I'm gonna list my oil-pulling and facial regimen in case anyone was curious
1 tbsp cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, gently swish in your mouth for 20 min.
rinse with 1:1 hydrogen peroxide/water mix
Aveeno Calming moisturizer with SPF
Baking soda scrub
Tea Tree Castille Soap
(Still working on night moisturizer)
Also, the great perk of using these natural AHAs is that they are so much cheaper than ones made by huge pharm companies.
So a little background info on me and what I like to call my braille face. I've had moderate/moderate severe acne with cysts for about 12 years. I've done all kinds of treatments short of accutane, I love my liver too much to risk it. I had pretty much given up on having even somewhat clearer skin when I started becoming resistant to antibiotics. So in a last ditch effort I figured I would try my friend's 'crazy' suggestion and go a more natural route. The first thing she suggested was oil pulling, switching to a castille soap, exfoliating with baking soda, and using apple cider vinegar.
I started using tea tree oil castille soap about 2 months ago. I began some improvement after about 2 weeks of use. My face was less red and the smaller zits were becoming fewer and fewer. I figured I would replace on of my current steps with another natural remedy and began oil pulling. Now, there is no hard evidence that it works for anything other than oral health, but I've noticed an improvement on my overall well-being since I started. I only do oil pulling about once a week due to time constraints.
For the last 2 weeks I have been using lemon juice and Bragg's organic ACV as day/night toner on my face with some pretty awesome results. My scars have gotten smaller, they are still there but less noticeable. The hyper-pigmentation I have is also clearing up, which is a surprising bonus. And, I only have 1 pimple. It has been a very long time since I can say I would be ok leaving the house without make-up.
The only downside is I haven't found a moisturizer that I like yet. I was thinking of trying olive oil but didn't know if it was really noncomedogenic.