It would be nice to have perfect skin without the use of any products, but sadly that is not the case for me and most people. I still don’t have perfect skin, but these products have helped immensely.
Below are the products and a brief explanation of my experience with them and recommendations for them.
They are in the order that I prioritize them:
Cod Liver Oil
My Holy Grail for skincare. If I had to recommend one product to treat acne, this would be it. It’s potent combination of Vitamin A, D and Omega-3 fatty acids are exactly what’s needed to combat acne.
I personally use and have had success with Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil.
You won’t be disappointed.
Consuming fruits and vegetables is essential in the war with acne. By juicing them, our body is able to take in more nutrients than by simply eating them whole. I use the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus for juicing and haven’t looked back. I chose this one because it’s affordable and does everything it needs to.
This model is about $150, which is on the lower end for juicers. However, buying a juicer is still an investment. Do some research before you plunk your money down.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is great for fighting acne because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Even for people who don’t suffer from acne, this is a must-have health supplement. I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar; it’s cheap and highly effective.
Coconut oil has a few different uses for acne: As a moisturizer, exfoliator, face mask, oil pulling or just for its health benefits. I personally only use it for the latter. I try to put as few things on my face as possible, and despite the awesomeness of coconut oil, I don’t break my rules.
I do like to take at least a tablespoon daily for good health. Healthy fats are essential to healthy skin, and the medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil are perfect. You can experiment with using it on your face as many people rave about it. Just be aware that your skin may not love it, at least when it’s on your face.
I use Viva Labs #1 Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Any ‘Extra Virgin Coconut Oil’ will do, Viva Labs is simply Amazon’s most popular. Your local grocery store should have some, and again, as long as it’s extra virgin you’re good to go.
I believe one of the key contributors to acne are vitamin and mineral deficiencies, one of which is zinc. On top of that, zinc has numerous other health benefits, especially for men.
I use NOW Foods Opti L-zinc because when taking zinc it is imperative to maintain the proper balance between zinc and copper; Opti-Zinc does just that.
Cetaphil Face Wash
Going off my principle of not putting stuff on my face when not necessary, I don’t use face wash that often. When I do (often post-workout) I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser because it really is gentle.
Cetaphil, along with Cerave are fantastic brands because of the limited amout of chemicals used. Along with their face wash, I use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.
The Clarisonic Mia is definitely not required for treating acne. In fact, if you suffer from moderate to severe acne I’d reccomend you stay away from it as well as similar exfoltiors. However, if you’re face is blemish free for the most part the Mia may be something you want to consider. Like the juicer, it is an investment, but it does make your skin look fantastic.
Benzoyl Peroxide is at the bottom of my list, because it is not an essential ingredient to get rid of acne. It is however a useful tool in your arsenal on the occasion that you get a small breakout or blemish. Using 10% strength BP will do a great job reducing spots overnight.
Again, you should not use this stuff too enough. It is too harsh for frequent use. You could use a lower strength, but the reason I sugget 10% is just for those rare occassions. If you find yourself using BP more than 2-3 times a month, you need to go back and reevaluate your skincare routine and overall lifestyle.