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I’m 20 years old and I never had acne before about a year ago. I have a lot of blackheads on my forehead and it results in little bumps, sometimes red ones. I also have some on my chin, though they turn into pimples a lot more often. The space between my eyebrows has been the place where pimples have come out when I was a teen, about once a month. I’m a girl and hormones you know what I mean. I still have issues in that area.
I wash my face once a day before I go to bed, often twice a day if I wash in the morning as well. I use a natural scrub and soft foaming face soap. I haven’t found a lotion I like yet so hydration could be part of the issue, but I’m sure there is more. It’s pretty bad and people who love me have started to pass comments about it. I don’t feel I’m getting a handle on the situation.
Can Anyone Help Me?
Hello, I am 17 and know what you are going through trust me! Black heads suck! I have finally found something that helped me though and it’s cheap and not very hard to do! I have been through many trial and error and have realized commercial skin products just make things worse.
The supplies I use to maintain healthy good looking skin (as best I can) is different types of salt and a very gentle soap.
My soap is made by Dr. Ohiira (called a beauty bar) which has all natural ingredients and probiotics to help kill of bad bacteria on the skin but maintain the good bacteria that heal your skin. You can order this soap online, but if you want something from the drug store try Dove’s unscented soap bar. I recommend going to a health food store instead and getting a very natural soap instead though.
Next After Washing Your Face With A Mild, Gentle Cleanser You Are Going To Need:
Epsom salt (salt of magnesium) you can get this at any drug store for very cheap. It is great for the skin, aches, buises, scrapes, etc and it even helps kill bad bacteria and retain moisture in skin.
You can either put two table spoons of this in pretty warm water and stir it around until it is cloudy white and tastes bitter. You can use this as a toner for your skin with a cotton ball and let it dry as a mask. You can even sleep with this, but it will dry as a slightly white salty film so I would sleep on a towel or some sort of pillow protector although I never have noticed a noticeable salty film in my bed or anything.
The toner helps all oiliness and seriously reduced redness so much. A less potent toner with less epsom salt would leave a less white residue and could be used for daily wear, under make up even.
The next way to use epsom salt is to grind it up into a almost a powder like form. I do this using a coffee bean grinder (I do this because the grains are to big and don’t scrub as much and the sand like texture helps more when using as a scrub). I then mix it with either a creamy gentle cleanser, or just a little bit of water, or some sort of natural home made mask and use it as a scrub / exfoliant and the grains will eventually dissolves soaking into your face and then you rinse.
There is Yet Another Way to Use Epsom Salt, and this is Good for Body Oiliness and Acne
Put two cups of epsom salt into a hot bath and soak. This is very effective plus relaxing as the magnesium sulfate (that makes up epsom salt) is very soothing to your muscles as well as good for taking out redness and inflammation in the skin.
Two other types of salts I use on my skin are Himalayan Sea Salt (naturally a light pink or greyish color) and I also use Dead sea salt. Both of these salts are great at fighting blemishes and reducing oils but are a more drying salt for the skin. If you choose to you can add 1 tea spoon of each of these salts to 2 cups of warm water. Or even more effectively you can make a toner using all three, (Hemilayan, Dead Sea, and Epsom salt) into one toner.
I would alternate between using the mixed salt toner, and regular epsom salt toner so you do not dry your skin out to much but to keep it balanced. Apple cider vinegar used in the ratio 1:1 with water makes an excellent claryfying agent and even lightens the skin. You can look up the reviews for most of these items too and see how other people rate them also.
The website howtogetridofacnescar.com has a lot of info on products and skin care. Even if you don’t have acne it can be helpful. Hope this helps with everyone’s skin! 😉 Table salt should never be used on the skin because it is bleached and will actually harm your skin as well as your body. Eating pure sea salt is a million times better too!
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