Some people have perfectly flawless skin, regardless of their skin care regimen, and can sleep in a full face of makeup and wake up with no issues. I have never been one of those people. My face loves to freak out. Less so now that I’m inching towards 30 and have undergone a full 7 months of Accutane (a different discussion for a different time), but even still I can count on the occasional bump to come from virtually nowhere and stay for at least a week.
My issue with acne was that mine was always cystic. I didn’t get many of the cute little whiteheads that went away with a dab of toothpaste and a good night’s sleep. Cystic acne causes hard, painful bumps that have the nerve to stay forever, only to leave a hyperpigmentation mark on your skin once they eventually go away. They are hormonal and seemingly immune to typical acne treatments. Some people have it worse than others, but if you’ve had even one in your life, you understand the struggle.
Since switching to a more natural skin care routine, I don’t have too many issues with breakouts, a lot of which I attribute to my holy grail essential oil for skin care, tea tree oil. Don’t let the strong smell put you off, this oil has changed the entire game for me. I wash my face with a tea tree oil facewash (I use the Trader Joe’s brand, but The Body Shop has a nearly identical version), tone with witch hazel, spritz rose water, apply all of my creams for either day or night, and then finish off by massaging a drop of tea tree oil into my skin with my rose quartz face roller.
This sounds extra, but it works. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that help kill the bacteria that cause acne and other skin conditions. It’s completely natural and very potent. I’ve been using a drop on my face twice a day for as long as I can remember. My skin has never been more well-behaved. It’s an extra step in what is, for some of us, an already long ritual but it’s worth it.