3 Great Ways To Cleanse Acne Inflamed Or Acne Prone Skin

Cleansing acne inflamed or acne prone skin is best done as gently as possible. Most commercial skin care cleansers are too harsh on the skin, and can cause dryness or a skin imbalance over time. Here are three of the best options that I personally use and recommend to my clients to cleanse their acne inflamed or acne prone skin.

1. Raw Honey

Raw honey

Honey is one of the most gentle skin care products you can use on the skin, and when used with water it is not sticky at all! In fact it feels just like a very soothing, gentle paste. I personally used this method of cleansing for about two years – I would even travel around the world with a little pot of honey in my cosmetics bag.

Just make sure to buy an ethical brand of honey, meaning a smaller farm that only takes the extra honey that the bees make, and leaves plentiful amounts of food (their own honey) for the bees hard work. You will be able to find ethical raw honeys at any farmers market or health food store.

Use honey in the same way as your would any “normal” cleanser.

2. Rose Water

This is the cleansing method that I personally use now when I’m not going to take a shower in the evening. This method is easy – spray rose water over your skin, then wipe clean with a cotton pad. If you live in a city or a dusty environment like me, then you will find the cotton pad to be quite dirty after use! This is a very interesting way to discover just what gets onto your skin every day.

3. Non-comedogenic Oils

This method is a High on Clear Skin old favourite and what I personally use when I’m cleansing my skin in the shower. Use a non-comedogenic oil — such as jojoba, rosehip or hemp seed — in exactly the same way as you would any “normal” cleanser. Your skin will likely feel quite oily afterwards but that’s okay! In fact, you will begin to like that hydrating feeling.

After showering pat your skin dry with a towel and most of that oil will come off. Just remember to moisturise if needed!

If you are wearing makeup

If wearing makeup you may need to cleanse twice, or use an additional face wash cloth for the honey or oil methods to get the makeup off.

Like this article? Get notified when new articles are up…

{ 16 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

  • Laura October 3, 2016, 9:14 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I can’t seem to open your blog category on clearing acne scars. I was wondering if you have tried any natural products that help hyperpigmentation? I currently exfoliate and wear light make up that contains sunscreen on a daily basis but anything that you can suggest that might speed up the process would be helpful. I’ve read about others having success with aloe vera, MSM powder, lemon juice and turmeric but I’m a bit over whelmed and not sure what to try! Thanks.
    Love your website btw.

    • Fran October 6, 2016, 6:30 pm

      Hi Laura, yes, you can use MSM both internally and externally to help with hyperpigmentation scars.

  • Elena July 22, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Thank you for the new information. I am looking forward to trying the raw honey wash. At 48, acne is still something I deal with from time to time.

  • Kathryn March 26, 2016, 7:33 pm

    I have had oily skin all my life but at 61 years old it is more combination now – oily on the T zone. My problem is enlarged pores. I have used PH balanced high end cleansers but in reading about those and the chemicals they are made of, I want a more natural way of dealing with my skin. I am just starting to cleanse with hemp and jojoba oil, using water down ACV for a toner and aloe vera juice. What process helps the pore go back to its original size once the dirt and oil has been pulled out of it ?

    • Fran March 29, 2016, 2:09 am

      Hi Kathryn, it depends on what caused the enlarged pore. If it is damaged due to acne in the past, then you will need a cosmetic treatment. If however it is enlarged from oil, then you will need to correct your sebum product inside and out. However, post-menopause it is unlikely that you have an excess of sebum production.

      • Kathryn March 29, 2016, 3:05 am

        Fran – thank you for the reply – I had tried the OCM method with Castor oil and did not like it but have followed your recommendation using just the Jojoba oil and I can already see a difference in my pores. I use the oil on my face and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes if possible and then wash with honey. I have also been using organic aloe vera juice as a toner for over night – no ACV. Hoping that the pores will all shrink back in time.

  • Maria March 4, 2016, 5:12 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m a long time reader, I love your site.
    My question is – what do you suggest for moisturizing the skin? I’m in Canada and right now the weather is so cold that it’s starting to show on my face. My skin looks dehydrated. I’d like to use something that’s all natural but won’t clog pores and cause any acne on my perfectly clear skin that I have worked so hard for!

    Thank you!

    • Fran March 7, 2016, 5:45 pm

      Hi Maria, jojoba oil is good, it’s the most moisturising out of the oils that I recommend. Aside from that look up makeupalley.com for reviews from others with acne prone skin to look for products. I personally use a combination of Weleda with hemp seed or jojoba oils. I need double moisture because I live in the Andes at high altitude!

  • Caitlin February 25, 2016, 10:59 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have been using a raw organic clover/alfalfa honey and having good results (ACV/aloe toner+a lot of diet changes as well), and I know you recommend manuka honey, but have you heard anything about buckwheat honey or neem? I’ve been reading up on buckwheat honey and it supposedly has a lot more nutritional value than lighter honeys.
    Hope to hear from you,

    • Fran March 7, 2016, 5:40 pm

      Hi Caitlin, I only recommend medicinal honeys if they sit on either an open wound or on the skin for at least 20 minutes. BUT to be honest they don’t do a lot for acne. You’re better of with lavender essential oil and colloidal silver.

  • Kameron January 31, 2016, 2:28 am

    Hi Fran. I am new to your blog and also the skin care community. I really liked the tips that you provided. I never thought honey could be used in such a way to help my skin and acne. I certainly have a lot to learn about the natural products that someone can use to help their skin and acne.

  • LisaWillams January 25, 2016, 6:06 am

    Thanks for the tips. I totally agree with you. The best food for our skin is raw honey. Using honey products always offers the positive result. Yes we should always try to go with natural integrates as they are natural without any side-effects.

  • Dana Engh November 17, 2015, 7:35 am

    Hello Fran 🙂 I’d like to first say thank you for the work you do to help people! I have read your ebook on acne and have completed two liver gallbladder flushes and have seen dramatic improvement in my hormonal cyst acne. I am considering cleansing my oily skin with hempseed oil but am still a bit hesitant. My easthetician says that it could inhibit the absorption of products applied after cleansing (brighteners, exfoliating acids, etc.). May I please have your opinion on this and on the benefits of cleansing with hempseed oil? Thank you so much!

    • Fran November 21, 2015, 6:14 pm

      Hi Dana, I work with hemp seed oil simply because its a great oil to very gently help to repair damaged skin. I don’t work with things like brighteners or exfoliating acids, so I do not know the connection between them. My philosophies on good skin care are mostly with internal balanced health and good nutrition.

  • Angela October 12, 2015, 10:49 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much Fran! Your advice is always brilliant, and most of all, gets results!
    Just wondering what you would recommend for acne/pimple scars that have been popped!