Simple but Effective Homemade Cleansers
Imagine that you’re wearing the most beautiful Christian Dior dress you’ve ever seen.
Expensive Jimmy Choo heels, your hair and makeup are immaculate.
But you're still not feeling great about yourself.
Because your skin isn’t clear and to you, it's more noticeable than your dress or shoes.
The teenage years are a time of exploration and learning.
As you grow into strong, intelligent, young men and women, but it’s not an easy road to travel.
The social aspect of junior high, high school and college are stress enough.
Skin flare-ups only make that time worse!
If there was one thing that I wished I could change about myself, it was those breakouts.
If you’ve tried without success, then you may want to take a look at your diet!
The food we eat can cause hormonal changes and inflammation within us.
This can cause skin eruptions.
Beautiful skin doesn't start in a jar or even at the dermatologists office.
It starts with what you have for breakfast.
Gets better with a smart lunch choice.
And a delicious dinner helps keep skin smooth and break-out free.
New research has found that people on a low-glycemic-index diet.
Meaning they ate vegetables, lean poultry, fish, and 100% whole grains.
Rather than refined and sugary foods that spike blood sugar, saw their acne improve.
That's actually not a surprise to us.
One culprit in break-out-prone skin is inadequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
When you trade sugar (and meat) for avocados, walnuts and great tasting, fatty fish.
You boost those valuable fats...and...help control acne.
It's unlikely you have to be perfect about a low "G.I." diet to see your skin change.
Most of the people whose acne diminished, said they followed this diet's "general" principles.
The key is following these recommendations.
Enjoy and celebrate good, healthy whole foods.
This means increasing produce, 100% whole grains, nuts and lean protein.
Especially fish like salmon and trout that are high in omega-3 fats.
Or taking a supplement containing DHA.
For some great solutions, try these 6 steps to fighting skin break-outs with foods:
1. Cut the refined, high glycemic index.
The “Great White Hazards”, white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, sugar and sweets.
These foods illicit the type of hormonal changes that underlie the pathogenesis of acne.
Choose whole grains and beans instead.
These healthy carbs provide much higher quality nutrition.
Yet, do not elicit adverse hormonal responses.
2. Consume as many bright colored fruits and veggies as possible.
They taste awesome, fresh and cold from the fridge!
Fruits and veggies are a rich source of skin-nourishing nutrients.
Provide potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytochemicals...and...they boost immunity.
These features work together to help combat blemishes and other types of skin flare-ups.
The super star, super foods, for acne prevention include;
Red onions, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red bell peppers.
Garlic, dark leafy greens, apples, red grapes, blueberries, blackberries.
Raspberries, cranberries, cherries, oranges and plums.
Nothing difficult here, right?
3. Reduce milk and milk products (except for yogurt).
Substituting other calcium-rich foods.
Foods such as calcium fortified orange juice, calcium fortified soy-milk.
Dark leafy greens, almonds, Brazil nuts, canned salmon, pinto beans.
Milk and dairy products can promote inflammation in the body.
And skin breakouts are an inflammatory process.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Reported that female teens who were heavy milk drinkers were 22% more likely to have severe cases.
Versus those who drank the least amount of milk.
4. Cut consumption of omega-6 oils.
Such as corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed and soybean oil.
These oils promote inflammation in the body.
Instead use canola oil and olive oil.
Both are low in omega-6 fatty acids.
5. Maximize your intake of omega-3 fats.
Consume oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring, lake trout).
Walnuts, canola oil, whole soy foods, wheat germ and omega-3 eggs.
Omega-3 fatty acids have potent anti-inflammatory properties and enhance blood flow to skin.
6. Decrease consumption of animal products high in arachadonic acid.
Red meat, poultry skin and whole dairy products.
These are amongst the richest, dietary sources of omega-6 fats.
If you're looking for a natural, topical remedy, you may want to try...
Topical applications of thyme (leaves) are more effective for treating acne.
Than standard creams containing benzoyl peroxide.
Without the irritating side effects.
These mighty little leaves begin killing pore-clogging bacteria in just five minutes.
How’s that for herbal power?
Home Acne Treatments
Home treatments not only work well, but they save money.
They can also be less abrasive than marketed cleansers.
Let’s be real, fighting acne is a pain.
But these homemade cleansers are safe for your skin, easy on the wallet and just awesome!
The good thing about home treatments is they often use natural products.
Instead of harsh chemicals found in over-the-counter or prescription treatments.
Making them ideal for sensitive skin.
So, if you want to learn to make your own home treatments, keep reading!
I know it seems crazy to put oil on your already oily acne prone skin.
Olive oil has been used for many years as a cleanser and works wonders as a home treatment.
For best results pour a small amount of olive oil onto your hands and massage deep into the skin.
Allow the oil to sit for at least 3 minutes, then place a steamy towel over the face.
The steam will help pull impurities out of your pores.
After the towel cools use it to wipe away the remaining oil.
Castor oil works the same way as olive oil for a home cleanser.
These oils work as facial cleansers because skin naturally contains oil.
Many of the cleansers we buy are branded as “oil-free.”
Water doesn’t dissolve oil, oil dissolves oil.
When the oils from the skin are removed, the body creates even more oil, creating oily skin.
Or it may react by not creating any oil and thus leaving your skin dry.
It makes sense to use oil to help remove the dirt and oil from your face to help clear acne.
Castor oil has a strong cleansing property, and works well to pull the dirt and oil out of your pores.
To use castor oil as a cleanser, mix 3 parts castor oil with 2 parts sunflower oil and massage all over your face. (If you are prone to dry skin, you should increase the sunflower oil.)
Place a hot washcloth over your face for 30 seconds to create steam.
Then use the cloth to scrub the excess oil from your face.
Baking soda works two ways as an at home treatment.
First it exfoliates the skin by buffing away dead skin and opening up clogged pores.
Another way is the alkaline substance of baking soda kills off bacteria in the skin that causes acne.
To use baking soda, wet your face and then create a paste with baking soda and water in your hand.
Massage the paste into your face gently for one minute.
Finish by rinsing with cool water and patting dry.
Oatmeal is not only good for your body, it does wonders for you skin too.
Oatmeal is naturally high in vitamins.
Which makes it perfect to reduce redness and inflammation caused by acne.
Create your own at acne treatment by soaking a cup of oatmeal in a cup of boiling water.
After the oatmeal mixture has cooled, apply it to your face and gently massage the skin.
After one to two minutes rinse off the oatmeal.
Honey is another terrific at-home treatment.
The sugar in honey pulls the moisture out of the air into your skin.
And the alphahydroxy acid helps remove dead skin cells and encourages collagen production.
Honey contains antibacterial properties and can help hydrate the skin.
Using raw honey as a face-mask can reduce acne and moisturize your skin.
You can create a simple honey mask.
Just by massaging natural honey into the skin and allowing it to sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.
This is a great mask to do a couple of time a week, especially in the colder months, to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
One way to enjoy this mask is to apply it before soaking in a warm bath.
Steam opens the pores and allows the impurities to escape.
Boil a pot of water and then let it cool for a few minutes.
Hang your face over the cooled pot of water with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam in.
After 10 minutes you can remove the towel and dry the steam off your face.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It may be starting to sound like apple cider vinegar is natures cure all, but for good reason!
Apple cider vinegar is an at home cure for many different things.
Apple cider vinegar is unprocessed and contains many natural properties.
It works wonders as an at home treatment.
To use, mix one part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water.
Dab the mixture onto the face with a cotton ball.
Using home treatments is so much better for your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
It has both antibacterial and antiseptic traits, which is why it works so well as an acne fighting toner.
Combine one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water, and dab on your face with a cotton ball.
Follow up with your favorite moisturizer or coconut oil.
Tea Tree Oil
This topical acne treatment has the same restorative effects as benzoyl peroxide.
But without the chemicals.
Just dab a little bit onto affected area before bed.
The acne should be greatly reduced by morning!
And as you can see, there are many ways to treat acne naturally at home.
Please, give our recommendations a try.
I know from my own teen years how difficult this skin dilemma can be on your self-esteem.
I've "been there and done that"!
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