Have you ever went online and googled on how to have clear skin naturally and you followed their tips and even made your homemade product, but didn’t do much for you? I know I have. Do you wish that you had absolutely beautiful, clear, and glowing skin? Of course, we all do. Find me one woman who does not want flawless skin.
Having beautiful, clear, and glowing skin are not only one of the main elements of overall beauty and good health, but also important for your emotional and mental well-being.
Clear and glowing skin means spending less time on makeup every day, and using a minimal number of skin care products. Makeup is only a temporary solution that covers up skin problems, it can sometimes further aggravate the problem if you use cheap and bad quality makeup.
There are thousands of skin and beauty care products that promise to give you clear and glowing skin. Unfortunately, many of these products are loaded with ingredients that can actually cause further irritation and lead to more skin problems, especially if you have a sensitive skin. If you’ve ever suffered from a skin condition, such as acne, you know all too well that it is a really difficult condition to fix. You’ve probably tried it all, from prescription oral medications and topical treatment to drugstore acne products, such as Proactive, benzoyl peroxide, and pink grapefruit facial cleanser, to name a few.
In the beginning, everything seems to work well, you notice an improvement in your skin, and then suddenly it’s no longer working for you. And sometimes the harsh chemicals in the products even cause further irritation that left your face red, dry and sensitive. It seems like trying to get your skin to cooperate with you almost always feels like a series of never-ending battles.
Maybe you are at a point of frustration and no longer trust any products, and ultimately just accept the situation. For many of us getting that clear glowing skin is a dream, but it doesn’t have to be. What if I told you that clear glowing skin can become a reality with something that is safe and highly effective without burning a hole in your pocket? Would you be interested? If yes, then this article is for you.
In this article, I am going to be explaining what acne is, the causes of acne, foods that trigger acne and foods that reduce acne, why inflammation is both our friend and foe, how organic sulfur can benefit skin problems, and I will show you how to have clear skin naturally with my simple and easy homemade facial spray that is highly effective and economical that I use every day to help with my occasional acne breakout and to keep my skin clear, soft and glowing.
As we leave our teenage years, we also hope to leave the awkwardness of acne behind too. Unfortunately, acne is no longer a teen problem, in fact, it can persist into your adulthood. Acne is now affecting millions of adult women, who never had a problem with it before.
Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition where the hair follicles on your skin get clogged with excess oil secretion and dead cells result in whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules. It is not dangerous but can leave skin scars.
Causes of Acne
The main causes of acne include clogged pores, bacteria, excess skin oil production and dead skin cells. Research also indicates hormones, diet, greasy makeup, stress and certain medications, such as corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills and lithium can trigger or aggravate an existing case of acne.
Acne Trigger Foods
Avoid Cow’s Milk:
Studies have found that cow’s milk increased both the number of people who got acne and its severity.
You are probably thinking aren’t milk and other dairy products be good for you, they provide all the essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need. Unfortunately, the truth is that they actually do more harm than good to your body in general.
Milk is abundant in a hormone called insulin-like growth factor 1 or IGF-1, which is very beneficial for baby cows, but not so beneficial for humans. In fact, consuming milk tends to make your acne grow big instead.
Most of the commercial milk comes from pregnant cows, the hormones in milk can react with hormones in your body and trigger the production of skin oils (sebum), the oily substance that can clog your pores and aggravate acne.
When you consume milk, it leads to a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion from the pancreas. The rapid increase in insulin can have negative health effects, such as promoting inflammation in the body, making your skin even worse.
There are many non-dairy alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, coconut milk and rice milk. Here is an article that provides you 9 of the best alternatives to cow’s milk. You can check it out and decide which non-dairy alternative is best for you.
Other research found that people who had higher sugar intake and a high glycemic diet had significantly more acne.
Sugar is not only bad for your waistline and teeth, but also bad for your skin. When you consume sugar or high-glycemic foods, your body breaks down these carbohydrates into sugar (glucose), which causes an insulin spike and leads to inflammation in your body.
Insulin spikes can increase the production of skin oils and contribute to the clogging of follicles, which can worsen skin problems.
This is not so much of a problem if you have a piece of cake or soda once in a while, but if you eat sugary foods frequently then it would become a problem.
The sugar from the foods you eat may attach to proteins and fats in your system, through the process of glycation, harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs can be produced.
AGEs can cause the proteins such as collagen and elastin, the ones that keep your complexion youthful, to break down and to lose elasticity. Glycation not only contributes to aged, sagging and wrinkled skin, but also can aggravate particular skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Glycation is a normal process for the human body and it’s going to happen eventually. But negative lifestyle choices can definitely accelerate the process.
Simple carbohydrates are your skin’s worst enemy.
Avoid foods high in sugar and saturated fats such as white bread, candy, sodas, fried foods, ice cream, cookies, fruit juice, pasta, pizza, energy drinks, and cakes. These foods can cause your body’s insulin levels to skyrocket that could further exacerbate inflammation.
Complex carbohydrates are your skin’s best friend.
Many complex carbohydrates foods contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they don’t cause rapid insulin spike like simple carbohydrates because they take much longer to digest, which causes a more gradual and lower rise in blood sugar and thus helps to prevent rapid spikes in insulin production.
Foods such as brown rice, whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables are broken down into sugar at a slower rate and therefore won’t cause a rapid release of insulin in the body.
Acne Reducing Foods
I have put together a list of foods that help to prevent acne breakouts and are also great other skin conditions.
Kefir, yogurt and cultured vegetables (sauerkraut and kimchi) are foods that can help crowd out yeast and bad bacteria, which can help to reduce inflammation in the gut, and therefore reduce acne.
Spinach, carrots and beef liver are high in vitamin A which help to support healthy and beautiful skin.
Fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds can help to support cleansing the colon and increase the growth of good bacteria in the gut, therefore help to eliminate acne.
Clean lean protein such as organic chicken, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and wild-caught fish will help to balance blood sugar and prevent a rapid insulin spike.
The typical Western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are tied to inflammation. Make sure you eat more omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseed, which can help decrease inflammation and prevent acne breakouts.
Drink more green tea throughout the day. Green tea is filled with antioxidants that fight free radicals which help to reduce acne breakouts. Drinking green tea can make your skin produce less sebum and reduce your inflammation levels while simultaneously boost your immune system
Zinc Rich Foods
Zinc-rich foods such as sprouted pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, watermelon seeds, squash seeds, and oysters are high in zinc which may reduce acne breakout.
There is an old saying that you are what you eat is definitely true, so if you want to keep your skin healthy and free of acne, a healthy diet is important.
Inflammation: Both Friend and Foe
Inflammation has been found to be associated with just about every health condition. There are two types of inflammation, one is acute inflammation, and the other one is chronic inflammation.
An acute inflammatory response comes on quickly and generally disappears in a few days once its job is done; it isn’t a problem, so there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, we need the acute inflammatory response to survive.
Chronic inflammation means that there is an over-reactive immune response or an underlying problem that your body is working hard to fight off. As a result, it constantly releases damaging chemicals that could sicken your cells. Chronic inflammation can last for months or years as a result of failure to eliminate the cause.
Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it is a vital part of the body’s immune response that helps to protect the body against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, which is actually a good thing.
But sometimes inflammation can be problematic though, over time, you can end up with too much of a good thing. With chronic inflammation, your body is on high alert all the time, which can lead to many health problems such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, skin conditions, and much more.
I always say skin is the reflection of our internal and overall health. The chronic internal inflammation can take a toll on the skin in a variety of ways, including acne, rosacea, dermatitis, itchy rash, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
If you cut down on foods that trigger acne and increase your intake of acne reducing foods, it will help decrease inflammation in the body and therefore you will end up with a more beautiful and clearer skin.
How Does Organic Sulfur Help With Acne-Prone Skin?
Organic sulfur is not a drug or medicine; it is actually a nutrient or food that our bodies need in order to function properly. It is a nutrient that many of us already probably consuming in many foods, such as broccoli, cabbage, onion, garlic, and avocado.
Organic sulfur is well-known for its ability to help relax the joint tissue and restore flexibility. It is these healing and repairing abilities that make organic sulfur an optimal choice to help you recover from a wide array of health ailments.
In terms of skin benefits. Sulfur is known as nature’s beauty mineral. It helps to boost collagen level, which is important for the skin. Sulfur has anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to enhance the permeability of cell membranes to let nutrients in and toxins to move out, and the powerful ability to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin.
All of these benefits make sulfur one of the best and effective natural remedies for skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, acne, and psoriasis, all of which have inflammation at the core.
One research shows that organic sulfur can help improve skin tone, reduce redness, ease sensitivity, reduce discolorations, and treat other symptoms associated with rosacea. It is also used for a host of other skin ailments including dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, burns, diaper rash, age spots, and certain fungal infections.
Organic sulfur is normally taken orally. However, it can be highly effective when applied directly onto the skin. By applying sulfur directly on the skin, it makes skin cells more permeable, more absorbent, and more receptive to any other ingredients you use with it.
When sulfur is used topically, it has both comedolytic and keratolytic effects.
Comedolytic means sulfur has the ability to absorb excess oil in the acne-prone skin as acne is caused by the excess production of oil in the sebaceous gland.
Keratolytic means that sulfur has the ability to cause the top layer of the epidermis to dry and peel off, which helps to slough away dead skin cells and reduce the chances of clogged pores, allowing a fresh new layer of smooth skin to grow in its place.
Sulfur also has antibacterial properties, so it can help disinfect skin and prevent the spread of bacteria. However, sulfur may not be suitable for all skin types. Sulfur works well for those with oily skin types, as it absorbs excess oil from the skin that can clog pores. In contrast, sulfur may not be an ideal for those with a combination of a dry and oily skin or dry skin types, as the excess drying effect can result in painful irritation and flaking skin.
How to Have Clear Skin Naturally – Flawless Skin With Homemade Facial Spray
I had been experimenting with different ingredients to make a product that would help with my occasional breakout in the past few months. I finally came up with something that has been working great for me and I would like to share with all of you. Hopefully, it will help you and the people you know that are suffering from acne and other skin conditions.
My all-time favorite recipe that I use to help with my occasional acne breakout and to keep my skin soft and glowing is my homemade facial spray that consists of 5 ingredients: purified water, organic sulfur, fresh aloe vera gel, colloidal silver, and vitamin E oil.
This homemade facial spray recipe is not only effective in treating acne, but also acne marks, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, itchy rash and other skin conditions.
It needs to be noted that anything you put on our skin will get absorbed into your bloodstream, so it is very critical that you buy high-quality ingredients for this spray or for any homemade body care products.
Things you need:
1. Purified Water:
It is important that you use purified or bottled spring water because chlorine and fluoride in the tap water will decrease the effectiveness of sulfur.
If you don’t have access to purified or bottled water, you can leave a glass of tap water cover with a cloth to keep it free of dust sit in room temperature for 12 – 24 hours for chlorine to evaporate.
If you don’t want to wait for 12-24 hours, you can also boil tap water for 15-20 minutes to get rid of chlorine in the water.
2. Organic Sulfur:
Make sure you buy pure organic sulfur in the form of large crystals.
Pills and powered forms of organic sulfur usually have fillers, anti-caking additives, and binders added to them which may not be as effective as pure organic sulfur in the form of crystals.
Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles in a colloidal base, which has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of health challenges.
Colloidal silver is a wonderful natural antibiotic used to prevent infections. When used topically, it can help relieve pain and discomfort caused by inflammation and swelling.
Colloidal silver has the ability to stimulate cell regeneration, promote healing and gently fight bacterial, viral and fungal conditions without side effects, which makes it a powerful remedy for skin conditions.
4. Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe Vera Gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that protect the skin from bacteria and other pathogens which lead to infection and inflammation.
Aloe Vera helps to reduce pore size, which helps to keep out excess sebum, dirt, and microbes. It is also used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
Antioxidants are not considered actual preservatives, but they do help to reduce the rate of oxidation.
Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs when oils or other natural ingredients are exposed to oxygen. In other words, your homemade products will lose effectiveness and start to go bad when exposed to light and air, and vitamin E oil will slow down that process.
6. Amber Glass Sprayer Bottle (2 oz) :
Amber color glass gives better protection by filtering out the blue and ultraviolet light. The problem with the blue bottle is that they allow the blue light in, which is not good for essential oils and skin care products. When you protect the ingredients from the harmful rays, you are also extending the shelf life of homemade products.
The reason I use amber glass spray bottle is because glass is non-porous and will hold up to pretty much any ingredient. So you don’t have to worry about the harmful chemicals from the plastic leaching into your products.
I personally use 18 Amber Glass Bottles Pack to store most of my homemade products. The pack consists of 6 amber glass eye dropper bottles (1 oz), 6 amber glass sprayer bottles (2 oz), 6 stainless roller balls bottles (0.34 oz), 1 opener, 36 bottle cap stickers, and 10 mini funnels. All of these for only $14.95 as of this writing. If you make a lot of homemade products like me, I highly recommend that you pick up yours from Amazon.
7. One Teaspoon
8. One Funnel
Get all your ingredients for this Facial Spray HERE!
Let’s Make The Homemade Facial Spray
First, you need to gather all the necessary supplies to make this facial spray. Make sure you use a clean spray bottle or eye dropper to store your product. If you are ordering a new spray bottle or eye dropper, it’s still a good idea that you clean them up before use.
Just because you order them new or that no one has used them before, it doesn’t mean that they’re perfectly clean. If you don’t clean them well, these bottles will have bacteria in them which will shorten the shelf-life of the products.
Clean hands and tools are important to ensure that no bacteria will end up in your products. Be sure to wash your hands properly and clean your work surface, teaspoon, funnel and anything else you’re going to use.
I normally make a small batch (about 2 oz) that lasts me for about 2 weeks, you can either halved or double the recipe accordingly. Keep in mind when oil and water are mixed, they will have a much shorter shelf-life than oil and butter-based products, such as lip balm. Because water breeds life. So it would be a good idea that you only make a small batch at a time, keep it in the refrigerator and use it while it is still fresh.
If the spray bottle has a hard time dispensing the solution, you can use eye dropper bottle instead. Make sure you be careful not to touch the tip of the eye dropper as this can transfer bacteria to the product.
If you use a spray bottle to store your product. Don’t be alarmed if there is dry white powder attach to the spray nozzle. It’s just dried organic sulfur crystals.
6. Put the spray bottle cap on and shake the solution well for 1-2 minutes or until organic sulfur is completely dissolved. Now you just made your own homemade facial spray. You can either label it or leave it blank, it’s up to you.
If organic sulfur crystals are too big to go through the opening of the funnel, you can either grind it into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or pestle mortar.
You can also mix all the ingredients in a separate bowl or container and stir until organic sulfur is fully dissolved and then transfer the product to the spray bottle. You don’t have to follow exactly how I do it, feel free to do whatever is most convenient for you.
Make sure you clean your face really well before using the spray. Use it in the morning and at night.
Always store the product in dark, cool places as the product will oxidize and lose its effectiveness when exposed to light and air. Store for up to two weeks at room temperature.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you follow the recommended eating tips along with the regular and long-term use of this homemade facial spray you are sure to see results. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the content I have created on this site or if you want to share your DIY recipe that has worked for you, please leave your comment in the comment box below, I will be happy to get back to you. Thank you!
My name is Hong. I am a nurse and a self-motivated natural health enthusiast who loves organic sulfur, homemade products, and ways to improve health naturally.
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