I know how it goes. Even as adults we get those deep, painful, nasty zits! It’s sooooo annoying!
Ever since I was a teen I’ve dealt with less than stellar skin, and I’ve got the scars to prove it. Super fun, let me tell ya. I’ve tried just about everything out there short of Accutane. All the prescription creams and medications, yada yada yada. If you’ve had bad skin at any point in your life, I’m sure you get it. And especially with PCOS it can get so bad!
There was a time when I was getting huge cystic acne on both sides of my face. It was embarrassing.
I remember sitting in my American History class at BYU-I and I just barely scratched an itch on my cheek and the next thing I knew there was blood and puss streaming down my face. Gross right?! I can’t believe I just told you that! I frantically dug through my backpack trying to find some tissues or something to stop it. It felt like an eternity and I was worried everyone was looking at me. Luckily for me it was dark in there because the teacher always taught with a power point presentation. I got it cleaned up and I don’t think anyone noticed, but I was so frustrated and sad and at a loss for what to do. Medications didn’t seem to touch it, every face wash just dried out the rest of my face, and then I was just left with these big pock marks all over my cheeks.
That was a rough phase for me. I literally did not like to go places and be social because of my skin.
I’m happy to say though, that that phase has passed and my skin is SO much better now! Even with my PCOS I am able to maintain pretty clear skin for the most part!
How you ask? With oil!
That’s right, I don’t use those face washes that dry you out and just cause more acne. I now wash my face every night with olive oil and castor oil. I have read that other oils like hemp oil and avocado oil work great too but I haven’t tried those ones yet.
So here’s the scoop. Castor oil is a cleansing oil and can get down in the pores and clean out the dirt and grim that build up. It’s not an oil you want to use on it’s own however because it can be drying to the skin. Pair it with a moisturizing oil like Olive oil and you have a perfect combination. If you have super oily skin then you can mix the castor oil in a 2:1 ratio with your olive oil. Likewise, with normal skin mix 1:1 and with dry skin mix 1:2.
I have mine mixed in a glass bottle with a dropper that I keep in my bathroom and it lasts me about a month if not longer. My mixture is 1:1 right now or half and half. I’ve adjusted it over the years to meet my needs.
If you have lots of make-up on it’s a good idea to remove your make-up beforehand. If I’m not wearing a lot then I just let the oil take it off as I wash with it.
Put about a nickel size amount of oil in your hand and then massage it onto your face for about a minute. Massage it really well in the areas where you break out the most.
If you have the time you can leave it on for 5-10 minutes to really let the oil get in there and cleanse. I usually just massage it in and then go ahead and take it off.
After you’ve massaged it into your face, get your clean washcloth hot with water. As hot as you can stand it. Wring out the excess water and place/hold the washcloth over your face. Hold it there for about a minute or until the cloth begins to cool down. The steam from the heat will have removed most of the oil but you can gently wipe away any excess oil left on your face. That’s it! You’re done! I usually don’t have to use any other moisturizer at night because the olive oil is just right.
In the morning before I apply my make up I use a little witch hazel on a cotton pad and clean my face with that.
I’ve been doing this for at least 4 years now and I love it. I rarely break out at all and when I do it’s small and goes away quickly.
Give it a try and let me know how you like it! I really hope it can help like it has for me!
Have a great day!