If you are reading this, my guess is you found yourself here because you are fed up with your skin. Particularly your cystic acne. I want you to know you are right where you need to be, I was in your shoes a few years ago. For as long as I could remember I hated my skin. It made me so insecure and I would dream of going out without covering all my breakouts.
I would search online looking for anything to help. I tried everything from an aspirin mask (don’t try that btw) to apple cider vinegar. The truth is there was (and is) no quick fix. But there is hope, as I sit here I can tell you I haven’t had a cystic breakout in years and I go without makeup most days. I’m going to share with you my top tips for clearing cystic acne for good.
Acne Skincare Routine
what to eat for clear skin
1// What you put in your body makes a HUGE difference in how your skin looks. I cut out most processed foods and dairy, made healthy replacements for things like sugar, and started eating a clean healthy diet. If you check out the ROOTS section of the blog you can see some of my favorite recipes. I would say this is the biggest change I made that helped clear my skin. That being said, I know a lot of my acne was hormone related. Guess how we balance our hormones?? With a healthy diet and sometimes supplements. If you think you might have a hormone imbalance I highly recommend seeing a specialist and getting some bloodwork to rule it out.
Chemical free skincare
2// Switch to chemical free skincare products, actually I switched to chemical free everything for the most part (which will also help with hormone balancing btw). This was a life changer. Besides not wanting to put chemicals on my already sensitive skin, I knew enough to know everything you put on your skin also goes into your body. I felt like my body was reacting to everything I was putting on it. Now I only use chemical free skincare and savvy minerals natural makeup from Young Living.
replace your moisturizer
3// I switched from moisturizer to jojoba oil. This helped balance my skin in ways I couldn’t have imagined. While my skin was acne prone it was also very dry at times. When I switched to jojoba oil it evened out my skin and now it’s soft and moisturized all the time. The moisturizers were way too thick and I felt like they were actually taking the moisture away from my skin. Don’t worry, your face will be greasy for a few minutes after you put the oil on but your skin will absorb it and you won’t have any greasy residue. It is by far the best “moisturizer” I have ever used.
water and clear skin
4// I drink a lot of filtered water (we use a Berkey Filter and I can’t recommend it enough!). I try to drink half my body weight in oz every day, which is a lot harder than it sounds. But it’s so good for your skin and body, it flushes toxins and keeps your skin supple.
Stress management for clear skin
5// I found healthy ways to manage stress. Hormones from stress can wreak havoc on the body. Not to mention cause acne flare ups. To help manage stress I take Ashwaganda (a superfood adaptogen) every night, I practice yoga and workout daily. As a mom of three it is so important that I find time to move my body during the day and keep the stress at bay.
Clear skin Face mask
Charcoal Face Mask
- glass bowl
- fan applicator brush (optional)
- 1 TBSP Activated Charcoal
- 1 TBSP Calcium Bentonite Clay
- 1 TSP Honey
- 1 half Squeezed Lemon
- Wash and dry your skin with a gentle cleanser. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl (don't use metal for this). Apply a thin layer in upward sweeps with fan applicator brush making sure to keep away from your eyes and mouth. Let the mask setup and dry for about 10 minutes. When the mask is dry (you'll know) wash your face with water using circular motions to add some extra exfoliation. Once clean pat dry and apply a moisturizing oil like jojoba oil.