My poor skin has been having a moment for a few weeks now. It started with trying a different brand of tea tree oil, of all things, that my skin did not agree with. I broke out on my T-zone – forehead, nose, and chin. My skin type has always been sensitive and dry but since I broke out, I have been an oily mess. I’m not sure if it’s from the tea tree, the change in weather, my body adjusting to coming off hormonal birth control, or all of the above. Either way, I clearly needed to reevaluate my current products.
Skincare is deeply personal so just because I like the products I’m about to share, they might not work for you. Clear skin is also more than slathering stuff on your face. It’s a combination of eating healthy, whole foods, staying hydrated, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and genetics. In addition to revamping my product lineup, I know I personally need to focus on my eating too. May was a busy month so I have fallen victim eating on the go and dining out frequently.
I’m still dealing with some breakouts, but overall, these natural, clean products have helped me clear up some of the worst trouble areas.
Cleanser – Acure Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick
None of my cleansers were geared for acne prone skin, so finding a natural one was my top priority. I stumbled upon this cleansing stick in Whole Foods. I gravitated to it because I’ve used the brand in the past, plus it’s easy on the wallet. It has ingredients that I know and love, like rosehip oil, jojoba oil, lavender, and peppermint. The stick form makes it super easy to use. Simply wet your face, rub the stick directly on your skin, and use your hands to massage it in and create a light lather. As my skin is sensitive, sometimes cleansers geared for acne are too harsh, but this is perfectly gentle.
Exfoliator – Aqua Reveal Soft Water Peel
This. Stuff. I’ve had this exfoliator for at least 8 months and I fall in love every time I use it. It’s super gentle but insanely effective. After cleansing and drying, rub the gel all over your face. Keeping going until you see the dead skin start to ball up. It’s both disgusting and exhilarating. Then all you have to do is rinse thoroughly. Normally, I use it once a week but when my skin needs some extra attention I amp it up to 2 – 3 times. Fair warning – it’s not cheap. However, it is hands down the best exfoliator I have ever tried.
Toner – DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
After washing (and/or exfoliating) my face, I use a homemade ACV spray. I’ve been using this for probably 3 months now and it is SUPER easy to make. It’s also a lot cheaper than other toners out there. Plus, you can customize it to your skin. Start with a 1:4 ratio of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to distilled water. I put mine in a glass spray bottle, but you could also put this in a container and swipe it on with a cotton pad. If it’s not strong enough, adjust the ratio. Try 1:2 and then 1:1, as needed.
Moisturizer – Purpl Goat Calm Complexion Serum
I saw this on an Instagram takeover and I knew I had to have it with what I’ve been going through. I was previously moisturizing with rosehip oil only, but it just wasn’t doing the trick. This serum is for acne, hyper pigmentation, and skin sensitivities. It contains jojoba oil, neem extract, turmeric extract, lavender essential oil, and more. It’s handmade, and like so many of these products, I recognize all of the ingredients. It’s hydrating while it fights breakouts. The only downside is I’m not crazy about the packaging. Online, the image has a dropper but I received it with a pump. The pump seemed like it would be cleaner, but it leaks a little after each use, and a lot if you shake it too hard. While maybe not ideal for traveling, it’s fine for sitting next to my sink at home.
Face Mask – Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask
This is another product I’ve had for a while and it has swopped in to save the day yet again. It’s designed to clarify, cool, exfoliate, smooth, and resurface skin. Ingredients include blue tansy, white willow bark, fruit enzymes, and aloe leaf. It’s a little pricey, but I think it’s worth it. It’s another clearing product that’s great for sensitive skin, which is so hard to find. If you are on the sensitive side too, try using it for a shorter amount of time initially, 5-10 minutes. Once you’ve seen how you’re skin reacts, then you can amp up the time to the recommended 15-20 minutes.
Spot Treatment – Cocokind Tumeric Spot Treatment
My final product, yet again, has ingredients that you know – turmeric, ginger, and tea tree. Often I’ll use this after the Herbivore mask for a little extra kick to any stubborn spots. It’s bright yellow when you apply it to your skin, making it easy to see. Wait 20 minutes and then wash it off with a wet cotton pad. I will say, I’ve found it a bit more difficult to get off than that, so I use micellar water. And, admittedly, I’ve still found some stains on my pillow case the next morning… Let’s be honest, it’s probably user error. Despite being a little messy, it really does help! I’ve used it on spots before they surface and have watched massive buggers drastically reduce in size. If you don’t want to worry about staining, I highly recommend the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion or tea tree oil.
And that’s it! It might seem like a lot, but they are the only products I’ve been using. I don’t use them all every day, and my skin has needed the extra love. While my complexion is far from perfect, these guys are helping me adjust to this new phase of oily skin. If you have any suggestions for me or questions about any of these products, please leave them in the comments!