Because our skin is our largest organ, when other areas inside our body are not eliminating waste properly, our skin becomes the trash can for toxins. There are various causes for acne such as hormonal imbalance (acne appears along the chin and jawline), issues with gut health from poor diet and dehydration, and toxic build-up in the blood. Another cause of acne is literally from the chemical ingredients in cosmetics which is called contact dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis can show up in the form of rashes, eczema, blisters, and itchy or burning skin from allergens, solvents, metals such as nickel, poison ivy, etc. Acne created by contact dermatitis isn’t always considered. The toxic chemicals in many cosmetics are also skin irritants. Fragrance is a commonly known skin irritant, but there are many others chemical ingredients that need to be avoided as well which you can find here. Many times when irritating chemical filled skin care products are eliminated completely, the skin clears up and there is no more contact dermatitis or acne caused by it.
In the article How I Cleared My Skin & Acne Scars a reader asked…
“I’ve been trying different products to heal my skin, nothing works. My skin is oily and sensitive. I tried going to a dermatologist/foundation/castile soap/oil cleansing etc., but this gives me dermatitis/acne. All clays are also really drying to my skin. I tried hiding under foundation but it gave me a bad rash and bumpy skin. During this time, I cleaned up my mostly vegetarian diet a lot, no milk or milk products or processed foods at all. I still have hypigmenetation and little scars. I currently have hives/red bumps from makeup. What suggestions do you have?”
If literally everything is irritating your skin, your best bet may be to give your skin a complete break from all of it or almost all of it. It definitely sounds like you are experiencing contact dermatitis from skin care and makeup products. Try cleansing your face with just distilled water on a cotton pad. It is important to use distilled water versus tap or just purified water as distilled water is 100% mineral-free and also is soft water. This will give your skin a much needed break and the space to balance and heal itself.
If there is a carrier oil that does not irritate your skin, use it as your moisturizer otherwise just use distilled water. Applying an oil to your skin with wet hands helps it to absorb into the skin with ease. You can see a list of carrier oils specifically for acne prone skin here. Pumpkin seed oil has been one of my favorites as well as rosehip seed oil, yet it is important to find what works for you.
Find a concealer, preferably a natural product with few ingredients, to cover hyperpigmentation. You can effectively use a microfiber cloth with distilled water to gently remove the concealer from your skin at night. If you are an avid makeup wearer focus solely on eyes and lips, and keep your skin makeup-free aside from spot concealer. You can use the same oil that you moisturize with to gently remove eye makeup and wipe away with a wet microfiber cloth as well. If you love blush try this DIY Beet Cheek Stain or just the juice from a beet slice. I also created a list of makeup brands for acne prone skin as well. You can see other DIY makeup recipes here. (Please do a patch test for any new products that you may try to ensure that there is not further irritation).
In general I find that less is more with skin care. Having extremely sensitive combination skin myself, I have learned that my skin is much happier and healthier the less I do to it, or apply to it overall. Definitely read the ingredient labels of ALL of the cosmetics that you own (skin, hair, fragrance, etc.) and stick with minimal natural products with few ingredients. Also make sure that your hair care isn’t irritating your face. You can read more about ingredients to avoid here as well as a list of other natural beauty brands.
Lastly if you think about how long you may have eaten one way, when you do change to a better diet it takes time to correct the weeks, months, years in which you may not have been conscious about healthy foods. Be patient with the process of detoxing your body with diet changes and the effects that it has on your skin. Our skin completely renews itself every 28 days. If our skin is being cared for in a favorable way for that duration of time as well as eating well and minimizing stress, improvement and healing will definitely be the result.
Best wishes and I hope this helps!
Check out Chemical Sensitivity is A Good Thing! as it also relates to this topic! <3
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