One thing that almost everyone can agree on? Breakouts are no fun. It’s no wonder that questions about how to combat zits and blemishes have been flooding our inbox for nearly as long as we’ve been around (almost 3 years!). We’ve typically addressed these questions on a case by case basis for a few reasons: 1. Everyone’s skin is different, so a remedy that works for one person might not yield the same results for another, and 2. Breakouts can be indicative of other issues (have you been drinking enough water? How’s your diet?). So instead of giving you a one size fits all skincare routine for blemish prone skin, we're going to share how we recommend dealing with blemishes as they happen.
Remember, no one knows your skin better than you do. So follow the skincare golden rule and do whatever works best for you and your unique skin type, and always remember to patch test before applying anything to a large area of skin. Now onto the fun stuff:
Feel a blemish coming on under the skin? First things first, we resist the urge to pick at it. Picking at your skin spreads bacteria and makes whatever blemish you were trying to address 10x worse, trust us. If you take anything away from this guide, let it be to avoid picking at all costs. Second, we mix up a small amount of our Indian Healing Clay with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the area for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. The clay will help extract whatever impurities are lurking beneath the skin.
During the day, we’d recommend spot treating your blemish with a little bit of our Organic Tea Tree Oil, diluted in a lightweight, nourishing facial oil like Jojoba or Rosehip. The antibacterial properties of the Tea Tree Oil will keep the blemished zone clean and bacteria-free while quelling any redness and swelling around the area. Face oils like our Organic Jojoba and Rosehip oils are keep the area balanced while promoting skin repair so skin bounces back faster!
In the evening, we moisturize with our Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and then apply a thin layer of a gentle cleansing mask like our Dead Sea Mud Mask as an overnight spot treatment. The Dead Sea Mud will absorb blemish-causing bacteria, while Calendula extract, Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera gel keep the area hydrated and balanced.
Caring for blemish prone skin doesn’t stop once the zits subside. Promote speedy healing and prevent scaring by keeping skin hydrated. Dab a small amount of Vitamin E oil on scabbing skin to support skin renewal and help minimize the appearance of dark spots or scars that blemishes can leave behind.
There you have it! Our guide to combating bothersome breakouts from start to finish. How do you treat blemishes the natural way? Let us know in the comments!