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Natural Anti-acne Ingredients

Katya Bowd

Posted on September 20 2017

Taking time to care for your skin might seem low on the totem pole of a busy mum’s priorities. But, consider this: your skin is part of the first impression you make on people when they meet you! It’s certainly not the MOST important part of you, but it is a part of you, nonetheless! Why not make sure it stays as beautiful and healthy as possible both now and in the years to come by doing a little regular preventative maintenance?

Health and beauty should be pursued holistically. Natural beauty tips that transcend superficial trends are worth researching and implementing. It’s important to prioritise when you go about improving your skin – harsh products may leave your skin tighter and younger-looking, but putting toxic chemicals on your skin may have risks that outweigh the benefit. Besides, smile and laughter lines can add to the attractiveness of a mother who enjoys her life. Having a sense of humour helps to keep the frown lines at bay, but some other measures can certainly be taken as well. Everyone knows we are sleep-deprived, but not rubbing your eyes will prevent the buildup of melanin under the eyes that cause tell-tale dark circles.

But what about treating persistent acne that recurs long after the pubescent years? This can be a chronic problem with long-term repercussions if it’s not managed proactively. Here are some beauty tips for the skin to help you minimise unpleasant outbreaks of acne and prevent the nuisance of developing scars in the future.

It all starts with understanding your skin type. Do you have skin that tends to be oily? Some women and teens will have the difficulty of an oily “T-Zone,” but for some, it can range all over. Some women will have skin that feels oily during certain seasons, but not in others. So, if you’re dealing with outbreaks of acne, understanding your skin type will take the guesswork out of finding a remedy.

If you shower in the morning, how does it feel by the afternoon?

  • You may not notice anything in particular about your skin by the afternoon, in which case your skin is neither oily nor dry – you would have skin classified as “normal.” Consider yourself blessed.
  • If you find you have noticeable shine from oil build-up by the afternoon, your skin is “oily,” and you’ll need to use lightweight products and recipes suitable for oily skin.
  • If, however, despite having clogged pores your skin tends to feel itchy and dry by the afternoon, your skin-type is “Dry” and you do NOT want to use anti-acne products or recipes geared toward oily skin!

Skin that is considered “Dry” will feel itchy and crave moisturiser by the afternoon after a morning shower. You may feel hesitant to apply something to relieve the dryness, but moisturising is actually the most important beauty tip for the face when it comes to preventing outbreaks in dry skin! Dry skin works harder to produce oil to compensate for the dryness. If you feel the urge to moisturise, be sure to use ingredients that are noncomedogenic (not having the characteristic of clogging pores), but use something to prevent that oil-production from ramping up.

Now that the science class is over, it’s time to arm yourself with simple beauty tips for healthier skin. There are basic components to any effective skin care routine, regardless of type. Be sure to:

1. Cleanse. Sweat and exposure to our environment mean that your skin spends all of its time capturing and holding onto microscopic debris. Every morning and every night it’s important to wash all that stuff off, giving your skin a fresh start for the next 12 hours. Honey has natural, antibacterial properties, which makes it ideal for removing impurities! Go for organic, raw honey and apply it directly to your skin. A little goes a long way!

2. Treat blemishes. Using cotton swabs, apply melaleuca oil to problem areas. For all-over application, try adding 5 drops of melaleuca oil to plain organic yoghurt as a mask for an additional acne-fighting measure!

3. Moisturise. Don’t stop at washing off the oil, sweat, and environmental “stuff” that threatens to invade your pores. Even if you have oily skin, using a moisturiser suitable for your skin type keeps the oil-production at bay. Lavender Oil and Vitamin E are effective ingredients for a noncomedogenic moisturiser and can be used with beeswax and coconut oil to keep the skin supple and hydrated. 3-4 tablespoons of your carrier ingredients should have 5-10 drops of your essential oil to have the right ratio, but you can play with the combination of melaleuca and lavender to find the right strength of aroma, hydration, and acne-fighting properties for your skin.

Be ready to experiment to find the best ingredients for your skin. As with any effort made toward living a healthy lifestyle the key is that when you find something that works, be consistent! I know, I know – after a long day it is tempting to just jump in bed still wearing your makeup. But it’s so worth it to take the time to properly cleanse and moisturise your skin, treating the trouble spots, and waking up with skin just that much healthier than it was yesterday. Doing this every morning and every night will help clean up acne-prone skin.

What other ingredients would you suggest using for homemade anti-acne recipes? Share with us below!