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
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.