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Tips for Healing Acne Naturally

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Tips for Healing Acne Naturally YEM

For the last 3 months, I have been testing out a natural way to help calm my hormonal acne, and minimize my breakouts. I literally want to shout from the rooftops because I finally found something that works after two years of horrible cystic breakouts on my chin, and it only takes four simple, natural products!

Here’s a little background to get us started…

Ever since my daughter was born a little over two years ago, I have suffered from some nasty hormonal acne. I usually only get it on my chin and sometimes around my temples certain times of my monthly cycle, but at one point it was so bad that I was starting to notice some serious scarring! During that time I tried so many different acne treatments, and they only seemed to work for a couple of weeks, or just make it way worse almost immediately. After doing some research, and realizing that my acne is most likely caused by a hormone imbalance, I threw away all of my strong chemical acne medication and headed out to buy some all natural goodness! My thought process was that all of these acids and chemicals were probably only hurting the natural balance of my skin, which was just making my skin inflamed.

I came across this article from Liz Marie Blog and based my skin care routine from hers. After a couple of months of testing and changing the routine a little, I can say I have finally found the best skin care routine I have EVER had.

So, here are those magical ingredients:

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Yep! Coconut oilwitch hazel, and tea tree oil! I am still playing around with finding a natural moisturizer that I like as well, because the grapeseed oil as suggested in the article did not agree with my skin. I did not want to suggest the moisturizer I am currently using, because I am not really satisfied with it, but once I find one that I am satisfied with, I will be sure to share!

Daily Facial Cleansing Routine*

  • I splash my face with warm water, and scoop out a chunk of coconut oil about the size of a quarter. I rub that all over my face and in the acne prone areas for about 20-30 seconds.
  • I then take a warm washcloth and scrub my face in circles for about another 20 seconds before finally rinsing all of the excess oil from my face.
  • I dry my face and apply the witch hazel with a cotton ball.
  • Apply a VERY small amount of tea tree essential oil to the tip of a q-tip and onto any breakout areas I have.
  • And finally, I moisturize!

I do this routine every morning, and at night right before bed. The acne on my face has decreased significantly. I definitely did not realize that the harsh acne cleansers were just making my acne worse by over-drying and irritating my skin.

I would also like to point out that it took at least a month before my face started to get better, and it actually got worse first! I would highly suggest if you choose to try a natural skin care routine, that you stick with it for a month or so before changing it. It takes your body a while to adjust to the changes but it will be so worth it once you find what works best for you!

It was extremely clear that all of the drug store junk I was scrubbing my face with was completely over-drying it and making it way worse than it should have been. I am so happy that I have found a more natural alternative, and I hope that I can help someone else by sharing this information!

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*Please remember that I am not a Medical Doctor. My blog is for informational purposes only, and what I write is just personal opinion. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a professional.

Kale Cubes For Smoothies

For the past several years I have had the most amazing kale plants growing in our garden. I just love kale, but I really love a good green smoothie with kale even more. Being a mom of two busy kiddos, I would always pick the kale from the garden, get distracted, and find it wilted on the countertop later. I solved this problem, and created a way to have delicious green smoothies all winter by making these Kale Cubes for smoothies. Seriously, nothing makes me feel better during a cold, gloomy Indiana winter than a fresh smoothie.

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How to make the Kale Cubes….

They are basically ice cubes with kale and either water, or coconut water. I cannot believe I let so much kale go to waste before I learned how to do this. It is SO easy.

All you have to do is wash your kale leaves, then separate the stems from the leaves. Next, you just add around a handful of kale leaves to a blender (or more or less to your liking), pour a cup of water, or coconut water into the blender, and blend it up! After it is blended to a consistency you like, just pour it into ice trays and freeze! So simple!

I always let them freeze over night, and pop them out of the trays in the morning. I put them in a big gallon ziploc bag for easy access. That way you can just grab as many cubes as you would like, and toss them into your blender when prepping your smoothies.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Handful Kale
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water or Filtered Water

Separate the leaves from the stems, wash, and place the leaves in a blender.

Add 1 Cup coconut water/water to blender. Blend until preferred consistency.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Once frozen add to a ziploc bag and store in freezer.

Use 3-4 or more cubes per smoothie.

Enjoy!

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