I’ve spent most of my teen years and young adult life battling acne. As a kid, it started getting pretty bad around middle school, and I mean we are talking CRATERS that were super red and extremely painful to not only my skin, but of course my ego. When your a teenage girl and your skin goes sideways like that, it’s hard to have any shed of confidence. Of course as I got into high school I started caking on the makeup, we’re talking powder, liquid foundation, it was bad. I look back on a lot of my pictures and I look like a ghost. Not cute.
As I’ve gotten older, and learned more about how the skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside as well as out, I’ve adopted a whole new organic skincare routine. Of course if your battling skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and the latter, you want to start by healing the gut, balancing hormones, keeping stress under control (something I struggle with) and eating foods that are inline with what your body wants. What you can handle now though is adopting an organic skincare routine that uses natural, non-toxic ingredients that will help balance skin concerns and won’t make internal health concerns worse. Here are some of the products that I use in my organic skincare routine to keep my acne at bay, and I’ll tell you where you can buy them!
I love using this as a cleanser because it’s free of harsh ingredients, while removing all the nastiness that can build up on my face over time. It’s my favorite part of my organic skincare routine because it’s also the easiest. It’s free of parabens, artificial colors and fragrances, and you can tell by the way your skin feels after using it. One of the things I learned is that it’s important to wash your face morning and night as the oil buildup can clog pores. I was afraid at first of using oil on my face since it can become full of acne so quickly, but my breakouts have been minimal with this cleanser.
One of the things I wasn’t doing regularly as a kid was exfoliating off all the nastiness that was building up on my face at least once a week. Especially as we age, cell turnover slows and skin might start looking a little on the dull side. I love using this scrub after my workout every Wednesday because I feel like I’m getting a fresh start for the rest of the week. This cleanser also has chlorophyll in it, which is known for it’s anti microbial properties. They also use super fruit extract, so you know your skin is getting the good stuff with nothing out of the ordinary. This company is also amazing too, they do discounts very frequently on Amazon, and have a customer satisfaction 100% return guarantee.
This spot treatment is my go-to for keeping those random pimples under control. It’s easy to bring with you on the go (airplane travel safe). It includes bacteria fighting ingredients like turmeric, ginger and tea tree oil, all beneficial in controlling acne. I put it on at night before I go to bed on stubborn acne. Yes I may wake up with yellow stains all over my pillows, but my acne has gone down so I say it’s worth it.
Moisturizers are the most important aspect of your beauty routine, and what I’ve learned the hard way over the years, you pick the wrong one and it can make matters much worse. First and foremost, you need sunblock! Incorporating a clean sunblock is an important part of any organic skincare routine. Especially if you are using any type of topical retinol treatment or are taking medication such as Accutane because you will burn pretty easily. I took Accutane for much of my high school life, and I can attest to that. I also love this beauty balm from Andalou because it has a matte finish, and doesn’t go on greasy or oily, and stays matte under makeup the entire day.
Moisturizing with acne prone skin is key, especially if you are using any topical treatments. It’s hard to find balance with combination skin. This helpful guide summarizes some of the other popular moisturizers on the market, and might help you find what’s best for your skin.
I love using this stuff mixed in with my regular moisturizer for a little extra boost of skin healing nutrients and moisture! It can also help calm down redness and inflammation which can be a problem with acne prone skin.
Like I mentioned earlier, I used to cake on the makeup when I was younger. When you have a face full of pimples and scars of acne past, it’s really hard to not want to do that. One day I walked into a Sephora and asked for help. Not only was it making my acne worse, but it was expensive to buy so many different products. After trying some of their other natural brands, we came across Bareminerals. My face has not only been doing great with it, but it covers my scars and acne great. I use a makeup setting spray after applying the powder to keep it set all day, and I am good to go. This has been my go to makeup combo for years now and I swear by it.
It’s good to sign up for the rewards cards at Sephora or Bareminerals, because they occasionally send out coupons or have deals on makeup. That’s when I usually stock up!
Diet and Lifestyle
I hope this overview was helpful in your battle against acne and other skin issues. Diet is extremely important, avoiding common inflammatory foods such as dairy or gluten is a good place to start if you tend to break out. I’ve noticed great improvement since I cut those out. Also including a daily probiotic to balance the good bacteria can help too. If your acne seems to be unresponsive, you may want to pay a visit to the doctor to check for PCOS, thyroid or other issues that may make acne worse. Stress can really make it worse, so make sure your implementing self care practices daily!
What works best for your acne? Feel free to share in the comments below!