I spent my teenage years battling acne and a face so oily that it was almost reflective. In fact, I remember kids asking me if I put Vaseline on my face when I was about to head to middle school. I tried everything under the sun to get my skin to look clear & matte; things like microdermabrasion, medicated lotions and soaps, & homemade tonics. Nothing worked! After a few years of trial and error, I stumbled upon an article where a woman claimed that oil got rid of her adult acne. I stayed away from oil because I assumed it would make my situation worse. However, I was desperate for clear skin, so I figured I’d try it out. Turns out she was right! I’ve been using oil as replacement for a facial lotion for the last 5 years and my skin has never been clearer.
OIL ON MY FACE HELPS GET RID OF SHINE AND ACNE?
Yup. Many people believe oil causes acne, thanks to the clever “oil-free” captions that are on many facial products. The truth is that oil, or sebum since we are talking about skin, does NOT cause acne. Sebum is necessary to lubricate our hair and skin. Without it, we’d be perpetually dry and itchy, among other things. What causes acne is bacteria. Bacteria has the perfect place to reproduce when sebum gets trapped under a clogged pore. The reproduction of bacteria is what causes pimples, not oil itself.
Using oil on your face can save you a lot of money on acne washes and mattifying lotions. Here are just a few of the benefits:
SO HOW DO I DO IT?
If you want an oil that is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, plant based and nutrient rich so that you won’t have to do all of the mixing, I recommend Terrene Fusions Nourishing Hair & Body Oil. You can add oils to your beauty regimen as a post wash moisturizer or replace your soap with it entirely. The latter is called the Oil Cleansing Method. Mommypatomus has a great article and video tutorial that goes into the step by step process.
For the past 5 years I’ve been using oil as a moisturizer after washing my face with gentle, unmedicated natural soap. Just 3-5 drops is enough for me. If I use to much, I just wipe off the excess oil before leaving the house. My face remains clear and glowing for the rest of the day--no more oily reflection. I urge any one suffering from acne prone skin to try this out.
Feel free to share this article with anyone who may find it helpful. Let me know how it works for you if you decide to try it out!
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