So, I’ve had acne pretty consistently and tried several different treatments. When I lived in the suburbs of Chicago, I had anything from breakouts on my forehead, chin, and the occasional white heads. I think for a while I used Yves Roches and my skin cleared for the most part. I switched over to clean & clear black head removal when I started getting blackheads instead. But…since I moved to St. Paul, MN, I’ve had a strange breakout pattern along the right side of my chin. I have no idea why it’s happening in such a specific formation, but I guess it has something to do with the change in environment! Also from the limited research I’ve been doing, I think that I’ve been drying out my skin with these daily scrubs instead of helping it. I’m going natural with my hair, so why not do it for my skin too? Here are two options I’m exploring now.
- African Black Soap, $12.95 for the Full Bar on Coastal Scents: http://www.coastalscents.com/bath-and-body/made-in-africa/as-011.html, Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umXhBNdvMhI
- SunKissAlba also has some good product recommendations, including natural treatments such as olive oil and jojoba oil. Skin Routine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cgJAN8Agkc
Exfoliation scrubs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvXdYGTCc0E
So far the pros and cons that I’m seeing of each: African Black Soap would be a cheaper, simpler treatment.
First Option (African Black Soap):
- Pros: Would only have to worry about one product, which is usually what I need to start on a routine.
- Cons: The YouTube user did say this is more of an external treatment, so any symptoms it resolved would come back if you stopped using it. Also if you have dry skin to begin with, it will not solve your dry skin, it will clean it though. No real scent.
Second Option (Alba Products, Exfoliation per week):
- Pros: Get natural scents like brown sugar, essential oils like lavender or rosemary. Fun to make. Natural products. Jojoba oil seems like a really good idea for helping your body to stop producing excess oil in the long run. Considers ingredients for different skin types.
- Cons: More expensive, although care products do last a while. Lots of product suggestions, could be hard to keep track of.
My friend also recommended me to a dermatologist, so I might call them up to see if an appointment is covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, or if it doesn’t cost too much to go see someone. I will mention that I specifically want natural, more affordable products!