Posted by Kelsea (Ventura, Ca) on 01/29/2016
Guys, after dealing with cystic acne for 3 years I have finally found something that works for me... and possibly you too! I know this is a long entry but I swear to you it works.
I had clear skin all through high school and began getting cystic acne in college. I am 24 years old now and my skin is finally clear.
I have experimented with SO many different things hoping to find a cure: yogurt facial masks, grapefruit seed oil extract, lavender oil, vitamin E oil... nothing ever reduced the inflammation, soothed the redness or reduced scaring like the regimen I am about to share with you.
For one, I have completely eliminated Sodium Laureth Sulfate from my shampoos, body washes, face washes, washing detergent, etc. It is a harsh chemical that gives most products the bubbly lather. Key word: it is HARSH!
Second, I have eliminated all dairy from my diet which has helped immensely. Dairy is full of hormones meant to raise calves, it combined with our own is overhaul for our bodies.
Lastly, I want to share the ALL NATURAL things I've been using that have cleared my face 100%.
I use a gentle face wash every morning and follow it with Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner, and lastly coconut oil as a moisturizer.
Every other night I switch off with a home made coffee facial scrub and manuka honey mask + a tumeric/honey spot treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar toner- equal parts water and ACV on a cotton swab all over the face.
-this evens out the PH balance on your face ridding of blemishes and uneven skin tones.
Coconut Oil- about a teaspoon should cover your entire face... I let it set until its almost dry then wipe off the remaining.
- I know, adding oil to your already oily face is scary.. but it tricks your face into not creating as much oil and also has antibacterial properties all the while moisturizing it
Home made scrub- I took a 1/4 cup used coffee grounds, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil an 1-2 melaluca (tea tree) oil and mixed these all together.
Scrubbing your face very gently for a minute every other day gets rid of all the excess dead skin cells that may block your pores and trap oil under the skin, leading to build up, and eventually.. acne.
When you rinse off this scrub your face feels SO soft.. wipe off the extra coconut oil and wah-lah.
Manuka Honey Mask- I genuinely think this portion of my face regime has been the most impactful.
Manuka honey helps with inflammation and scars. It has antibacterial properties and does a good job moisturizing as well. This specific honey is extracted from the tea tree plant and is extremely raw. It is a bit pricey but worth the money. You simply take this and smear it all over your face. Leave it on as long as possible! Seriously, I'd leave it on over night if it wouldn't get all over my bed. When you rinse it off.. your face feels so refreshed and rejuvenated.
The last thing I'll share is a quick spot treatment that SERIOUSLY works.
Simply take a small amount of honey and add the tumeric spice until you've created a paste like consistency and add it to any incoming, inflamed or ongoing acne. The tumeric will instantly reduce inflammation and redness and speed up the healing process.
Tumeric has been my saving grace..
Be warned though that it does stain your skin slightly, nothing that wont come off with a little facial cleanser though!
PLEASE, give this a try.. you can buy most of these products at most health food stores.
LET ME KNOW!!!!