Acne is not caused by dirty skin’ but rather sebum glands producing too much oil (often hormonal) combining with dead skin cells and dirt to block pores and hair follicles, which causes pimples (often with pus).There is no medical evidence that stress and bad foods cause acne, but many people say it gets worse, after eating sugary foods. Activated charcoal soap is good, as it can draw out oil (keep on a slatted soap dish, to dry out between uses).
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing & affected medical conditions (epilepsy, asthma, heart conditions, high blood pressure). Avoid shea butter for latex allergies. Keep essential oils & cocoa butter (toxic if licked) away from pets.
Conscious Skincare Organic Day Moisturiser is specially formulated to decongest skin and lighten acne scars. Handmade in Wales and sold in a glass jar, this has amazing reviews.
use a clay face mask
Rather than harsh facial treatments, stick to a simple routine of gentle cleansing. Conventional treatments like benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid can cause red, dry, sensitive, peeling and burning skin. Green Planet Beauty Clay Mask absorbs excess oil, to help prevent acne. It also contains activated charcoal to heal and cleanse.
Acne scars can be removed with a glycolic peel, but this can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Natural suncreams can help (never use on pets, and wash off before letting them lick you, as most contain pet-toxic zinc or titanium oxide).
tips to help prevent/treat acne
- People with acne are often deficient in vitamins, so up your intake of fruits and veggies. Good ones are beetroot (not for gallbladder/kidney issues, due to oxalates) and foods high in zinc to speed skin healing (found in oats, nuts, seeds, legumes and tofu). Giving up dairy and refined sugar often helps (just use a little natural sugar).
- Drink plenty of filtered water, to flush out your system.
- Get regular exercise (and relax!) to strengthen your immune system.
- Enjoy a little natural sunshine for vitamin D (taking care not to overdo things). Or eat fortified plant foods like milks and cereals.
- Use natural cosmetics that don’t clog pores.
natural acne blemish treatments
You don’t ‘dry skin out’ to heal acne, so applying tea tree oil and witchhazel (keep both away from pets) is likely too harsh. A better idea is to just dab on organic floral water through the day.
If you have a huge pimple on your face, it’s best to leave it to avoid scars and inflammation. If you can’t resist, the safest way is to soak a clean flannel in warm water, then hold over the spot for a couple of minutes, to bring to a head without scarring. If used, Zao Concealer is sold in bamboo packaging.
This zero waste charcoal soap bar is ideal for people with oily and congested skin. Named after the company’s Welsh village ‘valley of coal’, these Cwm-y-Glo soap can gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and control facial oil. Scented with oils of lavender, tea tree, rosemary and peppermint. Store in a soap tin. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and babies. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Also in ylang ylang, grapefruit and lemon (also helps to clear pores). Handmade soap (like this) is okay for your skin, it’s commercial soap that’s drying (‘handcrafted soap’ are those transparent glycerine bars that are not drying, but are not soap either). Handmade soap retains natural glycerine, so try using it for a month and notice the difference in your skin.