I wrote a little bit about my battle with acne on this post. However, on my recent trip to India, my skin broke out like crazy! I attribute it to a couple things: the pollution (terrible!), lack of drinking water (because I was scared of the water!), and my less than stellar eating.
I thought it was just me, but my co-worker said he was also having breakouts and really oily skin! So, I think the pollution itself really was (mostly) to blame.
Before I left on my trip, I had purchased a bundle of ebooks for reading on the plane. One of them was Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face. It is targeted at dealing with oily, acne prone skin. Me! If you have oily skin, and are having issues with acne, I highly recommend this book.
My main goal getting back home was to have my face as clear as possible for Thanksgiving. We were going over to celebrate Thanksgiving with some friends, and I did not want to look like a 15 year old with acne all over my face.
I don’t have a picture of my terrible skin leaving India, but here is me now. Still some areas to work on, but so much better!
I really have been trying to reduce the toxins in my life, and one of the areas I have been working on is my personal products. Shampoos, lotions, soaps, etc. So I knew I didn’t want to go out and spend a lot of money on a product with ingredients I can’t even pronounce. I remembered this book I had bought, and started reading it before I even made it home!
Here are my tips on what worked for me:
1. Baking soda/honey face wash
I started washing my face each night with a baking soda/water mix. Basically 1 tsp or so of baking soda and 1/2 – 1 cup of water. I have a small bowl I keep in the bathroom and I would mix it up with warm water. I used this to remove my makeup, and wash my face. I would just dip a washcloth in the baking soda wash, and wipe it over my face – rinse off the washcloth and repeat – until the baking soda mixture was gone. It leaves my face feeling so clean! For my pimples, I would place some raw honey on the washcloth wet with the baking soda/water mixture, and rub on pimple-y areas. I really think that helped clear them up!
2. Apple cider vinegar toner
I had been using apple cider vinegar as a toner in the past, but I just used it straight up on a cotton ball. OUCH! That stuff burns! I started diluting it with water, and I would put that on a cotton ball and clean my whole face after the baking soda wash. Crunch Betty suggests ACV can be used straight up on your pimples, but not your whole face. And trust me, I second that! It burns and really drys out your face.
3. Oatmeal/almond face scrub
There is a recipe in the book for an oatmeal and almond face scrub that I have been using in the shower. I just take oatmeal and grind it to a powder in my coffee grinder (or you can use a high speed blender), and do the same with almonds. You want to make sure it is ground finely. Add in some white rice flour and salt, and store in a covered jar. I just take about 1 tbsp each morning, and mix with water from the shower. Place on your face, let sit a little bit, then rinse off. Bada bing, bada boom!
Personally, I have been using my homemade lotion on my face. Or, I will mix together a little jojoba oil and neem oil in the palm of my hand, and rub on my face. Then, I take a towel and wipe off what hasn’t been absorbed by my skin. It leaves my face feeling smooth and healthy!
It has just been in the almost 2 weeks since I have been doing this, and my face is feeling great. If I even go back to India, I am going to make sure to at least take some baking soda with me!
Do you have any tips or tricks for dealing with oily skin or acne?
I am not associated with this book in any way, and received no financial compensation for this post. I just think it was a great book with ideas that helped me clear up my face and thought you might like it too!