Worry Free Wednesday is back ALREADY. I swear the time between Wednesdays is shorter than the time between Friday and Monday. And we all know how short that is. It’s like the weekend never happened. And then we are back at it.
Okay, the more I think about it, nothing compares to the short duration of the weekend. But Wednesdays do come around super fast.
This Wednesday I wanted to take time to address something that you have been worrying about. Last week I launched a little questionnaire regarding your concerns with both your skin and the beauty industry. The one thing that nearly all of you had in common was your frustration with acne.
Whether you understood the cause and wanted a short term solution, or you were entirely overwhelmed with acne and directionless regarding the cause, most of you seemed pretty fed up with the issue.
The good news is, there are solutions…
REAL WORRY FREE ACNE SOLUTIONS
I am certainly no doctor, but I can do my very best to explain a few things regarding acne and hopefully help you worry a bit less about it.
One myth that I want to bust upfront is that your diet causes acne. Now before you think I am crazy and start justifying your dairy induced acne, let me clarify. While your diet does not cause acne, it does contribute to it. But from a medical standpoint, the four main causes of acne are oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores, and bacteria.
To explain it very simply, acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells or too much oil. This creates an area for bacteria to thrive, and the result is a tiny little infection in your hair follicle, also known as a pimple.
Now the number of contributing factors is large. There are far more reasons for it than we know, but some that have been identified by professionals are hormones, diet, stress, and fatigue.
Anytime our hormones shift it can throw off the pH levels in our skin. The same goes for our diet. The level of acidity in certain foods can easily mess with our pH as well, causing an overproduction of oil. Stress levels and cortisol levels can do exactly the same, and unfortunately, our sleep is often directly correlated to our stress levels.
This barely scratches the surface, but these are common issues that contribute to the common problem.
The first and most obvious solution is simply preventing acne in the first place. Maintaining clean skin from the outside and nourishing it from the inside is the best game plan. Unfortunately, sometimes our hormones and stress levels will mess with us regardless of how well we care for our skin.
When that happens, we need fool proof ways to deal with it and get rid of it as soon as possible. Because no one wants to be worrying about the acne on their face while having lunch with a friend.
So how do we fight the acne without breaking the bank and breaking our commitment to staying far away from harmful chemicals? To help you eliminate all of these worries, I have put together a list of safe and effective ways to treat and prevent acne!
- Tea Tree Oil: this seriously HAS to be my favorite thing for spot treatments. I haven’t struggled with acne much in my life, but the times I have, tea tree oil has never failed! And I have been using it since 2010–so that’s seven years of success! I just put a little dab of it directly on a pimple and let it work its magic. If you’re wondering how or why it works, tea tree oil is a powerful and natural antiseptic and can disinfect your pores and dry up any infection!
- Honey mask: You might think I am crazy, but honey is awesome for your face! Use one tablespoon of coconut oil , three tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Mix them all together, being sure they are well-mixed. Then simply use the mixture as a replacement for your face wash once a week! The best honey is always a local raw honey.
- Activated charcoal mask: Using a mask once a week is highly beneficial in preventing acne. Activated charcoal draws impurities out of your pores and balances the pH levels in your skin. This particular mask from Beautycounter also has peppermint oil in it, which is very beneficial as well. Peppermint is another natural antiseptic, so while the activated charcoal cleans out your pores, the peppermint essentially sterilizes them.
- Activated charcoal soap: While we are on the subject of charcoal, this amazing charcoal bar is perfect for daily use and drawing out impurities regularly but in a more gentle manner.
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: If you don’t keep apple cider vinegar in your pantry, change that! The benefits of ACV are far greater than I have time to get into here. One of many uses is apple cider vinegar as a toner for your skin. ACV removes residue on your skin after washing, and is also loaded with magnesium and potassium (which are great for your skin).
Of course these are mostly remedies for active breakouts (with the exception of the charcoal soap which can be used for prevention), but ideally we would also do our best to maintain a healthy skin environment through our diet, exercise, and sleep. Nourishing our skin from the inside is the best thing we can do. We do that by eating healthy, eliminating stress (exercise helps) and staying hydrated.
It’s also important to note that these preventive measures, as well as the remedies listed, are just a few of many options! If you have fail-proof solutions, share them in the comments below!