5 Steps for a Fall Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin: A Smooth Transition
though we still have some time before moving our clocks ahead for the
Fall, we want to help make sure you don't fall short on your skincare
a Summer spent in the sun sweating and applying lots of sunscreen, our
pores get clogged more than usual, our skin can look dull and dry,
hyperpigmentation is more profound, and pimples, blackheads and
whiteheads may become more aggressive. In addition, the change in our
daily routine with back-to-school and back-to-work stress makes acne
breakouts even less tolerable while often more frequent.
are some of our best-kept secrets on how to have a smooth transition
between Summer and Fall in order to keep those frustrating breakouts far
1. Change your cleaning routine
is a time when we advise to switch skin cleansers. For the majority of
us, our skin gets oilier in the summer due to the heat and humidity. As
such, a deeper cleansing product is often used. When the Fall and cooler
temperatures arrive, you need a gentler cleanser. Look for a non-soap
cleanser, which removes dirt, but doesn't strip away natural oils.
You can then support the skin with a gentle non-alcoholic astringent, like our chamomile astringent.
has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria properties. When applied
topically, chamomile can help reduce inflammation associated with acne,
razor bumps or irritation.
How to use: You
can make your own chamomile astringent by taking 3-4 chamomile tea bags
(or 2 handfuls of the dry plant) and brewing it into a very strong tea.
When cooled, splash or use on a cotton pad all over your face twice a
day. Keep the leftovers in the refrigerator, but use or discard in two
Do twice daily, and follow up with moisturizing.
is great to remove the outer layer of dull, dry skin and to unclog
pores and help even the skin color. There are some general guidelines
that you should adhere to when choosing exfoliators.
not use harsh and abrasive exfoliators, as you will force your skin to
produce more oil and in addition- by creating mini nicks- actually cause
more infection and inflammation.
- Use mild, natural exfoliating ingredients.
- Exfoliate no more than twice a week with 3-4 days in between
Try our oatmeal exfoliating mask as an effective natural exfoliator. This mask has been
used for years because it cleans and tones the skin. Here's a
variation of the basic oatmeal mask that has lavender in it for an
Oatmeal Exfoliating Mask
- 2 tablespoons of dried lavender (available at floral shops or natural food stores)
- 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (lactic acid will gently exfoliate and lighten the skin)
- 2 tablespoons of oatmeal (natural, not instant; steel cut, finely chopped or grounded coarsely in the blender)
Mix well with a fork or spoon or on the LOWEST speed in a blender until smooth. Spread on the face and neck. Lie down and relax. Keep on for 20 minutes. Wash gently with luke warm water.
3. Moisturize and Revitalize
a non-comedogenic moisturizer on your face and body twice a day.
Contrary to what you may think, all acne prone skin, needs moisturizing
so the dry flakes don't add to clogging pores.
It is essential that you replenish your skin after sun and wind exposure as well. Cabbage
is rich in vitamins and minerals. Its deep cleansing, anti-inflammatory
and cooling action makes it a valuable mask for acne sufferers. This
mask can be used on all skin types, and should be done on a day when you
don't do the exfoliation mask.
Fresh Cabbage Rejuvenation Mask
- 1/4 small green cabbage
- 1 large carrot juiced or 2 tablespoons fresh carrot juice
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of green clay powder (available inexpensively on Amazon)
away the outer leaves of the cabbage. Rinse and chop the remainder of
the cabbage. Combine the cabbage, carrot juice, one teaspoon of lemon
juice and the olive oil in a blender or food processor and puree until
smooth. Mix together three tablespoons of the puree with the clay
powder. Use the cabbage mask once a week after cleansing, not on the day
when you do the exfoliation mask. Masks are best made and used on the
same day; they don't have a good shelf life.
To apply the mask
- Find a calm time when you are not rushed. Protect your hair with a towel or band and remove all makeup.
- Cleanse the skin with water.
your face for 1-2 minutes to open the pores (to do this, put hot water
in a bowl, put a towel over your head and put your face over the bowl -
be careful not to get too close, you don't want you to burn yourself!)
the mask evenly (avoiding the eyes) and leave it on for around 20
minutes. If the mask has more of a liquid consistency, apply using a
cotton ball. A second layer can be applied after a few minutes.
- Lie down and relax - no talking! Keep your face relaxed!
the mask to soften the clay first, and then remove the mask with cotton
pads or a cotton towel and luke-warm water. Then dry.
Close the pores using the chamomile astringent.
4. Control Stress
comes in different guises, yet our bodies respond to stress in the same
way. Adrenaline is the number one stress hormone; it speeds up the
heart beat, breathing and metabolic rate to give us a necessary rush of
extra energy. Adrenaline is produced and stored in our two adrenal
glands that are situated on top of the kidneys and with long-term stress
these glands will deplete. Adrenaline moves, motivates and energizes.
Unfortunately over stressing our system releases excess stress related
hormones, enzymes and other chemicals that result in leaving our bodies
anxious, our muscles tense and our sebaceous glands over stimulated as
well. The result of this? More acne breakouts. Here are some of our
favorite ideas to control stress:
fitting in Yoga, Pilates or Qigong into your fitness schedule - we know
you're extremely busy, but if you can't make it to the gym, fit it in
at night by watching a workout video at home.
order to help support and relieve anxiety and stress, there are many
available plant relaxants. These herbs can be taken as tinctures, pills,
infusions and decoctions. When taken regularly, they can help to calm
and help deal with a stressful lifestyle and support the nervous system.
The following herbs are used for stress, chamomile, skullcap, vervain,
wild oats, St John's Wort, limeflowers and lavender.
Herbal Infusion for Stress
- 1 tablespoon dried lime flowers
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
- 1 tablespoon dried vervain
the dried herbs to 2 cups of boiling water in a warmed pot with a lid.
Leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes and then strain. Drink warm throughout
5. Prevent acne from coming
Remember that THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP
to really get rid of acne is to stop the acne cycle by removing causes
of acne (over secretion of sebaceous glands). This can be done only
from the inside out (topical agents cannot influence sebaceous glands)
by helping the body to manage factors (ex. hormonal imbalance) that may
over-stimulate the sebaceous glands.
Learn more about which treatment can break your cycle of acne!
With a promise of clear skin,