4th-of-julyThe 4th of July weekend) is almost here– wouldn’t it be nice to take those firework selfies with friends and family with glowing skin? I know that’s on my list.

Oily skin? Acne? Breakouts? Been there, done that. In the past few years, there’s been a resurgence of using natural products to help treat our skin issues. Going back to the basics helps correct problematic skin and reduces scarring from that pesky adolescent acne. Pure and simple products that naturally absorb oil (some with anti-bacterial properties!) may be just what you’re looking for to treat breakouts.

Fight Oil with Oil

There were so many anti-oil mindsets, but the mainstream finally accepted treating oily skin with oil. Fruit, vegetable and nut oils are extremely helpful on oily and problematic skin without clogging pores. Some of these oils include, but are not limited to:

  • Argan oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grape Seed oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Neem Oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil

You can cleanse your skin by using these oils, or search for skin care products that include one or more of these oils in their ingredients. Hint: the Wonderland Organics facial oils include argan oil, apricot kernel, fractionated coconut, and more!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural essences taken directly from plants, fruits, trees, roots spices, etc. The essential oils listed below have antibacterial properties that help to dissolve pimples and keep the bacteria from spreading and forming new pimples.

Look for products that include these oils. Both lavender and tea tree oil can be used in small amounts (diluted) directly onto a pimple to reduce redness, inflammation and to dry it out. You can also use one or a combination of these oils in a weekly facial steam to help detoxify your pores:

  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

Note that none of these essential oils should be used neat on the skin, and it’s best to always dilute them with carrier oils such as sunflower oil, coconut oil, or an oil of your choosing!

Vitamins

Some vitamins have been shown to dramatically improve these types of skin conditions, especially vitamins A and E. Vitamin A is often used to treat acne. You’ve probably heard of Retinol A, based on a vitamin A derivative. A natural source of vitamin A is carrot seed essential oil (to toot my own horn, this essential oil is included in the Wonderland Organics Balance Serum).

Vitamin E has also been recommended for breakouts. You can use products that contain vitamin E, or you can simply take a vitamin E capsule found at your local health food store, poke a small hole in one end of the capsule, and apply the oil directly to your face at night right after cleansing and toning.

Clays

Once per week, you can try using a clay based mask to further clean and detoxify your pores. Clays that work especially well for breakouts include Bentonite, French green clay and Rhassoul. Simply mix clay with water to form a paste. Apply to the skin and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat skin dry. I’d suggest spritzing with a hydrosol, then follow with the facial oil or serum of your choice.

Has anyone tried using these natural ways to reduce acne scars or get rid of those breakouts? Let me know in the comments below!

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