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DIY coconut oil face mask

IMG_9297I’ll be sharing at least one other DIY coconut oil face mask with you soon, but wanted to share my favorite first today:)

Coconut oil can be great for your skin.

It’s naturally antibacterial, so it will help deal with any bacteria on your skin contributing to breakouts and it’s high saturated fat content means it’s slow to oxidize, so, it lasts for a long time!).

It can also penetrate hair easier than most other oils, so you can use it as a light moisturizer in a pinch! I actually use it for “oil pulling” in the morning (I put it in my mouth and swish it around to help strengthen and clean my teeth!)

However, I love whipping up quick diy coconut oil masks every now and then, so here is one of my favorite DIY masks recipes with coconut and avocado:

Avocado Coconut Oil Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 drop of tea tree essential oil

Recipe:

  1. Grab 1 whole avocado, and remove the “meat” (the center) and put in a bowl.
  2. Mash the avocado into a paste with a fork.
  3. Mix in 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  4. Add 1 drop of tea tree oil (more antibacterial properties) (1 drop! no more:) and mix until you have a really nice consistency. (Read more on the best oils for acne prone skin here.)

Apply the paste to your face and let it hang out for 15-20 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water (not too hot!) and then pat it dry gently. Your skin should feel moisturized – and don’t worry if it feels a tiny bit oily.

Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm or cool water to remove the mask. Then pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

This mask is moisturizing, healing, antibacterial and soothing. Let me know how it goes!

Want another DIY mask with avocado? Grab it here.

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How to use turmeric for acne clearing

Turmeric for AcneTurmeric for acne clearing? Say wut?

When I first began to heal my skin, I learned about a ton of new – and unexpected – foods. One of them was turmeric, and after a lot of research, I realized it could be used for acne clearing. <cue excitement.>

What is turmeric?

In my experience people usually fall into two camps with turmeric – either they eat it all the time with their family, etc. or they have no idea what I’m talking about.

Turmeric, aka “Indian Saffron”, is a spice that comes directly from the turmeric plant and is usually used in Asian or Indian food as the main spice in curry.

The root of the turmeric plant is a bit different though, as it can be used to make a medicine! AKA DIY TIME. (See below for more deets.)

Within turmeric is a yellow colored chemical referred to as curcumin. Curcumin is a phytonutrient and is the super star of turmeric.

How can turmeric help acne?

Curcumin (see above) is believed to curb inflammation as it has natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. So it not only helps calm inflammation in your skin, but it also supports the removal of dirt and bacteria that sits on top of your skin as well.

(People use turmeric for a bunch of anti inflammatory reasons: healing arthritis and gout, heartburn, high cholesterol, chronic headaches, colitis, and so much more.)

If your skin is breaking out as it is, maybe that’s a clear signal that what you’re trying/working on right now is in fact, not working. Be open to new things, they might surprise you ;).

Here’s one dinner recipe containing turmeric/curcumin for acne healing that has a ton of anti inflammatory properties: (+a few DIY recipes below as well:)

Turmeric Dinner Recipe – Barbecue Curry Chickenturmeric for acne

Ingredients:
• 1 bunch fresh cilantro with roots
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled
• 3 small red hot chile peppers, seeded and chopped
• 3 tablespoons fish sauce
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 (3 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
• 1/2 cup coconut milk

Directions:

1. In a blender or food processor, combine turmeric, cilantro, chile peppers, curry powder, sugar, and salt, cilantro roots and leaves, garlic. Blend until it feels like a thick paste, pour in fish sauce (sounds gross but its important), and blend until smooth.
2. Put chicken in a large glass bowl. Rub the paste/marinade you just made all over the chicken. Cover it, and marinate for at least 4 hours, and if you can, overnight.
3. Preheat grill for high heat.
4. Brush chicken with the coconut milk, it’ll help it cook correctly. Lightly oil the grill and grill chicken 8 to 15 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the pieces. Turn the chicken 1X, and baste occasionally with coconut cream. Cook until browned and tender, and juices run clear.

YUM YUM YUM.

DIY Turmeric Skin Masks:

Turmeric for acne

You can make your own mask with turmeric as well! Be careful though, the color of turmeric does NOT come out easily so do NOT use your best white towel for these masks <insert laughing emoji here>.

Turmeric and Manuka Honey Milk Mask:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour (you can use another type if you don’t have coconut flour readily available but I’d start with coconut if you can).
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • A few drops of honey, preferably organic and/or manuka if you have it

Mix flour, turmeric, honey and milk to make a paste.
Apply a thin layer to your face, let sit for 15-20 minutes, remove gently in the shower.

Turmeric and ACV Mask:

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of organic, raw, local manuka honey
  • ½ teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon organic probiotic rich yogurt
  • [optional] 1 drop fresh lemon juice for additional skin brightening

Mix all of the ingredients together to make a thin paste. Make sure it’s paste-like and will actually stick to your skin.

Apply a thin layer to your face, let sit for 15-20 minutes, remove gently in the shower.

What do you think? Will you start to incorporate turmeric for acne into your diet? Leave me a comment and let me know below!

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Jaw acne: Why do I have acne on my jawline ?

Jaw acneWhy do I have acne on my jawline?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with chin/jawline acne basically lasted the entire time I had acne:

Oh my, I could go on forever about the zits I had on my chin and jawline growing up.

I got my period when I was 9 – I know, yes, super young. And around that time, I had terrible, TERRIBLEEEE acne all along my jawline.

In my mid 20s, I had terrible, terrible cystic acne underneath my jaw. If you got up close and looked under my chin, you’d see awful, awful cysts. So painful too. (I was also training to be a fitness instructor around that time ….and as extreme exercise can sometimes contribute to hormonal acne problems, this type of acne made sense.)

Facemapping for jawline acne:

face mapping for acne
This was my 5th grade picture. You can see the jawline acne already – a clear indication of some hormonal changes.

 

Hormones are a tricky thing, my love. 

When I first got my period, jawline acne was the first type I struggled with. This makes sense when we consider that I was probably experiencing massive hormonal changes.

face mapping for acne
me, fitness instructor-ing. The next time I really struggled with jawline acne was when I was training to be a fitness instructor. I was working out 4-5 hours a day usually for weeks on end, and I can imagine that this led to an increase in testosterone as well as a cascade of other hormonal changes.

 

I also struggled with hormonal acne throughout my entire twenties – I had gone on and off every birth control you could possible imagine (all to manage my skin) so I’m pretty sure my hormones were epically and royally EFFED at that point.

Hormonal/jaw acne was one of the trickiest areas to fix, so read below for my best tips/ideas for you.

What you can do to start to heal your jawline/chin acne from the inside-out.

  1. Do some research on the supplements estroblock, milk thistle, chaste berry/ vitex agnus castus herbs​. I can’t tell you which supplement is right for you (I am not a doctor), but these supplements have been known to help female hormonal acne especially. Do some research, and try out a few different supplement combinations – you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find! Also, check out this article on how to treat acne after stopping the birth control pill
  2. Add in some Omega 3s and 6s – which are great at lowering cholesterol and inflammation which helps with hormonal issues. Grab a list of vitamins for acne here too.
  3. Grab a probiotic, as I mentioned here. ​It will seriously help you start to balance out your digestive system a bit – which, surprisingly, will help your hormones balance.
  4. Start to cut out artificial sugars​. If you’re just getting into your acne healing journey, you’ll be surprised to know that artificial sugar can impact your acne – on a hormonal level – quite strongly. Read more on what to do if you still have acne even though you’re doing everything right.
  5. Read this article on what to do about acne after the birth control pill. It’s really informative and will give you some awesome action steps.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Lip acne: Why do you have acne on your mouth?

Lip AcneWhy do you have lip acne?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with lip acne really occurred throughout my entire struggle with acne:

Lip breakouts are usually associated with the spleen, stomach and digestion/large intestine, which is a lot like your forehead, so make sure to check this article out on why you have forehead acne as well.

I think we can all agree that getting a lip zit is basically the worst thing that could ever happen, especially if you’re in a new relationship, etc. It’s kinda my personal nightmare.

I remember I would get them all around my lips, usually a bit off to the side here and there, and they would be deeply cystic and painful.

(If you read here about forehead acne, you’ll be able to check in on some recommendations I have for digestion help.)

Facemapping for Lip Acne:

This is gonna make you giggle: in high school, I lived off of chilli cheese dogs from Wilco + a Doctor Pepper and Doritos for dinner.

I was always off to some random high school activity after school – but I was always also starving (due to poor blood sugar management)- so my friend Bridget and I would go to Wilco and pick up our daily ration of chilli cheese dogs, soda and doritos.

Need I say more about the fact that my digestion was off, and that I got lip zits on the regular at this time? Woof.

According to face mapping, skin issues around your mouth and chin area are caused by consistent exposure to “excessive dampness”. Foods that are fatty, greasy and deep-fried; and/or milk products (except yogurt), sugar and sweets, white-wheat flour, refined starch and highly processed starch products all can contribute to lip breakouts.

WHADDYA KNOW.

What you can do to start to heal your lip acne from the inside-out:

  1. Remove all processed foods and see how it goes. I would almost garantee that you’d see an improvement in…. 7-10 days.
  2. Cut the fat.You’re most likely eating some bad stuff. High amounts of fat – and especially processed foods – need to be cut out. Do not follow my example re: chilli dogs lololol!
  3. Cut back on sugar, in particular.​ One of the most important things you can do when you have these zits is to start to cut down on your sugar intake, as it’s also a contributing factor to inflammation across your entire body.
  4. Checkout this post on jawline acne, as these areas are also pretty linked via hormonal acne issues.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Cheek acne: Why do I have acne on my cheeks?

Cheek acneWhy do I have cheek acne?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with cheek acne was during the “college years”:

Cheek acne has often been associated with the respiratory system, lungs, breasts, being a smoker, metabolism, and/or food allergies.

Late into my acne “history” I had a lot of cheek acne.

When they first descended on my face, I freaked out. I was absolutely petrified of getting those deep pockmarked scars (um, got them anyways, fyi) and I would have paid all of my weekly American Eagle paycheck to get rid of them (hahahaha).

And I wish I could sugar coat this for you, but that’s not really me (as you may know already) I got annoying scars AND it took years for those acne scars to heal.

****** Note on this though – there are now many, many treatments to treat acne scars, and a lot of them are really, really great.******

From one acne sufferer to another – try not to have massive anxiety about your acne scars if you’re still struggling with breakouts. If you’ve just cleared your skin and you’re staring at all of the scars wondering what type of cruel universe would not only give you horrible acne, but then scars to remind you of it forever, don’t stress yourself out.

I promise, promise, promise, that even if you have deep pockmarks, there are treatments out there for you. I promise (I would not promise this if it wasn’t true) <insert kissing emoji>.

Facemapping for check acne:

During these college years, I discovered a new found love for pizza and bagels. Haha – you think I’m kidding.

Suffice it to say, as a result of my sudden gluten obsession and new <ahem> lifestyle <ahem I partied alot>, I was always bloated and my digestion was super off. I also hadn’t been tested for food allergies yet.

I eventually got tested for food allergies and discovered a slight “intolerance” for gluten. I also had allergies to a bunch of different fruits and vegetables that I was eating every single day! Once I cut those items out, my cheek acne completely cleared.

Also, I struggle with exercise induced asthma (at the very least) throughout my life, so once I got a greater handle on this, my cheek acne basically and completely disappeared.

What you can do start to heal your cheek acne from the inside-out.

  1. Get regular exercise. I know that working out isn’t always the easiest habit to pick up, but, it’s super important. When you workout, your lungs circulate out bad toxins etc. that have been accumulated during the day, helping to clear your lungs and your body.
  2. If you’re a smoker, STOP. ​That is all of the advice I have for this step because it’s quite self explanatory. Seriously. Don’t smoke. (If you do smoke, be gentle with yourself and if you can, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss how to quit:)
  3. ​Start looking for signs of food allergies. ​If you find yourself breaking out on your cheeks and/or getting hives often, look back over the past few days to see what you ate that might have caused the break out. The most common food allergy linked to acne that I see is dairy, and a close second is gluten.
  4. ​Check out “evening primrose”. ​Evening primrose oil can be a great supplement to try to help balance hormones and – bonus! – it supports better breast health. It contains linolenic acid and gamma linolenic acid which are all pretty amazing. They provide hormonal support as well as nerve function support, they promoting skin elasticity, and help to regulate your heart and mood. But, I am not a doctor and supplements don’t work for everyone, so do a bit of online research and check in with your doc. You can purchase this as a supplement or an oil, so check out the oil information here.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Temple acne: Why do I have acne on my temples?

Why do I have temple acne? (If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!) My experience with temple acne was in late college, around 20 years old: Your… Read More

Nose acne: Why do I have acne on my nose?

Why do I have nose acne? (If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!) My experience with nose acne was during middle school: It was around late middle school… Read More

Forehead acne: Why do I have acne on my forehead?

Why do I have forehead acne?  (If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!) My experience with forehead acne was during late high school: I remember in late… Read More

5 reasons jicama can help to heal your acne naturally (and/or calm inflammation from the inside, out)

Have you heard of jicama before? I hadn’t as of a few years ago and when I discovered it I got really excited. A crunchy, delicious, healthy new “fruit” for me to add to my diet? Um, yes PLEASE! Jicama, scientifically known as Pachyrhizus erosus, originated in Central and South America and bears a close… Read More

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