Nah, I'm not asking if you own Grease on DVD/VHS, heh, I'm talking about your skin! Is it greasy? Do you tend to get greasy less than a few hours after washing your face? Well, same here. I thought I'd share some tips today on how to eliminate greasy-ness and the acne that comes with it!
First, a little back story; I got my first acne bump thing when I was eleven. Hell, it was shortly after my eleventh birthday! My two older siblings at the time had acne, though, so of course we had some Proactiv laying around, so my mum dabbed a bit of the spot treatment onto my acne bump, and before I even fell asleep that night--BOOM! It came right off like a scab (gross) and the spot was gone!
Sadly, I thought that was all I was going to get. Well, guess who's wrong? I've had acne for five years, and I believe it's NOW finally clearing up. The only thing that sucks is that I have a LOT of scaring to get rid of! Heh, anyway, I've always slacked on my face, and I'm a "natural product" junkie so I don't buy any of the chemical face washes. So, of course, I get a few painful bumps as soon as the last painful bumps go away. It's like a never-ending cycle!
They're mostly around the edges of my face; why? Because my hair frames my face! If you're like me and you only take a shower every 2-4 days, you'll REALLY want to pay close attention to these tips. Both of these sources (hair & face) can really take a toll on your sensitive face skin. Instead of paying top dollar for those useless chemical face washes, try these first!
DISCLAIMER: I am in no means a doctor. I'm a sixteen year old who's experimented on herself for years and I've found these to be the most helpful things for my skin. Everyone's skin's different, though. If you have severe acne, please think about seeing a dermatologist If you're allergic to anything I mention, please skip that tip. Same for sensitive skin. Try at your own risk.
- Wash your face TWICE a day. Once around the time you wake up, and once before you go to bed. The only one keeping you from doing this is YOU! All you need is soap and water! It only takes a couple of minutes. If you notice your face drying out or peeling from the often washing, try looking for a different soap. I would suggest any natural soaps! I get a bar of oatmeal soap from my local grocery store (Publix) for 99¢. You can find some amazing soaps on Etsy!
- If, like I stated above, you notice some peeling (I get it around my nose, on my chin, and between my brows) dampen a washcloth with ONLY water and scrub those areas. It will exfoliate the skin and remove the dead skin. You can also do this to your chapped lips!
- (NOT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN. If you don't know if your skin is sensitive or not, please test this on a small patch of your cheek before using it on your entire face.) Use a sugar scrub! (if sugar is too harsh, try baking soda instead) I'd suggest a simple scrub. What I use is 1/cup of both sugar and baby oil (you can use any oil you'd like, I just choose baby oil because it's gentle on the skin and it's the cheapest I can find. Olive oil is perfect for this!) and then I mix it together in a container with a lid.
Take a bit of the mixture onto your fingertips and massage it gently onto your face for one minute. Rinse off then scrub your face with soap and water before (optional) putting on your moisturizer. Exfoliating with sugar/baking soda is a great way to remove dead skin and grit! The oil will leave your face soft, also. Please keep this scrub simple, though. There are MANY things that are harmful to use while exfoliating, since the sugar can cause minuscule lacerations in the skin. Keep away from lemon juice and vinegar. Do the sugar/baking soda scrub up to three times a week.
- Go nude or go home. Keep away from foundation or any blotting powders during the day. All these do is cause your pores to clog which causes your face to generate more oil.
- Stay away from oil-based facial products!
- Research homemade facial masks on YouTube! You can find amazing recipes. Try to do a facial mask at least once a week.
- Heat up a washcloth with hot water and lay it onto your face as you lay down. An alternative to this is to put a pot of water onto low/med. heat and hold your face over it with a towel over your head. Leave your face under the washcloth/over the pot for at least three minutes. Follow this by washing your face like I describe in the first tip. The heat will open your pores giving you a deeper clean!
If you have any other tips, I'd love to hear them and add them to the list!
To one greaser to the other, rock on. \m/
To one greaser to the other, rock on. \m/