The Best Way To Exfoliate Acne Inflamed Or Acne Prone Skin

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

Exfoliating 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.

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  • Nav March 16, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Hi Fran,
    …in my previous comment, I mentioned about my daughter. I think she has eczema not pimples/acne. Thanks!

  • Nav March 15, 2017, 10:43 pm

    Hi Fran,
    My daughter is 9 years old and she has small pimples/acne on the side of her cheeks and on the side of both arms since she was a baby. They don’t fill up with fluid and don’t hurt either. She has a dry skin. Please advise what kind of essential oil she need to use for her skin? Also, is silver colloidal good for her too to use on the face and arms?
    Thanks a bunch!

    • Fran March 20, 2017, 3:00 pm

      Hi Nav, I work with adult women, I recommend taking her to a local natural therapist.

  • Zineb April 20, 2016, 8:57 pm

    Hi fran , i ve been using aloe vera gel from the leaf for 2 weeks ago and it reallyy work for me first but recently my skin turns so bad ..i was suffering for just some little whiteheads on my foreheard but now i have acne all over my face i am really confused and know why because i am reallyy doing my possible for healthy skin i dont use any makeup for 6 mounths now and i workout and drink plentyyy of water and healthy food so i really dont know the reason .. i hope u can understand my message and Pleaseeee answer me if u do . THANK You

    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:14 pm

      Hi Zineb, it is likely an internal imbalance, please book in a consultation.

  • Isaac June 25, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Aubrey Organics is a popular Aloe Vera moisturizer, however it’s more liquid than the usual gel. Will this still work? Maybe with a bit more Psyllium powder?

    And when exfoliating with the cloth method, or cleansing in general, you talk a lot about warm water yet never mention cold water. Isn’t cold water used to close the pores and then you moisturize/?

  • amanda May 13, 2015, 5:07 pm

    Hi fran, been using lime and sugar on my face cause ffom my forehead, chin and jaw area is darker than the rest of my face and also covered with whitehead though am seeeing some changes cause my face are getting little bit lighter but the sebum around my jaw won’t go pls help. Thanks amanda

    • Fran May 15, 2015, 3:32 am

      Hi Amanda, I’m sorry I don’t understand your question.

    • andrea November 11, 2016, 4:08 am

      amanda – you should look into herbs and natural plant oils that have naturally high spf. .. i know that raspberry leaf for example is something that seems to work for a lot of people. .. what you can do is buy the oil from someone or just harvest raspberry leaves from your garden and then infuse them into your own oil of choice.

  • Rita March 9, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Dear Fran,
    I recently dicovered your website and it already made my life a bit easier. I started to apply fresh pure Aloe vera masks and cleanse my face with organic hemp seed oil. After a few days I can already see the difference and that encourages a lot. However, spring and summer is comming and I face the same problem as years before again: where to find a really non-comedogenic sun cream/gel with light protection factor around 50? I tried to use comedogenity ratings provided here but information about comedogenic activity of many ingredients is still missing (Google couldn’t help as well, probably no research done on that). Producers say all the products are not comedogenic but in many cases they contain even highly comedogenic ingredients. Could you recommend something based on your own experience? I have a very light skin and have to start applying sun protection on mz face quite early in spring 🙁

    • Fran March 9, 2015, 3:53 pm

      Hi Rita,

      I don’t actually recommend any sunblocks – best to stay out of the sun and wear a hat. Natural mineral powder foundation is the best that I’ve found so far but it’s a very light cover only. Also try looking up

  • keri March 4, 2015, 4:50 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I’m working with a naturopath on my gut isuues (I have SIBO), but in the meantime I started cleansing with jojoba oil and using the mask every night. I have doing this for about a week and a half, and my acne has flared up to the worst its every been. I’m not sure what to do.



    • Fran March 4, 2015, 6:35 pm

      Hi Keri,

      Jojoba is very drawing so it can make the skin worse before it gets better. This usually lasts just a few short weeks.

  • Val February 10, 2015, 8:15 pm

    Hi Fran, and Everyone who walks this path,
    I’m 62, suffered cystic acne my entire adult life. Been on Accutane twice and it helped for years. Also had poly cystic ovarian disease. Since we produce too much sebum, I found an article re: Vit. B5 and CoEnzyme A, necessary to regulate sebum or break it down, if we don’t have enough of it, something to consider. Pls. take a quality multi-vitamin w/amino acid/minerals since it supplies so many needed components for the skin.
    Avoid Chocolate/cocoa, chips/high sodium, SUGAR, some nuts, these aggravate my condition. Cortisol (stress hormone), poor sleep, testosterone are huge players too. Since acne is an inflammatory response, an acidic environment (internally) might contribute. It’s like the setting for the perfect storm, and that’s not counting acne ingredients in everything.
    I’m so grateful for your input and the acne taboo list. Right now I’m very inflamed, think it happened from sweets at Xmas, before I was doing well. It takes at least 4 wks. to bounce back.
    I’d love to find cleansers, clay masks that do the job without the harm.
    Anyway, thanks and I appreciate all the input. Might help to keep a diary of when you’re clear and not, circumstances, diet, etc. My heart goes out to all of you. People can’t understand the stress and depression from this disease wo/ walking in our shoes.

  • Dora September 26, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Hi Fran, thank you for this helpful blog!
    what amount of ppm do you recommend for the colloidal silver?
    is it safe to use long-term as a preventive treatment?

    I am curious to try your recipe… so far (a week or so) I have been using fresh aloe from the plant alone and its great. I’ve noticed though that a few minutes after applying the pure gel, it dries on my skin so I then add upon it some jojoba oil as a second layer. Is it more effective to stay with the pure gel alone?

    • Fran September 28, 2014, 6:54 pm

      Hi Dora, aloe vera is an astringent so it will feel dry or tight on the skin. You can also mix the jojoba in with the aloe before applying to help with this.

      Simply get the best quality colloidal silver that you can find.

  • Julianne September 24, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Hi Fran. I would like to try your gel but not sure if I should buy whole psyllium husk or the powder? Also, can you provide information regarding the colloidal silver? I’m concerned that if it can turn your skin blue when taken internally that it can’t do the same if used only externally.
    I’m trying the hemp oil as a means to moisturize my acne prone skin but am considering using it to cleanse as well. I live in a very dry climate so hoping it will work well for me. I am noticing an oily sheen on my face though. Any feedback there would be helpful. And last, how does the oil actually cleanse your skin?
    Thank you!!

    • Fran September 25, 2014, 8:28 pm

      Hi Julianne,

      The powder will create a better gel. From my research you’d need to take extremely high doses of colloidal silver for your skin to turn blue. However, if you’re worried you can look it up on Google or use lavender essential oil instead.

      I actually love that oily sheen, it looks radiant 🙂

      I have information about how the oils work to cleanse skin on this page:

  • Ingrid July 28, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Hi Fran, I was wondering if it is safe to use this mask everyday as a part of your daily routine, and if its safe to use during pregnancy? I have never used colloidal silver or know much about it.

    Thank you

    • Fran July 30, 2014, 9:04 pm

      Hi Ingrid, yes it is safe to use as a mask every day during pregnancy. If you drink too much of it daily over a number of years, then it can turn your skin permanently blue!!! But I have not heard of this when used externally.

  • Sandra February 26, 2014, 11:24 am

    What i can use more for exfoliation if i don’t have that wash cloth..yet

    • Fran February 26, 2014, 11:27 am

      Hi Sandra, you can pick up any wash cloth from any store – it will be fine but just won’t be as good as the hemp/cotton fibre mix. Alternatively you could use something from your kitchen like oats.

  • Becca January 31, 2014, 9:53 pm

    I’m a little confused, you say to exfoliate 2-3 times a week but to use this mix every day. So do leave this mix on the face every night, but use it with a cloth 2-3 a week? Thanks Fran!!

    • Fran January 31, 2014, 10:42 pm

      Hi Becca, sorry I wasn’t more clear 🙂 With the face towels exfoliate 2-3 times per week, but with the aloe vera mix you can use it up to every night because it’s very gentle and healing.

  • Victoria November 8, 2013, 5:21 am

    Hi Fran,
    Do you still recommend Hemphemphooray skin soothe moisturiser?


    • Fran November 8, 2013, 3:56 pm

      Yes definitely 🙂 Check out


      • Victoria November 9, 2013, 7:28 am

        Hi fran,
        What about for pores that are susceptible to clogging?


        • Fran November 9, 2013, 3:17 pm

          I never recommend anything that clogs the skin… x

  • Veronica November 8, 2013, 2:32 am

    Hello beautiful! A couple questions when making the aloe mask: Are we supposed to blend the whole aloe leaf or just the inside of the leaf? I used just the inside and blended it with the husk and it didn’t come out thick. Also if I put it on every night, do I still cleanse/moisturize with the hemp seed oil beforehand? One more thing, after exfoliating with the warm cloth, do I rinse with water first than pat dry or just exfoliate and pat dry? I just want to make sure I’m doing it right and not doing too much or too little. Thanks!!!

    • Fran November 8, 2013, 3:14 am

      Hi Veronica 🙂

      Just the inside of the leaf! That’s strange that it didn’t turn into a gel with the psyllium husk. Perhaps try blending just the aloe and colloidal silver together and then stirring in the psyllium after.

      Yes, still use the hemp seed oil before.

      Rinse with warm water first when doing the exfoliation with the face cloth..