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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

anti-acne scrubbing facial masque

Anti-acne Scrubbing Facial Masque.
You've been waiting for the next installment of clear skin remedies, I know. This one is super easy, fast, effective, and cheap! Love me? Well, good!

Skin wounded and damaged by itching, sore acne breakouts, whether in a large area or only a few spots, is extra fragile. Skin on the face, neck and decolletage (the collar bones and breasts) is especially delicate. But it's still important to exfoliate. Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells that clog up pores and make acne-prone areas more likely to break outs. We need to get the junk out of there. But many exfoliants are too harsh for already damaged skin. 

Anti-acne scrubbing powder is comprised of just two ingredients: bentonite clay powder, and walnut shell granules. I mix them in equal parts, 1 Tb of each in a little batch, but you can use more or less of each to suit your needs. Bentonite clay draws out toxins while calming redness, and so makes a fabulous solution to problem skin of all types but especially deep, painful boils. Walnut shell granules are very fine and exfoliate delicate skin efficiently with low risk of damage. I love sugar scrubs for body exfoliation, but in my opinion sugar is just too abrasive for the face, neck, decolletage and breasts, and bikini line, as well as for any area with deep stretch mark scars from pregnancy, sudden growth spurts, or weight gain.

Essential oils are an optional extra. Astringent, skin gentle oils such as tea tree, lavender, rosemary, and helichrysum, and moisturizing oils such as rose, geranium, cucumber seed, rose hip seed, and carrot seed, are good on the face. Never use citrus oils as they are UV volatile and can cause skin damage or discoloration after sun exposure. I recommend using up to 5 drops e.o.s in a base of 2 Tbs clay and walnut blend.

To use. I prefer to keep my dry powder as it is, in glass, in the bathroom. Stored dry and sealed properly, it should be fine for many months. You can mix up the powder ahead of time with any of these bases, but some may need to be refrigerated and none will keep for long once mixed. The dry powder also makes a travel-friendly, packing light solution.

Mix 1/2 to 1 tsp dry powder in about 1 tsp base. You may use aloe gel cut from inside a fresh stem of aloe vera, aloe vera juice, your favorite facial lotion, an oil such as castor or coconut, plain water, cream, or yogurt. I prefer to use whole or Greek style yogurt, as the cultures and lactic acid help to combat infection while balancing healthy surface bacteria, and the fat present in good quality yogurt moisturizes the skin without leaving a thick residue.

Mix up your dry with wet until you have a paste consistency. Massage all over face, neck and decolletage, giving the backs of your hands a little extra attention while you're at it. You can scrub gently on chapped lips, but avoid the delicate eye area. This scrubbing masque is also a fabulous solution for those prone to armpit and bikini line irritation from hair removal.

Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing clear with clean water. Follow up with anti-acne toner, and your favorite moisturizer. Use two or three times a week.

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