We all suffer from those annoying little breakouts that seem to pop up at the worst time. Not only that, but they seem to pop up in the most noticeable spots on our faces, like the chin, cheeks or middle of the forehead.
At least if they were on the side of the face or under our chin, it would be easier to hide. But no, they show up just to tell the world, “I’m breaking out again & I feel ugly, see…”
Now that you have that ugly, annoying, noticeable zit; what can you do about it?
In a perfect world, you can book yourself a facial & have your esthetician calm your skin and start the healing process. But that’s not practical at this moment. Now what?
There are plenty of ways to treat that zit at home because I know you have plenty of stuff in your bathroom to heal it. Before I get into that, I want you to know that not all DIY skin care is ok. Many times the stuff in your kitchen can cause more harm than good, like applying lemon directly to your skin.
You can go online & learn from so many so-called “skin experts” about how to get rid of that zit, but I’m telling you from a professional standpoint that many of those at-home remedies can actually hurt the skin long-term.
A great example of a product causing harm are Charcoal masks! Charcoal literally pulls and removes all oil from the pores. While you may think that’s ok, especially if you’re oily, you’re causing more harm than good.
When you’re oily, the last thing you want is more oil on your skin. We don’t realize that by removing ALL oil from the pores, we are actually causing MORE oil production to occur. This in turns creates even oilier skin!
How do you control the oil then?
First, you need to stop stripping the oil!
Second, you should add in a facial oil (sounds crazy, right?)
Third, you need to keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturizer.
Let’s dive into these points a little deeper…
Stop stripping the skin of oil!
MYTH: Most acne products are designed to strip the oil, because that’s what we’ve been taught….oily skin needs to remove all oil to keep the pores clean & prevent or control acne.
TRUTH: Stripping the skin of oil creates the oil glands to produce even more oil. Thus, you’ll always be fighting oily skin.
Think of your skin like salad dressing… you need both oil & water in order for it to remain hydrated & function properly. If you are stripping the skin of oil, it’s like having salad dressing without oil. It just won’t be good in your salad.
With our skin, we need to always maintain a balance of both oil and moisture in order for the oil glands to stop producing so much oil. This can be helped by adding in a daily facial oil UNDER your moisturizer both morning & night. This small step makes a world of a difference.
Add in a facial oil
MYTH: Facial oils will make the skin oilier
TRUTH: Facial oils work by mimicking your oil production, thus slowing down the oily skin problem.
Be careful when purchasing facial oils online or in stores, many facial oils have fillers or “other ingredients” that can clog pores. Look for just a facial oil or a facial oil blend designed especially for oily skin or acne skin.
You will be surprised how over the course of 4-6 weeks your oil production will normalize!
Keep skin hydrated with a good moisturizer
MYTH: Never put moisturizer on oily skin
TRUTH: Keep oily skin moisturized with a good moisturizer. Above, I mentioned salad dressing with the skin. Moisturizer is your water or liquid that floats to the top.
Think of applying your moisturizer as blending the salad dressing together. Massaging in moisturizer means it mixes with the oil you just applied, thus you will be able to have better hydration in your skin and your skin will feel less dry.
Even oily skins can feel dry. This is called Dehydrated skin which means you’re still producing oil, but you’ve stripped the skin to the point where it becomes and feels dry.
Now that we’ve covered how to care for your skin, let’s go back to HOW to fight those ugly acne breakouts that are sitting on your face for the world to see…
Step 1: Wash your face and remove the cleanser.
Step 2: Apply either a facial oil (like Hygia) designed to target acne OR your Nelly DeVuyst acne spot treatment directly to the zit
Step 3: Apply a dab of your mask (avoiding charcoal). I like to use Bentonite clay or I have this amazing Oceanic Glacial Clay by Nelly DeVuyst that oxygenates the pores & helps heal the inflammation in the pore. (available in my treatment room)
Step 4: Go to bed
Step 5: Your zit should be reduced by the morning!
You can repeat every night until that ugly zit goes away, especially if you’re just spot treating.
I wouldn’t recommend doing a mask daily because it will dry your skin out, but 1-2 times a week, an all-over mask is great to keep your pores clean & clear out the excess dirt & oil that accumulates in the surface of your pores.
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