Acne. The very word itself can send a shiver down your spine. Whether you are 15 or 45, the thought of acne on your face can bring feelings of shame and embarrassment. We are all are searching for our best skin to put our prettiest self out there. Dealing with acne at any age can be a struggle. I am right there with you. I still have times where my chin will launch a full out war on my face. “I am 34 for crying out loud! When does this end?”
There are a lot of reasons why your face can be breaking out. For instance, there are Crazy Skin Myths that work against our skin causing more damage than good! But in my case, hormonal imbalance and stress were to blame. Finding the cause of your acne and working to cure it “from the inside out” is always your best options. But here are things you can do to minimize the appearance of acne while you wait on your insides to heal. My favorite way to reduce redness, smooth irritated skin, and pump up the healing effects is with my pumpkin facial. This facial is so easy to make and has great healing results!
What Type of Acne Is It?
Acne can be a result of many different life factors. Poor hygiene, food allergies, environmental toxins, diet, stress, and chemical products are just a few of the many factors that can affect the quality of your skin. But one of the most annoying, complicated forms of acne is hormonal acne. This acne is typically found on the chin line, around the mouth and hairline, and directly below the cheekbones. It tend to be sensitive to the touch, can feel sore even when you are not touching it and will leave a scar if you try to pop it (which you should never do – a reminder to myself because I ALWAYS want to!).
To tell if you are experiencing hormonal acne, try backtracking your last four weeks. Paying most attention to when your hormones would have been most active. When was your last cycle, were you experiencing significant amounts of stress, and how did you deal with that stress? Did you take a deep breath and meditate or did you grab a big bowl of ice cream? Now, think back to when your acne was at its worst and see if any of these factors coincide. I find that if I experience an extremely stressful situation, I will then have an acne flair up about 3-4 days later.
The best way to know if your body is in a state of a hormonal imbalance it to have your hormones tested by a naturopathic physician. This test will help you address specific problems which could affect your overall health. When you address the underlying cause, your acne will naturally heal on its own as your body heals. There are lots of naturals herbs, foods, plant oils, and adaptogens that can help your body find its way back to balance.
What to Do NOW
Waiting for your body to find a balance can be an extreme act of patience. But there are things you can do while you wait. Check these out:
- Limit all sugar and dairy during an acne breakout. Be sure you focus on a clean, plant-based diet especially during these times.
- Do not over wash your face! Use a gentle cleanser on your acne and always replenish your natural oils with organic cold pressed plant-based oils that specifically address acne (Pumpkin Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Grapeseed Oil are great choices)
- Find ways to manage stress through breathing, meditation, and prayer.
- Pamper your face with nature. Avoid synthetics at all cost!
Pumpkin Facial: Help For Hormonal Acne
This pumpkin facial is my favorite to help stabilize any hormonal acne that presents its self. This pumpkin facial is not an overnight cure but rather a way to help your skin balance the symptoms it experiences while you heal from within. I typically use this two to three times a week during severe breakouts. The directions list it as an overall pumpkin facial mask. However, you can use it as a specific spot treatment if you prefer. Check out these natural ingredients!
Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin C, minerals (Potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese), B vitamins, and carotenoids. These nutrients can help to treat acne, fight infection, improve cell turnover, and brighten skin. Pumpkin is also very high in zinc which maintains collagen, promotes skin renewal, and is a big proponent in fighting acne. This is our star ingredient in the pumpkin facial!
Apple Cider Vinegar
According to Dr. Frank Lipman, “With a pH similar to skin, AVC helps restore and balance your skin’s pH and acid mantle. The acid mantle is the combination of sebum (oil) and perspiration on the skin’s surface. This barrier protects the skin and makes it less vulnerable to environmental damage, less prone to dehydration, and also inhibits the growth of foreign bacteria and fungi.”
When you apply this clay to the skin and allow it to dry you will witness a pretty amazing thing. With its negatively charged molecules, it can bind to toxins and bacteria’s living on the skins surface and in your pores effectively drawing them out. This can help fight the acne outbreak, reduce redness, and alleviate any allergic reaction you may be having to chemical products you have put on your skin. This clay has over 70+ minerals present which helps nourish, calm, and heals your skin quickly!
My Favorite Essential Oils
If you read my blog, you know I am obsessed with the potent plant power found in essential oils. The blend I use for the pumpkin facial is Clary Sage, Lavender, and Tea Tree. I find these oils work well to soothe, fight infection, and balance my hormones. There are lots of essential oils, however, that are excellent for the skin. Find the oils that address your needs specifically and add them to your mask.
Let’s Chat:I hope you find this pumpkin facial as beneficial as I do. Having unpredictable acne on your face can kill your confidence and your mood. I have found relief through these action steps as I continually work to heal my hormonal levels and manage my stress. Please know, that “being healthy” is a constant journey and that no matter which state you are in you are beautiful!
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