I am a firm believer in “what goes in, must come out”.
This is especially for our bodies and the food we eat. If you eat a crummy diet of processed foods, drink lots of sugary sodas, and don’t get enough rest or exercise, your body is going to show it. You’re going to be more tired, cranky, and your chance for acne is much greater. Of course, we all know that one person who made it through high school with nary a blemish. I wasn’t that fortunate.
I have tried to make sure that my children don’t get plagued by the same acne that I had as a teen.
I mean, what parent would NOT go to any length to protect their children from that, right? They don’t drink soda, only water, kombucha or milk. They eat a very healthy, well balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit, veggies, and a variety of fish, grass fed meats and healthy fats. They get plenty of rest, have very little stress in their lives, and get lots of exercise. And, yet they are still plagued with pimples. Not terribly so, but enough that it makes them self conscious.
Back before I knew better, my answer would be to grab some acne cream off the drugstore shelf.
Since coming to the full realization that whatever we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream, I don’t want benzoyl peroxide on their faces. Yet, they needed something to help clear their skin without drying it out. So, I researched some oils and came up with this recipe that has helped them tremendously:
2 Tablespoons Apricot Oil (helps soothe irritated skin)
1 Tablespoon Beeswax (softening, and helps hold the oils together)
5 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
(both oils are known for helping to clear skin blemishes while promoting healing of irritated skin)
Carefully melt the beewax and apricot oils together over low heat in a double boiler.
Once completely melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils and carefully stir together. Pour into chapstick container. This recipe will stay hard in the container, similar to lip balm. Allow to cool. To use, simply dap a bit of the salve directly to acne. A little bit goes a long way here. We use up to 3 times a day.