5 Natural Ingredients that Help Fight Acne

I’ve been formulating and making natural skin care products since 1996. When I started, I only made natural cold-process soap. Along the way my interests expanded into herbs, essential oils, and natural skin care. From my extensive research, here’s what I learned are the five most effective natural ingredients that help fight acne.

Natural soap
Cleansing with a true natural soap is one of the best ways to keep your skin clear because it doesn’t contain the synthetic ingredients that are often the cause of clogged pores and overly dry skin. To get as close to natural as possible, it’s best to stick to cold-process bar soap that is scented with natural essential oils. Natural liquid soaps are also available but harder to find. Savon de Marseille, Vermontsoap.com, and Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps are great options for those who prefer to cleanse with a liquid soap.

Essential oils
Essential oils contain powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help fight problem skin conditions like acne. Some of the most effective essential oils for acne are tea tree, lavender, and rosemary. For the best results, be sure to purchase only 100 percent pure essential oils and always dilute the essential oils before applying to the skin.

Witch Hazel
This is the best toner for people with acne prone skin. Most of the witch hazel toners available at retail stores are mixed with alcohol. Alcohol should be avoided in skin care products because it dries out the skin. The best way to avoid alcohol in your toner is to use witch hazel hydrosol which can usually only be found online at specialty stores. In retail stores, look for witch hazel toners that list witch hazel as the first ingredient on the label and are not heavily diluted with water or excess alcohol.

Natural Clays
Natural clays are rich in minerals and work to heal the skin by cleansing and absorbing excess oil and impurities. The best clays for acne-prone skin are French green clay and Bentonite clay. You can make a soothing mask and exfoliant by mixing a small amount of the moisturizer recipe below with enough French green clay to make a spreadable paste. Massage onto cleansed damp skin and allow the mask to dry before thoroughly rinsing from the skin.

Aloe Vera gel
The flesh of the aloe plant is one of the most soothing things you can put on your skin. Unfortunately, this is another ingredient that is often combined with ingredients like thickeners, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances that can further irritate acne-prone skin. Now Foods, Lily of the Desert, and Aubrey Organics all offer a 100% pure aloe vera gel.

Keeping your daily skin care regimen simple is the best thing you can do for your acne-prone skin. Cleansing with a natural soap, toning with pure witch hazel, and using a light moisturizer like aloe vera gel will help improve your skin significantly.

Recipe: Light Moisturizer for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

½ cup 100% pure aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
12 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of rosemary essential oil
3 drops of tea tree essential oil

Stir aloe vera gel and olive oil together. Add essential oils drop by drop and gently stir into mixture. Pour the mixture into a bottle with a squeeze-style dispenser cap. Keep tightly closed. Gently shake before each use since separation may occur.