This blog is geared toward exploring some of the crazy things we do to achieve clear skin. While most of my life have been spent hunting such elusive glory, I do have a system that works for me.
There are many things that have worked and have helped, but there is a specific combination of methods that has helped me get rid of adult acne and manage my eczema issues as well.
My Morning Cleansing Routine:
I shower in the morning. Because it is not practical for me to shower and then wash my face, I have opted for exfoliation as my morning step since it can be done in the tub.
This step is not for everyone. Because of how prone my skin is to blackheads and whiteheads as an adult, which is much different from my acne as a teenager, exfoliation is a big step in keeping my skin clear.
I use St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. It has small exfoliating particles, unlike some scrubs that feel like they scratch the skin. My face has always been sensitive to salicylic acid; however, this product does not irritate my skin even though it has the aforementioned ingredient.
After cleansing, I apply one of two moisturizers. If my skin is really dry, I use a mixture of vitamin E and aloe gel. If my skin is not feeling tight and itchy, I use Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream. Apply make-up, if any, and out the door, I go.
My Evening Cleansing Routine:
At night, I use the oil cleansing method mentioned in a previous post. I use cosmetic grade coconut oil and a hot wash cloth. This is not a fast process, but I notice results immediately after completion. My pores are blackhead-free and my skin feels moisturized.
This method of cleaning my pores has helped me far beyond any facial mask I have ever tried. The oil cleansing method keeps my skin moisturized enough that I don’t use moisturizer before bed.
Instead, I apply a thin layer of a benzoyl peroxide cream. Right now, I like Persa-Gel. Benzoyl peroxide is a follicle flushing agent. Throughout my life, this has been the one product that has always worked for me.
Once A Week Cleansing:
Once a week I use pore strips. There is no need to buy brand name. I have had good results with drugstore generics. I like the pore strips because they help me to judge how my pores are doing, and they remove any residue left behind by the oil cleansing method.
If I’m feeling good about how my skin is doing, and the pore strips solidify my assumptions, I will use an herbal mask like Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask. I like mud masks because they tend to be drawing agents on the skin, pulling out impurities as the mask dries. I make sure to follow any mask application with moisturizer.
Other Important Factors for Clear Skin:
Get out and exercise. I never believed that this would have any benefit for my skin, but I notice a huge difference in clarity when I exercise regularly versus when I am a couch potato.
I have no doubt that circulation and oxygenation to the skin is a big part of keeping your skin clear. Those two things are accomplished through exercise, which is why my skin benefits.
No one wants to believe that soda is the cause of bad skin. What I have found is that when I eliminate soda from my diet, I drink mostly water.
This frequent water drinking keeps me hydrated and results in less oil production in my skin. I can’t say that soda makes me break out; I can say that drinking a lot of water keeps my skin clear.
Pink Kaolin Clay:
If you utilize the resources at From Nature With Love, you can purchase your own clays and bases to make masks, creams, ointments, and cleansers. Kaolin clay is one of the most common ingredients in commercial face masks.