The dirt-cheap cure for acne
I recently shared with you guys my skincare routine I've used for years. I regret writing this, but after experiencing persistent breakouts and ruling out everything else in my routine, I realized a change of ingredients in my Boscia cleanser was worsening the problem.
It's disappointing because I love the company and have always had luck with their products so I hate to write this, but the new formula gave me the worst breakouts I've ever had.
Fortunately, once I stopped using this product my skin quickly cleared and although it is still healing, it's on the right track. But I needed a new cleanser, and fast.
My skin has always improved at the beach, in part from the sun but mostly from swimming in the ocean. My mom and I used to actually fill up gallons at the beach and take them home and store them in the freezer because it made our skin so smooth and clear. So while I was away on my wedding trip and needed to clear up my skin fast I bought a sea salt grinder from the drugstore and began washing my face with salt water twice a day. I felt a difference immediately - my skin felt calm and refreshed, and within a day or two I saw a marked improvement in spots.
For anyone who has problematic skin or acne, you know how difficult and frustrating it can be to try product after product and see zero progress, so when something actually works, it's better than Christmas morning. I've been using this remedy for about two weeks now and my face is clearer than it's been in months.
Here's what I do:
First, make sure the salt you are using is pure sea salt with no additives and that it does not contain iodine. Check the ingredient list - it should read: sea salt. Nothing else.
AM routine: In a mixing bowl, pour about a tablespoon or so of sea salt and dissolve in warm water. Wait a minute or two so the crystals dissolve and gently splash it all over your skin. Now take a bit more salt in the bowl and run cool water over it, and splash this over your face. I rinse with the cool water after washing with warm to close my pores. Follow with aloe vera or a light moisturizer.
PM routine: Remove makeup with a cleanser or makeup wipe and follow the same steps. You can also dip a cotton pad in the mixture and apply to any troubled areas you have as a spot treatment overnight.
That's it! Super simple, right? The best part is as long as you're moisturizing you shouldn't experience any dryness or flakes like with other acne treatments (benzoyl peroxide I'm looking at you).