When those pesky blemishes rear their ugly heads, it can be so tempting to whip out the harshest, most potent products you can find in a bid to try and get rid of them. Skin prone to acne can be surprisingly sensitive and deserves good quality products to help it heal. Luckily, nature has provided us with some pretty amazing ingredients that can help to prevent and heal acne, and also reduce the risk and appearance of scarring.
All the products recommended below contain natural ingredients that have been tested and researched to help with problematic skin. Choosing natural products free from synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fragrance is going to give your skin the nourishment it needs to help heal itself. With a little patience and persistence with these products, I guarantee you will be on your way to gorgeous, glowing, clear skin!
Here are our top 5 favourite natural products to help heal your acne:
This extremely gentle foaming cleanser contains organic birch sap - an ingredient that has been used by Nordics for centuries to heal skin ailments. The anti-inflammatory properties help to calm redness and swelling to reduce the size of blemishes and work towards healing the skin. Remove eye and face makeup first using EcoCert face wipes, then follow with this cleanser to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup, oil, and dirt. Skin is left feeling clean and refreshed without that tight, dry, stripped feeling.
This effective gel pen will magically help to reduce the size of blemishes thanks to Lavender and Calendula flower extracts. Lavender has a soothing effect on the skin and will help to treat the bacteria that causes the acne. Calendula will help to speed up healing of the acne and reduce the inflammation. It also contains Aloe Vera to reduce redness and soreness in the skin. Use morning, night and throughout the day to speed up healing of spots.
Oilier skin types are more likely to be prone to blemishes as the pores get clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells causing inflammation in the skin. This moisturiser is perfect for combination to oily skin as Active Manuka Honey draws just enough moisture to the skin without overloading it. It also has very effective anti microbial properties to kill the bacteria that causes acne. Use in the morning as a good base for makeup and reduce shine thorough the day.
When healing blemishes, it is important to try and speed up the skin cell turnover to reveal fresh, new skin underneath. This mask contains natural fruit AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids) found in Seabuckthorn, Apple and Grapefruit extracts that nibble away at the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and reduce the risk of pores getting clogged. This natural exfoliation is much more gentle than harsh scrubs, yet just as effective! Use this mask on clean skin and leave on for 10-15 mins. For best results, use regularly 1-2 times a week.
If you have never used a konjac sponge before, this little tool could be your lifesaver! It gently exfoliates the skin and deep cleans the pores to reveal super smooth and silky soft skin. Bamboo charcoal is extremely effective at absorbing excess oil and will kill acne causing bacteria. Soak the sponge in water until it is completely soft, and massage into the skin in circular motions. You can use this on its own, or with a cleanser for a really effective, deep cleanse and exfoliate.