Here is a list of the best products for Acne that also help to combat issues like hyperpigmentation that people of color often encounter.
#1 Bentonite Clay – This helps dry out a breakout like nobody’s business! You mix it with water or apple cider vinegar and apply to your face as a mask. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. I also have dabbed a bit on some pimples and let it sit overnight to dry them out.
#2 Raw Honey– Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. Manuka Honey has the best antibacterial properties but if you don’t want to go this route, plain old raw honey is good as well. It is great to use for an all natural facial mask. I have also dabbed a tiny bit on some lesions and saw a great reduction of inflammation.
#3 Benzoyl Peroxide – This fights acne bacteria. I recommend the Acne.org Benzoyl Peroxide because it is a gentle formula and it is hard to find Benzoyl Peroxide that comes in this big of a size. Most of your typical benzoyl peroxides come in a much smaller size. You end up spending more money because they run out so quick and cost at least $3-$5 every time you go (this adds up).
#4 Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation – This helps to conceal and heal acne. You can use this on affected areas and blend with a darker foundation. Unfortunately they do not have the best range of color options. They only just recently came out with Cocoa, Chestnut and Caramel; depending on your location these shades may be hard to find in stores. Nevertheless it is a great product, this foundation uses salicylic acid to fight acne.
#5 Clean and Clear Toner – This drug store goody is perfect for using as a toner, removing oil from your face or a quick clean up for makeup removal. Its active medicated ingredient is salicylic acid.
#6 Jojoba Oil – This oil has a similar composition to the oils that our bodies naturally produce. It is also light enough to use without the worry of breakouts and can be used to remove makeup.
#7 Simple Skincare Gel Moisturizer– This moisturizer is extremely lightweight and easy to apply. It hydrates your skin without being overly greasy.
#8 African Black Soap – Make sure whatever you choose you are choosing a gentle formula without drying ingredients like sulfates; sulfates may be to drying and irritating for your skin. Be cautious because some products market themselves to be natural but have a whole host of ingredients that aren’t good for your skin. Go with pure 100% african black soap.
#9 Tea Tree Oil– This oil is more of an astringent/toner. It has powerful antibacterial properties and is very potent so a little goes a long way.
#10 Lemon Juice – Good for lightening dark spots and toning (always dilute with water or another substance as this is very acidic and potent).
#11 Ginger Juice- Antibacterial properties plus good for dark spots (hyperpigmentation) – You can extract ginger juice by chopping up pieces of ginger, adding purified water to your blender or food processor and mixing. Always dilute the ginger juice you use on your face with water or another substance, this is another acidic ingredient that is too strong to use on its own.
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