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What do I do about my acne scars?

FullSizeRender (23)Let’s talk about what seems like the universe’s cruel joke regarding all things acne clearing: the acne scars after you clear your skin.

I was so angry after I cleared my acne for good.

I FINALLY cleared it… and I had ALL of these scars!!

Honestly, that was almost as bad as the acne itself, because zits come and go, ya know?

But the scars…I was so afraid they were going to last forever and I was PETRIFIED! And pissed. And petrified. Haha.

BUT, good news, they didn’t last forever, partially because my skin healed naturally over time, but also partially because I took some serious steps to help it heal.

(This picture is me, this summer, with no filter. As you can tell, I’m pretty scar free!)

And I know scar healing is one of your biggest questions, so I wanted to share my daily routine now, and give you kinda the “rules of the road” in terms of healing acne scars.

I have to say, though, I change up my products A LOT and sometimes even my routine (basically, when the products run out, unless I’m completely in love, I will just buy a new brand and/or try something different).

BUT, there are the two hard and fast rules I follow every night to help heal acne scars:

Every night I cleanse and then I nourish.

Ok Jill, that’s nice, but what does that mean in terms of process/products etc. for you?? Read below for more!

1. Cleansing Details:

I use a light cleanser, or a light exfoliator, followed by a toner, every night.

Here is an example of and exfoliator that I’m using right now (one of my very best friends (and cousin:) and I went on a skincare shopping spree a few months back and we got these to try) (also, I’m not gaining any “affiliate” income from the following, just wanted to share my favorite products with you:)

Exfoliation is KEY to helping your skin heal because it sloughs off the dead cells and allows for the newer (and hopefully stronger/healthier:) cells to come to the surface.

(I learned that exfoliation was important the hard way; a few years back I went for a facial and when I told the facialist that I didn’t exfoliate I thought she was going to fall out of her chair, hahaha.)

I like this brand because they’re certified organic, non-GMO, fair trade…all the good stuffs:)

ALSO, one thing of note to check when you’re buying skin cream products:

The very first ingredient listed (in this case, aloe) is going to be the ingredient that the product has the most of.

So, if you’re going to purchase a product and it lists “water” as the first ingredient, try to steer away because water can actually dehydrate your skin.

This product is called a “Chia+Omega Radiant Skin Polish” and its a “brightening” exfoliator.

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A word of caution: be CAREFUL with exfoliation, especially if you still have some breakouts.

You want to gently, gentllyyyyyy exfoliate, not scrub your skin raw. If and when you buy something like this, also be sure that you’re not allergic to anything in the product before you use it by doing a little test on your arm first:)

Also, I was having some trouble with keeping my pores clean this summer, so I did what I normally do, research (#nerdalert) and found this great product from Paula’s Choice.

It’s a “Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid” and I love it. It contains beta hydroxy acids which, in numerous studies, has been found to increase collagen product and help to smooth the texture of your skin.  If feels great on my skin and has really helped to cleanse my pores.

 

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Of note, I don’t normally use the exfoliator above with this BHA product, in the same night; it feels a bit too harsh for my skin.

2. Nourish:

Now, for my favorite part, the “nourishment” element.

All summer long I’ve been using much “thicker” creams, a Burt’s Bees “night cream” for example, and my skin was getting REALLY clogged up and yucky.

I have really oily skin naturally, so I had always been really against using oil as a moisturizer (I think I have PTSD from how oily my skin used to be when I had acne, haha!) but I decided to experiment this summer (also because my cousin and bestie uses oil cleanser (never tried but on the to-do list!) so I wanted to try.

 

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And. Let. Me. Tell. You. I am a convert, for sure.

I started using this (it was inexpensive and I liked the branding, so I thought, hey! why not?) and I LOVEEEE it. It really nourishes my skin and a few minutes after applying it, it doesn’t feel or look too oily.  Also, this specific one smells DELISH.

So, I kind of combined a lot of the elements of acne scar healing, so let me clear it up with a nice list below: (here is another blog on scar healing if you want more info and read below for more resources as well:)

So again, the most important steps you can follow when you’re trying to slowly, naturally, and gently heal your acne scars are:

1. Cleanse

2. Exfoliate

3. Tone

4. Brighten

5. Heal

6. Nourish

7. Hydrate

It’s also super important to remember to be patient with the scar healing process, if you can. I’d say that it took a full year of consistency for me to see a significant, significant improvement in my scars. So, you won’t see crazy improvement RIGHT away, but I promise, over time, your body will heal:).

Now, I want to know, What is your favorite acne scar cream? Leave me a comment below!

If you want more acne scar help, head to the links below:

If you need more info on cystic acne scar healing, head over here.

If you want some more cream ideas, head over to this article because I share my 10 favorite natural acne clearing creams as well!  

Also, this is a cream that I used for my cystic acne scar healing and it’s one of my favs!

What is your FAVORITE acne scar cream that you’ve tried? Leave me your answer in the comments below!

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Heal your acne by meditating naked over crystals in the woods.

4stepsI remember some of the “solutions” I’d find when I was trying to heal my acne felt like this – totally insane and totally frustrating, but I was still willing to try them because I was so desperate. (Also, I have nothing against crystal healing, but I don’t think it’ll have a huge affect on acne clearing :), so, I’m kidding:)

And I don’t want you to feel desperate anymore.

When I finally did clear my acne, the most important thing I did was put a system in place to make sure that I stayed on track.

Now, that doesn’t mean I haven’t eaten sugar in 10 years; it means that I looked at my acne triggers, decided on what things I was struggling with the most, and then picked a few simple and manageable action steps I could take every day to keep my skin clear… and it’s worked.

And I want to help you do the same. 

Today I’m sharing the 4 step-customized-to-your-skin acne clearing routine you can follow daily to clear your skin, because I don’t want you to feel desperate anymore.

I want you to feel in control of your skin, by deciding on action steps to clear your skin, in a way that fits your lifestyle.

Click here to grab your 4 Acne Clearing steps to create a lifestyle that supports acne clearing… and still let’s you have a big piece of chocolate cake every now and then.

P.S. What is my secret sugary addiction, that I eat, but still keep my skin clear? Click to find out.
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Acne Clearing Moisturizing Mask- Day 3 of the #summertimeglow challenge!

facetextAre you dying for an acne clearing moisturizing mask that isn’t going to make your face break out?

If so, get ready, you’re gonna put more food on your face, much like day 1 of the #summertimeglow challenge!

Today we’re gonna use an avocado for some face lovin’.

As you know, food was the main reason I was able to heal my skin naturally. So I’m a BIG fan of food being the be all end all of acne clearing. (Grab an acne clearing juice for digestion over at Day 2 of the challenge if you want:)

But I know you probably want stuff to put ON your skin too, for dullness, dryness, to get rid of the winter blues, etc. (or to get ready for the winter blues if you’re over in Aussie land!)

So I wanted to make sure you had something for moisturizing as well because I know how hard it can be to find a good moisturizer/mask that doesn’t make you break out.

I remember I used to get really frustrated about this. I was using benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retin A… all of these really, really dried out my skin and I was DYING to moisturize it afterwards, but finding something good to moisturize with and/or heal with was almost impossible.

Everything either made it worse or just like, smelled bad (don’t get me started on my deep, deep hatred for anything tea tree oil scented) etc.

SO, I wanted to give you one of my favorite acne clearing moisturizing masks, that will also help to clear your acne naturally, the avocado manuka honey mask:

Ingredients:

1 half ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of manuka honey 

Mash up the avocado and mix it with the manuka honey. Place both items on your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Once the time is up, wash off with warm water (not too hot though, or it’ll dry your skin:) and take a gander at your glowing face:)

Avocados are so amazing for you because they possess a ton of Vitamin E, which prevents cellular damage from occurring. You heard about the benefits of manuka honey in Day 1 of the #summertimeglow challenge, so head over there to read more.

Make sure you’re hashtagging #summertimeglow over on instagram!

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Acne clearing exfoliation scrub – Day 1 of the #summertimeglow challenge

AcneclearingscrubOne of the most important elements about acne clearing is the process known as “desquamation”. De-squa- what-is-she-talking-about?

Here is technical description of desquamation from acne.about.com:

“Desquamation is the natural process in which skin cells are sloughed away and replaced.

New skin cells are created in the stratum germinativum, the deepest layer of the epidermis. From this layer, the cells begin their migration to the skin’s surface.

Once the cells reach the uppermost layer of the skin — the stratum corneum — they are essentially dead. These tightly packed cells of the stratum corneum continuously fall as newer cells push their way to the surface.

The entire process, from cell birth to sloughing away, takes approximately 28 days.”

So, technically speaking, desquamation is a really important part of skin health.

If this process is disrupted, either by hormonal imbalances, excess levels of sebum (oil) in your skin, or any number of other factors, it can negatively impact your skin and help to create new breakouts.

So ok, how can YOU activate the process of desquamation?

Exfoliate. You must exfoliate.

Funny story interlude: Years ago I had a gift certificate to a SUPER expensive spa here Manhattan. I was so excited – AND, if I’m gonna be honest, because we can be honest here right?- I was also excited to see what she’d say about my skin! I’ve always worn sunscreen and I’ve really tried to be really really great about my skin in general. I thought I was going to get “killer-skin-grades” that day. (Because people are given “skin grades” Jill? Lol, #nerdalert).

Lemme tell you. Spa lady crushed all of my dreams:)

I sat down in the little spa chair, all comfy and cozy thinking, “mmmmm gurl is gonna LERVE my skin” and she took one look at it, and said:

“What is this? You don’t exfoliate, do you? Very, very bad.”

Hahah, needless to say, I was QUITE embarrassed but asked her what she meant (I have the tendency to need to know everything about everything going on around me all of the time):

“What do you MEAN exfoliate? Like, its THAT important? I’ve always thought exfoliation was a bit too harsh for someone with sensitive skin?”

She then launched into a technical (and brilliant) explanation of how important exfoliation is and I felt myself shrinking lower and lower in my chair.

I had FAILED AT EXFOLIATION! From that day forward I made it an integral part of my skincare routine and my skin has definitely thanked me for it, ten times over:)

END OF INTERLUDE AND back to you:

Exfoliation serves so many purposes; it signals to the deeper layers of your skin that they need to grow more skin cells (a good thing), it helps to clear dead skin cells off the outer layer of your skin (so that you become more brilliant and glowing) AND it helps to remove dead and clogged skin cells from your pores.

SO, I wanted to start the #summertimeglow challenge off with my FAVORITE acne clearing exfoliation scrubs/recipes that will help you really start to glow brighter this summer! We’ll get into more food-healing type stuff in the days to come, but for today, we shall start with these:)

Here are your two acne clearing summer scrub recipes below:

1. Jojoba Exfoliation Scrub!

I’ve talked about jojoba oil a few times before, but it can be really beneficial to helping out skin with acne breakouts. It’s non-comedogenic – meaning it won’t clog your pores – and it helps to balance your sebum levels (oil:). It seems kinda counterintuitive to put oil on oily skin, but in fact, it can help. On a chemical level, your skin will receive the signal that is has enough oil and it can potentially slow down the production of oil to your face.

The unrefined brown sugar will serve as the “exfoliant” here. However, keep in mind that finer the sugar, the gentler the scrub. The more coarse and raw the sugar, the more intense the exfoliation. So if you’re a bit hesitant to use this scrub because you don’t want to irritate your skin, pick up unrefined sugar with smaller granules.

Ingredients for scrub:

1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
1 tablespoon of unrefined brown sugar.

Simply mix these two items in a small bowl and to wet skin, start to rub VERY GENTLY in circular motions in a clockwise path around your face. Try to take 10-15 seconds on each section of your face and once done, gently wipe the mixture off with warm (not hot!) water.

Follow up with a gentle moisturizer:)

2. Manuka Honey Scrub!

I wanted to include this scrub because it has more acne-healing properties AND it’ll be lighter on the exfoliation factor, compared to the first recipe.

Oats are a great ingredient to use on your skin because of how the react when they come in touch with moisture. They produce a “mucilage” that is really soothing and beneficial to skin healing. You know how oatmeal feels super soupy and kinda like… creamy when you eat it? That’s what we’re talking about.

Manuka honey is in a whole other ball game in terms of acne clearing- and it’s kinda the holy grail. It’s considered an “active honey” in that as it is made, the bees pass antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to it, and when applied to your skin it can really help with healing acne breakouts! It’s also anti inflammatory so it can really reduce redness on the skin and near any breakouts. Read more on manuka honey and acne, here.

More on this later, but needless to say, manuka honey can have an amazing affect on your acne clearing. (Also, did I mention my dad became a beekeeper recently so I’ve gotten really into honey? He’s hysterical, more on this later. Pictures to come:)

Ingredients for scrub:

1 tablespoons of manuka honey
2 tablespoons ground up oats.

Make sure you grind up the oats thoroughly and when finished, add the manuka honey. Stir the two items together until they have a nice consistency and then start to rub VERY GENTLY in circular motions in a clockwise path around your face. Try to take 10-15 seconds on each section of your face and once done, gently wipe the mixture off with warm (not hot!) water.

Follow up with a gentle moisturizer:)

As I said above, exfoliation is a majorly important part of healthy skin, so for this Day 1 of the #summertimeglow challenge, I wanted to share one of my favorite homemade scrubs with you.

Be on the lookout tomorrow for Day 2 in the #summertimeglow challenge!

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Congratulations! Day 14 of the #hyfwf acne clearing challenge!

photo (51)Day 14! Welcome, welcome, welcome- YOU DID IT!!!

You completed the 14 day #hyfwf acne clearing challenge and I’m SO happy that I was able to share all of these recipes with you.

I just want to express how honored I am that you were here with me and shared this 14 day journey with me.

I believe in clearing acne naturally through food and nutrition so deeply and I’m so happy to have shared some of my favorite recipes with you.

I’ll be giving you more follow-up details on the challenge later this week, but for now, here is my final recipe for acne clearing, my fav acne dinner recipe:

Baked wild alaskan salmon with asparagus

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place salmon in a small baking dish and cover with 2 tablespoons of butter, ½ squeezed lemon, 1 tablespoon dried dill weed, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder and place in oven for 25 minutes.

Asparagus: Cut off the bottoms, sprinkle them with spices, salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 350 degrees until they start to brown.

So this recipe is phenomenal for you in so many ways; but I’ll hit on two reasons for today. (First, I need to say that I used to hate fish. It was slimy, foreign, and totally not my thang. But I’ve since change my ways, lemme tell you:)

One of the main reasons that salmon is so phenomenal for you is because it contains a high amount of omega-3s. Omegas-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids and they help support basically all of the functions in your body (specifically your brain and heart) but the most important overall detail about omega-3s is that they help to lower inflammation in your body.

They lower the “bad fats” in your body and increase “good cholesterol”, but one of the main ways that they help your skin is that they help to regulate they oil levels in your skin. Often when we have acne, one of the main contributing reasons is because of “wacky” levels of oil in your skin, so anything that can help to naturally regulate it can be very powerful for you.

Asparagus has a ton of vitamin E  & C -vitamins that are phenomenal for your skin- but one of the main reasons I love asparagus is because of it’s detoxifying properties. Asparagus supports your skin by detoxifying your liver and as a result, cleansing your body of toxins that can have a pretty significant impact on your skin and acne.

Grab this dinner and whip it up 1-2X a week for max impact on your skin over time!!!

 

 

Top 10 Natural Acne Clearing Creams + My favorite acne scar cream

My lovely! 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… Read More

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