Three amazing “green” ways to treat breakouts

If you suffer from acne or regular breakouts, you may think that running to the pharmacy or your doctor is the easiest and best thing to do every time your skin flares up … but it really isn’t!

In fact, it’s the all-natural, homemade remedies that best treat acne in the long-term. This is because antibiotics and analgesics only help reduce symptoms immediately. In the long term, they can actually cause severe problems and side effects.

On that note, I’m sharing three super-simple ways to treat your acne the “green” way. Your skin is sure to thank you!

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Three all-natural breakout treatments

#1: Yoghurt, honey and cinnamon mask

Honey and cinnamon both pack impressive antibiotic properties, while yoghurt soothes irritation and reduces redness.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened full fat yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Small bowl

What to do:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients to form a paste.
  2. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry.

#2: Face steaming

If you’re looking for an easy, non-invasive way to loosen oil and dirt that’s clogging your pores and causing your breakouts, look no further than face steaming. Steam is an excellent immediate cleanser, and practising it regularly can help improve your skin health in the long term.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pot boiling water
  • Handful of organic mint, basil or lavender
  • 1 fresh towel
  • Large bowl

What to do:

  1. Pour the boiling water into a heat-safe bowl and toss in the herbs.
  2. While you wash any make-up or residue off your face, let the water cool.
  3. Carefully hover your face about 15 cm above the surface of the water and drape the towel over your head so it catches the steam.
  4. Steam your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to breathe deeply to inhale the herbs you’ve added … they’re a great source of aromatherapy!
  5. When you’re done, pat your face dry.

#3: Honey and lemon toner

Both honey and lemons are antibiotic, so this is a powerful combination to help deep-clean your pores and treat any blemishes you may have to prevent future breakouts.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Small bowl

What to do:

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bowl. Add in the honey, then stir to combine.
  2. With clean hands, carefully apply the tone to your face, gently massaging it in as you go.
  3. Leave the toner on your skin for five minutes, then gently rinse it off with cool water.

Share your top natural breakout treatments and tips with me in the comments below!

Combat acne with this honey and cinnamon face mask

Raw honey – ah, how sweet it is! Use it to sweeten a cup of tea, to bake sweet treats, or to enhance the nutty flavour of a pecan pie – it’s pretty versatile. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means it’s a fantastic moisturiser, and it also has antibacterial properties that can help you spot-treat acne.

 

The honey and cinnamon face mask recipe I’m about to share with you is amazing. It will brighten your complexion, soothe any irritations, and clear up acne. Please just note that cinnamon can irritate very sensitive skin, so do a patch test before applying the mask to your entire face if your skin is sensitive.

 

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Honey and cinnamon acne face mask recipe

You’ll need:

  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face with warm water and finish off with your daily moisturiser.

Three incredible ways to use activated charcoal to look and feel beautiful!

My love for activated charcoal continues! Detoxing and healing are just the beginning of how you can use this trendy beauty ingredient. Because it doesn’t only draw out itches and splinters, but also draws oil, bacteria and toxins out of your body! Read on for three amazing beauty uses for activated charcoals.

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Three ways to use activated charcoal in your beauty routine

#1: As a teeth whitener

Okay, the thought of putting black charcoal in your mouth may not immediately scream “teeth whitening remedy”!… But activated charcoal can chemically attract those tea, coffee and wine stains away from the enamel of your teeth.

How to do it: Open up one or two capsules of activated charcoal and place into a cup. Add a tiny bit of water to form a paste. Use your finger or toothbrush to dab the paste onto your teeth. Take care not to scrub. Wait two or three minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat daily.

#2: As a breakout and acne treatment

Combine hot, sweaty days with extra sunscreen usage and I always break out more in the summer. A simple face mask with charcoal and clay will help absorb excess oil and help clear out clogged pores. The mask will calm irritated skin while whisking away impurities and dead skin cells.

How to do it: Combine a tablespoon of each activated charcoal and bentonite clay. Add in a bit of apple cider vinegar to form a paste. With clean fingers, spread the mixture over your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, rinse with cool water, apply your regular moisturiser, and voila! Clear, beautiful skin.

#3: As a bloat cure

I’m sure you’ve seen this ingredient pop up more and more in juice and smoothie recipes. Am I right? Anyway, there’s good reason behind it! Activated charcoal is a well-known remedy for absorbing toxins in the stomach. It also does wonder for gas and bloat.

Heavy foods seem to especially weight your tummy down in the summer. When I wake up feeling groggy and, well, just gross, I add two activated charcoal capsules to my morning smoothies.

How to do it: My go-to smoothie is a blend of 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1/4 avocado and a handful of kale. Add in 1 to 2 charcoal capsules as needed. If you take any prescription medication, have a chat with your doctor to make sure the charcoal won’t interfere with the absorption of your meds.

Three great tips to treat hormonal acne

Hormonal acne comes as a direct result of your body’s oestrogen, testosterone and androgen hormone levels. These hormones fluctuate naturally throughout a 30-day cycle.

 

When there’s an increase of testosterone and decrease in oestrogen, your skin responds by producing more oil. This overproduction of oil then leads to congestion, which creates acne-causing bacteria. These hormonal breakouts occur in ladies of all ages. Yup, that’s why it didn’t stop when you turned 16. Ugh!

 

But here’s the good news: Hormonal acne is actually really easily treatable. Here are some useful tips for keeping your hormonal acne under control.

 

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Three solutions to treating hormonal acne

#1: Balance your hormones

Because of the specific cause of hormonal acne, a specific treatment is necessary. Generic acne products don’t always work because the cause s systemic rather than external. Seek out products with hormone-balancing ingredients. A local pharmacist or your doctor can help recommend the right product to you.

#2: Incorporate phytoestrogens into your skincare routine

One safe way to topically treat hormonal acne is to incorporate products with phytoestrogens into your skincare regimen. Phytoestrogens are naturally-occurring, plant-based hormones that safely treat hormonal acne breakouts without entering into your bloodstream. They can help bring balance back to your skin by regulating oil production and eliminating bacteria.

#3: Seek out all-natural skincare products

For your skincare routine, seek out all-natural, organic products (with phytoestrogens) to ensure the purest ingredients possible. “Greening” your skincare routine can do a world of good for your skin… All-natural ingredients aren’t harmful and don’t trigger infections and irritations. Plus, they’ll provide your face with a boost of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits as well!

Did you know that aspirin is the perfect on-the-go zit and acne remedy?

I know, I know… Zits are the pits. Especially if you don’t have your regular arsenal of spot treatments on hand! The non-existent sleep you get on red-eye flights and general stress, for example, causes a surge in your blood cortisol levels, making you prone to spots and blemishes. And, unfortunately, there aren’t any photo filters in real life… So what are you to do? The answer is aspirin!

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How aspirin can help get rid of acne and spots

Aspirin is made of something chemically similar to salicylic acid, a common over-the-counter acne remedy. So taking this commonly-used drug will have the same effect on breakouts!

So, wait – do you swallow it, or use it topically?

How to use aspirin on your acne

You know I don’t promote taking drugs of any sort, so the answer is topically. All you need to do when you feel a breakout burgeoning, is crush one aspirin, add a bit of water, and put it on the problem area for 15 to 20 minutes.

This paste makes a super anti-inflammatory for on-the-go zit-zapping! I’ve tried it out for myself, and can promise you that it’s very effective at soothing redness and swelling. So, if you’re prone to breakouts, make sure you always have a box of these tablets in your bag!