I'm looking for some new skincare products to treat my acne and am having a really hard time finding something suitable. I have used a variety of acne products in the past, including prescription products, but I'm looking to get away from all of that and find some vegan-friendly products that don't contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (even those that are naturally derived). This is a near-impossible task, it seems. I've also tried the oil cleansing method with a few different kinds but was making my skin way worse. Any suggestions? I'm so frustrated!
My son has suffered with acne, I spent hundreds of dollars including over the counter medications and creams. We finally found a cheap and healthy solution. Raw apple cider vinegar. He uses a oatmeal face bar to cleanse his face and then the cider is used as a toner or astringent. We have been using this for about two months and his acne is visibly gone now. I was really impressed! If you are using it on your skin it needs to be diluted the cider tends to sting if not mixed with water. I use one teaspoon to 6 oz. of water. Hope this was helpful, good luck!
I am sorry for the trouble and frustration in finding something suitable to treat your acne.I too had a similar problem.In fact my sister and my mother had acne problems too.My sister and I used all kinds of off the shelf products from pharmacies and healthy food programs including 12 glasses of water per day.Nothing worked for us.None of us took well to antibiotics and suffered from side effects.Finally I was able to remove acne naturally and permanently and got the scarring to disappear almost completely and gradually by using a friend's recommendation http://tinyurl.com/6qkcd2y
I've had really good experiences with the Desert Essence tea tree oil line. It's fairly inexpensive and they have a great face wash, as well as toner pads. My favorite moisturizer is the Beauty Without Cruelty oil free daily moisturizer.
Like others have said, apple cider vinegar is wonderful as a toner after you wash your face. Tea tree oil is great too, but better in a cleanser than a topical treatment (for me anyway). I recently switched from an expensive Juice Beauty face wash to Trader Joe's tea tree oil bar soap (if I recall, it was under $4 for a 2-bar pack) and my face has really cleared up. If there is no Trader Joe's nearby, a good alternative is the brand Kaylin mentioned.
If I've been outside getting sweaty, I like to clean off with a few dabs of Thayers rose petal witch hazel (Amazon has it), which removes dirt and sweat and smells a lot nicer than apple cider vinegar. That's just personal preference though.
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