In my last post about acne I touched a little bit on products I’ve used and reactions I’ve gotten from them. I didn’t just do chemical, I also tried some natural remedies, but nothing really helped. I did a round of whole 30, tried cutting sugar out of my diet and certain foods that I felt were problematic, nothing worked because food was not what was causing me to breakout! I even drank a cup of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every morning which was the most nauseating way to start the day but I did it anyway because it “was supposed to help”. I also tried using essential oils like rose hip oil and tea tree oil which I’ll talk about later in this post.
One product that I used that dried out my skin really bad was alba Botanica spot treatment I got from the skincare isle at Target. I used the set, the cleanser, acne dote and the spot treatment. I have very oily skin, so for a product to try out my skin to a point where it was pealing off is nearly impossible. Even after moisturizer it was so dry. The spot treatment gel gave me a horrible rash on my face. Maybe for some people it work, but for me it did not.
Another product is used that gave me a chemical reaction was Murad from Sephora. This was recommended to me by a friend who struggled with acne too. She told me that it worked really well for her, so I decided to give it a try. I had the worst rash on my face!! It was like the one I got from alba pot treatment, but ten times worse. My face was so inflamed and itchy, I had little blisters and bubbles on my face for days. It took almost a whole week to heal.
An acne product that actually helped me for a little while was the Mario Badescu drying lotion. I got mine from Ulta. it helped a lot at first, but after using it for a while I felt like it was not doing anything so I stopped using it. It never gave me a reaction, but I think when my skin got used to the formula, and it just stopped working.
On the more natural side, I tried to used essential oils. I paired tea tree oil and rosehip. Rosehip was for my scars and tea tree was for the breakouts. Like I mentioned before I have really oily skin, so putting oil on my skin every night was not helping that whatsoever. Also a lot of people, like me actually breakout from rosehip oil, because if you have oily skin it can clog your pores. So I stuck to tea tree oil. Tea tree helped a lot as a spot treatment, but after I started my antibiotics, I started getting burns from tea tree oil. I used it almost every night for months, and never deluded it with water because my skin was able to tolerate the strength of it, but all of sudden it started burning my skin, and leaving burn scars. I had a really bad reaction from it, to where it literally burned my skin off on the right side of my face and to this day you can see the scar. It’s not supper obvious anymore and kind of faded into my skin, but it’s there.
And of course the number one product for a quick spot treatment I would recommend is Differen gel. I still get occasional breakouts here and there, and this spot treatment saves my butt every time I need a zit gone.
Obviously I’m not a doctor and everyone has different skin and skin types, and things that worked for me might not work for someone else, and not everyone will have the same reactions to the same things, but these are just some of the things that I have tried.
My only advice is, to listen to your body. If you know a certain food is causing you to breakout don’t eat it as hard as it is. Or if your skin is sensitive to a certain makeup or skincare product(s) then it’s probably best to try something else. Personally I breakout from Too Faced products regardless, because they used coconut extract which I am allergic to.
So all I am going to say is listen to your body, and try to find the root of the problem and most of all don’t be ashamed if you have acne, it will get better! I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with acne!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!