Being a manufacturer of Soap & Skincare, the one question i get asked alot is, "do you do anything for acne prone skin?", in answer to that question yes we do, but before i go into any more details, let me run through a few tips on what to do if your skin breaks out or you develop an acne problem.
- Fight acne from the inside out by eating a balanced diet full of fibre, fresh vegetables and fruits.
- Drink plenty of liquids to flush any impurities from your system, at least 12 glasses of water or water based drinks, such as herbal teas or diluted fruit juices, NOT Coffee or sweet fizzy drinks.
- Chocolate is fine, but avoid seafood and salty snacks, as they both contain iodine, which can aggravate acne in some people.
- Take a well balanced vitamin and mineral supplement. Vitamins A and B6, Zinc and Chromium help to clear acne.
- Keep your fingers out of cosmetic products, always use a small spatula or spoon, place the product into the palm of your hand and apply from there. This stops you adding bacteria and germs to the products.
- Keep your hands off your face, I always remember my mum yelling at me time and time again, "will you stop touching your face" when i was little, now im older i know why lol. Touching your face during the day will only irritate blemishes, plus it exposes your skin to harmful bacteria.
- Keep your skin clean, wash your face before going to bed at night and use a weekly scrub such as ground oatmeal or ground sunflower seeds, to keep pores clear.
- If your have a skin breakout, do NOT use a steam to open the pores. This can aggravate your condition by stimulating blood vessels and activating oil glands. Instead apply hot towels to your face for no more than 1 minute.
- Get plenty of rest> Lack of Sleep can cause stress and lead to unexpected breakouts.
Whenever i have breakouts, yes i maybe 43 but i still get zits/spots, I like to use witch hazel as my astringent, i find its really gentle on my skin plus its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and being a rosacea sufferer you need something that isnt going to flair your skin up, so you look like a red tomato. I cant say witch hazel is suitable for all as some people can find it very drying on their skin, so as with anything its best to do a patch test first. Here are a couple of recipes that you can make from things in your kitchen cupboards.
Strawberry Acne Mask
Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products, Honey is also a known anti-bacterial ingredient. Together they make a powerful facial treatment for troubled skin.
1/2 cup fresh Strawberries
1 Egg White
2 tsp Honey
Mix together all ingredients until smooth, using a blender or a fork.
To Use: Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat your skin dry. Store any left over ingredients in the fridge and throw away after a week.
Fresh Carrot Mask
1/4 cup fresh Carrot Juice, made from about 2 large Carrots.
1/4 cup White Kaolin clay or any natural clay.
The Orange coloured roots of the carrot plant are rich in vitamin A, often referred to as the beauty vitamin because of its importance in maintaining healthy skin and hair. Fresh carrot juice has strong antiseptic qualities, making it an excellent ingredient for a facial treatment for blemished skin. You can make your own carrot juice using a high speed blender, food processor or juicer. For extremely dry skin add 1 tsp of light oil to this recipe.
Mix together the carrot juice and clay until smooth. for a thicker mask you may add more clay.
To Use: Spread the mixture on to clean skin using your fingertips or a small brush. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water followed by cool and pat your skin dry. Store the remaining ingredients in the fridge for upto 1 week.
So as mentioned back at the beginning of this post I said that I make products for Acne prone skin, Now the main one i do and had the most amazing feedback from is our Deep Cleanse Soap (aka Teenage Angst).
This is made with Charcoal, Dead Sea Mud, Sea Salt, Frankincense, Rosewood & Sandalwood Essential Oil, and has helped so many people with their skin. The next product is a Liquid Soap, thats called Cleanse & Exfoliate and is made with Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Green Clay, Comfrey & Calendula Oils
For the moisturising the skin I make an Elderflower Facial Serum, which has had Dried Elderflowers infused in Argan Oil for 6 weeks, and is fragranced with Frankincense and Rose essential oils which are also known to have healing properties for the skin.
Natural beauty at home by Janice Cox