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  1. I almost always have whiteheads either on my upper lip, or around my mouth, or on the sides of my nose. I'm wondering what the best, all-natural acne spot treatment is? I have brown, relatively oily skin. Has the Zit fighter from plant therapy or the DoTerra HD Clear Topical Ointment worked for anyone? There's another blend from a pretty trusted essential oil company (Original Swiss Aromatics) called Acne Magic. I'm looking for the most potent treatment!
  2. Do you wash once or twice a day? I figure Dr. Bronner's is also pretty gentle, no?
  3. I am looking for a lightweight, organic or almost all-natural moisturizer for oily skin that doesn't leave a shine on the face or clog pores/lead to breakouts. If it can double as a sunscreen too that would just be amazing! Currently have been trying between the following three but not sure which to stick with pen if to try a different one. Beauty By Earth Facial Moisturizer, Organic & Natural (link removed) (Organic, does leave shine, no spf, nor pore reduction, small and kinda expensive) La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer for Oily Skin to Mattify Skin and Refine Pores (link removed) (Claimed pore reduction, pretty non-shine, small and expensive, no spf, not organic and I don't like that I think has salicylic acid) Origins Vitazing Spf 15 Energy-boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen (Travel Size 30ml/1 Oz) (link removed) (Very far from organic and origins products in general have a lot of crap in them, does have spf, nothing about pores and it tends to clog pores a bit on the nose though Mayberry I'm not using it right?) Recommendations?
  4. I usually apply a night cream (Era Orgnaics 10 in 1) and either some argan oil or clean and clear to acne spots (alternating between the two daily) and wakeup with a relatively oily face (tho acne tends to diminish a bit by morning). In the morning, I'm debating whether I should just do a plain water splash of lukewarm water before putting moisturizer on OR if I should do a quick face wash (I use Dr. Bronner 4 in 1 for body and face and hair) and then put on moisturizer? I always do a face wash with Dr. Bronner in the evening or night after working out and want to keep things as natural as possible (and ppl have recommended reducing the number of face washes actually reduces oil production/may be better in the long run). PS. Two times weekly I exfoliate with and Era Organics product and use Orogins Charcoal mask in addition to the regular face wash!
  5. After doing this for about 4 weeks, I have noticed that the frequency of whiteheads and blackheads has gone down, but there's an increased redness in the nose/under eye area... also bigger bumps are still appearing in new places (tho if I apply Clearisil early enough they don't becomes too prominent). Thanks again for your opinion, any other recommendations from anyone?
  6. I see, thanks for your opinion. I am worried that I'm being too harsh as you said, but I really don't know what to do about the bigger bumps/larger pores and whiteheads. Can anyone second the above or have differently advice?
  7. I have very oily skin and it is prone to breakouts consisting mainly of whiteheads and blackheads, primarily on the nose, upper lip and under the eyes. In addition to not knowing whether I am removing the breakouts correctly (using a towel to scrape off smaller whiteheads after cleansing, or leaving on Clearasil rapid acting treatment for bigger bumps, or using a blackhead extractor tool after opening pores with a hot shower/steam), I would like to know how to minimize large pores left behind following such removal as well as how to prevent breakouts in the lomg run (especially whiteheads as I have heard blackheads always make their way back sadly). In more detail, here is the routine I need advice on: I cleanse, tone and moisturize (except moisturizing on bigger/stubborn blemishes) my face every morning and do the same every night except using night cream instead of a day moisturizer. I use cold water for all these washes. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights I follow a longer routine instead of a normal wash in which I take a hot shower and use my daily cleanser in the shower followed by an exfoliator, which I leave on for a minute, and then rinse (all within the hot water to open my pores up and let the exfoliator get in them). I then step out the shower, dry off and extract blackheads (primarily on nose and under eyes) using a loop tool. Next, I apply Origins Active Charcoal Face mask, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes, and removing with a towel soaked in cold water. Lastly I place an ice pack on my face for 10 minutes if I have time (if not, I just skip the ice step) and then spray an unscented toner on before applying my night cream (avoiding problem areas with acne and instead putting Clearasil there to leave over night). Am I doing it right? More specific questions: Removing blemishes: scraping off smaller whiteheads with a towel is okay? Where I see bigger/stubborn blemishes I can't remove easily, I don't apply moisturizer or night cream there (after cleansing and toning) instead applying Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action treatment cream (overnight as well as theoughout the day). I repeat this until the blemishes go away, which takes many days and darkens skin tone in those areas - is this the right approach? For blackhead removal on 3 nights in the week, is my order of events optimal or should my protocol be rearranged (currently: cleanser and exfoliator in hot shower, followed by manual extraction with a tool, followed by a clay face mask, followed by ice treatment if time, and ending with toner sprayed on and a night cream)? Here is the list of products I use, is there anything my routine can really benefit from adding/replacing a current product with (and/or is there anything I should remove)? Products I use: Dessert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash Thayer's Alcohol free unscented toner Beauty on Earth Face moisturizer Era Organics Facial Moisturizer (night cream) Kyoku men's facial exfoliator Origins activated charcoal mask Pure biology face mask Clearasil rapid action treatment Lastly, I don't currently use salicylic acid in any product as I've heard skin can become dependent on it. Perhaps using it from time to time when my skin is acting up would the fastest way to deal with acne? If so, what product would you recommend using it in - an exfoliator, day moisturizer, night cream, or spot treatment? Thank you so much for your attention to all this - if you can even help with some of the questions that would really help as I'm quite confused!
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