Regular exfoliation is essential in a good skin care routine and for healing acne. Exfoliation promotes a good, healthy skin cell turnaround, and it prevents dead skin cells from getting clogged in the pores (and causing comedonal acne). I have a very basic skin care routine but make sure to exfoliate 2-3 times per week.
You do not want to bust or “pop” an inflammation so you cannot use anything abrasive when you have acne inflamed skin. Popping a pimple before it is ready can “seed the blood”, meaning it can spread the acne bacteria back into your blood stream. We want to allow the pimple to heal in its own time which means not doing anything that will potentially pop it. If it breaks on its own, then that’s perfectly fine.
I find this recipe to be the best and most gentle for exfoliating acne inflamed skin.
Gentle Aloe Vera Exfoliant Gel
– 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel (fresh from the leaf is the best!)
– 3 Tablespoons of colloidal silver
– 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk
Thoroughly mix the gel and colloidal silver together. If using fresh aloe vera from the leaf then you’ll need to use a blender. Once well combined stir or blend in the psyllium husk to form a thick gel. This exfoliant will keep in a sealed container for up to two months.
Aloe Vera contains a natural salicylic acid that very gently encourages blackheads and whiteheads to unplug. And colloidal silver is an excellent natural anti-bacterial. Use this mix on your skin every night before you sleep and wash it off in the morning.
How to exfoliate clear but acne prone skin
You can absolutely use the recipe above to exfoliate your clear skin too. However, it’s also a good idea to use something a little more abrasive a couple of times per week. My absolute favourite method of exfoliation is to use a natural hemp or organic cotton face wash cloth. After cleansing, simply wet the wash cloth with warm water and gentle rub it over your face and neck. Make sure to use a little hemp seed or jojoba oil after towel drying because your skin will likely be quite dry from the exfoliating.
You can then throw your face cloth into the wash for its next use.