The British refer to them, rather charmingly, as “spots.” We call them, somewhat less charmingly, “zits.” Either way, those blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, bumps and breakouts-which attack us at the most self-conscious stages of young adulthood, flare up during hormonal fluctuations and basically just sabotage us any time they see fit.
Clear Skin, Clear Conscience: Eco-Effective Acne Fighters for Every Age and Stage.
Newsflash: OTC acne products contain skin irritants & toxins that cause zits.
The British refer to them, rather charmingly, as “spots.” We call them, somewhat less charmingly, “zits.” Either way, those blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, bumps and breakouts-which attack us at the most self-conscious stages of young adulthood, flare up during hormonal fluctuations and
basically just sabotage us any time they see fit-suck.
Unfortunately, what sucks even more are the intensely harsh and harmful chemicals that go into the most widely used topical acne treatment products.
Like triclosan an antibacterial agent associated with endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity and, ironically, skin irritation. And polyethylene a binding and bulking agent that’s also a known organ-system toxin and skin irritant. As for parabens and fragrance -two of the biggest baddies on our Big List-there’s hardly a conventional acne wash, scrub or topical treatment that isn’t loaded with ‘em.
It just doesn’t make sense to us that clear, blemish-free, healthy skin would come from products laden with known skin and organ irritants and toxins. (Or maybe it does, if you’re selling products to consumers that create the exact problem you’re claiming to solve, thus creating a perpetual
market for what you’re selling.)
Fortunately, we’ve found plenty of skin-care experts who share our view, and are creating kinder, gentler acne-control and treatment products that actually work! Here are our top picks for skincare, ahem, challenges fromPMS to gluten-intolerance (yes, even wheat in your skincare can give you zits) categorized to help you choose the ones most suited to the skin you’re in.
We here at EcoStiletto love our honey. We love it in our organic rooibos tea, we love it on our whole-grain toast, we love it to lick it off our sweetie’s fresh-washed skin (oops, did we say that out loud?), and now we love it as an acne fighter. One of the oldest known acne treatments, honey is a natural and powerful antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal and exfoliant. And one of our newest blemish-busting faves is Rand Hill Naturals Deep Cleansing Honey Mask, which blends raw orange blossom honey with oat powder and essential oils such as rose geranium and neroli. This mask is super thick (soaking the container in hot water will soften it), and takes a little work to apply smoothly, but it’s worth the effort for the soft, smooth, noticeably clearer skin that results.
Sayer of London’s Deep Cleansing French Clay Mask, with FrenchMontmorillonite green clay, which contains magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper to detoxify, purify and balance our blemish-prone skin. Use this lightweight mask once or twice a week for spa-beautiful skin, or dab directly on blemishes before bedtime to dry them up overnight.