Years ago I struggled HARD with acne. My doctors could only offer me antibiotics, which in the long run, only seemed to make things worse. I know this is something that so many of you struggle with, so today I'm talking all about how I healed my acne for good, and the three products that made the most significant difference in my skin!
I often wish that I had pictures of my skin back when I was on the acne struggle bus…but to be honest, I was so embarrassed that I didn't want any photos taken. The acne I dealt with was also really painful at times. I remember my husband applying topical antibiotics all over my face, and us laughing about how he had to literally apply it everywhere. Hey, when all else fails, I've gotta laugh!
Back then, I felt like I couldn't leave the house without makeup on. I believe that our skin is often a reflection of what's actually going on inside our bodies, which was definitely the case for me.
When I stopped taking hormonal birth control 4 years ago, my hormones went CRAZY. My acne became worse and worse, and no matter how well I ate, it didn't seem to make a difference. While working on balancing my hormones certainly helped to clear my acne, it's really these 3 products below that completely cleared my skin for good, and what I still use today for maintenance!
These products work better than ANY others that I've tried, including antibiotics. It's really just a bonus that they happen to be from a company that truly cares about our health and the safety of the ingredients that they use.
Will these products be the ones that work for you? I honestly have no idea. Just as we all tolerate different foods, the products that work for our skin can vary greatly, but I do know dozens of people that have had AMAZING results using these products as well.
My hope is that if you're struggling with acne, that these products can at least give you a place to start!
How I Healed My Acne
Hands down, this is my favorite product EVER. It's the one product that I never, ever want to go without. This Charcoal Cleansing Bar gently detoxes and purifies your skin, all while leaving it feeling nourished and soft.
I personally use this bar almost daily now, as I LOVE how it leaves my skin feeling. Most often to remove my makeup at night and cleanse my face, I'll use this Instant Eye Makeup Remover (made without mineral oil or silicone!), if I'm wearing eye makeup, and then I'll use the Charcoal Bar to cleanse my face.
While I haven't found that this dries my skin out at all, if you do have drier skin to begin with, I'd suggest to start with using this 2-3 times a week to start, and adjust according to how your skin feels.
To keep my charcoal bar dry in between use, which makes it last SO much longer, and also keeps my shower clean, I use this soap saver.
Next to the Charcoal Bar, this Balancing Charcoal Mask is another FAVORITE! This mask makes an immediate difference in my skin, and as it dries, I can literally see it pulling impurities from my pores…especially around my nose, as that's where my skin tends to be the most congested.
Looks amazing on me, right? 😉
I use this mask every week or two – really just whenever my skin feels like it needs a deeper cleaning. I leave the mask on for about 30 minutes, but if you already have drier skin, I'd leave it on for 10 minutes to start. You can always adjust depending on how your skin feels!
I'll also use this as an overnight spot treatment whenever I have a pimple attempting to make an appearance. I was just telling my husband the other day that every single time I've used this as a spot treatment, the pimple is literally GONE by the following morning!
I've found that using an flat complexion brush to apply the mask makes this last sooo much longer, as you'll use much less of the product!
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PRO TIP: Wash this mask off in the shower…unless you wanna clean up a mess on your sink!
I know it sounds crazy to some to put oil on acne prone skin, but this Balancing Oil has helped SO much to keep my skin healthy and to balance out my natural oil production. I LOVE how this leaves my skin feeling, as it's incredibly soothing. I use 4-5 drops of this every night before bed as my moisturizer.
Want to try all 3 of these amazing products? You can purchase them as a set for a discounted price!
If you're struggling with acne yourself, I hope that you found this post for how I healed my acne helpful! Please feel free to leave any questions below, or simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you're feeling nervous about trying these products in fear that you won't like them, I totally get it! Thankfully all of these products come with a super generous, 60-day return policy, as Beautycounter wants you to be completely satisfied. If for any reason you don't LOVE the products, you can always return them, even if they've been used!
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