I have been having an affair with hormonal acne
for over 15 years. As a teen, I used topical treatments to eliminate the appearance of pimples which showed limited results My acne stabilized somewhat in college thanks to birth control. Honestly, I look back at pictures of me in college and feel jealous of how
consistently clear my skin was. I would hate that girl with the even skin tone
and big smile if she wasn't so adorable. Eventually, the negative
side-effects of birth control outweighed the positive and I had to say goodbye to my perfect skin.
Turns out, the reason many topical spot treatments and anti-breakout cleansers don't work is because they're not treating your hormonal imbalance. I've mentioned before that I prefer a natural spot treatment to avoid potential dryness. Fortunately, I can turn to nature to help keep my skin looking flawless.
Through many science experiments in my bathroom, I've found that tea tree oil isn't the only player in spot treatments. Evening primrose oil is as sexy as it sounds: It has an amazing in scent and a powerful ingredient for common skin woes like acne, wrinkles, and eczema. It's packed with Omega-6 fatty acids, crucial for healthy skin and nails. Our body doesn't naturally produce these fatty acids — they can only be derived from plant oil. This particular version is really gentle, making skin irritation rare, and also contains tons of vitamin E and vitamin C, which are both essential to keep skin looking and feeling youthful.
Long ago, primrose oil was used by Native Americas to treat hemorrhoids, stomachaches, sore throats and bruising. These days it's used in high-end face serums and cleansers because of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It was actually Fresh's skincare line that turned me on to primrose oil — they love putting the stuff in a lot of their products.
Since primrose oil is packed with no-nonsense anti-aging
properties, this will be a valuable addition to your beauty routine. I have certainly
reaped the benefits
of using grape seed oil under my eyes to eliminate bagginess and dark circles
especially after a night of "happy-hour-gone-wrong". Add a few drops of
primrose oil to an ounce of grape seed oil and gently pat into the skin under your eyes.
The anti-inflammatory properties will diminish those unsightly circles,
tricking your boss into thinking you went to bed promptly at 9pm.
Once a week, I get serious about my face and give myself an anti-acne oil cleanse. I'm certainly not married to any one recipe, but my favorite always includes a "carrier oil" that my face is already familiar with. This is crucial when you are trying to treat acne because you don't want to further irritate your skin with a new ingredient.
My carrier oil for this particular cleanser is always grape seed or coconut oil, but you can use whatever suits your skin best. Liquefy your carrier oil and add equal drops of primrose and peppermint oil. The peppermint oils is an anti-septic that will cleanse your skin and the primrose will treat your hormonal imbalance. Plus, both of these are anti-inflammatory agents that will bring down redness and irritation in your skin. Rinse thoroughly and apply your moisturizer or choice oil. Be mindful that all acne oil cleansers should be used on a freshly washed face!
Nail Bed Health
This is a great trick to use underneath your base coat for
your nails to protect them even further. I usually rub a dab of oil on my nails because I have been plagued
with unruly ridges that no amount of buffing can get rid of. Putting a natural oil on top of your nail beds will help strengthen
your nails and I've found my ridges at their best (sadly, not completely gone).
Do this at least a few hours before you DIY a mani so the oil has time to soak in — otherwise, the polish won't stick.
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