Having oily, combination, or acne prone skin can be a frustrating puzzle to solve. Often, many factors contribute to skin issues. When I was in my teens, I had bad skin. I had the usual hormonal issues plus (like most teens) I was under a lot of pressure and stress. Not knowing any better, my mother took me to a dermatologist who promptly handed me a prescription for antibiotics and Retin-A. I don’t have an issue with Retin-A but the antibiotics I used for about a year wrecked my immune system and compromised my gut for years and years. This was back when probiotics were unheard of. To top it off, the acne did not budge. If I had known that my diet had a huge effect on my skin as well as the products I was using, maybe I could have gotten some relief.
If you are suffering from acne and are on antibiotics, I urge you to stop taking them. Take a good look at what you are eating as well. If your hormones are out of balance and your stress levels are high, this can wreak havoc on your skin. Skin issues come from the inside. Two easy things you can do for your skin are to drink water and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Healthy skin is not achieved just by using the right products. You must address the whole body.
Today, I’m going to show you how to make a very simple serum. It is great as a moisturizer for those of you who are excessively oily. I suggest using coconut oil to cleanse your skin. I know that sounds scary but it is proven that LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE. Coconut Oil is antibacterial and anti microbial. It’s healing abilities are remarkable. It effectively cleans and even removes eye makeup. For a toner, mix 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of distilled water. Apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your skin as well as remove excess makeup left over from cleansing. Now that we’ve covered a cleanser and toner, let’s tackle a serum/moisturizer. This is a very simple serum. I believe that in many cases, simplifying your beauty routine can really help your skin respond in a positive way. Using one base, let the essential oils do their thing. After all, essential oils work on a cellular level!
Aloe Vera gel is light. It’s healing and won’t clog pores. Melaleuca (tea tree) is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and antibacterial. It is known to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide but without the side effects. Ylang Ylang helps to balance oil production and Lemongrass is an effective acne treatment due to its anti inflammatory properties as well as its detoxifying and regenerative qualities. Lavender is calming and also anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. I used a 2 ounce glass bottle with a dropper for this serum.
- 3 1/2-4 TBSP. Aloe Vera Gel
- 15 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) Essential Oil
- 10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- 7 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Mix all ingredients and shake.
- Use this serum in the evening after you have cleansed and toned your skin. Remember, cleansing your skin and removing your make up every night is a must.
- Remember that beautiful skin starts from the inside out. Drink 1 quart of water per 50 pounds of body weight a day. Lay off the fried foods, fast foods and SUGAR! Get at least 8 hours of sleep and find ways to reduce stress. Once you have remedied lifestyle issues and establish a skin care routine using products that are organic and chemical free, clear skin will happen naturally. Blemished skin is a sign something isn’t right on the inside. Finding the root of your acne could require some investigative work, but once you do you can remedy breakouts once and for all! Good luck!