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Why Your Skincare Products Don’t Work To Get Rid Of Acne & Breakouts

November 24, 2016

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Why Your Skincare Products Don’t Work To Get Rid Of Acne & Breakouts

Do you ever feel like no matter what you try, your skincare products don’t work to get rid of acne or breakouts?

I understand the frustration and I receive so many emails about this all the time.

The products you’re using, whether it’s a cleanser, lotion, or spot treatment – natural or not; is not giving you the results you want, and you feel utter disappointment and frustration.

Many emails say, “I’ve been using “x” “y” and “z”; but it’s not working.”

And my question is, what does it mean when “it’s not working”?

Is it “not working” because it’s not doing what it’s designed to do (a cleanser not really cleaning your skin, a make-up remover no taking makeup off properly, a moisturizer not adding any moisture or hydration to your skin, a sunscreen not protecting your skin from the sun, etc.)?

Or, is it “not working” because it’s not fulfilling your hopes that the product is going to give you clear flawless skin, or some sort of transformation?

I believe many of us have too high hopes in skincare products to do more than what they are basically designed to do. Many of us are expecting a transformation or cure.

I hate to say it, but there isn’t going to be a miracle skincare product to clear up breakouts and acne (if there was, no one would have breakouts or acne, right?!).

The only thing good skincare products will do, is support your skin to be balanced so your skin can heal more efficiently and be healthy. What’s actually healing your pimples, breakouts and acne is your body, NOT the skincare products.

I know for myself, this took me a very long time to really understand.

I spent thousands and thousands of dollars on products in the search for a miracle, only for my skin to get more irritated, more broken out, more scarred, and my confidence to plummet.

I thought the more products I tried, or the more products I’d put on my face; hopefully something would eventually “work”.

It was only when I realized that no skincare product is going to get rid of the blemishes and breakouts – it’s my body that’s going to do that. My approach to clear skin then changed, and finally, so did my skin.

I realized I needed to move my focus to helping my body heal my skin (like getting on a healthy diet, getting good sleep, exercise, stress reduction, and getting as healthy as I could), and not relying on finding some sort of miracle skincare product.

Skincare products aren’t an acne cure. Their function is just to cleanse, nourish and protect your skin.

Your body is what’s going to heal you.

And once you see that difference – how you select skincare products needs to change appropriately, and so do your expectations.

You need to move away from buying products in hopes they’re going to get rid of pimples, and start buying product because they’re gentle and supportive of the health of your skin.

An emphasis needs to be made for keeping your skin balanced, nourished, protected, and as irritation-free as possible.

If you use any skincare products that irritates or stresses your skin – it will just stand in the way of your body’s ability to heal breakouts and acne.

And what does that mean?

Good skincare products for blemish-prone or acne-prone skin will:

  • Cleanse and remove dirt, debris, and build-up of sebum and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin without stripping it, drying it out, or making it tight, irritated, or red
  • Moisturize or replenish your skin if it is dry or lacking hydration.
  • Sooth your skin, keeping it free of redness or irritation

This should be your objective when selecting skincare products for blemish-prone skin.

NEVER use products:

  • That makes your skin dry, red, tight, or flakey
  • That makes your skin oily 2-3 hours after using the product (this is a symptom that the product or cleanser is too drying or something in it is irritating your skin resulting in your body producing excess oil to calm or protect your skin).
  • That’s too rough on pimples or “active” breakouts (never use exfoliating scrubs, textured, or coarse products when you have active blemishes or pimples, this will just irritate, hurt and even tear your skin).
  • Products with strong active ingredients or acids could be too irritating when you have breakouts – best to only use them only when your skin is clear and free of any pimples and breakouts.
  • Stay away from using hot water to cleanse your face or overly steaming your skin – this will dehydrate your skin, resulting in irritation, redness, uneven skin tone, and for some of you, even excess oil production.

Your goals when selecting products for acne-prone skin:

  • To maintain healthy and balanced skin
  • To be super gentle with your skin so it can heal
  • Nourish you skin so it has the moisture and hydration it needs
  • Calm your skin if it gets irritated or red from blemishes or breakouts
  • Protect your skin (from heat, dry air, cold climates, excess humidity, chemicals, pollution, water treatments, sun exposure)

FORGET: drying out pimples, picking at your zits, or scrubbing acne away – none of this works, it’s just irritating and damaging your skin more.

REMEMBER: No skincare product is going to banish breakouts or acne, just like no skincare product can erase wrinkles. The purpose of quality skincare products is to cleanse, nourish, and help keep your skin balanced. It’s your body that’s doing the work to heal your breakouts and keep your skin blemish-free.

And this is the most important part…


You can be using the best quality skincare products in the world, but if you’re eating unhealthy food, binging on junk food, drinking copious amounts of soda or coffee, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, stressed out, not sleeping well, and depressed or miserable – no matter what you’re putting on your skin, it won’t help as much as it could (or at all).

As I said, it’s your body that’s going to heal the breakouts and get rid of the acne. Taking care of your health and body as a whole is what’s going to get your skin healthy, clear, and glowing again.

When your body, mind, and spirit is all at it’s best – then your skin can truely start healing the way it should.

What’s one EASY thing you can start improving now?

Instead of getting overwhelmed with everything you may need to fix or change, ask your self – what’s one thing you can start improving in your diet or lifestyle right now (today)?

For some of you it might be going to sleep a little earlier, or spending more time with people who make you happy, or switching your morning coffee to a green juice, or taking a break from your daily chocolate bar, or joining a gym or group fitness class, learning how to cook, adding more vegetables to your meals, etc.

There’s so many ways you can make getting healthy ENJOYABLE, and even EASY & FUN – which in turn will help your skin heal. What’s most important is getting started, get the ball rolling, and once you start seeing changes and improvements, it gets a lot easier to continue.

Ready to get started? Make sure to take my FREE Acne Solutions 5-Day Email Course. This course will walk you through 5 most important changes you need to make to your diet & skincare routine to start getting clear skin right away. CLICK HERE to get started, it’s FREE!

And, if you’re really ready to jump in and go full force to get clear radiant skin – take my two video courses: The CLEAR SKIN Diet Rules and The CLEAR SKIN Skincare Rules. These two video course are the foundation to clear blemish-free skin. Everything you need to know about what to eat for clear skin, and how to really take care of your skin properly is outlined in these two course. These two courses are “skin changing,” not only in getting rid of breakouts and adult acne, but also preserving the youthfulness of your skin, and glowing from the inside out. If you want beautiful skin, take ALL these courses!

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  • Reply Tugce January 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Natasha .
    I have been dealing with acnes for 8 years now I am 21 years old and they are still with me . I dont have serious acne on my forehead and chin but the ones on my cheeks are serious. They are extremely red but there isnt much or nothing inside of them . So I have tried soooo many medicaons, products, remedies ; i went to most famous dermatologists , i got hormonal test and the results were ok nothing wrong with my hormones, I even got peeling and laser treatment( now it is better there arent any bumps or new acnes but they are still red and there) but they are still there . For 9 months I dont eat any junk food, sugar , chocolate I am trying to eat healthy things. I dont do any make up . So even after all of these things it makes me really upset to be like this . I dont know what else that i can do . Do you have any recommendations ?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael January 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Hi Tugce,
      Sorry to hear about your skin challenges. Many times breakouts on the cheeks have to do with your digestion. Here is an article/video I’ve put together specifically for breakouts on the cheeks and what you can adjust in your diet to start clearing it up:
      Also to get rid of the redness, I recommend eating more green vegetables (they are naturally anti-inflammatory, so they’ll help to even out your skin tone and get rid of irritation and redness of your skin).
      Lastly, do make sure to take my free Acne Solutions 5-Day Email Course because all the steps in the course will also help clear up your skin (especially drinking mint water every day, which is outlined in Step #1). You can sign up at:

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