D.I.Y Acne treatments – You’re doing more harm than good (part 2)

I wrote part 1 of this blog post a few days ago and this is the second and final part. I have included a lot of treatments that are also good in this post because I don’t want to scare people off D.I.Y skincare. As always, make sure you do your own research before trying anything at home as I am not qualified to tell you what is right and wrong. This is just my own research.


Green tea: Shown to have anti-oxidant and and soothing properties, as well as helping in prevent wrinkles. There are also claims that it is a great sunscreen. However, it’s still important to use a properly formulated sunscreen.
Verdict: Good

Jojoba Oil: I use jojoba oil every day and I can’t get enough of it. It has been shown to enhance skin barrier repair and heal damage. It also has beneficial antioxidants. It does have a comedogenic rating of 2/5, so make sure to patch test so you don’t break out from the product. Verdict: Good

Oatmeal: Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being non irritating.
Verdict: Good

Olive Oil: If you don’t break out with carrier oils, then they usually aren’t bad for your skin. Olive oil is very beneficial to the skin because of it’s fatty acid content, making it perfect and moisturising for dry skin. It is also known to have anti-ageing properties.
Verdict: Good

Steaming: I’m sure you have read the whole “fill up a bucket of boiling water and hang your head over it to open your pores” heaps of times. Well, your pores don’t open and close, they’re not a muscle. Steaming your face can actually dry it out and it doesn’t really have any benefit at all. In fact, there is even potential to cause broken capillaries on your skin (those little red spider like veins).
Verdict: Bad

Sugar scrub: This has been said to be a fantastic exfoliant for your skin. However, scrubs can harm your skin by causing microscopic tears and this can further aggravate your acne, especially with the jagged edges of sugar crystals. Instead,  a chemical exfoliant such as a BHA or AHA may be more beneficial.
Verdict: Bad

Tomato Juice: Tomato juice is a potential skin irritant and doesn’t have many benefits. Future Derm also says that the “extra lycopene or beta-carotene could subject your skin to harm“.
Verdict: Bad

Turmeric: Turmeric has antioxidant properties and it often used in face masks. According to Nicki Zevola at Future Derm, it’s a very safe product and is even very beneficial to the skin. I haven’t personally used it but my research has made me want to try! From my understanding, it can leave quite a potent orange colour on your skin if you don’t wash it off properly. As always though, make sure you patch test because it isn’t going to work for everybody.
Verdict: Good

Vaseline: I’ve seen heaps of people talk about how bad vaseline is for the skin and how it will clog your pores. Vaseline isn’t dangerous, and it’s a very great product for dry skin. It isn’t going to help with your acne, but it’s fantastic to put on top of your moisturiser. According to Paula’s Choice (who uses several journal sources), Vaseline is still one of the safest ingredients for your skin. You can put it on to seal in moisture and to help your skin heal. I love putting this on top of my moisturiser at night when I have extra dry skin.
Verdict: Good



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