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Breakouts Won’t Go Away? Do This!

August 12, 2016

Are you eating a healthy diet, doing everything right, but still your breakouts won't clear up? Or your breakouts are clearing up, but not completely? What's standing in your way could be your skin care routine. To clear up breakouts, blemishes and adult acne - you've got to have the right diet, lifestyle, AND skin care routine. Everything works hand in hand. I have a system for you that is different, and works beautifully! Click through to learn exactly what you need to do over the next month to finally clear up your skin. | www.TheClearSkinEssentials.com

Breakouts Won’t Go Away? Do This!

Recently I received an email from one of our readers. She was telling me how she cleaned up her diet and her skin started clearing up, but it wasn’t until she “took a leap of faith” and followed my instructions to cut everything out of her skincare routine, did she completely clear up her skin and get the fabulous results she wanted.

This isn’t the first time I’ve received this sort of feedback.

In fact when I receive emails and testimonials, majority say the same exact thing.

Most people are more than willing to make improvements to their diet (it can be hard, but it’s doable). But when I suggest cutting out the products and makeup, there’s total resistance.

And in all honesty, most people don’t cut back on the products and makeup they’re using, not at first. It’s usually later on when they’ve already been eating super healthy and getting good results, but their skin isn’t completely clear. There’s usually something that just clicks, and they take that “leap of faith.”

It’s always then, the combination of eating healthy and minimizing the use of makeup and skincare products, their skin completely clears up (and then I get the happy emails of “I didn’t believe you at first, but I tried it, and it worked!”).

I know that when you’re in the midst of terrible breakouts, big or small, there’s this impulsive need to put a bunch of products on your face in hopes of an overnight miracle. I know because I’ve been guilty of smothering my skin with some crazy strong products, and the worse my breakouts were, the more products I used to use.

And nothing worked. In fact it all just makes your skin worse causing it to be even more irritated, red, and inflamed, and even sets you up for scarring and hyperpigmentation.

I was lucky I had a dermatologist that was so strict with me to stop using anything on my skin (except for the mildest cleanser I could find). I’m lucky I listened to her, but just like you, I was very reluctant at first, and it felt like a huge leap of faith.

I am writing this blog post today because many of you write me about your acne and breakouts, you send me photos, and your skin hurts – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

And I’m pleading with everyone, if you’re in the middle of a breakout, small or huge – you’ve got to cut back on the products and makeup you are using. This is not the time to be putting more stuff on your face, or even trying anything new – this is actually the time to take a step back and stop putting anything on your skin so it can heal.

The more stuff you put on your face (doesn’t matter if it’s natural or synthetic), the worse you are going to make the problem. How I see it, if you wouldn’t put that product on a rash or wound, don’t put it on your breakouts, pimples, or acne.

And does that mean you need to give up skincare products and makeup forever? No, of course not!

When your breakouts and pimples have healed, and your skin is no longer inflamed or irritated, then you can certainly use skincare products and makeup again. It’s kind of like when you have the flu, the last thing you should be eating is tacos, fried chicken and chinese takeaway – and instead, you want to be eating very simple, plain, nourishing food. This is the same approach with your skin.

No product is going to heal you skin – your body is what is going to heal your skin and if you keep smothering it with products and makeup, you’re making it really hard for your body to do its job.

Getting started – the simple way

I want you to jump in a take a “leap of faith” for one month.

For one month, all I want you to do is wash you face morning and evening with the gentlest cleanser you can find.

My recommendation for cleansers:

Honey

  • Honey is especially good for younger skin (for those of you under 30-35 years old)
  • If you have severe breakouts or acne, honey is the best to wash your face with (it’s the most gentle cleanser you’ll find, and especially good at soothing inflamed and irritated skin).
  • The honey MUST BE SMOOTH (absolutely no coarse texture to the honey, no granules. Most smooth honeys can have light pass through them, it’s not creamy or cloudy in appearance, it’s more clear (but could be light or dark in color). Best to use a raw, organic honey.
  • Wash your face with honey like you would most other cleansers by applying it to damp skin and rinsing it off with warm water, don’t use a washcloth to remove it.
  • To view a full video tutorial/demo on how to wash your face with honey, click here–> Video Demo: Honey Cleansing Acne Prone Skin

Oil Cleansing

  • Oil Cleansing is especially good for those of you in your 30s and older, or if your skin tends to be dry or showing signs of aging.
  • For acne prone skin, the safest oil to use is jojoba oil (but you can also use other oils like argan oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc., or use an oil blend – I love Living Libations – Best Skin Ever)
  • DON’T use pure coconut oil, mineral oil, or anything containing soybean oil (they can be comedogenic).
  • To view a full video tutorial/demo on how to oil cleanse acne prone skin properly, click here–> Video Demo: Oil Cleansing Method For Acne Prone Skin
  • For oil cleansing, always make sure you use the softest washcloths you can find (I recommend Grovia Cloth Wipes).

Both honey and oil cleansing are my top recommendations for healing acne. But, I know some of you may have an allergy to honey and bee products, or oil cleansing isn’t compatible with your skin, or you just prefer a different type of cleanser.

Other recommended cleansers:

Annmarie Skin Care – Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser (suitable for all skin types) – This cleanser reminds me of Cetaphil, but without all the chemicals! If you know of Cetaphil, it’s an extremely gentle cleanser that many people use for sensitive skin and to help clear up acne. I find the Aloe-Herb Cleanser to be even better than Cetaphil, and a much safer alternative.

Oskia – Renaissance Cleansing Gel (suitable for normal, oily, combination, acne prone skin) – If you like the Oil Cleansing Method of using a washcloth, but oils don’t work so well for your skin, I would recommend this cleanser. It goes on like a balm but when you remove it, it doesn’t leave any oily residue behind. The feedback I do get is this cleanser is better for oily or normal skin, and can be too drying for dry skin (this cleanser is also good in hot/humid climates).

Tata Harper – Purifying Cleanser (suitable for normal, oily, combination, acne prone skin) – This is a super gentle, no soap, gel-like cleanser. If you have oily or combination skin, this is a great balancing cleanser. It thoroughly washes your skin without drying it out, it won’t irritate breakouts, and the ingredients help draw impurities to the surface. This cleanser is also great for hot/humid climates, and summer months.

Pai – Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleansing Cream (Suitable for dry or maturing acne prone skin). If you have acne prone skin that tends to be dry, but you don’t like honey or oil cleansers, I would recommend trying a milk or cream cleanser which will help to moisturize and nourish your skin. Pai Skincare makes a gentle cream cleanser and the entire line is formulated for sensitive skin, so it’s definitely a good option for acne prone skin as well.

And now stop everything else…

Once you find a suitable cleanser that isn’t drying or stripping, and works well for your skin, I want you stop using any other product on your skin.

Yes, stop everything.

It may feel uncomfortable at first (your skin might feel a little tight after cleansing), but you will see within 7-10 days (or sooner), your skin will adjust to the change.

If for some reason, you desperately need to use a moisturizer after washing your face, use a clear/gel serum or facial oil – these don’t have waxes or butters, so they’re less likely to aggravate your breakouts and pimples while it heals.

Recommended facial oils & serums (safe for acne prone skin):

Living Libations – Jojoba Oil

Kahina Giving Beauty – Argan Oil

Ila Spa – Face Oil For Glowing Radiance

Annmarie Skin Care – Herbal Facial Oil For Normal And Combination Skin

Tata Harper – Replenishing Nutrient Complex

Living Libations – SoothSayer Serum

Living Libations – RoseGlow Serum

And what about makeup?

If you want to clear up your skin fast, you need to skip that too.

I know this is not easy, especially because you rather disguise your breakouts while they are healing. But what if I told you the makeup could be irritating your skin more, making your breakouts worse?

Let me ask you – when you have a rash or wound, would you put makeup on it? Probably not! You would keep it clean, and let it air out so it could heal. Well, that’s how you must treat your breakouts too.

Once your breakouts and acne have healed, then you can use makeup again.

And if you are sitting here thinking you just can’t go out without something concealing your breakouts, than switch to using cover-up or a concealer instead of using full coverage foundation or tinted moisturizers, and ONLY use it when you really need it (I use RMS Beauty – “Un” Cover-Up).

You might hate me now, but once you start seeing your skin heal and clear up, you’ll love me later, I promise.

Conclusion

Just to make sure we’re on the same page – if your breakouts won’t clear up – for one month you are going to wash your face twice a day with the gentlest cleanser you can find (my top recommendations are honey for younger skin, oil cleansing for maturing skin).

For that month you are not going to put anything else on your skin. If you really need a moisturizer, you can use a facial oil or clear serum (avoid lotions or moisturizers for the month).

And no makeup, or any other products (with the exception if you’re outdoors in the sun, do wear sunscreen (of course!), but if you’re in a cooler climate and indoors all day, take a break from it for the the month  – use your common sense and good judgement.

Take the leap of faith! (And do let me know after a month your results).

And one last thing…

As you take a break from makeup and skincare products, you MUST also eat a super healthy clear skin diet too. The two work hand-in-hand. So no junk food, no dairy products, no processed food. Follow all my guidelines in the FREE Acne Solutions 5-Day Email Course and The CLEAR SKIN Diet Rules.

And if you want more tips and guidelines on how to improve your skin care routine to get clear gorgeous skin – take my new course, The CLEAR SKIN Skincare Rules. This course will guide you through all the details of how to take care of your skin correctly, so you’re not wasting your time making the same mistakes everyone else is making (not only will you get clear skin, but these tips will help keep your skin super healthy, and slow down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles).

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18 Comments

  • Reply Krissy August 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Natasha, You have inspired me to give this a go as i feel like i’ve tried everything with diet/supplements with little improvement. I normally don’t leave the house without alot of make up on to cover my terrible acne and redness and there is no way i could go to work. So I am taking a month holiday in November so I can try this! I am very scared about going out in public without make up – I might even go and stay somewhere far away from where I live just so i won’t see anyone i know! Looking forward to the experiment 🙂
    Just wondering if you know of any good “natural” make up brands that are sold in Australia? I never really see any in the shops.
    Do you think it would be beneficial to do a juice fast for maybe a week while i’m doing no make up?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael August 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      YES YES YES! Give it a go 🙂 It’s a fantastic idea to take a break (and hide away if you need to, why not?!). I totally recommend you do a juice fast. Make this a “Self Care Getaway.” You know Krissy, I tell everyone to take a break from products and makeup to heal breakouts and acne because I know how effective it is. I know it’s not easy (nor comfortable), but it helps more than anything else. And the beauty is once your skin clears up and heals, you can use skincare products and makeup again (and you’ll have a better idea which ones work for your skin, and which ones cause problems). As for natural makeup available in Australia, you can try 100% Pure (http://www.100percentpure.com.au) and also Nourished Life that carries a few brands and you can shop online (http://www.nourishedlife.com.au). Keep in touch, I want to hear how your getaway goes in November 🙂

      • Reply Krissy August 13, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        Thanks Natasha I will check out those make up brands 🙂

  • Reply Krissy August 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Just curious, what do you think of the “caveman” regiment – as in not even washing you face with water. I have read a bit about it online and how not washing your face restores the skin’s acid mantle and ph. Sounds rather awful! Do you think washing with just water and the honey/oil is gentle enough to have the same effect?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael August 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I think the caveman regiment is not really appropriate for our times. If you were living in a pristine environment with absolutely no environmental pollution, then maybe, but in today’s day and age, you need to wash your face 🙂 I do know people do get good result following it, but it has more to do with abstaining from treated/chlorinated water or perhaps a sensitivity to the mineral content in the water, but very little to do with not rinsing your face. I’ve been asked about this a few times so, maybe in near future I will put a blog post together, plus talk about experiments I’ve done relating to this.

  • Reply Carolina August 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Hi! How about frankincense oil? I like to use jojoba oil with a few drops of frankincense as a mousturizer, is that ok?
    I am 30 and have acne mostly related to hormonal issues and autoimmunity.
    Thank you so much!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael August 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Hi Carolina,
      The frankincense should be ok, but I would even try going a whole month keeping everything as simple as you can. So even for a month, skip the frankincense and just use the jojoba oil when you need to. Later on when your skin is balanced out, you can continue using the frankincense.

      • Reply Carolina August 27, 2016 at 6:15 am

        Thank you so much for your replay! I was wondering if you could help me with one more question, is leaving oil as a moisturizer and then applying organic make up ok? Or make up on top of oil could clogged pores. I am taking a break from make up as you suggest but would like to wear it in the future =)
        Thanks!

  • Reply Colette August 23, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I have decided to give this a try, using a gentle cleanser and mild toner (no alcohol) for one month. My husband and my co-workers are going to help me keep accountable.

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael August 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Great Colette! For best results skip the toner too! Just stick with the mildest cleanser you can find (I recommend honey, or if you have drier skin, go with oil cleansing). How I see it, you wouldn’t be spraying a rash or wound with toner, so for one month, take a break from the products and let your skin heal. Let me know how it goes 🙂

      • Reply Colette August 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

        Hi Natasha,

        Funnily enough,I had the toner in my bag today and it threw away. Good thing it was not much. I will give the mild cleanser only a try. May need the honey for my overseas trip next week.

        P.S. I was using the toner for some itchy bumps beneath the skin. Major detox taking place.

        • Reply Natasha St. Michael August 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

          Ah, losing the toner is a blessing! I’m happy you’re giving this a go! Keep me posted 🙂

  • Reply Idunn August 31, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Hi! When wearing makeup again`(when the skin has cleared up), such as a natural foundation og bb-cream, is the oil still enough for a cleanser? Or should I go back to using a mild cleanser and a toner again?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael November 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Idunn,
      Oil cleansing is actually the best for thoroughly removing makeup and sunscreen. When you’re wearing makeup and/or sunscreen, I recommend double cleansing with oil in the evening which involves washing your face twice in a row with oil to ensure not only you’re removing all products but your skin underneath gets a through cleanse. Here is a blog article I’ve put together on double cleansing, plus here’s another blog article on oil cleansing acne prone skin.

  • Reply John tan November 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

    hi. i am very interested in this but i have few question !
    1) if i have very oily skin ( my skin would be oily/ very oily when i wake up or few hours after washing ) , can i still do this routine ?
    2) if i have breakout during the period i’m doing this routine , do i ignore them , pop them or put acne medication ?
    3) can i use wet wipes in the middle of the day to clean off the excess oil ?
    4) is this method suitable for guys ?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael November 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Hi John,
      Here’s the answers to your questions:
      1- You can certainly do this routine for oily skin. For oily skin, I highly recommend using smooth honey to wash your face. Here’s a video demo how to wash your face with honey —> http://www.theclearskinessentials.com/honey-cleansing-acne-prone-skin/
      2- If you get breakouts, just leave them be. Don’t pick or pop them, and don’t use any acne drying lotions. Just let them heal.
      3- No wet wipes – those are full of alcohol and are making your oily skin worse (never use any products that contain alcohol because it dries out your skin making your body produce more oil). Just leave your skin alone. If you follow all the directions in this post, your oily skin should balance out.
      4- All info on this site is suitable for guys!

  • Reply Elena April 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Hi! I am actually going to try this from tonight I am very curious to see the results! Just one question: after I rinse the honey off my face can i use some rose water?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael April 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Elena,
      Yes you can use the rose water as long as it’s pure rose water and added no alcohol, no which hazel, no perfume/fragrance, or other additives.

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