I wanted to give you the list of my Top 10 natural acne clearing creams!
I get so many questions all of the time and I LOVE them (keep ’em coming!) and I’m dedicated to answering as many as humanly possible so I wanted to answer a big one for you today:)
I know that so many of you ask me for the best natural acne remedies and so I wanted to give you a list of my 10 favorite natural creams for acne-prone skin.
I’ve broken the list down into two parts-moisturizers and treatments– to make it supah simple. So read on and pick one moisturizer and one treatment option to start some acne clearing!
Here is a list of my 5 favorite moisturizers for acne prone skin:
1. Cetaphil’s Oil Free Moisturizer – pick this up at any local drugstore. It’s not the most organic and/or chemical-free moisturizer out there, but I have found that I could still use it even when I was having a really bad breakout. It was simple, inexpensive, and it help me stay moisturized without making me feel oily.
2. Coconut Oil – this is a great natural oil that you can pick up at a local health food store or grocery store. The reason coconut oil is awesome for your skin is because it has two powerful antimicrobial agents in it- capric acid and lauric acid. So basically, it helps to remove the bacteria on your face that can start the chain reaction for acne itself. I find that it leaves my skin feeling really moisturized but not too oily. If you’re worried about looking oily, apply this and the following two moisturizers at night, so that you’re not feeling oily all day.
3. Jojoba Oil – this oil is the botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. The basic idea is that when you apply this oil, your skin thinks that it has enough oil, so it calms its production of sebum (the oil that can help to cause breakouts). Pick some up today in its purest form, and try it out in a few small places on your skin. It might make your skin appear a bit oily at first, but don’t fret, that’s normal at the beginning. I’ve just started using this on my nose (clogged pores there that drive me CRAZY!) because the goal is to soften the dirty in the pores and then really bring out the dirt. (I’ll let you know how this goes!)
4. Hemp Seed Oil – this oil is obtained by cold-pressing hemp seeds. It has a ton of linoleic acid and a very high concentration of fatty acids which are super beneficial to your skin, hair and nails. So many people have had a lot of luck in keeping their skin moisturized while they use hemp seed oil, and it can over time, help you to avoid breaking out further. A lot of people report that it even HELPS PREVENT breakouts! Give it a try
Try it out, and if it works – hey, it works! If not you can always try….
5. Grapeseed oil– this contains a lot of linoleic acid to help strengthen your skin, and your skin super, super needs this when you’re having acne problems (that can often upset the delicate imbalance of your skin as well as negatively effect any oil/dryness issues.) Again, there is a high level of fatty acids, antioxidants and super anti-inflammatory properties here as well that are powerful for acne healing.
Now, those are a few moisturizers for acne that you can try, let’s move on to my 4 favorite natural acne treatments!
1. Benonite clay mask- this is a natural clay that’s extracted from deposits from around the world. (I’m kinda obsessed with clay, so stay with me). The coolest part about this clay? When it’s combined with liquid it develops a mild electical charge that pulls impurities from tissues. So it literally pulls the junk out of your pores and helps to remove it from your skin. So cool right? Try a mask today!
2. Tamanu oil- this oil comes from the seed from the fruit of a flower on a tree that only blooms 2X a year! (Hehe, funny sentence). Ergo, this is a super hot commodity. One of the best parts about Tamanu oil is that it’s super rich in fatty acids- I talk about this a lot in the CYSCYL Program- and how important these acids are to healing your acne. It’s also antibacterial, has a ton of antioxidants, is antimicrobial and anti fungal as well. It’s pretty thick and has a fruity/earthy smell to it… always test a little spot on your skin first too!
3. Tea tree oil- full disclaimer on this one. I totally, totally hated tea tree oil for my acne. The smell, for some reason, made me want to DIE inside, but I know a lot of people have had a ton of success with it for their acne so I wanted to include it. It’s super anti-inflammatory so it can really help with redness. It has some pretty awesome soothing and antimicrobial factors to it- so again, you’ll find that it kills the bacteria on your skin that originally causes breakouts. They have little “roller tube” options of it every where (I shudder when I pass them) (ok I’ll stop now…:) so grab one to try today!
5. Manuka honey – acne sufferers SWEAR by this treatment (I never got to try it though:). This honey is super powerful because it is SUPER antibacterial. Some scientists even say that it can inhibit 80 strains of bacteria (including the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that sits on our face and causes our acne in the first place). It’s also super healing and soothing. They used to use this honey all the way back in 1892 in Egypt for wound healing. Yah, it’s that good:)
ACNE SCAR HELP:
Bonus bonus. Trouble with scarring? My favorite acne scar remedy ( it’s not “natural” but has lovely ingredients) treatment is Kiehl’s Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum. (Definitely not even being paid to link to that website. I truly loved this stuff for my acne scars. I STILL use it for “brightening”).
What is YOUR favorite scar healing remedy?