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My skin kind of sucks. I used to have a glowing visage back in my youth (I’m only 18 so maybe this is a little dramatic) and perfect skin. Sure I had a bit of acne scarring, but all in all my skin was pretty nice. And then everything changed when the fire nation attacked…I mean when I started college. The instant I began my first quarter, my skin was like nah that clear skin stuff is lame and was rife with acne, and not just any acne either. It was cystic acne.
Cystic ance is like regular acnes angry, misunderstood sibling. It’s not caused by diet completely or bad skincare practices. Cystic acne is caused by hormones/genetics and has a ton of triggers like too much dairy, letting sweat sit on the skin, menstruation, and stress. It differs from other kind of acne because it’s like an infection/build of up skin cells/oils that sit beneath the surface of the skin.
I’ve always kind of dealt with cystic acne, but I think the stressors of college really propelled my cystic acne into full swing.
When cystic acne gets really bad dermatologists and doctors prescribe medicine or treatments to clear this type of acne. However, I’m going through an all natural phase right now, and I really want to treat my cystic acne, general acne, and hyperpigmentation naturally.
Alongside a healthy diet, trying to limit my stress, and drinking plenty of water to combat other to keep myself healthy, I’ve begun using 4 natural products that have set my skin on the path to blemish free once more.
Honey & Spices Mask
For the past few weeks, I’ve been making a DIY honey skin mask to help treat my troubled skin. Honey is great for the skin because it’s a natural antioxidant, humectant, antibacterial and antimicrobial product. Honey helps to heal scar damage on skin, prevent infection, and bring moisture back to the skin. The moisture brining purposes of honey are great since the other parts of getting rid of cystic acne involve drying out the skin.
In addition to raw honey, I add nutmeg, cinnamon, and turmeric following this DIY Honey Nutmeg Face Mask recipe from lizmarieblog.com. I know it seems like I’m throwing the whole spice rack on my face, but seriously this mask is the business. If you have cystic acne, you know that the acne is oftentimes inflamed and painful. Nutmeg is a known anti-imflammatory that reduces redness and like honey, nutmeg also has antibacterial properties. The cinnamon adds additional “get rid of acne” effects and helps to dry out acne. The most epic part and addition to this mask is turmeric. I’ve never used turmeric before, but it’s really great for the skin. It’s an awesome gentle exfoliator, helps heal acne scars, reduce inflammation, and make the skin less oily. Make sure you rinse your skin off a lot after using it because the yellow coloration lasts for a bit.
the ingredients you’ll need for this mask
I leave this mask on for about a half hour or however long it takes for the honey dripping down my face to become uncomfortable. I use this mask way too often (I would recommend like once a week) after I cleanse my skin.
Witch Hazel is honestly the most wonderful toner I’ve ever used on my skin. I usually don’t like toners because they burn like heck, but use them because they’re a necessary evil. Witch Hazel is different though. It’s never made my skin burn, but it still seems like it’s working.
Witch Hazel is the main ingredient in a ton of toners because it’s a natural astringent meaning that it helps to control the skins oil production and minimizes the appearance of pores. It also helps to reduce the appearance of acne inflammation, which makes it amazing for those dealing with cystic acne.
Unlike most toners, witch hazel is super cheap! I got a 16 oz. container for like $6, plus all you need is a little, so it lasts a while. I use Witch Hazel after cleansing my skin or using a face mask.
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Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil may smell absolutely awful, but it’s effects on the skin are amazing. Applied topically (the only way it should ever be used) Tea Tree Oil helps to dry out and kill the bacteria that causes acne. It should also be applied with a carrier oil like castor oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil because it is rough on the skin. It’s incredibly drying and on sensitive skin it could be to harsh. You should definitely do a spot test to make sure you don’t have any allergies before using this oil.
I use Tea Tree Oil nightly after toning my face with Witch Hazel. Then I apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil over the Tea Tree Oil, mixing it in all together with a Q-tip.
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Jamaican Black Castor Oil
I’m still trying to grow my eyebrows with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, but I never realized it had so many topical benefits for the skin. Though it’s a thick, goopy sort of oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil helps to cleanse the skin and remove impurities that would cause acne. Additionally it moisturizes the skin and contains ricinoleic acid an anti-imflammatory.
In the past two weeks that I’ve been using Jamaican Black Castor Oil, the majority of the acne scarring and discoloration on my face has faded…like a lot.
I apply the JBCO with a Q-tip to the parts of my skin with acne and scarring on top of Tea Tree Oil (since it requires a carrier oil)
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And that’s been basically it! All of these additions to my skin care routine have been saving my skin lately and hopefully by the time the school year starts, all my cystic acne will be cleared up!
What are your favorite DIY face masks? Let me know in the comments 🙂
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