Natural Skin Care Routine – How I Healed My Skin!

How I healed my skin the natural way!

So I will be the first one to admit that I don’t have perfect skin { Even though lately it feels pretty perfect compared to what it was.} I’ve been on this journey for a few years trying to clear up persistent breakouts & I am not lying when I say that I have tried EVERYTHING. I mean everything. I am finally at a point in my journey where I have found a routine that finally works for me & has kept my skin super clear & healthy. I know that I can’t be the only one who has struggled with hormonal breakouts & oily skin so I wanted to share what has worked for me in hopes that it can help someone else as well. Remember that I am not a dermatologist so I have to say do your own research & your own caution when changing up your skin routine. I just have to say when I went natural with my skin, my skin started loving me back & I finally got the results I had been wanting for so long.

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Here’s a little back story about my skin. When I got into my twenties I started noticing lots hormonal breakouts on my jaw line & chin area. My skin became very oily & the breakouts wouldn’t stop. Ummmm seriously? Wasn’t this supposed to happen when I was a teenager? Apparently not. So forever I was using makeup wipes & products with harsh chemicals in them. My skin was just getting worse, I had large sore breakouts & they would never really go away. I would use makeup & concealer to cover it up, but you can still see bumps through makeup & if you know that the breakout is there you become self conscious & it can effect you emotionally. I would have maybe a week with clear skin & then another large breakout would start again. I was thinking that I was just stuck. This was my skin and I had to deal with it. I had prescriptions, every face wash on the market, & even expensive tools Until one day when I decided to go mostly natural for a while & see what that would do. I mean it couldn’t hurt right?

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First things first I cut out the makeup wipes. They were causing my sensitive skin nothing but irritation and adding unnecessary scents & chemicals causing breakouts. In place of the makeup wipes, step one of my skin care routine is to use coconut oil & a wash cloth with warm water. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial so it combats all of the bacteria that can be on your face from your long day. I use ogranic coconut oil {you can find it practically anywhere!} I rub a tiny bit all over my face & then with a wash cloth that is damp with warm water I wipe all of it off. This step removes almost 100% of the makeup & my face feels so soft and clean. Coconut oil has also been known to shrink pores, fix fine lines, & it’s a seriously amazing moisturizer. After a week of cutting out the makeup wipes I noticed that my skin was no longer red & irritated. I think coconut oil is one of the biggest factors that has made my skin better these days.

Second step changes from day to day depending on what I feel like. I’m usually only wearing tinted moisturizer these days so sometimes I will repeat step one & then move on to step three. But, if I’m feeling a little dirtier or that my skin needs some more love I will use the Pacifica sea foam complete facewash which is sulfate free & super gentle. I love the smell of this stuff & it foams up so nicely that I feel like it makes my skin so clean & fresh. If you are looking for a gentle cleanser I for sure recommend this one.

The third step in my nightly skin care routine is Thayers alcohol-free Rose petal witch hazel {I purchased mine at GNC}. This toner is seriously so gentle & one of the only ones I have ever used that calms my skin down. It refreshes, shrinks pores, & is a great last step that ensures I have removed everything off of my face. It has aloe & vitamin E so it soothes my skin perfectly & preps it for moisturizer.

& last but not least I moisturize with grape seed oil { I purchased mine at GNC}. I place a tiny bit in the palm of my hand & use it all over my face. Grape seed oil has anti-oxidents & anti-inflammatory properties that really combat any breakouts & soothe the skin as well. It also tightens pores which also helps prevent further breakouts. Grape seed oil is great for people with oily skin. You may think you need to dry your skin out if you have oily skin, but that only causes your skin to think that it needs to produce more oil. Therefore you will just be an oily mess. So after washing your face add a great moisturizer to your routine. The grape seed oil has changed my life. I have noticed fading of my scars, smaller pores, less breakouts & my skin is not a hot oily mess anymore like it once was.

For when I do get a breakout or a pimple I have been using tea tree oil {mine is from the Body Shop}. Tea tree oil is a great alternative to other topical acne creams with lots of harsh chemicals. for my dry lips I have been loving this hemp oil chapstick that I got in my Birchbox last month. & for eye cream when I’m feeling like I need it I use all about eyes from Clinique.  For nights when I want to put a mask on my face or I feel a breakout coming I will make a mask with honey, nutmeg, & cinnamon. All the ingredients combat bacteria, help with scarring, fight breakouts, & much more. The mask is amazing. Try it ;)

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In the morning I use oatmeal to wash my face. Don’t laugh. It seriously works! Oatmeal contains this scientific word called saponins which is known for it’s cleansing properties. Oatmeal also contains lots of vitamin E & is recommended for those with sensitive skin {i.e. my sensitive acne prone oily skin} To cleanse with the oatmeal I put a tiny bit in my palm & run hot water over the oatmeal to soften it. I then use it as a scrub all over my face and rinse with warm water. You can blend the oatmeal so it becomes finer, but usually I just use the whole oats that I store in a small container in our bathroom. I seriously just use regular oats, I mean any brand out of the grocery store.

After I cleanse with the oatmeal in the morning I use the Thayers alcohol-free rose bud witch hazel as a toner with a cotton ball all over my face just like I do at night. For day lotion these days I am OBSESSED with boots number 7 beautiful skin day cream for normal/oily. It is non-pore blocking & it has zinc in it which controls oil. I seriously don’t know if I ever will switch from this lotion. If you have oily skin I would try this!

I should also add that I have tried to add more water to my diet & cut back on the caffeine a little which are both factors in healthy skin & hormonal breakouts. I also take daily vitamins {I have always done this}. As many of you know your skin is not only how you treat it on the outside, but the inside as well!

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My skin has been so different lately! Less oil, minimal breakouts, scars are diminishing, & my overall skin tone is healthier. Like I said before, I am no expert & I still get breakouts. I mean, I’m only human. But I do feel like I have become an “expert” at my own skin recently & for that reason I felt pushed to share what I have discovered by using all these natural products. It’s funny, now that I am 25 I have completely changed the way I view products from food to my skin care & I really wish I would have know about it sooner! If you want me to share more skin care & natural masks I use leave a comment below.  I would love for you to weigh in! Do you have a natural skin care routine? What products work best for you? Do you have a certain line or brand you like? What skin issues do you have? I would love to here your opinions and experiences. Leave me a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram!

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Comments

  1. Hey! I also have PCOS and am planning to try this routine, but I’m seeing mixed things about refined and unrefined coconut oil and which you should use. What kind do you use? Sorry if this was already asked….I can’t see any of the previous comments.
    Thanks!

  2. Hi. I am definitely going to try your skin care ideas. But for the coconut oil I’m a little confused. How do I know which one to get? Does it come in a liquid form or a semi-solid form?

  3. I’ve used a similar routine with great success. Similar story, oily skin and breakouts despite being in my late 20s! I took Accutane as a teenager, which cleared things up for a few years, but it was a horrible experience overall. Once I stopped fighting my skin and nourished it my whole world changed. I now use raw honey as my cleanser morning and night and witch hazel as a toner (I also only use tinted moisturizer most days, no heavy makeup).

    I’ve used an oatmeal scrub before and loved it but I would add a word of caution: be careful where you use it! Cleaning out oatmeal gunk from a clogged drain is gross and inevitable if you use the scrub over the bathroom sink. I even had it ground quite finely and only used a small amount, but daily use will still cause buildup in the drain. Instead I’d recommend using it over the kitchen sink and running the disposal afterward. Love how oats make my skin feel, hate clogged drains.

    Oil cleansing every few days is what really saved my skin and “reset” my oil glands so they weren’t freaking out all the time. I only need to use it occasionally now, but when I do I use a combination of castor oil and jojoba oil (more castor if I’m oily, more jojoba if I’m dry; 1-2tsp total). I rub it all over my face, rinse a washcloth in hot water and let it steam on my face for about 30 seconds, then wipe the oil off, rinse cloth and repeat the steam/wipe once more to ensure there is no oil left on my skin. Softest, most wonderful skin ever.

    With the exception of an occasional hormonal blemish (which I treat with a dab of lavender essential oil 2-3 times a day), my skin has been clear and happy ever since I made these changes.

    • Just wanted to add – be careful with jojoba oil. I jumped on this bandwagon and used jojoba oil and had terrible cystic acne as a reaction to the jojoba oil. If you do end up breaking out while trying this, you may need to switch the type of oil you use.

      • I’ve never had a problem with jojoba oil, but I know some people do. I’ve also used avocado oil with great success – there are a lot of oils that will work, it is just a matter of finding the one (or more) that work best for your skin! :)

  4. I have PCOS as well and I get the cystic type breakouts. They aren’t all over my face but usually on my chin – hurt, are hard as a rock, sometimes red, very hard to cover and take forever to go away. I am starting coconut oil for antibacterial purposes but want to know how you treat your cystic acne spots. Is their a trick a do not know about. I have three right now and it’s making me feel terrible about myself. Usually I do not use anything crazy – no makeup wipes etc – I have sensitive skin so I just use the cetafil my dermatologist recommended. They tried giving me meds for the acne but they made me deathly ill and nothing topical they’ve prescribed works either. Thanks!

  5. I use Dove hypoallergenic bar + organic cold press coconut oil + a couple of drops of lemon essential oil (especially over trouble spots). I bought my lemon essential oil at a local health food store. It was less than $10. When I follow my regimen, people remark on my skin and I have had cystic acne for over 20 years.

  6. I have fallowerd these steps and for me I have found it has worked … I use the oatmeal that’s amazing on skin! Coconut oil @night I bought it on amazon it’s the semi-solid amazing. Had dark spots on face due to my pregnancy recently and it’s clairing out!! So these were worth it the grape seed oile I used one from grocery store but I’m. It sure if it was right one ….. And n7 I bought I like it as it’s nice for day!!! Hope this helps

  7. Hi! First I want to say that I Love your Blog! Just recently found it and am so happy I came across your cleansing routine! I was fortunate as a teenager and never had a huge problem with breakouts but as I’ve gotten older they’ve gotten worse. I’m now in my mid-thirties and am still having breakouts but am also trying to battle aging (fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and blemish scars). My struggle is finding an anti-after that doesn’t break me out. Maybe following your routine will get my skin balanced out and under control, then I can incorporate natural/paraben free anti-aging products. (Fingers crossed!)
    I have a question regarding morning routine. On the mornings I’m heading to the gym I only splash face with water and wipe with a wash cloth then when I get home I shower and wash my face. So question is will the oatmeal wash be enough to remove the sweat from workout?
    Thank you!

  8. What type of tinted moisturizer do you use?

  9. Venita Michelle says:

    Hello! I’ve tried this regimen for about two weeks now and my skin had broken out worse than ever! Did yours get worse before it started improving? Thanks!

  10. Awesome post!! I have a very similar background story, tried EVERYTHING, but should note that I tried OCM in the past – and the first time around, I think the type of oil/ratio I used was a bad combo. Went back to benzyol peroxide, salicylic acid…was still having breakouts. Then I rediscovered grape seed oil, and this time tried it on it’s own, as a pre cleanse and night time moisturizer. LIQUID GOLD, this stuff. in a week my skin has seriously transformed. More even & toned, breakouts have cleared, and I have that “glow” that I had only dreamt of. Tip: if you have a cystic pimple, try some grape seed oil/tea tree oil and put it on overnight. I tried this and woke up and the pimple had drastically reduced in size and didn’t hurt or feel sore to the touch! I also use raw honey/baking soda when I need some exfoliation, and you can spot treat with raw honey as well. doing all of these things has made SUCH a difference in only a couple weeks. Natural is better!! :)

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    I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  13. Great post! I found your blog from Pinterest. I have the same problems: oily skin plus hormonal breakouts on my chin and jaw area. Yikes! I’ve been switching my skin care routine for the past few months and I’ve noticed my skin improve tremendously.

    My morning routine:
    1. Cleanser: Organic Aid Vitamin E Cleanser but sometimes I opt for Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser.
    2. Toner: Homemade ACV toner and Thayer’s Unscented Witch Hazel.
    3. Any kind of serum and tea tree oil to treat pimples, etc.
    4. Moisturiser: I rarely use one, but if I need to, I’ll put jojoba oil. I’ve yet to find a good moisturiser for me.
    5. Sunblock
    To freshen up my skin during the day, I use Thayer’s Witch Hazel (the same one as a toner) as my facial mist.

    Night routine:
    Almost similar to my morning routine except I do double cleansing method (oil cleansing + facial foam). I’ll put on mask 2-3 times per week.

  14. I love these suggestions. I’m getting married in TWO weeks and my chin area decided to break out.. not even pimples really.. but like bumps under the skin. HUGE RED AND IN CHARGE… I’m in a time battle. Do you have any quick fixes that could help these render less scary before my big day?
    XO-Future Mrs Marchner

  15. I have adult acne and never saw any long-term results with any of the many products that I tried. A friend recommended using a soap called “The Works”. It’s a colloidal silver soap on etsy. I’ve been using it for 6 months now and have to say, it’s the best thing I’ve used

  16. I’ve been using this routine for about a week now and the difference has been crazy awesome. I’m not using the exact same face wash or daily moisturizer, but am using some stuff that I picked up at Whole Foods. I’m still using the oatmeal, toner, coconut oil. grapeseed oil, tea tree oil and am just seeing results! My sensitive skin is no longer super oily and dry at the same time and the irritation that I used to see all the time is all but gone. Still seeing some pimples, but instead of growing bigger before they finally shrink, I see improvement right away!

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  18. Wow! I have been doing this regimen for a week and the results have been astounding! My face prior to starting was a disaster. Horrible adult acne that I’ve been dealing with for 2+ years! After 1 week my face is completely smooth and clear and I have not had to wear any make up AT ALL. This is huge for me b/c I am a very low maintenance girl and I despised having to wear makeup due to acne and now I can finally go fresh-faced! The coconut oil feels so good and really works. The witch hazel makes my face feel amazing and I feel like in particular is really helping my skin. I love using the grapeseed oil as a moisturizer instead of a thick lotion…it’s so light and is doing a great job of keeping my skin hydrated! I have done the oats a few times…but they are a little too messy for me. Otherwise, I am obsessed with this regimen and also feel so great about all the products being natural! Thank you!

  19. I’ve been using this for about a week and am so far very happy! I do have a couple questions… How often do you use the tea tree oil on a breakout? And do you have a natural way of cleaning makeup brushes? Thanks!

  20. Love this so far! I am in college and my face has been breaking out like crazy lately (most likely stress related). I had everything at home already so I thought I’d give it a try. I love the way my face feels when I use the oatmeal and coconut oil! I really like the grape seed oil at night because it doesn’t leave my face extra oily, but it does mousturize my skin enough. I had witch hazel from the dollar store that I have been using on my face for a long time. It didn’t have the rose petal and it isn’t alcohol free, but I made do with what I had before buying more. I did have some Mario Badescu rose petal hydrating spray from Ulta that I spritz on my face occasionally, so I poured a little of that into the witch hazel. It has seemed to be working ok so far. But is there any reason I should be using alcohol-free witch hazel specifically?

  21. GREAT post! I am 25 as well, and just experienced the same thing you did- minus the fact that I had TERRIBLE acne as a teenager, that got better, but never totally disappeared. Well, just graduated from my MA program, married my army husband, moved to a new state, and while I am looking for work…time to experiment with my face! It was trial and error for a while, the oils made me have comodogenic acne, but I am using the same things you mentioned, minus that I also use a betonite clay mask or castile soap every other day in order to clear out any excess oils from my sebum, grape seed, or coconut oils that may have been stuck in my pores. It is working wonderfully! I also love a honey, baking soda, and cinnamon face mask! An egg white once or twice a week also does wonders, your skin will be tight and glow beautifully after applying it. I too have witch hazel with alcohol, and am going to use it up before buying the Thayers. A good use for alcohol witch hazel is to add it to a hair mask and rub it into your scalp- gets rid of dandruff and clarifies! Importantly too is diet. I noticed a huge change by taking fish oil, probiotics, and ACV in water 3 times a day- as well as running daily to flush out toxins and boost that circulation! I also use a natural powder foundation I made from kaolin clay and cinnamon- my oily skin LOVES it and it looks so airbrushed!

  22. I’m glad you have found a routine that works well for you. However, I have to reprimand you on this post. Despite your disclaimer that you are not a dermatologist, you go on to make claims about certain ingredients that are just not true. If you had done even a little scientific research before writing this post, it would have shown you that. Many of your claims about what certain ingredients are “known” to do are misleading or just plain erroneous. Tea tree oil does have antibacterial properties against p. Acnes, the bacteria that commonly causes acne. In a study that was shown to do that at a 5% concentration though. Important detail because 100% is too strong and sensitizing to skin. Google the peer reviewed study. You do your readers a disservice to talk about a subject you are uninformed about, like you have done scientific research, when clearly you haven’t.

  23. Actually Kelly, if you look anywhere that suggests tea tree oil for acne it doesn’t say you cannot use tea tree oil directly on the skin. It does however, say that it is suggested to put the tea tree oil somewhere unnoticeable like your arm, wrist, behind the ear, etc to see if your skin can tolerate it. If you notice that your skin is too sensitive to 100% tea tree oil, then they suggest diluting it down with water. But it isn’t misinformation to say that using pure tea tree oil is useful if your skin can tolerate it. Everyone’s skin sensitivity is different.

  24. hey! I’m so happy for you! You should definitely look at this all natural and organic beauty line :) http://www.annmariegianni.com
    I really like the mud mask so far. :)
    And you should also check out 100 percent pure they sell chemical free make-up :)

    I’m definitely going to try the oats, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. :)

    Thanks for sharing!! :)

    • Heather Clark says:

      This all sounds really wonderful! I think I may give a shot, but I was wondering. How much money overall do you think you spend on your skin care treatments? Also, I usually get breakouts on my back as well. Do you have any remedies for that? Thanks :)

  25. Heather Clark says:

    This all sounds really wonderful! I think I may give a shot, but I was wondering. How much money overall do you think you spend on your skin care treatments? Also, I usually get breakouts on my back as well. Do you have any remedies for that? Thanks

  26. I tried going “natural” first when a friend recommended the oil method. I did some research and started using castor mixed with Jojoba oil. I didn’t see improvement really and actually started getting more of those ingrown cystic pimples (I think that’s what they’re called – it’s those ones that are bigger and hurt) whereas usually just have many pimples that come to a gross whitehead.I might have been using too much oil or not mixing it correctly, but I never found really good specific advice on how to do that. So I stopped that and started using the Lush “Dark Angels” scrub. I am finding that at night with just a cold water rinse in the morning is having okay results. I still break out but my skin seems more normal. Now I just started another “natural” trick my friend turned me onto (yes I still trust her haha) which is raw organic honey to remove blackheads. I use a little in the morning and just tap it on my nose and chin where I have the most clogged pores for about two minutes and it gets really sticky. I’ve heard of this trick a lot so I’m hoping it actually works. It hasn’t been a week yet so I’m still waiting to see results. (Also I started birth control not that long ago so that throws a wrench in everything haha) Have you ever tried these methods and was there anything that made them “work” for you?

  27. I also use Coconut oil daily and its perfect for my skin

  28. WOW! Thank you, Liz, for taking the time to post this. I came to this post through Pinterest and I’m so thrilled. My story is the same as yours. I mean, I’m 20 .. What is my face doing?! Lol I’ve tried everything. I’ve begged and pleaded with God for an answer to my acne problems. Here it is! Thank you :)
    ps. already tried the oatmeal and I love love love it!

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