Acne and I go way back. As long as I can remember having skin, I’ve had acne.
This was me in 2012 right before I started working on my skin.
In all seriousness, I believe my acne started in real bad around 6th grade, so around 12/13. The kids would poke fun of the dots and scars on my face, saying my face looked like the moon. Kids can be so delightful.
Cake, Cake, Cake, Makeup
Of course in high school I did what any teenage girl with acne and acne scars would do, cake on the makeup. Now at this point in my life I wish someone would have taught me about safer skincare, let alone slapped the amount of makeup out of my hand every time I picked it up. My makeup arsenal included all the favs including Covergirl, Physician’s Formula, you name it.
Little did I know these popular drugstore makeup lines did more harm to my skin than good. One of the problems with drugstore makeup is that they are comedogenic, meaning they contain ingredients that are known to clog pores and cause acne. For all full list of these ingredients, you can refer to this post on acne.org.
Another issue is that a lot of those ingredients are also known hormone disruptors. Many common drugstore makeup as well as bath and beauty products contain ingredients that can cause hormone issues, top of the list being parabens. You can learn more about parabeans and other hormone disrupting products here.
My Current Natural Skincare Routine and Favorite Products
My natural skincare routine is a complete 180 from where it used to be even 5 years ago. I’ve learned so much about how hormones, stress, digestive health and even the pillowcases I sleep on can cause acne. Here is my current natural skincare routine along with some of my favorite products:
1. Double Cleansing
Double cleansing has really been a game changer for my face. I first learned about this method during my visit to Primally Pure’s day spa here in Murrieta where their in-house esthetician Courtney O’Conner first introduced me to the concept. First you start out with an oil-based cleanser. My favorite is Primally Pure’s Cleansing Oil for Oily Skin. I know what you’re thinking, my skin is already oily enough why would I add more? This cleansing oil is specially formulated with skin-loving botanical and essential oils that work to remove dirt and oil from your pores without sticking around and clogging them. That’s also why I follow up with their Baby Goat Milk Bar to not only make sure all of the oil is gone, but also add in some Vitamin A.
In the morning I only use the Goat Milk bar to wash my face. I do the double cleansing at night after wearing makeup all day.
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2. Find a Great Repair Serum
I’ve been using a couple of repair serums interchangeably to help reduce the redness on my face, but also prevent new acne from popping up. The first is True Botanicals Repair Serum and Vitamin C Booster. I first decided to give this guy a try after I’ve seen so many other ladies have success with it reducing redness and inflammation. I would say it has definitely reduced the appearance of redness, not necessarily my scars.
Another great combination of serums I’ve been using is the new Clarifying Serum from Primally Pure. This formulation is great for not only attacking new breakouts, but reducing the redness and scarring from old breakouts. The thing with this one is you want to give it some time to make any difference.
3. Address Digestive Issues
I’ve also begun working on digestive issues that were contributing to my inflammation and acne. The first was SIBO. SIBO is basically when the good bacteria in your large intestine make their way into your small intestine where they don’t belong. This can happen for a number of reasons, mine was most likely being on birth control pills for too long and antibiotic overuse. One of the most common prescriptions for acne is antibiotics (I went through many rounds) but it can cause an imbalance of the bacteria in your gut.
I worked with my doctor on testing for these issues, and began protocols based on their suggestions. I am still in the middle of this one, and it will probably be a process, but I’ve already noticed a huge difference in my skin with what we’ve done so far.
I’ve also incorporated more probiotic rich foods into my diet including yogurt, sauerkraut, and other fermented veggies. I also incorporate bone broth when I can. You can find some of my favorite ways to use bone broth in my creamy paleo kale soup and creamy gnocchi soup recipes.
4. Skin Supplements
One of my favorite supplements that I include in my diet daily is Vitial Proteins Collagen Peptides. I either get them through my morning matcha, or add in a scoop to my morning smoothie or add in my golden milk drink I make before bed. You can read more about the benefits of collagen peptides here. They’ve also got collagen infused waters, wellness shots and anything else you can possibly imagine.
Now I’m not a skin care aficionado by any means, but the only thing I can really say to describe my skin is it feels more full. Another added bonus is that my hair is growing faster than I can keep up with.
Some of the other supplements I’ve started taking is fish oil. Omega 3 in fatty fish is helpful in reducing inflammatory acne.
5. Stress Management
Oh stress. This one is probably the main reason I still have acne.
Stress plays such a crucial role in not only overall health, but especially hormonal health. High cortisol levels and depleted adrenal health are a cocktail for acne breakouts. They usually show up in small clusters. Mine usually show up on my cheeks or around my lips. Face mapping is also a really helpful tool in determining what your body needs by looking at the area in which your breakout is. You can learn more about face mapping here.
As far as stress goes, do the best you can. Being hard on yourself because you didn’t meditate or go to that yoga class will only make things worse. Having grace with where you are at will help you discover the patterns that are holding you back from creating a new routine.
A great place to start is with the 5 minute journal. It’s a small journal that requires just a short amount of time each day to write down what you are grateful for. This practice has been so helpful to me when I am in stressful moments during the day to remember that there are things I can be grateful for. This is a great way to start small in managing stress. Trust me, this is something I am still working on everyday.
A Work In Progress
In the end please remember that we are all different. Every body is different. Every human being is different. These are the things that worked for me and helped me get my acne under control. I share this in hopes that it will help get you in the right direction to finding a natural skincare routine that works for you.
What are some natural skincare products or natural skincare routine have you’ve tried? What’s worked for you and what hasn’t? Comment below!
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