How I Cured my Adult Acne. (Naturally!)

clay facial mask

I had clear, acne-free skin all through my teenage years.

It wasn’t until the stress of the last year of college hit me, that my face flared up.

I tried every product on the market, both prescription and over the counter—nothing worked.

It seemed like an endless battle. When I finally realized that I needed to stop searching for my acne solution at the drug store, that is when the true healing began.

Here are a few tricks and products I’ve used that have cleared up my face for good!

1.  Organic Castile Soap.
I have found that all of the harsh chemicals found in soaps end up hurting my skin much more than helping. I now use a castile soap that is made with organic ingredients and leaves my face feeling extremely fresh and clean.

2. Bentonite Clay Mask.
This stuff has been a lifesaver. You can feel it pulsating and drawing out toxins from your face. Put some on before bed for 15 minutes, and wake up with soft, supple skin that feels tight and clear. It’s also super inexpensive from Sprouts and Whole Foods!

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water. Use a cotton ball to apply a small amount of the toner after washing your face. This will help kill bacteria and leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.

4. Baking Soda Exfoliator.
Mix one part baking soda with one part water, and use as an exfoliator as needed to get rid of any dead skin. I do this every other day.

5. Breathe.
Take five minutes a day to simply listen to your breath. Feel life from within, and be grateful. Remind yourself that everything is okay, because no matter what is on your face, you have a beautiful soul.

6. Limit Excess Alcohol.
This is a big one! When your body has trouble metabolizing all of the toxins from alcohol, they can easily make their way out through your skin. Drinking in moderation (one to two drinks per night) should not do any harm, but any more than that puts you at risk for upsetting your skin.


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Author: Annie Markowitz 

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Image: flickr

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Suzi Jun 1, 2015 10:04am

There’s some valid advice in this article, especially the benzonite clay, but you should be aware of the risks of using baking soda and vinegar on your skin. Even if you choose to, please warn your readers just in case they are less informed.

pH is so very important in skincare — too alkaline and the skin barrier is disrupted or damaged, too acidic and you risk burns.

Your skin is roughly a pH of 4.5-5, blood is 7, an effective AHA or BHA is 3.5-4, baking soda is a 9, and the average WHITE vinegar (5-10% acetic acid) is 2.40-3.40

There is more information here as well as citations from medical journals.

Ray_girl Jun 1, 2015 7:45am

Or tea tree oil 🙂
100% shea butter is good when going to sleep

jade May 12, 2015 4:47am

any ideas for a moisturiser?

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Annie Markowitz

Annie Markowitz is a holistic health coach and PhD student in Nutrition at the University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about helping others heal themselves through the power of nutrition to achieve their health and wellness goals. In her spare time, she loves cooking, running and sharing healthy, vegan, budget-friendly recipes on her blog. You can also find her onFacebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.