I know what it’s like to be frustrated with your skin, especially when you’re dealing with a face that is oily and acne prone. If you’re under the impression that using harsh scrubbing agents will rid your skin of acne then here’s a brief explanation to get you back on track.
No matter what your skin type is an important process in any healthy routine is exfoliating in a way that is both gentle but effective. If your skin is left raw and red afterwards you’re being too tough.
Exfoliating our skin helps to rid it of dry, loose, dead skin cells which can accumulate on the surface of our faces. (although these cells are so small you’d need special equipment to even see them). This buildup of dead skin, if not properly removed, can clog pores and turn into acne and blemishes.
So what are some gentle ways to exfoliate without irritating your skin?
Using masks for acne
Masks serve multiple purposes. Not only do their drying techniques gently scrub away dead skin, but when mixed properly they actually repair texture, moisturize, and reduce redness and scarring.
One of my favorite masks ingredients is bentonite clay. It helps to draw out excess oil from your skin while leaving water moisture intact.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AKA: AHA). AHA is an ingredient found in many fancy, expensive masks. Without getting into all of the complicated chemical properties of AHA, you can rest assured knowing that it loosens dead skin cells on the surface layer of your skin, allowing them to be removed easily. This extra exfoliant helps to increase cell turnover by removing built up layers caused by pollution or sun.
The best thing about using yogurt in your skincare routine is that it contains only low levels of AHA, so it’s great for super sensitive skin. It helps your skin to retain water while it’s exfoliating, so you don’t have to worry about drying out your face or being left with dry, itchy, don’t-go-in-the-sun skin.
Where AHA helps your skin by reacting with water, Betahydroxy Acid causes a reaction with oil. So if you struggle with oily or acne prone skin, you want to look for ingredients containing BHA. Other than in stores, where can you find BHA? The simplest and most straightforward place is in your medicine cabinet: BHA is found in aspirin.
Have you ever heard of an aspirin mask? It’s not irritating to skin but it deeply penetrates pores, removing oil and dirt. It acts as an exfoliant, cleaning deep down as it permeates the oily surface of your skin (it’s lipid soluable), and cleaning out pores with its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Using baking soda to exfoliate
Over the next several months I will be sharing posts with instructions on how to make ALL of these masks, so stay tuned for those! But in the meantime here’s a really simple DIY that you can do right this very minute: Look no further than your own kitchen! Baking soda is a great way to get your skin clean and it’s so gentle!
Check out some of our favorite DIY tutorials and check back here frequently because I’ll be sharing a ton more of my favorite DIY recipes here!