Most of us have experienced the effects of cystic acne/blemishes/spots/etc. I could list several reasons on how they can dampen our sense of liveliness, or why they diminish our self confidence. But, I want to talk about the good that can come from acne. Weird...I know, just hear me out.
It's taken me years to try and see the bright side of things when it comes to my skin (something I'm still working on). However, I've recently been able to reflect on how beneficial it has been. My acne has lead me down the road of health and wellness. I've learned so much about nutrition, essential oils, DIY facial serums and washes, how to be more mindful, how to relax more, the list goes on. My acne has truly been the reason why I'm spending time learning how to nourish myself, how to love myself, and how to be kinder to myself. We are sensitive beings dealing with a lot of daily stress. When our skin flairs, there's something deeper going on.
Through personal experience, I've come up with 6 tips to help combat cystic acne. These remedies have helped to soothe and heal my acne, and ease my mind and heart.
1. Caster Oil + Steam
One trick that's really helped ease the pressure, redness and sometimes swelling has been steaming my face for about 20 minutes, and then applying caster oil with a cotton ball. Caster oil has a lot of healing benefits. It can help to soften, nourish, and cleanse the skin - cleaning out pores and removing dirt.
- Wash your face so it's clean
- Steam your face for 20 minutes (I place a towel over my head to keep the steam in)
- Once finished, wipe off water and apply caster oil to a cotton ball (I wet the cotton ball & squeeze out the water, and then apply the caster oil)
- Go to bed! Leave it on overnight to work its magic. Be sure to wash your face in the morning time.
- TIP: When steaming your face, notice the thoughts that arise. We hold on to a lot of energy, and some can be stored in our pores. Just notice them, and let them fade away with the steam.
2. DIY Face Mask
That's right, facials! When my skin is feeling irritated, I always use my go-to facial mask. I create a spirulina face mask that helps to soothe my irritated skin. I have used this face mask for over a year now, and it's by far one of my favorites. Here's how to make it:
- Mix together 1 tsp of spirulina powder, 1 tbsp of manuka honey, and 2-5 drops of water to help smooth out the paste.
- Next, apply it to clean skin, leave on for about 15-20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, and moisturize. This mask will leave you feeling more at ease.
This is a huge one. Sometimes our acne is a sign that we have a lot of internal stress going on that needs to be addressed. Meditating in silence for 10-15 minutes can be so beneficial for ourselves. It helps to clam the mind chatter, soften the body, and connects us to our higher selves. When we are more connected to something greater than ourselves, we feel better. The more we practice being still, the easier our guidance comes through on how to handle LIFE. So try it out! I meditate every morning for 10-15 minutes with a blanket over me.
4. Practice Yoga
It's no secret that yoga is powerful in many ways. Related to this topic, yoga can help relieve a lot of stress that you might be carrying. It helps bring you to the present moment, which helps you develop a sense of personal awareness. The more you are aware of your body and how you're feeling, the more grounded you will become. Connecting breath with movements helps to guide stuck energy within the body, out. Our skin is our largest organ, and if we have blemishes, it could be a sign that our body is struggling detoxifying.
5. Hot Lavender Towel
Warm a towel with hot water and apply a few drops of lavender essential oil over it. Rub the towel together, and press against your blemishes. This brings a nice soothing effect to the skin.
6. Be Patient & Focus on Self Love
TLC has never been more magical! When we have acne, it's time for extra love! We tend to do so much for everyone else that we lose ourselves in our day to day lives. Take a hot epsom salt bath, light some candles and write in a journal, cook yourself a delicious meal, give yourself the attention you deserve and desire. The kinder we are to ourselves, the lighter we will feel.
I hope some of these tips help you on your journey. They've definitely helped me on mine! Also be mindful of eating a clean diet, this will help to cleanse the body from the inside out (where the issue resides). Lots of water, lots of plants, and lots of positive thoughts going into your food.