By Arvette Hammar
I thought my days of acne were over at 18. Wasn't 5 years of teenage acne the price to pay for entry into adulthood? Well it appears that acne after 40 is a common occurrence. Acne may come in the whopper smack dab in the middle of your forehead or a scattering of constellations on your cheeks. In whatever form your adult acne comes in, finding ways to reduce incidents and quickly handle outbreaks when they occur.
Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it - adult skin does not have the same issues as teenage acne; which is usually caused by fluctuations in hormones. Find out more about the causes of Adult Acne from the American Academy of Dermatology here.
Acne is often the result of bacteria clogging pores and unregulated sebum (oil) production. The key is detoxing the body and skin and eliminated pore clogging products. Try these tips:
Try this Natural DIY Acne Healing Mask
Adult Acne Healing Mask
Acne is often caused by bacteria and clogged oil pores. Often times as adults, we forget how irritating and uncomfortable acne was as a youth as well as not being quite sure how to deal with it. Try this soothing acne mask at night.
1/4 cup of Oatmeal - Anti-Inflammatory
1/4 cup of Water
2 tbsp Raw Honey - Anti-bacterial/Natural skin healer
3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil - Anti-bacterial/Anti-Inflammatory
Soak the Oatmeal in the water overnight in the refrigerator. Puree the Oat and Water mixture in the blender until well mixed. Strain the oat mixture in cheese cloth to reserve the "Oat Milk". You should have a liquid the consistency of buttermilk. Discard the strained Oats (in the compost is a wonderful place). Set aside.
Warm the honey slightly until semi-fluid, but do not get it hot as this will destroy its healing properties. Add the oat milk and honey to the blender and blend well. Pour mixture into a sealable container. Add Tea Tree Oil, replace top and shake vigorously. This mixture will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
Cleanse face gently with a natural facial cleanser (Buy our African Black Facial Soap for Problem Skin Here). Pat face dry. Apply a thin layer of Acne Mask to face and let sit for 10 minutes (avoid getting in eyes as the Tea Tree can irritate). Rinse thoroughly. Pat dry and apply a light natural facial moisturizer.
Like every year, this year I made my resolutions to proactively BE healthier. What that means to me is to eat healthier, be more active and continue to make healthier decisions on the products my family and I use. As, I cleaned out my "beauty" drawer this weekend throwing out the old cosmetics and cleansers I noticed that I've been using the same products day in and day out for years; regardless of the season.
When we moved to the Foothills at a higher elevation, I really struggled with the impacts the changing environment had on my skin; particularly the dryness. As summer turned to winter, I found that the products that had worked in the summer didn't particularly work well in the winter. This got me to thinking...Each season represents not only changes in the weather but the cyclical patterns of the earth's renewal and regeneration. Since our bodies are in tune (some better than others) with these changes, our body's needs change with the seasons. Our seasons may look different depending on where we live and some may be more subtle than others (Florida winter vs. Fargo winter), but the changes occur all the same.
Your skincare regime needs to change with the changing seasons. The processes tend to stay the same, however the products will differ.
Bottom Line...what works for your skin in one season may not work in another because your skin's needs are constantly changing. Embrace the changes and give your skin what it needs when it needs it.
Where are we now? DRY WINTER SKIN
Your old skin layers are dying in preparation for the new cells that will emerge. Remember that exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and blackheads from clogged pores. Exfoliating salt and sugar scrubs are wonderful for removing dead skin and giving your skin a vibrant glow.
Try this DIY Natural Sugar Scrub Recipe:
Honey Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup of Sugar (white of brown - raw sugar will be too rough)
1/4 cup of Oil (I like Almond and Coconut, but any natural light oil will work)
1 tsp. Raw Honey
2-3 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (I like Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Patchouli for their dry skin benefits)
Mix ingredients well in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Stores on the counter for about two months.
Wet skin thoroughly in shower. Turn off water and apply mixture to body in a circular motion, focusing on any dry rough areas. Rinse thoroughly.
Don't want to make your own scrub? Try our sugar and salt scrub
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