If you don’t use moisturizer you could cause your skin to produces even more oil…soon enough you will be blinding the world as the sun shines off your forehead.
This is just what I do for my own skin and it seems to be working. Try out different things. I tried to go all natural, or as close to natural as possible. That way I know exactly what is going on my skin. I feel like I finally have some control over something in my life. (haha!) I enjoy washing my face and observing how fresh it looks now. If you try this, or have tried any of this, let me know how it works/worked for you.
The most expensive thing I bought was the Tea Tree Oil and it was 11 bucks. The two Boots products were about 9 dollars each. All three are going to last me a really long time too.
I will be back in a few weeks with another update about how it is working for me.