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Unless you have been blessed by the Gods, you have probably run into some kind of obstacle with your skin and how you want it to look. In today's society, a clear and glowing face is worshipped, causing teens and adults everywhere to go scrambling for products that are said to clear your skin overnight. Very few people actually do their research to determine what their skin might react to or what type of skin they have.
I have eczema, which is a skin condition that basically causes rashes and itching. It's pretty common and the severity varies between people. It also usually gets better with age. Since I'm still a teenager, I sometimes get flare ups in certain seasons (mostly winter and spring). I also have a little bit of acne. If you have any concern with your skin and how to deal with it, the best advice you could probably get is from your dermatologist.
Now here are the products that have worked for me.
- Witch Hazel - this has worked really well for my acne. I use a cotton ball and dab some of it onto my pimples after washing my face and the next day, the pimples noticeably decrease in size.
- Coconut Oil - this has worked for both my acne and eczema. Most people think it will just make their face oily, but if you use it at night, it won't. I put this on my pimples and they usually go away within a few days. As for my eczema, it sometimes heals my breakouts overnight. It also works really well as a makeup remover.
- Aloe Vera Gel - you can either extract the gel from the leaf itself or get it already bottled in stores. This has worked for my acne and it also leaves my skin feeling very soft. It's also good for cooling down after staying in the sun for a while or treating sunburns.
- Aveeno non-scented lotion - this keeps my skin moisturized for almost the entire day. I use it once at night and once in the morning. I rarely have to moisturize in between. This has also been great for my eczema since my skin is usually dry. With eczema, it's best to use non-scented products.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - please keep in mind, I do not put the vinegar on my face, I just drink it. I mix 2 tablespoons of ACV and any amount of water (just to dilute the taste) and drink it every night. This has caused my skin to have a clearer complexion and has kept my pimples down. Bonus: it also aids in weight loss.
- African Black Soap - the first mistake people make when buying this is getting the fake one and not the real one. Fake African Black Soap is actually black and looks smooth. Real ABS is more brown and has more of a bumpy texture. I have only been able to find the fake stuff (usually by the brand Shea Moisture) in stores, so I had to order the raw stuff online (only about $5). This has kept my acne down and also leaves my face soft. If you use the soap directly on your face, do not scrub too hard!
- Toothpaste - if you have a big pimple that you need to get rid of by the next day, put a dab of toothpaste on it and it will significantly decrease in size. Sometimes it might even go away completely.
Firstly, everyone's skin is different and these products are not guaranteed to work for everyone. This is just what works for me. Secondly, acne IS OKAY TO HAVE. If you want to clear your skin, do it because you want to, not because you want to impress others.