I've been using my face as a guinea pig for years.
Always testing the latest bottle of this or that, and generally being a sucker for pretty marketing. Recently, I've been playing with home-made concoctions using ingredients I have in the kitchen. I think I found a winner, so I gave it to a few skin-troubled patients to try. They've had such great results, I just had to share it with you!
Bad skin and breakouts. They get us all at some point, don't they? And they are sooo annoying. As a sufferer of acne-prone, and "redhead-level-sensitive skin", I've tried just about everything.
My best results at achieving the “peaches and cream” dream complexion so far have come from two sources:
The problem is, both of these options are mucho-expensivo!! With things like med-school level debt to pay off, these are not sustainable options. So, bravely and onward into the aisles of creams, lotions, and cleansers I went. Of course, some products were too greasy, some dried out my skin, some made it break out even worse...
One day, being naturally minded, I started searching some home-made all-purpose house cleaner recipes. (I found a couple, tried them, and found some great ones, read about them here.) What I did learn more about was the scrubbing power of simple, lowly baking soda. I started using the baking soda as a gentle exfoliant once per week, mixed into the cleanser I currently had on hand. I found that my skin felt much smoother and softer afterward than with just the cleanser alone, as is the case with any exfoliant. What was special was that I found my skin was not irritated after the gentle scrub! That was new and encouraging. I followed it up with my moisturizer of the moment and got on with my day.
After a week of doing this once per day, even I – a doctor with a fetish for buying "clinical" skin product – was impressed!
When the cleanser ran out 2 months ago, I decided to give honey a try as a substitute. I'd heard lots about it in home-made spa products, and medicinally, I know the raw stuff to be naturally anti-microbial. So into the kitchen I went grabbed a couple spoonfuls from the jar and gave my face the once over. (Tip: Note that only the raw honey is anti-microbial. The everyday pasteurized stuff has all the anti-microbials boiled out of it. I only have tested the raw honey.) I have to admit, I don't like the smell of honey much... but the results were impressive. Soft clean skin. No irritation. AND none of that tight/dry feeling you usually get after a cleanser. I didn't need to put on the moisturizer! Since my skin tolerated the honey well after a couple of uses... so, I introduced the baking soda back in. The results were even better!
Two weeks later, I actually started getting compliments on my skin:
Having once suffered from some pretty severe acne, dozens of treatments to no avail, and ongoing disappointment every time I looked in the mirror, this feedback was a dream come true.
So, of course, I shared the recipe with some of my patients. And their results were fantastic too! Usually I only hear from patients when something is wrong, but not in this case. So much so, 2 weeks or so later, I got emails from those patients specifically to thank me for the recipe and told me that they felt beautiful showing their skin and face to the world. How encouraging is that? I just love my work.
Mix up enough for a week's worth of cleansing and use 1-2 times per day. After a week, toss it and mix up a fresh batch. This is food remember, it will go bad!
Follow with your fave moisturizer. (For the last week, I've been using plain coconut oil as I ran out of fancy stuff... results were good, but I found something even better!)
How simple is that, right?!
Try this recipe! Let me know how it goes here in the comments below. Can't wait to hear from ya!
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