When we continually attack our skin, we slow down the cymboitic cell generation that occours on a daily basis. When we effect the surface (stratum corneum) the more we prevent the productivity of protection and wound healing on the surface. When are skin is compromized and is irritated, the more it will begin to show on the surface with poor complexion, shiny surface and red and irritated acne.
If our skin is at this point the more you need to focus on replacing the moisture back into the skin.
How do i get moisture?
What you can do is find supplements that contain ingredients like;
Emu Oil (fatty acids)
By far the best moisturizers has to be Pure Emu Oil and Stabilized Aloe Vera Jelly. These two are all that you need to give what your skin needs in order to help heal and protect itself.
Constant use of water on the face more than twice a day will severely compromize and irritate your skin! Many acne sufferers tend to overwash their skin because they think they arent clean but in actuality they are causing their skin to overreact and start to break out and over-produce oil. The more this occours the more likely pores will begin to enlarge and clog and look terrible. I only reccomend that people clean their face once a day with plain warm water, the hotter the water is the more you will dry out and cause problems!
I found an all natural cleanser called "Nature's Plus Natural Beauty Cleaning Bar", it only has 2 ingredients, Allantion: which is beneficial to the skin, and Vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant. I also chose it because it's under the 6.5 PH range which is the same range as our skin. The majority of acne sufferers use cleansers and topicals that are 9-12 PH range which is seriously causing your skin to create problems! For instance; regular soap is around 9 PH, a soap user will begin to feel very tight skin, overly oily and red complexion.. and of course, ACNE.
When you cleanse once or twice a day, use warm water and add alittle Nature's Plus to your face and wipe clean, always use a clean 100 percent cotton towel when patting dry. Do not cleanse every single day! Give your skin a break once in awhile especially when you haven't done anything to dirty it. This is essential when trying to heal your skin.
I will repeat this over again, NEVER use any acne topicals, products, rubbing alcohol-based toners, or anything else other than what you use to clean your skin, an all-natural 5.5-6.5 PH balanced cleanser.
Moisturize 1-2 times a week, THIS IS SO IMPORTANT! If you are already dry I suggest you moisturize every single day until your skin stops being red and irritated, and back to normal. The way to do this is to combine Skin MD Natural alone with a great emu-oil based moisturizer; I use Replenishing Unscented Lotion from Montana Emu Ranch. This combo works quite well to get skin to heal. Apply at night about 30 mins before bed, make sure your skin soaks it all up before going to bed, you will notice a difference in your skin the next morning. To all those with normal skin, don't apply moisturizer more than 1-2 times a week, let your skin breathe, this is essential to not clog those pores.
Stabilized Aloe Vera Gel is the 2nd best healer i found when it comes to acne, especially with those deep nodular acne. Usually Nodular Acne lasts for 3-4 weeks with me, but when i use a combination of Lbri's Aloe Vera Jelly and maybe some pure emu oil or manuka oil, the nodular acne goes away within 3-4 days. Also give Sangre De Drago a dry for this type of deep acne, it's also a great speed healer.
Scar and Acne Healing:
If you have Acne or hyperpigmintation from acne scars that you want to get rid of i always use this method for the fastest healing:
Use a combination of Manuka Oil and Pure Emu Oil over the affected area using a q-tip, let the oils sink into the skin for about 30-45 minutes while whiping the remainder dripping off the skin. Then use Stabilized Aloe Vera Gel (preferrably from L'Bri) to trap the oils on the area, when aloe vera gel drys it acts like a bandaid on the skin letting the oils do it's work. The next morning you will be surprised with the results! You should always apply a glob of aloe vera gel an hour before bed on your nodular acne spots, it takes time to dry but when i use it overnight the deep acne I see a bigtime difference in the morning.
If you want to see fast results, I recommend you do this in the morning and at night, for a week or 2. Take a picture of the acne spot and in a week or 2 take another picture and see if you see any difference!
Stay Away From These At All Costs:
Benzoyl Peroxide (may be good for blackheads but NEVER use it on the entire face)
AHA/BHA (may be good for blackheads but NEVER use it on the entire face)
Petrolatum Oil (made from petrol oil, never use EVER!)
Lanolin (made from itchy sheep wool, no thanks!)
Parabens (not horrible but try to stay away from if possible)
Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol is seriously overydrying and damaging the skin! Your pores will enlarge!)
and so much more, just remember that 99 percent of all the products you see in the stores ave over the 5.5-6.5 PH range and contain hundreds of chemicals that should never be used on the skin; fragrances, color, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc.
STABILIZED Aloe Vera Gel
Pure Emu Oil
Sangre De Drago
Our skin only responds positively to the natural world, we are an organic being, when we put chemicals on our skin it not only damages you externally, but it damages you internally. If you put a chemical on your skin, your skin absorbs the chemical which then harms your body like your liver! So just forget everything you know about skincare, about the toners, cleansers, BP, Acids, Tallow Soaps, Chemicals etc.! Get rid of it all and never use it again, keep it simple, keep it natural and you will see results in no time.
Edited by AcneExposed, 28 June 2012 - 07:44 AM.