Heal Your Skin in 4 Simple Steps
Some people are blessed to have the skin of baby angels no matter how abusive they are to it.
Me? Not-so-much. And I’m guessing if you’re reading this, that’s not you either. Since I have been through the nine circles of hell with my skin, I’ve learned a little about how to heal skin issues.
Here are four things that helped me heal my skin:
1) Quit Using Those Acne Washes
Unless you have a very specific type of acne, you shouldn’t be using acne face washes. Salicylic acid is not all bad – it helps kill the bacteria that creates acne and it helps constrict pores. But if you’ve been using it for years with just minor improvement, you probably don’t have bacteria-caused acne.
If you’re getting older and you’re still using salicylic acid washes, you could be doing more harm than good. It is very drying to your skin and this may cause your skin to react by producing more oil, which in turn will create more acne, and the cycle continues. It may also lead to thinner skin and increased sensitivity to the sun – both of which can cause premature aging.
Take it from someone who used acne scrubs for most of their life – it didn’t get me anywhere.
2) Stop Washing Your Face
You heard me right. Remember how I said those acne scrubs dry your face, which creates your skin to produce more oil, which creates a vicious cycle? Well washing your face with foaming face washes can do the same thing! There’s lots of new research out there to show that cleansers throw off the correct proportion of bacteria on your skin needs to regulate itself. Over-washing of your face throws of the skin’s PH. If you wash your face once, your skin’s PH will return to normal within a few hours. Wash your face more than once a day with a harsh cleanser for months, and that recovery time takes longer and longer.
I don’t recommend not washing your face at all. A buildup of dead skin, makeup and dirt can clog pores and make things worse. What I do recommend is mixing a little baking soda and oil (any oil you prefer like, sweet almond or olive) together to make a paste and scrubbing your face with it once a day. It will scrub away all of the bad stuff without stripping the moisture from your skin.
And while you’re at it, stop using clay masks too. They strip every bit of moisture out of your skin. Ever have your skin sting after using them? You just made your skin as dry and the dessert.
3) Use Oils
For so long people thought that using oils on your skin would clog your pores, just like they thought that eating oils would make you gain weight. Boy, were they wrong! This is not a new idea – in fact, it’s an ancient one. The Ancient Egyptian’s used oils to keep their skin vibrant. Many dermatologists believe that face oils may be the missing step in your beauty routine. Hence, why there is rise in the use of face oils. Even if you think you have oily skin, chances are your skin is actually dehydrated, and it’s over-producing oil because of the use of harsh cleansers and chemical-laden products.
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4) Heal Your Skin from the Inside
Have you been dealing with skin issues for most of your adult life? Stop beating yourself up! You could have a hormone imbalance or digestive issues.
Mind Body Green has a great article about what to try if you think your skin issues may be linked to bad digestion. “When the digestive system struggles to eliminate toxins effectively, it will partner up with other organs and eliminate toxins that way. Since your skin is your body's largest organ, it's no surprise that acne, rosacea, and dermatitis crop up when something's off internally.”
Your skin problems could also be created by a hormone imbalance. Not sure if you have an imbalance? Read this article from Healthy and Natural World. It will tell you the signs of hormone imbalances and what you can do about them.
Balancing hormones and healing your digestion can be a long road – take it from me. But, don’t lose heart!
There are things you can start doing for your skin right away:
Stop abusing it with harsh face washes and masks!
Start nourishing it with healthy ingredients.
Have compassion for yourself and for your body. It’s doing its best to maintain optimal health while being bombarded with toxins, stress, hormone-disruptors, free-radicals, and chemicals.