Ooohkay, so I have more tips for you on getting clear, flawless skin! The more I rack my brain, the more stuff comes up.
Here is a list of posts I wrote before that are all about clearing up acne and getting a flawless complexion:
- 3 Secrets to Clear Skin (No More Acne!)
- Get Flawless Skin Without Makeup — Part I
- Get Flawless Skin Without Makeup — Part II
Now on to the “10 Secrets”:
- Use manuka honey on blemishes — it’s safe and effective to use it nightly if you wish. After washing your face, just put it on, let it sit for 10–20 minutes, and rinse off with lukewarm water. Honey, especially manuka, is antibacterial and contains enzymes and nutrients that are helpful in repairing acne and acne scars.
- Supplement with MSM (a.k.a. methylsulfonylmethane). It is a white, naturally occurring substance (sulfur) that has been used to treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. Take it in capsule form, or add 1 tsp. of the powdered variety to juice twice per day (it tastes terrible, definitely put it in juice).
Use natural hair products that do not contain hydrogenated oils, parabens, dimethicone, or other substances that can trigger acne. You hair inevitably gets on your face during the day and while you sleep, so act like the products you’re putting on your hair are products you put on your face. If you need help looking for natural hair care products, feel free to read my post on my 10 favorite natural brands of 2009.
- Clean your pillowcase regularly. I have 4 silk pillowcases from Dream Sacks that I rotate. About once per week I replace my pillowcase with a fresh one, and wash all 4 together when they’ve all been used. This keeps bacteria and oil that rub off from your skin and hair from staying too long on the pillow and potentially creating skin problems. I’ve been using silk pillowcases for over 7 years and I would never go back…oooh I love them!
- Eat foods that are rich in zinc and copper. Both are essential for healing skin, acne scars, and keeping you blemish-free. These foods include spinach, beef and venison (deer), summer squash, unsulphured blackstrap molasses, asparagus, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, and collard greens. (Just make sure it’s organic, and in the case of meat, organic and grass-fed.)
- Use natural makeup, and wash it off every night. Your skin will take much longer to get better if you keep using drugstore or department store makeup loaded with chemicals, preservatives, and pore-clogging ingredients. Opt for mineral-based makeup, such as Alima or Vapour (there are many other awesome natural makeup brands!) that will actually nourish your skin and sit on the surface, not cause blackheads and blemishes. When you remove your makeup at night, dip a cotton pad or ball into olive oil or coconut oil, and swipe over your face to remove. Then continue with your normal skin care regimen.
- Take it easy. Stress is a very common acne trigger, so make time for yourself when you need it, try some relaxing yoga classes or DVDs, walk or otherwise exercise daily (I love BodyRock.tv — I do her workouts 5 times per week), listen to relaxing music, get quality sleep, and just breathe deeply. You can even get some herbal assistance from Valerian Root (check with your physician if needed), which calms the nerves (use only at night and when you’re not planning on driving). Eating well will also make stress less harmful on your organs, since they won’t be working as hard as they normally would if you’re eating junk, not exercising, and stressing out at the same time.
- Drink lots of water! I mentioned this in my other posts, but it’s worth saying again: drink water! No soda, no coffee, no Starbucks or slurpees. Herbal teas are just fine (my favorite is loose bulk tea from Mountain Rose Herbs or “Detox” blend from Yogi Tea). Good old fashioned water will keep your cells hydrated, resulting in fresh, dewy, plump skin. You can even eliminate blackheads by drinking enough water (go for 2 liters per day, more if you’re active or live in a dry climate). Just remember to use a good water filter. I always recommend Environmental Water Systems because they have the highest medical-grade filter available (children’s hospitals and the military use their units) so it gets out all the chlorine and pollutants in our water. At the very least, make sure your drinking water and shower water are filtered.
- Don’t touch or pick at your skin. I see this so often — it’s no wonder that I see someone get a blemish in the same spot where they were fondling their face earlier. If you have an itch, use the back of your hand or a clean shirt sleeve.
- Clean your phone regularly, especially if you have a habit of resting your phone against your cheek. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe down your phone about once per week.
I really hope that was helpful! Let me know what you think and if you have any requests for future posts or videos. More DIY skincare recipes are on their way — I’m going to show you how to get rid of acne scars with a few of them.