Recently I have been having horrible problems with my skin, I have very acne prone skin, on top of that my skin is somewhat dry and in the Winter it is an absolute dry mess! About a week ago I had a major breakout, there was not one part of my face that wasn't affected, even my jawline joined in on the house party of acne that had decided to pop up on my face. While the blemishes on my face may have been having a good time, I was not, I wanted those things gone like yesterday. I've never mentioned this here before but I am really into natural healing and things like essential oils, so I thought why not treat this monstrosity of a breakout with essential oils. I will go into the steps that I took to clear my skin up in a week, now I cannot guarantee that this will work for you and please do your research before attempting this. I am not certified in this, so please do not take this as concrete information, this is just what has worked for me.
What I did in the morning
1. I use Cetaphil cleanser mixed with either one drop of orange essential oil or lemongrass essential oil (I used lemongrass when my breakout was really bad, I just use orange to maintain the results) to wash my face. More than likely the lemongrass will burn a little bit but it did not have any negative affects on my skin (other than the burning before I washed the cleanser off), if you have very sensitive skin you might want to look into tea tree oil. After I rub the cleanser into my skin (I did not use a facial brush) I rinse and pat my face dry (and sometimes I will just let my face air dry).
2. Next I apply my toner, I made my toner using 2 drops of geranium essential oil and 1 drop of frankincense essential oil with about 1/8 cup of purified water. I use this by pouring a little of the mixture on a cotton ball and rubbing my face with it to get out any impurities that are left behind.
3. After that I moisturize my skin by putting 1 of drop frankincense essential oil into a little bit of cocoa butter and jojoba oil, I just mix it around in my hands. And apply it to my face, make sure not to apply this too close to the eyes.
That's it for my morning routine!
What I did at night
1. If I wear makeup during the day I try to come in taking it off, If my skin is a little less dry I use my White Rain makeup remover to take everything off. If my skin is a little more sensitive I take my makeup off with a cleansing wipe that contains salicylic acid and remove my eye makeup with an eye makeup remover. After that I use a facial wash containing salicylic acid along with a face brush and I gently scrub (or as gently as I possibly can!) to get all of my makeup off. Then I rinse my face and pat dry (or let my face air dry), before I dry my face I will cleanse again if I feel it is necessary.
2. This step is the same as step 2 of my morning routine.
3. This step is basically the same as step 3 of my morning routine, the only thing that differs is that I will spot treat in conjunction, I spot treat using one of the three following oils. Tea tree oil, geranium oil, or lemongrass oil.
That's it's for my nighttime routine!
Twice a week I create a facial mask using Moroccan red clay but if you are looking for convinence, you can use Queen Helene's Mint Julep mask, it works beautifully. Make sure that you wash it off really well or else it will leave a chalky film on your face. If you would like the recipe to my mask, just mention it in the comments. And you can view all of the things I talked about in this post on my fancy page (With the exception of the acne wash, acne wipes, and White Rain makeup remover. The acne wipes and acne wash can be found at the Dollar tree.), my fancy widget is on the right side of this page!
Thank you for reading and be beautiful! (^_^)