I’m always looking for ways to improve my skin and keep it clear. I’ve tried many natural remedies such as baking soda, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, honey, lemon and cod liver oil, and I have worked with my naturopathic doctor to find out if my hormones are in balance and whether or not I was deficient in anything. Have I found the answer? With everything I do listed below I feel that I definitely cleared my skin.
Here’s what I do now and 5 uncommon natural acne treatments, because it seems you have to experiment until you find out what works for you!
Here’s what I do:
- Take 2 teaspoons fermented cod liver oil twice a day. (Great way to help absorb vitamin A!)
- Take probiotics. One before each meal. (The one I take has 85 billion live cultures)
- Take Liver pills and eat grass-fed liver (Another great source of vitamin A)
- Wash face with Dr. Bronner’s soap
- Oil cleansing Method (See Below)
- Paleo Diet (this helps a lot of people get healthy looking skin)
- Face Masks – I love and do whenever I can find the time. The ones I use are bentonite clay face masks and probiotic face masks.
Now that you know what I do, here are the unusual acne treatments. Of course they are 100%natural!
1. Probiotics –
When I first started taking probiotics I thought that they would help improve leaky gut, but now I know that probiotics are not only good for the gut, but help reduce inflammation in many parts of the body, including the skin!
Both internally and topically, probiotics have been found to help maintain and improve the microflora of the skin, and boost the skins natural balance and defense system.
How I Use Probiotics
I take 85 billion live cultures, 3 times a day before meals. I also try to eat fermented foods, such as fermented sauerkraut at least once a day.
You can also use probiotics topically on your face. Here is a good face mask.
2. Caveman Regimen-
This is the easiest regimen ever! All you need is the guts to do it….. and this means don’t break down and wash your face or wear any makeup! I will have to admit that I haven’t tried this one, but my brother has. When he did it, he said his skin was never better. I can attest ….he looked really good!!! He stopped shaving for a while too and his skin was really nice underneath his stubble!
The logic behind this is that your acne is caused by stripping your face of natural oils when you wash it. You might not even have acne, your face is just breaking out because you’re stripping your skin of its natural oils. You see, since puberty your skin has developed an “acid mantle” and this protective mantle not only protects the skin, but has the appropriate acidic pH of around 5.5.
But when we wash our face, especially with toxic chemicals, we remove nature’s protective acid mantel and ruin the pH with drying products or even the chemicals in the water.
How to Do the Caveman Regimen
For the caveman regimen all you do is leave your face alone… no washing or putting anything on your face (including makeup) and try not to touch your face or even get water on your face!
If you want to remove dead skin every few weeks you can exfoliate with a cloth or wet muslin cloth (or your fingernails).
3. Treat Your Thyroid-
Acne is one of the many symptoms of a sluggish thyroid and one possible root cause for acne. Low thyroid is very common, especially in women. The thyroid produces hormones for every cell in your body. Hypothyroidism can also cause lower levels of stomach acid which interferes with absorption of nutrients. Vitamin A is important for the skin and it may be possible you are not absorbing it properly. This is what I found out when I tested my blood.
Be careful of thyroid tests though because physicians often don’t pick up on a thyroid problem because the results on the tests have too wide of a normal range often not picking up on many people that are slightly hypothyroid. Both my mom and I are considered normal according to the standard TSH test, but when the naturopathic doctor got the results we found out we were slightly hypothyroid.
How to Check Your Thyroid
Get your thyroid tested (blood test), which includes a full panel and see a naturopathic doctor.
If you are hypothyroid chances are you may have other symptoms, such as being tired all the time or sensitive to cold and you will feel much better once you take natural supplements such as desiccated hormone supplement or use other natural methods. Taking a few tablespoons of coconut oil a day is a great way to boost your thyroid.
4. Make Sure You Poop Every Day-
How often should you poop? Did you know this may be causing your acne? Well, you should be going every day. Putting it simply, when you don’t go every day the poop sits in your intestines longer and the bad bacteria and toxins can be released back into the body causing acne! Ugh!
How to Fix Your Constipation
Make sure you are getting enough magnesium. I take 500 mg 2 times a day and sometimes I even soak in magnesium flakes. Don’t worry about taking too much magnesium, if you are, then your poop will become too liquidy and you can reduce the amount you’re taking.
Another way to improve acne is through the gut. If you improve the flora in your gut then you can get things moving properly.
5. Oil Cleansing Method-
I love this method and use it faithfully every morning. This method is based on the same theory as the caveman regimen, which is that you don’t want to strip the face too much of its natural protective layer if possible. But putting oil on your face? Yes, actually using oil won’t strip the good oils on your face! Another good thing is that it is lubricating and your face won’t be dry and irritated after. The important point is that applying oil on your face will remove the built up oil. Don’t worry about using oil though, it won’t clog your pores!
How to Do Oil Cleansing:
What You’ll Need:
*Jojoba oil and castor oil are rated as very low to non-comedogenic oils. You can use other oils, but be careful because some other ones may clog pores. I did this once with coconut oil and my skin broke out.
1. Make sure you don’t have any makeup or products on your skin.
2. Put about a 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil in your hand and add ¼ teaspoon castor oil. I use my finger to mix the two oils in my hand.
3. Rub the oil mixture gently around all areas of your face. I do this for about 1 minute to make sure it is thoroughly absorbing.
4. Take one washcloth and get it wet with very hot water (but don’t burn yourself) and wring it out so it’s not dripping.
5. Place the wash cloth over your face and leave it on for at least 2 minutes. This creates a steam. Then remove the cloth.
6. Take the second washcloth and wet it with lukewarm water, ring it out so it’s not dripping and wipe your face with it. This removes the excess oil sitting on your skin.
*Give your skin a minute or two to air dry and it will feel super clean and really moisturized!
Have you tried any of these unusual acne treatments?