I was a really lucky kid and didn’t have to deal with breakouts or any kind of acne until I was around 20. Basically, as soon as I got pregnant with my first baby, my skin betrayed me in the worst way. You know how they say if you’re having a girl- they will steal your beauty? In my experience, this was true not just once but twice.
Both of my girls wrecked my skin and my hair. Ever since, I have struggled with cyclic breakouts. This means I break out because of my menstrual cycle. Usually I have the big, under the skin pimples. They are considered cystic acne. They don’t typically come to a head, they just swell and swell. Cystic pimples get really tender and they get huge. I get them on my chin and jaw line right around the time of my period. Literally like clockwork.
Recently though, I started getting the gift of a second monthly breakout, around the time I would be ovulating. They are these tiny but fierce zits and they pop up all over my face. Kind of like what chicken pox looks like. These are true zits. They come to a head and they are filled with the nasty stuff. Don’t I look super cute? Don’t answer that.
So, in my quest to get back to pre-baby skin- I have tried loads of products and has minimal luck. If you have break out problems, you know it gets expensive to try and clear up your skin. So, when I am low on extra cash I turn to my pantry for skin care remedies I can make at home.
Honey is a great multi-use tool to have in your skin care arsenal. You can use it a ton of different ways, but I’m sharing my 3 favorite recipes here today.
The first honey mixture treats the pimples themselves and helps with the swelling that comes with cystic acne. Honey is a great antibacterial ingredient, which is exactly what skin needs if its breaking out.
You just need a good raw honey and a good quality ground cinnamon. Mix 3-4 teaspoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let it sit for 8-12 minutes.
Pro Tip* Always patch test these kinds of things on your hand first. If you have sensitive skin, try even less cinnamon and only leave it on for 5-7 minutes max. You do not need to leave any mask on until it dries- it still does the job in less time.
While I don’t have terribly sensitive skin, this does turn me a little red and dry. So after I take this off, I slather on some plan Greek yogurt and let it hang out for 5 or so minutes before finishing with my moisturizer.
The next two recipes are great for lightening dark spots from old acne scars.
For the first recipe- Mix 1/2 a teaspoon of raw honey with 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. After you’ve applied it, rub it into your skin for a few minutes. Not only does olive oil help with the healing of acne scars, it’s non-comedogenic which means it’s not going to sit in your pores and create MORE zits. This mixture will also hydrate your skin which is never a bad thing!
The last recipe is similar but you are going to add a Vitamin C agent to it. Lemon juice. Did you every squirt lemon juice in your hair during the summer months to try and get at home highlights? Same logic here. Vitamin C is famous for fading dark pigment in the skin. If you are like me, with a little more olive skin- you scar purple and it is really difficult to fade. Adding just a half teaspoon of lemon juice to your honey mixture can help lighten any acne scarring.
What about you? What is your favorite home remedy for acne breakouts? Share it below!