Acne is embarrassing at any age but when you can’t seem to get rid of it in your late twenties, thirties, and beyond, it just starts to get ridiculous. You’ve tried all the potions, pills, and creams but nothing works. Could your make-up be to blame?
Can You Get Acne from Make-Up?
If your acne is caused by make-up, you may have a condition known as acne cosmetica. This mild form of acne is commonly characterized by blocked pores and an appearance of reddish bumps along the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Acne cosmetica occurs when your make-up collects and clogs your pores, resulting in infection. If you use thick, creamy liquid make-up and don’t wash it off at the end of the day, you could be especially prone to this type of acne.
How to Reduce Your Acne Breakouts Naturally
You don’t need to spend money on expensive prescriptions or over-the-counter creams. You can reduce your acne breakouts naturally without any chemicals at all.
Here are my tips:
- Choose Powder-Based Make-Up
Oily foundation and thick creams can clog your pores even after you wash your face if you don’t get it all off. Switch to organic mineral make-up to cover up acne and accentuate your best features. Despite the fact mineral make-up is in powder form, it still offers excellent, lasting coverage.
- Wash Your Face Before Bed
Avoid acne cosmetica by washing your face thoroughly before going to bed each night. Use a gentle cleanser and warm water, following with a cold splash to tighten your pores. Carefully pat your skin dry.
- Tone Your Skin with Witch Hazel
After you’ve cleaned your skin, tone it with alcohol-free witch hazel. Pour some onto a cotton ball and gently swipe over your entire face. Allow to dry naturally.
- Clear Your Blemishes with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”) contains powerful healing and anti-inflammatory enzymes that can help heal even the most stubborn acne. Use it in place of witch hazel three times per week to reduce the appearance of acne breakouts.
You can also start drinking apple cider vinegar to increase your probiotic count and heal your acne from the inside out. Pour a teaspoon of ACV into a 4-ounce glass, fill with water, and drink once or twice per day.
- Reduce Infection with Clove Oil
Clove oil is a strong natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that can help clear your acne naturally. For particularly stubborn cases, mix a drop or two of clove oil with raw organic coconut oil and smooth over your face, taking care to avoid your eyes. This can be done in lieu of witch hazel and apple cider vinegar once or twice per day.
- Exfoliate Your Skin with Baking Soda
Regular exfoliation can help clear make-up, debris, and bacteria from your skin so you’re less prone to acne breakouts. Put a quarter-sized amount of baking soda in the palm of your hand and just enough water to make a paste. Smooth the mixture over your skin and rub in gentle, circular motions. Leave the mixture on for one or two minutes. Rinse off with warm water, followed by a cold splash to tighten pores.
- Use Bentonite Clay to Clean Your Pores
If you’ve been using commercial make-up most of your life, your body is likely loaded with toxins. And of course, your skin being your largest organ, it absorbs the most toxins of all! Bentonite clay has a certain chemical make-up that makes it the ideal natural detoxifying agent. Use it on your skin as you would any type of mud mask, allow it to dry, then rinse it off in warm water followed by a cold splash to tighten your pores.
More Harmful Effects of Popular Make-Up
When it comes to the kind of make-up you can pick up at the local dollar or drug store, acne cosmetica isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. Nearly all conventional make-up contains harmful chemicals that have been linked to the breast cancer, infertility, autoimmune disease, and neurological dysfunction.
I’ve done a lot of research on these chemicals over the past year and put everything I found in my free e-Book, “Dying to be Beautiful – Top 10 Killer Ingredients in Your Beauty Products”. Once you discover the truth about the harmful chemicals contained in each and every beauty product you use, you’ll want to throw everything away and start over.