If anyone has been reading my blog thus far, you will know I have been on the regime (drugstore version) for about a month. I can honestly say that benzoyl peroxide is a very effective acne/blemish treatment - at a cost. The dryness, roughness and overall uneven skin texture is a trade off for fewer pimples and potentially clear skin. I found that my skin was so rough and uneven that it just didn't look great, even though I had fewer pimples and blemishes. Doing some research on Benzoyl Peroxide you'll find that there has been research done that has led many researchers to believe that benzoyl peroxide is harmful to skin and causes damage by delivering free radicals into the skin. Overall it's not generally recommended as a long term acne solution. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not some naturalist who only uses organic and all-natural products. I believe in using what will work, regardless of if it is natural or not. However, after not being impressed with the effects of benzoyl peroxide on my skin, I've decided to try out a more natural routine...so for anyone curious, I'll be your skincare guinea pig!! I have done LOTS of research into the selection of all products and vitamins listed, though you can conduct your own as well. If all else fails, I will go back to benzoyl peroxide, and try to find a solution to the skin problems which accompany using it.
Here is what I will be using:
Tea Tree Oil (from The Body Shop...though you can find products containing tea tree oil - or just the oil itself - at any natural store.
More specifically I'm using a few products from their Tea Tree oil line up:
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion (Day)
Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion (Night)
Tea Tree Oil (Night)
I live in Canada, so I'm sure the pricing is fairly similar in the US, but for a FULL sized kit containing the all the products I've listed (minus the night lotion), it's $30! I think that's an awesome price for 4 full-sized products. I bought the Night Fade Lotion because I thought it looked good and most products from the Body Shop are reasonably priced. Quick Fact about Tea Tree Oil: it has been said to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide on the skin without the negative impact, though it takes longer to work it's magic, so I guess more patience is needed!
I have been using these products only for a day, so I can't comment yet, though I will be updating.
Honey (organic, raw...not the sugary kind!). I've read online that putting honey on your face for about 20-30 min a day can do wonders for your skin, since honey has excellent antibacterial properties! There are some great reviews on acne.org, in the products review section, so check it out to see what other people think. This is my first night using a honey mask - currently typing with it on!
Vitamin A & E. Vitamin A is great for your hair, nails and especially skin and same goes for Vitamin E (it's also present in a lot fo face creams and moisturizers). Recently I've been seeing a lot of people posting about their success clearing skin with just vitamins! Sounds too good to be true, and I suppose everyone is different, but it can't hurt to try! Though every post I read recommended a different set of vitamins, two kept popping up again and again. Both of these vitamins were mentioned in nearly every blog post I've read on the topic, so I decided it was worth giving them a try. A lot of people seem to have success incorporating these two into their routine.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give you guys all the info. I will be sure to update whenever I start to notice changes or how my skin reacts - though I am assuming it won't be an overnight change! Feel free to do your own research about the products I've mentioned and see if they might be a good option for your skin as well.
Please let me know in the comments if there is any natural product, food, or vitamin that you have found to help clear up your skin - I'd love to know! Likewise if any of these products have worked or not for you, please share your experience.