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The 7 Best Face Masks For Acne

We all know that acne sucks. As much as I believe that the cure for acne is within the body rather than outside it, I have collected and experimented with many things during my search for a cure. I make all my face masks at home using all natural and gentle products. I don’t even remember when the last time was that I used a commercially available face mask.

Here are the 7 best face masks for acne that I have found. Each deals with a different skin type. I have found that you can tweak the face mask depending on your skin type. Acne does not distinguish and appears on skin which is oily or dry.

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What Are Hydrosols and How To Use Them In Your Beauty Routine

This is a guest post by Trysh Sutton of Pure Path.

Hydrosols are a health and beauty hack that few people know about – which is strange because they have been around for hundreds of years. In fact, they have been around for as long as many of your favorite essential oils because the two are directly related.

What Are Hydrosols?

Simply put, hydrosols are the byproducts of making essential oils. When plant and flower materials are processed through steam or water distillation to extract the oils, you will end up with two separate products. The first is the essential oil, and the second is the leftover or condensate water which contains small traces of the essential oils and the plant’s aroma, left over from distillation. This water is what is referred to as hydrosols.

Hydrosols are much less concentrated than essential oils, but still pack a lot of host of benefits which make them extremely useful. In particular, the lower concentration makes it much easier to use hydrosols on your skin or other areas without dilution, and this makes them a great addition to any health and beauty regimen.

How To Use Hydrosols In Your Beauty Routine

Much like essential oils, hydrosols have so many varied uses it would be nearly impossible to list all of them. Instead, we will focus on some key areas of your routine and your body that can benefit from adding a little flower power.

Makeup Time

Hydrosols are so versatile, you can actually use them when you are coming or going. To help your make up set and look its best longer, use a rose hydrosol spray after applying your makeup. This little hack is used by many professional makeup artists because it helps your makeup stay in place while providing a healthy finish to your skin that gives it a much more natural look.

As a Facial Toner

Many facial toners include rosewater (rose hydrosol) as an ingredient due to its astringent properties and its ability to remove lingering dirt, makeup and other impurities from your skin. It is also great for restoring moisture to dry skin, making it soft and supple.

Witch hazel is another hydrosol that makes an excellent toner. It is particularly effective for acne because of its ability to not only whisk away oil and dirt, but to control oil production and shrink pores to give you a glow like no other. It’s also pretty mild which makes it great for all skin types.

Witch hazel can be used as a toner for acne prone skin by wetting a clean cotton ball with it and gently wiping your face twice per day after washing with a cleanser. There will be a lot of dirt on the cotton ball, especially the first time, so you may need to repeat a few times until a clean cotton ball is still somewhat clean after wiping.

**On Acne.org, witch hazel is one of the highest rated acne treatments product with a rating of 4.3 stars.

Improve Your Face Masks

Next time you decide to whip up a relaxing face or skin care mask, use hydrosols as your wetting agent. Not only is this simply a better alternative to traditional water, you can use specific hydrosols depending on what your body needs. Click here for a great list of hydrosols, their properties and the skin types they’re best for.

One of the reasons hydrosols are better than regular water is that they help to restore the skin’s pH balance.

Hair We Have It

When people talk about a beauty routine, often times the hair is overlooked. When we talk about hydrosols, the hair becomes a main attraction with plenty of uses aimed at your gorgeous locks.

Mix equal portions of rosemary hydrosol with witch hazel or dead sea brine. This makes a powerful hair spritz that you can spray on your hair as a base for hair products and a little extra health boost to your hair. Using more potent hydrosols like rose or ylang-ylang in a spray bottle just before leaving home gives your hair a delicious smell.

Where To Buy Hydrosols

Hydrosols are relatively inexpensive and can be easily bought online, in pharmacies or beauty stores. The advantage of online purchases, however, is that you can access a wider variety because most brick and mortar establishments only stock the more popular ones such as rosewater.

Final Word

Honestly, we could go on and on about the awesome uses of hydrosols in your daily beauty routine. Thanks to the lower concentration of chemical compounds found within hydrosols, the possibilities are endless and the chances of an adverse reaction are much lower than with pure essential oils.

How To Clear Your Skin With Diet

I’ve been hard at work for the past few months working on my first product. Yay!! I’m very very excited about this. I started this blog in January 2016 to help women like me, who suffer from acne.

Since then I’ve had hundreds of people email me and I’m thrilled to say I’ve helped a lot of people. The reason I started with the intention it was only for women was because as a woman myself, I seriously thought my methods would work only for women. But I’ve had men as well who email me and who’ve got results from the tips I give them. So extra happy to have both men and women reading my blog and getting results.

I did get a lot of hateful comments from men who said I was being sexist. Please note that these men did not have acne. They just made the hateful comments. The men who had acne just emailed me and asked straight up for help.

Coming back to my book, a few months back I sent all the people on my email list an email asking which topic would be most helpful to them.

The list of topics I sent out was as follows

1. DIY Skin Care for Acne
2. DIY Face Masks for Acne
3. The Acne Healing Diet
4. What You Can do to get rid of your Acne Quickly

The response was overwhelming and the response was No. 3 which was “The Acne Healing Diet“.

So I got to work on my book and it’s almost done. It will be out in a few days time.

Here are a few things I’ve learned over the last few years about how to clear your skin with diet. I explain them in detail in my book. And here are some I thought I would share with you.

1. You Can Clear Your Skin With Diet Alone

You don’t need fancy skin care or even acne creams to clear your skin. It’s always a fear that if you don’t apply something to your acne, it will go out of control or you will get more acne.

However what I’ve come to realize is that, if tomorrow if you quit using all your skin care products and just change your diet, your skin will start healing on its own. Even a small diet change helps.

In fact it might be better to just leave your skin alone and your skin will benefit from it. The diet changes you make will start to work and your skin will start to clear up.

Acne is caused by conditions in the body which have been created by diet. Diet can also fix these conditions.

Diet causes acne and diet fixes it as well. Never forget this.

2. You Don’t Need Loads of Supplements To Get Clear Skin

Most diet books for acne will have you believe that you need bucket loads of supplements to get clear skin and that is the only way you can get rid of acne. However most people who have clear skin do not take supplements at all. Clear skin is not a result of supplements but rather a outcome of a healthy body.

When you have acne your body maybe deficient in antioxidants and some fatty acids. But this does not mean you have to pop supplements right, left and center. You may need to take a few supplements when trying to heal but you don’t need to take them forever.

I am generally not a fan of supplements and I feel it is always better to get what you need from your diet. However, I also know that sometimes that may not be possible and that supplements can be quicker.

However, you do not need to buy every possible supplement under the sun.

3. You Can Live in Any Country and Eat Any Diet and Still Clear Your Skin

When I bought my first book that promised a cure for my acne, the diet was mainly written to suit someone in the US. I lived in the UK at the time and finding what I needed was a little tough. I then bought another book which of course made it harder for me when I moved out of the UK.

Besides that most diets are mostly oriented and written for people living in Western countries .They don’t take into account the fact that diets and foods available may change from country to country and that people are used to eating different foods all over.

My readers come from all over the world and I need to take into account that they may eat different things depending on which country they come from or live in. I’m Indian and I eat rice. Well, let me rephrase that, I need to eat rice. Ask me to stop and you’re going to be getting dirty looks from me. A

4. Any Diet Can be Made Skin Friendly

No matter where you live and what you eat, you can always change your diet to be skin friendly. When I say change, it does not mean change completely. It just means you examine your diet, add certain things and take certain things out. Paleo diets are all well and good but not everyone can follow them. And not everyone wants to and they should not have to.

5. Local Diets are The Best

I always encourage people to eat what their ancestors ate or what the people of the region they live in eat. However simple those diets may seem, they are the best. I also encourage people to eat local. That means eat what you get around you. However that advice may be a bit outdated as these days you get everything, everywhere and at any time of the year.

6. You Don’t Need Organic Foods

As much as organic food is much better than what you get in the supermarket, not everyone can afford it. It may also not be available to most people. So while if you can it would be better to eat organic, don’t stress too much about it.

7. There Are Many Foods That can cause Acne

When I cured my acne by cutting out sugar, I thought “Great, now I can just tell all people who have acne to cut out sugar’. I was sitting on my high horse. I was brought down very quickly as I figured out that almost everyone’s acne is unique. What causes my acne may be completely different from yours.

While I get acne when I eat sugar, there are people who get acne when they eat any form of dairy. These people may eat sugar and have no complaints. Then there are other people who quit sugar, dairy and still have acne.

Acne is tricky and complicated. It is not only caused by eating certain foods but to make things complicated you can get acne because you do not eat certain foods. Are you confused yet?


I explain all these things in my book. If there is anything you want me to include or if you have any questions either comment below or email me at yourbeautychronicles@gmail.com.

Moisturizing Acne Prone Skin

Moisturizing acne prone skin is always a little tricky. At least that is the way it has always been for me. Confusing! I never knew if I needed a moisturizer or not. I tried to ask my dermatologist but she was always vague about it. Once she gave me this lanolin based cream to counter the dryness caused by her medications. My skin literally went nuts. It became dry and I looked like I had a perpetual sunburn.

I always had this weird combination of oily yet dry skin. Pretty sure this was the result of all the acne medications and ointments I had used. I am sure many of you can relate.

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The Busy Girl’s 7 Day Detox For Clear Skin

Our lives these days are very hectic. From traffic to work, from friends to family we all have things that need our attention and time. In all that, finding the time to take care of your skin can be a challenge

So I complied a list of things you could do over the course of one week to help your skin start its journey to being clear and looking great. These are tiny little changes, well some not so tiny, that you can make in your everyday life so that your skin benefits from it.

Sometimes your body just needs a little reboot to help you get clear skin. A few small changes here and there, made everyday can have a big effect on your skin and the way you look and feel.

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