My At-Home Skin Remedies
I have had issues with skin outbreaks growing up. Once puberty hit it felt like my skin became sensitive to everything. My face, shoulders, and upper back would grow bumps daily. Face acne was like having a sign on my forehead that said "I AM UGLY!" What makes it worst was I couldn't wear anything to hide the acne, it was plain and visible and when it scarred, it showed up as black dots on my face. I looked like a Cheetah(someone actually made the joke that I looked like Chester Cheetah from Cheetos. Yea.)
Over the years I've tried different products and a year ago after some research and piecing ideas together I found a simple routine that I use to keep my face, shoulder, and back clear. I enjoy simplicity in life and in my practices, so the hope is that this will benefit you as well. Be patient, try it out for a week or two, and if it works, keep doing it and you will see amazing results.
Face Acne:Everyone's nightmare
Water is your best friend. You should always aim to drink at least a gallon a day. I buy a gallon jug mostly everyday and just run through it as the day goes by. I drink about 2-3 smoothies a day and always use water as my base. That water in the smoothie counts! If you don't trust the plastic sealed water you can always get a filter and base your consumption off the volume of the filter. A lot of people also add either lemon, lime, cucumbers or ginger to their water for extra health benefits and a refreshing taste.
Every morning when I wake up I splash a lemon-water mix into my hands and rub it evenly throughout my face, chin and neck. The acidity of the lemon kills off minor bacteria and the water balances it out so it isn't too acidic. I use a 1 Pint Refrigerator bottle, which I got from a 99 cents store and I add 4 oz of lemon juice and 12 oz water (1:3 ratio). I give it a nice shake and keep it stored at room temperature. One full bottle lasts about a month.
When I shower I use an all natural scrub I make at home. I use brown sugar, ground coffee, honey, rose water, lemon juice and cinnamon. Brown sugar helps with exfoliating dead cells and is large enough to not scar skin, whereas white sugar will. The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant and can revitalize cells. Honey is antibacterial and offers an all natural glow. Rose water is also antibacterial and helps diminish crow's feet and bags under the eyes. Lemon juice is an astringent and is antibacterial. And cinnamon helps stimulate blood flow to the face. I usually let this sit on my face for five minutes, either before I get in the shower or while I'm in the shower.
At night before bed, I rinse with my lemon juice-water mix again.
A few years ago I read an online article about towels harboring bacteria. With the sensitivity of my skin, I figured this could be a factor also. Every time I wash my face I use a fresh paper towel to dry it off. Thinking about a wash rag that is used to dry off my face, but yet still has some of the same bacteria on from this morning or yesterday doesn't sit well withe me. This feels extremely wasteful and I've been looking to find a more biodegradable way through this step. Nothing yet.
My final step is using 100% Natural African Shea Butter. This has been a treasure for me. After I splash the lemon-water mix on my face, I let it dry off a bit and apply a light layer of the African Shea Butter to my face, chin and neck. After my shower I use it on my entire body.
Shoulders and Back
I use shampoo to clean my body. Nothing expensive or complicated, just Suave Coconut shampoo. I use a loofah to really get the dirt and grime off my body. Occasionally I dab some of my face scrub mix with the shampoo for deeper exfoliation. Outbreaks on my back and shoulder have been minimal. The most important thing for me has been to dry myself lightly and moisturize with the African Shea butter while my skin is still moist.
Another important component is the Sun. We should all be aware of the benefits of sun light. What's great about African Shea Butter is it works as a natural sunscreen without all the excess and unnecessary chemicals found in other sunscreen products.
The last factor is diet. Certain foods will have certain negative effects on your body. I can eat a chocolate chip cookie and be fine, but if I eat a Snickers bar, by the time I wake up a pimple will be somewhere on my face. Sometimes it's worth it. Other times its not. Pick your battles.
Stay beautiful and healthy!