How to get rid of acne & blemishes using natural products (Burt’s Bees!)

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For year’s I tried many types of skin care products to help keep my skin healthy and blemish free. After a constant struggle with oily and combination skin, many visits to a dermatologist for prescriptions and creams I almost gave up hope that I would have clear skin every day of my life. I would get occasional break outs around my time of the month due to hormones and over productive oil glands and just couldn’t stop the cycle. I would be clear for weeks, then out of nowhere I would get very oily and have break outs. It was beyond frustrating and I wasn’t sure what products were working or which ones were making things worse. About two years ago I decided to toss all the over the counter, harsh acne and blemish medications in the trash and go with a more natural approach. I thought that maybe it was time to see if more natural skin care products would help me to get my skin under control and be more consistent each month. All I wanted was the assurance that my skin would be reliable in the event I had a special occasion or vacation to go on. I wanted a regiment that would allow me the freedom to worry about more important things than if I was going to have a break out or be really oily during times I wanted a clear face.

So it all started with a venture to the drug store where I stumbled upon Burt’s Bees products. I have written about them in my blog many times, but I have never devoted an entire post to the list of products that I now use as my skin care daily routine and why I love them. I have tried tons of products and I have to say that switching to natural products, at least for my skin, made a world of difference. I didn’t realize that most of the previous cleansers, scrubs, toners and spot treatments were doing more damage than good by aggravating my skin and causing it to produce more oil. What I wasn’t aware of is that most of the products in the drug store aisle were trying to dry my skin out and in return was causing my skin to produce even MORE oil. Hence, the viscous cycle of never having consistently clear skin free of break outs. That’s the confusing and most difficult part to understand, people who have oily skin are always trying to get rid of the oil but getting rid of all of it just makes your skin produce more. Your skin needs some oil and when it has none your body’s reaction is to produce more.

Items that I love and recommend from Burt’s Bees:

#1 Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub – buy here

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I wash my face with this every night to remove makeup, dirt and oil and it has been my staple facial cleanser for the last 2 year. Moving to this cleanser helped me to combat clogged pores, break outs and the constant feeling that I still had makeup in my skin even after washing several times. This one really helps me to feel clean and refreshed without tightening and drying out my skin. It feels so good too after you slough off all the dead skin and makeup grim :)

#2 Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract – buy here

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These are the softest and best makeup remover wipes that I have ever bought, and I have bought many over the years. I get mine on amazon and buy a few packs at a time. I have one in my bathroom to use to remove eye and face makeup, or anytime I am not wearing makeup and just want to refresh my face and remove some oil. They are soft to the touch and are easy to hold while you wipe your face. They have a light scent and don’t sting or burn your skin.

#3 Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner – buy here

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I don’t use a toner everyday but when I do I love this one. It has salicylic acid from willow bark so it helps to battle blemishes while tightening my pores and giving me a clean and fresh feeling. I find that toners can sometimes cause you to get MORE oily, so I only use this one every few days but not daily. It feel very light on the skin and not too abrasive like some toners can feel.

#4 Burt’s Bees Natural Solutions Acne Spot Treatment – buy here

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This natural acne spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes. It's formulated with tea tree, calendula, yarrow and parsley extracts to help soothe skin and reduce redness and borage extract to promote healthy skin resulting in clear and smooth skin, naturally. 100% Natural. For this I put a small amount on a cotton ball and apply a thin layer on my areas that get oily or may have a blemish. It does not sting your skin or burn at all and dries quickly. Since using this on a few spots where I had a blemish it healed in 1-2 days and left no dark mark. It really has been a great product instead of using a gel spot treatment nightly.

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