For almost my entire life I've had bad skin. My skin is ultra sensitive and breaks out very very easily. Commercial soaps would make my skin break out and with each break out my skin would scar. As I got older and since I've been using handmade soap, my skin doesn't break out as much, but it still scars for every pimple that I get. Here are my before pics
So this new quest is for me to try to get clear skin.
#1) The Soap: Don't know if you remember, but a few months back my co-worker and I made a soap designed for dry skin. It has babassu oil, neem oil, herbal infused olive oil, and various clays/powders. I started using it about 2 months ago and just recently started using it with a loofah to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. My skin went through a period of detox it seemed because of the clays and kelp powder drawing out the impurities, but now my skin has appeared to be regulated somewhat and I'm not breaking out as much.
#2) Exfoliation: I've been exfoliating with the loofah for about 2 weeks now, but I will be doing a baking soda scrub once a week. Baking soda is a mild exfoliant that can has anti-inflammatory properties.
#3) Masks: (I have this mask on as I'm typing this) I'm going to be incorporating masks into my skin routine 2x a week. Tonight I made a mask with honey (anti-bacterial), kelp powder (full of vitamins), sulfur (good for acne), neem oil (anti-bacterial), aloe vera juice (soothing), vitamin E oil (anti-oxidant), peppermint (anti-bacterial, improve circulation) and lavender (anti-bacterial) essential oils. I have this mask on now as I'm typing this and it's extremely sticky. I tried to use a cotton ball at first and it was a gooey mess!! I had to warm up the mixture and add aloe very juice to make it a little more watery so that it could be applied smoothly. The pics of the ingredients and my yucky face are below. Adjustments will probably made to the mask as I go along.
#4: Daily Toner: I plan on making a toner with witch hazel and baking soda and perhaps some essential oils to apply daily. I don't have all the ingredients just yet, but tea tree oil is definitely on the list
#5): Spot treatment:: Fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are supposedly good to lighten blemish marks. I will be applying this before bed a few times a week. Might even add this to the toner in step #4.
Well I hope this works. Stay tuned for updates on my progress!
Do you have any special routine that keeps your skin clear? Please feel free to share your experiences.
Disclaimer: This is my attempt to get clear skin. None of this is a guaranteed method, just my own personal experiment that I'm sharing.
There was no editing done to these pictures so that you can see the actual results as best as possible.
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Tarrin. Soapmaking has been my passion since 2008. I'm also a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild as well as a Certified Soapmaker. Here you can follow me on my journey of my handcrafted soap and body product business. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!