I’ve recently been winning my war against acne now that i’m 7 months postpartum. Rather than attacking it, I’ve been patient with my skin and treating it with natural things I find around the house. This is my mini guide to help you achieve the same.
First things first, take an assessment of your lifestyle:
- How many hours of sleep are you getting?
- How much water are you drinking?
- What is your diet?
- Do you exercise and how much?
- What fabrics you do usually wear and how do they make your skin feel?
- Are you getting enough sunlight (with sunscreen of course)?
- What do you lie your face on and is it clean (e.g. your pillow, washing cloth)?
- Do you frequently touch your face?
- Are you taking any medications?
- What are your allergies?
- How clean is your house/room?
- When you break out most (during seasonal changes, moments of stress, menstruation)?
- How often do you shower and what products do you use?
All these questions are important to consider. As you answer (honestly, no cheating), ask yourself what could be causing your acne. It might be not enough sleep, maybe you’re dehydrated, maybe too much milk and eggs could be causing outbreaks, etc. Circle or highlight anything from your answers that you think might be causing it and start a plan to clear up the skin again. If you usually get a outbreak of acne during your time of the month, talk to your doctor about possible solutions to alleviate it. It might be a problem with diet. You might need to eat clean, in order for my acne to start clearing up I had to minimize sugar, oil, and diary from my diet. It might even be a product you use in the shower that could be causing the reaction. This is the perfect time to switch things up in your life and note any changes.
Here are a few things I use:
Ice cubes and Steam:
I love the idea of a fire and ice facial, so I mix it up. I take an ice cube and wash it a bit so it’s not as big and it doesn’t stick. I gently place it on my problem areas and move it around my face slowly. Aim for 2 – 5 minutes of this, its clean and will numb any pain you have from your pimples. I do this every day. I also do a steam facial once a week, i boil a small pot of water. Pour the hot water in a large bowl I find a good spot, place my face over the steam and cover a towel over my head. Aim to stay in your self-made sauna for at least 15 minutes. Be sure to leave a relaxing playlist nearby.
Lemons and Baking soda:
These two remedies are harsher so don’t use them often. They can both be used as skin lighteners and to exfoliate the skin. They are great for reducing acne scars. Just take a cotton swab or ball and dip in the juice. Or put a teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl and pour in a tiny bit of water to mix around and apply.
Honey and Sugar:
This helps moisturize the skin and exfoliate it at the same time. Pour some honey over sugar and mix them together. Rub it into the skin in a circular motions, leave on for 15 – 30 mins. The results will be sweet and smooth.
There are hundreds of tricks that can aid in the healing of the skin. It’s all about finding the solutions that work for you. Like anything else in life, it will a journey in self-discovery.
Do you have acne, what’s your tried and true method for treating? Let me know..sharing is caring.
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