“Adulting” With Acne
The Struggle is Real
I’ve been in the world for some decades now, let’s not go into detail about that. But one thing has remained the same throughout my journey since I was a teen – ACNE.
Do it yourself chemical based products such as: Noxzema, Stridex and the blue one (Do they still sell that?) would only sound and smell like they would work. I even became “proactive” about my face at one point and tried a product that said it was too. All that got me was skin that felt like it was on fire, weirdly bleached towels and a bill every month.
Every year that passed I hoped I would “grow out of it” as people tend to do after their growth cycle stops and their hormones settle down. No such luck. I am stuck with it.
Did you know that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has a ton of useful things you can do with it? I’m sure you did, after all, you are reading this on Going 2 Natural. You’re a smart cookie.
I saw somewhere in my studies that it helped some people manage acne. Since this is something I’ve been trying to do for a while, I tried it.
There are opinions as to what ratio of ACV to water you should use, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. ACV is strong stuff. The ratio I use is about 25% ACV to 75% distilled water. I use distilled water because of its purity.
I wanted to see how my skin would react to it, so I started out using the solution twice a day. Day and evening I would use several pads each time to cleanse my face of the oil and dirt that naturally ends up in pores. I did this until I saw a clean pad.
There was no rash or anything like that. The only thing is, your face will smell like Apple Cider Vinegar for a short time. It does wear off though.
A few days later, my skin was clearing up! No dryness. Without chemicals. No excessive cost. I was extremely happy with the results to say the least.
Among Other Things
It’s not the perfect solution, I still get pimples.
What I’ve found is that there really isn’t a cure to acne. Your skin is your skin. Plus, it’s all about what you eat, how much stress is in your life, hormonal imbalances, or whatever your case may be.
If I don’t drink an appropriate amount of water I notice a difference in my skin and an increase in breakouts. If I eat food that makes my body sad, I get an increase in breakouts. And most people who’ve ever had a pimple know that stress will make a pimple pop up at the most inappropriate time. Or did that only happen to me…?
The good news is – people with oily skin types tend to wrinkle less. That means we get to stay younger looking, longer. Instant upside! I bet no one can guess your age, I always surprise people when I tell them mine. And I don’t mind telling it either 😉
Peace & Light,