Back-to-School Acne

I don’t know if you are aware, but my 5th grader recently informed me that the first day of school is like the Red Carpet for young’uns.  Who knew?!  Her carpet walk was marred by the fact that she had to wear gym clothes day one while my twelve year old had more serious matters to contend with…ACNE!

Now you may not recall, but for a lot of people their teen years were filled with what felt, at the time, like crater sized pock marks on the entirety of their face.  In reality what most experienced were a few small pimples here and there, though for some it may have been worse.  In support of parents like me who may want some tools and resources I am sharing the regiment I created for my daughter.

First, let’s talk about acne.  Acne is a normal part of puberty.  When the body increases its production of hormones the result is keratin and sebum.  If the sebum is not moved through the pores quickly enough BOOM you got zits!  Though there is no quick fix or real way to prevent acne there are some things you can do.

  1. Eat a whole food diet.  In other words no processed foods!  Yes, I know this is hard, but toxins escape through the skin making it unhealthy.  Fruits, vegetables and lots of fluids (preferably water) will make your skin happy.
  2. Keep your skin clean…but not too clean.  Which means bathe and be nice to your face!  Dirt and grime can clog pores making you more susceptible to acne.  We want to use gentle cleansers on the delicate skin of the face and try not to scrub.
  3. Don’t pick.  I mean it!  Popping pimples allows the possibility of bacterial infections and scarring.
  4. No make-up.  If they must then make it natural make-up. Try to avoid harsh chemicals,oils and dyes.

For my daughter I decided to take it a step further by creating a daily regimen which includes a wash, toner, moisturizer and Vitamin C serum.  For her it works best to do her ritual at bedtime because she is super grumpy pants in the morning.  Plus, I like the idea of her getting all the healing benefits in while she sleeps.

Step 1 – Wash.  Whether or not you use the recipe below the most important this is that you use something gentle and natural.

Gentle Cleansing Wash

¼ cup Castille Soap

1 cup water

2 tsp tamanu oil or coconut oil

2 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

10 drops tea tree oil

Combine all ingredients, stir until combined. Store in pump bottle.  To use squirt cleanser in hand and apply to damp face.  This cleanser does not really create suds so don’t be alarmed, but you will feel clean and smooth after.

Step 2 – Tone. Toner helps to shrink pores, restore pH balance, give extra layer of protection, moisturizes and refreshes skin.
Step 3 – Vitamin C Serum.  Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that brightens, protects against sun damage, and promotes collagen production.

Jasmine Green Tea Toner

1 cup boiled water

2 tea bags

1 tablespoon aloe

2 tablespoon witch hazel

Steep tea bags in cup of boiled water for 5 minutes and remove.  Once tea has cooled add remaining ingredients and stir.  Store in pump or spray bottle.  To use moisten cotton ball with toner and apply to face and neck.

Step 3 – Moisturize.  Moisturizer not only enriches skin, but helps to lock in all the goodness you just gave your skin.  We use my Dew Moisturizer with geranium and frankincense.IMG_2836

Happy healthy face!


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