Hair, Complexion, I Love You Both, But....



Something’s gotta give! Since moving to Decatur, Illinois from Lakeland Florida, I have learned a lot about my skin and hair. Even though I have a strong dislike for humidity, my skin and hair LOOOOOOOVE humidity. It seems like being a Florida baby and resident for most of life has made my skin and hair more dependent on and used to constant moisture than I ever would have imagined. July through September wasn't that bad, but I had to switch up my skin care routine completely. I went from using generic, cheap stuff to Clinique Three Step and Clinique Moisture Surge just to keep my skin from going haywire. My skin seems to enjoy the summer, and as long as I kept my hair tied up (for the most part) and moisturized with glycerin packed products like Oyin Juices and Berries, I was good to go! Then came fall, and winter and my skin and hair have gone berserk. I’ve had to change my hair routine and added some oil to my water and glycerin mixes to get a bit more longevity out of moisturizing my hair. It worked for a bit, but then my skin started breaking out like crazy! I am not talking about one zit dropping by to say hello, but one zit and his/her auntie, brother, cousin, mom, and sometimes a couple of bad ass kids too! Family clusters of pimples have just been popping up all over my face and I have been sporting toothpaste to bed every night trying to dry them out. It has been working, but I have never, EVER had this problem with my skin. I have gotten to the point where I am considering chopping it off to a length that will keep it out of my face! I love my hair and I am proud of my length and texture, but I’ll be damned if I choose long, thick hair over having clear skin. AAAAAAGH!
Dolls, what do you think I should do?!?!?

55 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

Simple. Keep your hair out of your face. Next!

Taneica said...

Tried that, seems to be more to it. Thanks for the snarky comment though :-). Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

I was going to say wear it out of your face, but I guess that doesn't work for you. Not sure what to do then.

12tnob said...

CUT IT.. cause rest for sure IT WILL GROW BACK.. lol that my motto..
So honey if your just tired of it.. CUT IT!!

Anonymous said...

Have you always added oil to your winter hair routine? Look at the extra steps you have added to your routine before your skin started breaking out. If your skin started breaking out after the new addition then that might be the culprit. Also look at any lifestyle changes you may have made that could also be affecting your skin, for example, what have you been eating, did your exercise routine/frequency chang or stress could also be a factor.

Check to see if you are using something that is drying your skin out. Dry skin causes an excessive amount of the natural oil that your body produces. And for me personally oily skin leads to a break out if not corrected ASAP. Do you have a humidifier?

Also...sorry for the long post but you may want to also consider cutting back on dairy while you are experiencing problems with your skin. This was advice given to me by me dermatologist. There are tons of researcch about it so look it up when you have time.

You could also use a baking soda paste to dry out your pimples. I hope this information was a little helpful.

Taitainia

Butterfly said...

I live in Chicago and have (i goes) 4b/c and I have a winter routine which includes
1) African Shea butter. This stuff is T-H-I-C-K (and has a strong natural scent). So I melt it down and add water to make it more easy to use.

1a) I also use this on my hair to twist. Not only does it make the curl definition for a twist out better, but it also holds in moisture for 2-4 days without requiring more than a mist of spray every other day.

2) for my face I make a mixture of Vegetable Glycerin and vitamin e oil (trader joe's). The glycerin is hypoallergenic so it doesn't break you out, and vitamin E repairs damaged skin from winter wind.

3) SALT SCRUBS - Make you're own or buy some and use every 2 weeks

4) DON'T TAKE VERY HOT SHOWERS IN THE MORNING IF YOU ARE GOING OUTSIDE!. How showers dry your skin, (i know they feel good) but the heat actually is not helpful to keeping skin moisturized

5) Clay Mask treatments.

Sounds like a lot but only the face moisturizer and shea butter for the body are an every day thing. The others can be done once a week or so.

Good Luck. WELCOME TO ILLINOIS! :)

Asia said...

Funny. I've lived in Ohio my entire life where our Winters sometimes begin in september and last until late april and all 4 seasons tear my skin up! My dermatologist told me my best bet to keep my skin nice in the winter is exfoliating once or twice weekly with a facial scrub and a thick oil-free moisturizer before bed. As for pimples, a thin layer of 5% benzoid peroxide over your entire face will do wonders!

Anonymous said...

Yeah I figured you probably tried wearing out of your face. When I started having the worst breakouts of my life (deep, painful, cystic acne) I tried everything and gave up and just started using Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Castile Soap at night (bar soap) Someone had recommended it to me years back for back acne and it worked like a charm, I don't know why I never thought of it before. Anyway within about a month and a half of washing with it at night (added NOTHING else to my face after) and applying diluted tea tree oil to any that popped on their own *shivers*, my acne was almost gone. It's also done a good job keeping acne away.

Another tip I have is to use a hydrogen peroxide on any new forming pimples. I just use a clean q-tip and apply and within days they are going away.

Good luck! I know how much it sucks when your skin starts going nuts.

b. said...

I concur about the manual exfoliation. It may help break up the oil on your face from the hair.

You may already do this, but definitely maintain good water intake. Winter indoor heat may be drying you out and taking its toll on your skin and hair.

Also...how often do you put oil on your hair and what *kind* of oil are you using? You may want to switch oil. Even though it's tempting to put more oil than you typically do b/c it's winter, consider instead using a small amount of oil but switching to a slightly heavier one like castor. I just need a dab for a large section of my hair (probably half teaspoon or so for my entire 11 inches of 4b hair) that I put on while my hair is VERY damp (but not soaking wet).

HTH...

b. said...

Oh, one other thing...

Glycerin may be what's breaking you out. I realize you were using it before, but I wonder if it's working against your skin in the winter climate. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

I definitely suggest researching the comedogenicity (pore clogging abilities) of the ingredients/oils that you are using in your hair (and on your face). Here is a good website, but there are also websites that list more of the natural oils/ingredients that us curly girls tend to use.

http://www.platinumskincare.com/comedogenicity-rating.aspx

Once I educated myself on ingredients and how they can contribute to my acne, that helped me change up my routine to include things that I could actually use without worrying about breakouts.

To keep it simple, I suggest washing 1-2 times daily with a salicylic acid face wash. I currently Use OLAY Anti Aging wash and I love it. It has microbeads in it that give you a mild exfoliation as well.

Moisturize your face AT NIGHT with raw shea butter. I've found that not only is raw shea moisturizing, it also helps to fade acne scars AND if you have a bump coming, it REDUCES it significantly!

I actually haven't really found a good commercial moisturizer that has SPF and keeps me from getting oily during the day so I tend to go without it. I apply Bare Escentuals Skin Rever Upper (contains salicylic and glycolic acids) on my face in the morning after I wash, and then I'll apply a light covering of mineral foundation. (EverydayMinerals.com).

Tie your hair up every night and sleep on a satin/silk pillow case. If you don't tie up your hair, be sure to wash and change your cases often!

SPOT TREAT! When you feel a bump coming, ATTACK it right away by applying a thin layer of your face wash and allowing it to sit overnight. Those are my tips... hopefully they help!

janubie said...

If you love your long hair and wearing it up out of your face doesn't work (have you tried not wearing it down for weeks) sounds like you need to check your products one by one, find out what is making contact with your face. Do you touch your hair and then touch your face? I'd hate for you to have to cut your hair that you've worked so hard for, but I understand I'd choose face over hair any day.

Nat said...

Same thing happen to me hon, my face went nuts with breakouts. I found clay masks helped and I stoped using the shea moisture smoothie because it seem to be the cause. Since doing that I have seen great improvement.

Anonymous said...

I live in the DC/MD/VA area, so the weather here is all over the place (especially lately). I had a bad bout with random breakouts a couple of years ago and it was driving me up the wall! After trying everything under the sun (including that toothpaste trick), I did some research on those acne kits. Instead of going the Proactiv route, I decided to try out the Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy kit. Can you say AMAZING! It's a three step system like Proactiv, but you can go into any drugstore and pick one up. They run you about 20 bucks, but the good thing about it is you can probably find a coupon for it online and they always come with one after you buy the kit. My skin loves me for it!

I figure if you pick up a good skincare regimen, whether it be through using the kit I mentioned or another method, and making sure your hair doesn't touch your face too much, you'll be good to go. Hope this helps. :)

monniej said...

miss taneica, winter in the midwest can be murder on our skin and hair. i'm in michigan, so i feel your pain! first - i'd up my water intake. try to make it to 10 8oz glasses a day. with the use of artificial heating it just zaps the moisturize right out of our skin and hair. even my lips suffer during the winter. second - get rid of the glycerin! when it can't draw moisture from the air it draws it from your hair. you can start back using it in the spring. third - add some oatmeal, salmon and walnuts to your diet daily. the selenium & omega 3s should help your skin stay blemish free. if you do get one invest in some tea tree oil. a little dab on the spot will zap that sucker before you know it! i sure hope this helps, sis! be sure to keep us updated! :)

Mauve_Avenger said...

I like honey/lemon/raw sugar scrubs for my face. it keeps my skin exfoliated and moisturized. I don't know if this will be the solution for you (I tend to have the opposite problem. My skin doesn't break out so much in the winter, but it dries and flakes). If moisture isn't your problem, I think clay would keep excess oil off of your skin. Look online, they have a lot of recipes for homemade masks.

Anonymous said...

It may have nothing to do with your hair or the atmosphere. For me when I turned 35 my face broke out horribly...hormones I guess. For someone who never had an acne problem, even as a teen, I was devistated and confused. Before going to a dermatologist I decided to begin taking a comprehensive multivitamin, went back to using my old skin care from ages ago, introduced more fruit and veggies in my diet and lastly stopped eating meat with hormones...yes this meant only buying and eating seafood and meat without hormones and antibiotics. Long story short after 2 months my face is back to it's calm self. Oh yeah, I also upped my exercising. All of these lifestyle changes are not only good for my insides, but it has reflected on my face as well.

Anonymous said...

I have acne prone skin, so I know about this all too well. I strongly suggest baggying. I don't wear my hair out at all in the winter time, so a baggy, scarf and hat is what I wear. I also wear it at night when I sleep. It keeps oils off my face and keeps my hair moisterized. I am convinenced I am a baggier for life!!!

Next use Retin A for your skin! I SWEAR by this stuff. It is expensive and you have to get a prescription for it, but it is well worth it. I haven't had a breakout since using it!

Also when summer comes, no wash and gos and styles in my face for me. All styles will be buns and updos because my skin doesn't need the extra oil.

Good luck in whatever you do.

Kenya V said...

I am in the southern suburbs of Chicago & can totally relate. What brings you to Decatur - college? Many of the suggestions are very helpful. I think, just like our hair likes water, you need to up your water intake. You may want to get a cool or warm mist humidifier and use it at bedtime.

Candace4life said...

It maybe the products that you changed during the time for the winter seasons that are playing havoc on your skin. Also do put oil on your hair before going to bed?, that may be messing with your skin. Do you wash your pillow/satin cover to keep the bacteria at bay?. You can also try using some african black soap and then a dab of sheabutter on face and that should help out your skin.

Anonymous said...

since last summer my face started to break out along my cheeks. i had added castor oil to my water/olive mix & believe that is the culprit. the pimples and bumps would not go away! i was seriously contemplating bc'ing again or wearing foundation 24/7 because hair will come & go but sometimes you can't get your skin back! i don't eat meat, all i drink is h20, use african black soap, & countless other scrubs, facial cleansers, etc but nothing was working. so last week i started using proactive's daily oil control & cetaphil skin moisturizer and in a week my beautiful skin is coming back!!

Erica S said...

I would say to try and keep hair off of your face. The heavy oils and creams you put on your hair may be great for your hair, but they may rub off on your skin and cause breakouts. Also wash your hands often and try not to touch your face. Drink plenty of water and try to use lighter products on your face. Nothing that will clog your pores more.

Netta Dee said...

Is there a way you can wear protective styles? Kimmaytube and others on youtube have a lot of tutorials. I wouldn't cut it.

Sherri said...

Due to my hair getting longer and hanging lower, my face has also gone crazy. I also went back to my beloved proactiv and I pin my hair back out of my face. Things are slowly clearing up.

Crystal J said...

I stopped washing my face with anything...sounds crazy but it works. I usually steam my face by taking a washcloth, getting the water as hot as I can stand it and lay it over my face, letting the heat sink in, and gently wipe away the oil and dirt of the day, repeat as necessary.
After that I use plain ole apple cider vinegar as a toner, let it dry and then apply moisturizer or favorite oil (I use coconut or grapeseed.)
The steam/heat from the washcloth/water really opens up my pores and gets all the yucky stuff out.

Anonymous said...

Updo hairstyles might work, especially if you keep the hair away from your face!

-Foxyrou

Anonymous said...

I'd say use something with salicylic acid in it to combat the breakouts (Biore has a nice cleanser that has that in there), and find a more intense moisturizer to make up for what you are missing. However, are you now feeling dry, combo, or oily? that will impact what you should and should not use on your skin.

So maybe if you didn't need things for dry skin, maybe now you do.

Oh, but go see a dermatologist and explain this all to you b/c a lot of the advice people are giving second hand (including mine) is in response to what a doctor told us, or how our skin reacts.

I've never gone from hot and humid to dry (just 4 seasons to a place with barely 2 seasons)and my skin is pretty oily so it has done okay.

But I did start seeing both a dermatologist and an esthetician to keep things together when I noticed some changes.

I hope your acne doesn't hyperpigment b/c that is hard to get on top of once it starts (a combination of hydroquinone and Retin-A can help but takes weeks to kick-in).

Miche'al said...

I would go with protective styling and I would not cut it. Keeping my hair out of my face has caused me to break out less.

adrien said...

first, how old are you. i've always had clear skin. now in my 30s i'm fighting acne. wth??! that and the fact that the weather/climate change always brings a lil skin freakout that i have to adjust to. so i switched up my routine:

-i use the oil cleanse method 3x a week before i go to bed.

-i've made myself some pimple toner with
aspirin (which is made from salycilic acid), lemon juice, water, and honey which i put on after i wash.

-i put ambi on my dark spots and on my existing pimples so they don't get dark.

-exfoliate at least 1x week.

- always rinse with cold COLD water. closes the pores to keep moisture in and dirt out.

- ZINC OXIDE! that's my secret weapon. i noticed during the summer my skin always looks phenomenol. i figured it was the sun block (spf 70) so i started using it again recently and my skin is soooo much better. i use Clear Zinc sun block, it doesn't make my brown skin ashy looking. my dark spots fade quicker, and my pimples "die" faster and are fewer and far between.

curlytarheel said...

I had a similar problem when I moved a few years ago. My skin was fine in the summer, but as soon as the weather changed, I started breaking out. After visiting two dermatologists and trying ProActiv, I learned through trial and error my skin does not like anything with any oil in it. I now wash my face with Dove and moisturize with aloe vera gel. I was overcompensating for my dry skin by moisturizing, but found most products contain some sort of oil. I hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem recently when I applied Carrot Oil to my hair after washing and styling. This was a mistake, so I figured that if my hair loves oils and my skin hates it (cause its already oily), its best to do hot oil treatments as a pre-poo, then refrain from adding oil to your hair after.
As a compromise u can use creams and stylers which contain oils and follow all the suggestions posted such as clay/benzoyl peroxide masks, exfoliating, salicylic acid face washes, and don't forget salicylic acid astringents. Try to get an astringent with 0.5% salicylic acid rather than 2% which so many have. This way you can use it up to 3X a day without experiencing drying. I would recommend Clean & Clear sensitive skin (blue).
Of course the posts on exercise, and diet would help with your breakouts too. Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

I have a similar prob, but dnt know the cause. I have been to two different dermatologist and still have the issue. I say go as natural as possible. No hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, chemicals, etc. I have a great diet and exercise, but face is still crazy, and I have tried just about every product mentioned!! My only objection is " scrubbing" your face. That further agitates your acne and makes it worse.

Anonymous said...

OLAY BAY-BEE! It's the bomb.com!

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*2-in-1 cloths (sensitive or normal/dry) in am

*regenerist "deep hydration" or "wrinkle
revolution" as am moisturizer

*regenerist "micro exfoliating wet cleansing cloths" before bedtime

*regenerist "night recovery" on face and neck at bedtime

Anonymous said...

ps. from Anonymous above - Use Neutrogena 2.5% benzoyl peroxide "on-the-spot" for occasional pimples.

Olay has been in my regimen for 20 years, and Neutrogena is mild enough to dry the pimple without irritation, but strong enough to gently speed skin cell turnover unlike salacylic acid which made my skin darken in spots.

Anonymous said...

pps: avoid using "drying" cleansers and products while using BP

Unknown said...

Keep hands and hair off of your face as much a possible and for a cheapie mask regimine that works is mixing dry oatmeal and honey to a pasty consistency and put it all over your face. Leave it for thirty minutes it works well making the acne go down as well as clearing any blemishes. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I used to use pro-active and other acne moisterizers, only to discover they dried out my skin further, to treat the pimples. So ive stopped using them. here is my experience & recommendations:
Some things Ive learnt: 1-consistent exercise and diet helps more than anything i put on my face. 2-dairy is my enemy. i thought i didnt have any dairy issues, but after paying close attention to my diet, i was able to connect cheese and other dairy items to a break out! :( im so salty to let my mac n cheese go,lol. 3-exfoliate: either manually or with a scrubbing wash. my skin thickens in the winter, and thicker skin increases the chance of clogged pores. and 4-the more gentle the product, the better for my face. After going natural and exploring natural products for my hair, my scalp is so much more healthier, and its made me examine my facial products: my current fav to recomend is neutrogenas new naturals line, they have a pore scrub which uses willow bark to treat acne and oily skin, AMAZING stuff. and they just put out a hydrating facial lotion, ive only been using it for one week, but so far its a keeper. all other drug store trips were a complete failure. My only other moisturizer i recommend is by a line called FRESH, can be found in sephora. the soy moisterizer is AMAZING for my skin. first 3 days my skin kind of flaked, turns out it was exfoliating the extra skin. Fresh is expensive, so i recommend going to sephora and asking for a sample and seeing if it works for u, as everything works differently for everyone. oh, and using shea butter for my hair has saved my skin too, it doesnt drip/run down my face, yet protects/oils my hair. so its been a perfect replacement from all my other oils. good luck! and I hope to see more articles about winter weather and moisterizing our faces lol

Anonymous said...

Try the oil cleansing method. Check out www.theoilcleansingmethod.com. I used to break out frequently despite healthy eating habits and drinking water and juicing. Since starting the OCM, I haven't had a breakout once my skin got acclimated to using the method. You'll have to find the oil combination that works for your skin. My concoction is castor oil - 60%; grapeseed oil - 20%; and tamanu oil - 20%. I use the oil at night and steam with a hot towel, followed by a splash of cold water and a spritz of toner. In the mornings, I just rinse my face and go.

Tiki_Green said...

I do the toothpaste thing too, since moving up here to Illinois. My in-laws live in Geneva small town but its close to Amish country which is awesome.

Anonymous said...

The oil method worked for me for a while, then the breakouts started again. The oil method really helped to lighten up my hyper-pigmentation. I never had skin problems until I reached my 30s. I have found a few tried and true products to keep things under control. Clean & Clear Oil Free Acne Wash, Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment, Alpha Hydroxy Moisturizers/Sunscreen, Jojoba Oil added to my moisturizers, and Aloe Vera Gel. Without these things in addition to eating plenty of protein, fruits and veggies, drinking lots of water, avoiding dairy as much as possible, taking Vitamin D, Healthy Skin Supplements, Omega 3 Supplements & working out regularly have kept my skin in check! And Clinique's Even Better Foundation is the only one I can wear without irritation...I had to leave MAC alone ;P.

Taneica said...

Thank you guys so much for all of these wonderful suggestions! I exfoliated and am sucking down a whopping cup of water as I type this (one handed...yup!). I am sure one of these remidies will work for me. I was wondering if my skin is just pissed because it's getting old too! lol! I dunno, but I am determined to keep my hair and a healthy complexion. Thanks again ladies!

Anonymous said...

It is necessary to find the source of the break-outs. If it is caused by the oils in the haircare. Maybe it could be interesting to change these oils. Some oils work well for hair and skin like jojoba, avocado or grapeseed. Keeping the hair out the face can help even if it is more difficult at night and means satin bonnet.
Concerning tackling the breakouts tender care is essential, no rough treatment that could exacerbate the situation.
I have tried when breakouts arise grapeseed oil with a drop of essential oils of geranium and Paperbark Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). It works wonder for me. It winter I can replace grapeseed oil with avocado when the wheather is very cold. Fro severe breakouts I had a drop of tea tree essential oil.
I do this treatment just after my shower so my skin is still damp and I can seal moisture on my face.
Once a week instead of scrubbing that my face skin is too sensitive for, I make a mask with clay mixed with whole yoghurt for moisture. The result is a smooth and radiant skin for cheap even if I use organic products.
Just be careful to test the essential oils on the crook of your elbow to chek for potential allergy before.

Anonymous said...

I have changed climates 3 times....Chicago to Houston to Charlotte to Tampa...every time I experience the breakouts you seem to be having. Massive, go to the derm, spend lots of money breakouts. In general I have great skin so I definitely attribute it to the climate change. Only thing I could do was change up products and wait it out....usually took about 6 months.

Anonymous said...

Lose the Clinique products. I used them and some other high end products years ago and always had breakouts. Once I went to Neutrogena products, have not had breakouts since. Clinique seems to work for a while, but it is VERY HARSH on the skin.

Anonymous said...

I looked through most of the comments and I don't think anyone suggested African Black Soap.

I started having PMS pimple breakouts just before I turned 40. Just 1 or 2 pimples a month, but since I never had acne as a teen, it was shocking and upsetting. After trying a few products, I started using the Murad acne treatment kit and had pretty good results.

BUT last summer, I discovered African Black Soap and I absolutely swear by it now. I use the SheaMoisture bar morning and night and my skin stays blemish free. Yes, blemish free.

For less than $5, it's worth trying something cheap and natural before you resort to cutting your hair or trying expensive treatments and chemically-formulated anti-acne products.

leesicam said...

The culprit could be the oil you're using in your spritz mix or it may be stress. Are you stressed more so than usual? I live in S FL but when I've traveled to VA for work, my skin gets dry and huge cystic zits appear. I'm beginning to wonder if I should travel with a shower head that has a water filter/softener. I hope your skin starts to calm down soon.

As for the Clinique system...meh. Use the toner to get rid of ingrown hairs. If it does that on my legs then what is it doing to my face?!!

Anonymous said...

You are living in my hometown!

CurlyInTheA said...

I live in Atlanta, but when I moved from Detroit, by skin freaked the hell out! Change in climate, water condition will make your skin go through changes. You went from polar opposites -- the humid heat of Fla to the brittle cold of Illinois. Try what some of the others have suggested, but you may want to see a dermatologist -- and remember that your skin also has to "adjust" to the move from different climates.

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J.Love said...

I would say forget the olive oil and such as a sealer for now. Try shea butter instead, you can make your own mix, so that's is easier to work with. Or you buy Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding which is a smooth shea butter mix to help seal.

You also want to get some kind of face wash with salicylic acid in it, like Clean and Clear. I swear by this brand its so great. They also have a daily moisturizer with salicylic acid in it to, so that way you also have it on your skin all day, helping to fight pimples.

Anonymous said...

im going through this right now. So far what's working for me is:

-Basis soap for sensitive skin.
-Lotion of your choice. (I have skin conditions, so I have a lotion I get from the dr.)
-Witch Hazel at night.
-Clay masks as needed.
-Hair off face!

I love my Heavy cream, but it hates my skin with a passion! So my hair, has to stay off my face. (unless I like the forehead pimples.)

The Witch Hazel has really helped me keep new pimples at bay, and has cleared up my old issues.

I have naturally dry, dry skin. Pimples are a new thing to me, So i had no idea.. I read about the hazel, and so far so good. Use it only on your problem areas. Some kinds can be up to 14% alcohol, which is very very drying.

Anonymous said...

Try sitting in your gym's sauna once a week (if you have access to one) and using a humidifier at night.

CHAKLAT said...

Before you do that invest in some jojoba oil. It is close in biological make up to the human sebum(natural skin oils) use of jojoba may help balance skin moisture, and secretions to decrease zits.You can do a mix of 4oz. water, 1tsp. glycerine or honey, 1Tbsp. jojoba oil. Another mix is 100% aloe vera gel 4oz. and 1Ttsp. Jojoba oil. Olive oil is also useful and none comedogenic.For your facial breakouts try moisturizing with water and jojoba only. HTH

CHAKLAT said...

I forgot to add: it is really important to keep your skin clean and not dried out. A good natural cleanser is 100% African Black soap, once daily for first five to seven days and then twice daily. I put it directly on pimples and let it sit about 5 minutes when I get breakouts. If you can't get Jojoba, Grapeseed is a good facial oil with toning properties. Coconut oil is also good for the skin. African Black soap can be found at a market(flea,african,craft) or online at coastal scents,or amazon.

Anonymous said...

OMG I know just how you feel. When I lived in florida my hair was straight out of a magazine cover for "what hair should look like" then I moved back to jersey and the magazine cover changed..Good luck with our natural sister here at nikki site you will be just fine as will I..

Anonymous said...

I have to use different products in the summer/spring and fall/winter for my face and my hair. I use much lighter moisturizers for my face and hair in the summer. But in the winter I have to switch up to heavier creams for my face and hair, if I used those same products in the summer my face would explode, lol. I don't know if that's your problem but its a simple fix if it is. For the current acne, when I do get the occasional breakout I usually just use a clean and clear or something a couple times a day until it goes away. Hope this helps.

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