Natural Face Scrubs to Fight Acne, Skim Blemishes and Even Tone

Woman China Woman China
Over the past year, I've noticed a change in my face. I'm going to be thirty-two this summer, and I live in a dry climate, but I have naturally oily skin. I eat healthy; over 90% of my diet is coffee, water, fruits and vegetables that are usually bought from the farmer who grows them, most of my protein is from eggs, nuts, freshly made tofu, and chicken. I do from time to time eat mutton, beef, fish. I rarely eat from food from packages or sweets. But I have been trying to get into the habit of consuming coconut milk (organic) and more raw organic honey.

The change has been I've been getting more acne. And not the nice white heads, but the deep, painful, itchy acne and usually it is along my jaw line.

It's not pretty.

I got tired of spending money on products from the store, health food stores, bought from online.... and remember, I have to pay extra for international shipping and then usually customs. All the doctors said my diet is fine and shouldn't be causing these issues. Both traditional Chinese doctors and western doctors wanted to put me on various pills and I hate taking medicine.

So I went to search out some old fashioned recipes.

I've found a whole whack of information but never really on the same site.

So here are some skin care remedies that I've come across and have been using with a fair amount of success. Just remember, it will take up to a month for your skin to get accustomed to the new stuff. So be patient.

Favourite Spot Stuff: Cold Pressed Castor Oil spot applied to a clean moisturized face where you have scars, or minor discolouration. Massage gently in and go to bed. Use nightly.

Favourite Night Cream: Cold Pressed Olive Oil (the same stuff I use in the kitchen) there are many different ways people use olive oil as a face wash or a moisturizer this is just the way I use it; wash face with a mild soap like a Burt's product or Cetaphil, then take a little dab of olive oil and massage into face using the pads of my ring fingers, paying close attention to around my eyes, between my eye brows, laugh lines, and my T-Zone. Make sure you get your neck and upper chest as well. Then apply your castor oil for spots, then jump into bed making sure you are face up for a little while to try to let the oils soak in.

Make-Up Remover (works amazingly well on waterproof mascara): cold pressed olive oil on your finger pads and massage. Then wash with a mild soap, then apply olive oil as a night moisturizer.

Morning stuff:

If you drink coffee you are in luck. My favourite morning scrub makes my belly growl in hunger.

Face Mask/Scrub: take the grounds of your coffee, add in a few tablespoons of raw organic honey, add in a dollop of coconut milk, a few table spoons of cocoa powder and mix. Gently massage into your face and neck, applying more till your face, neck and upper chest are covered in this delicious scented mask. Sit back, continue drinking your coffee while reading the mornings newspaper or playing on EF. Leave on for about twenty-thirty minutes. Hop into the shower with the rest of the concoction and use it as a body scrub. So good-bye to soap and say good-bye to applying lotion as you'll never need it. I am not sure of how this will work in the winter though.

A few times a week: mix raw organic honey with some cinnamon till it forms a paste, apply to your face, neck and upper chest for about twenty to thirty minutes then rinse with cool to warm water.

I find with using these methods, I do not really need a day cream/lotion, I just cut a leaf off my aloe vera plant and apply the pulp to my face and off I go. Sometimes, I might drop a drop of Tea Tree Oil into the aloe leaf the week before my period as a just in case method.

Around lunch time (or approx four hours after my morning shower) I splash cool water on my face and pat my face dry with a paper towel or a tissue.

But since using these, I've noticed my face broke out pretty bad the first two weeks of using them and got wicked gross oily, then settled right down. You know that gross oil that many of us get on our faces? We should have oil, but not a gross oil. I don't know how to describe it, but now, because my skin is naturally oily, I still get some oil on my face a few hours after my morning wash, but it is not that shiny gross oil, but more of the natural matte sebum oil.

I've noticed six weeks was how long it took for my scars on my face to have almost disappeared, they are still there, but they have faded to such a point unless you stare and pull the skin in funny ways they cannot be seen. My blackheads are almost all gone around my nose, and my pores are much finer too.

My skin tone has become much more even and all those around me have noticed a difference in my skin.

For a massage, my partner has me whip up some coconut milk, honey and cocoa and he loves to paint my body with it while licking my body clean. Sure, I have to launder the sheets the next day, but we usually use this deliciousness the day before laundry day anyways and I've not noticed any staining due to the cocoa.

I suggested to my mother a more natural remedy for her as she has some wrinkles: freshly mashed strawberries (frozen don't work), some coconut milk, finely ground oatmeal, honey mixed together and worn as a mask for about thirtyish minutes. She complains that only half the mixture makes it to her face. She also adds in cocoa powder too. She is going to be sixty this summer, and she only looks about forty-fivish. She said her facial lady has noticed a tightening in her skin, and her face looks much tighter. I wonder if this would work on stretch marks?

So.

What about you? What kind of natural remedies do you use for your face and skin? Did you try any of these? What kind of luck have you had?
06/27/2012
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js250 js250
Scars--what kind, how deep and how large? Sorry for the third degree but I have a huge one from my car accident that is very prominent. I have had little kids ask if I got eaten by a bear--seriously. Okay, calmed down now, got a bit excited about scar reduction!!

Whipped egg whites lightly rubbed onto your skin and allowed to dry makes a great face peel. Add honey for a cleansing peel. That does remove the surface blackheads.
06/27/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by js250
Scars--what kind, how deep and how large? Sorry for the third degree but I have a huge one from my car accident that is very prominent. I have had little kids ask if I got eaten by a bear--seriously. Okay, calmed down now, got a bit excited about ... More
Yup! I am learning so many things about honey that has me in love with the stuff!!!

The scars I noticed a reduction on was the acne scars on my face so just a few millimetres in diametre. The little brown spots were less than a centimetre. It's taken about six weeks to get to the point where I have to look hard to find them. On my wrist, I had a soft tissue ulcer that ran pretty deep, and I was left with an ugly deep scar about two centimetres in total. I used castor oil for about seven weeks, and it is no longer tough feeling and is now flush with the rest of my arm, and is now a soft pinky colour rather than white.

A friend of mine got tired of me nagging, so she's been using castor oil compresses where she took a peice of flannel (all the various websites and and old fashioned remedies say flannel so I am saying flannel to keep with tradition) saturated it in cold pressed castor oil, wrapped up her ankle (she smashed up her ankle years ago, had all sorts of pins in there and was left with some really ugly scars not to mention lots of aches and tiredness there too), wrapped some cling wrap around her ankle, put a really hot wet towel around the plastic and watched a movie almost every night. Every day after her shower, she dabbed some castor oil on the scars, put on cotton socks and off she went. She has commented that there is less aching and her ankle is not as tired as it once was, and that the scars are still there, they just look less angry.

But she's only been doing this for about threeish weeks.

If you are serious about big scar reduction and don't want to try castor oil, if you can find a heavy silicone based thick cream and apply it to the massive scars, you should notice that the scar tissue because less "hard" and a little more soft in about four weeks. Your local dermatologist would have some but that stuff is wicked pricey.

Hope this helps!
06/27/2012
Woman China Woman China
I so need to learn how to spell. "Skim" indeed!!!!
06/27/2012
GONE! GONE!
I use tea tree oil on my acne. Some people have reported that it makes their acne and/or scars worse but it doesn't seem to be doing that to me.
I also use it for toenail fungus.
06/28/2012
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Woman China
Over the past year, I've noticed a change in my face. I'm going to be thirty-two this summer, and I live in a dry climate, but I have naturally oily skin. I eat healthy; over 90% of my diet is coffee, water, fruits and vegetables that are ... More
These sound great. I love trying natural remedies but alas, my skin doesn't react to it.

By the way, how well does it fade scarring? I have really bad acne scarring that I am desperate to fade. I've used everything including olive oil, aloe vera, etc. but nothing works.
06/28/2012
Woman China Woman China
I decided to use this link because it tells a lot of information on the page as a whole about castor oil and some of it's glory.

Here is also another link Natural News about other oils and things one can use to break up scars.

To put it simply, scars are tough tissue. Not the nice soft tissue of the rest of our skin. Using various oils (I just prefer castor oil as it is cheap and multi-purpose, the best foot massage oil I've ever used) help to soften the scar tissue by breaking up the fibrous tissue replacing it with smoother skin. As I said, the scars are still there, just less noticeable.

Hope this is what you are after!!!
06/28/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by deltalima
These sound great. I love trying natural remedies but alas, my skin doesn't react to it.

By the way, how well does it fade scarring? I have really bad acne scarring that I am desperate to fade. I've used everything including olive oil, ... More
The only question I have, is how long did you try it for?

It's one of those things that you have to have to have to do regularly sometimes for many weeks.

Think of it like the home gym or new fitness equipment. The first week it's home it gets used often. Then the novelty sinks in and you use it less and less. If you use it regularly and have a daily routine to use it, you'll see results. If you use it sporadically or not at all, you just have to dust it.

One other suggestion I have that was given to me by my neighbours grandmother was baking soda mixed with a little olive oil to make a paste then gently massaged into your scars if they are on your face. I am not keen on this one as I find it too drying for my face.
06/28/2012
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Woman China
The only question I have, is how long did you try it for?

It's one of those things that you have to have to have to do regularly sometimes for many weeks.

Think of it like the home gym or new fitness equipment. The first week ... More
I used olive oil for 2 years. I've tried baking soda on its own for 6 months but that didn't do anything either. But I'll try castor oil and hope that works
06/28/2012
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