It sounds counter-intuitive, right? "Wash" your oily/acne prone face for clearer skin? Isn't that stuff reserved for dry skin types only?
Nope! Here's why: When you use harsh detergents, you strip your skin of it's natural oils. Your skin then gets "thirsty" and throws it's oil production into over-drive. That, in turn, makes your skin more oily, which you wash away with more harsh detergents that make your skin product more oil... And on and on.
I started washing my face with oil when I was pregnant with Henry. I was using a bunch of harsh chemicals to treat my combination skin and knew I had to stop when I found out I was expecting. I started slowly, and with each piece of skincare I transitioned out of my routine, I saw my skin get clearer and brighter.
Now, I'm 100% an all natural product and oil user to clean my face. It's a tough transition - the products don't lather and there are no "tingly" sensations to tell you "it's working" (or, that it's stripping your face of everything good...) but I assure you, it's worth it! Here's how it works:
Step one: Wash your face with Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. This product won't lather; you just rub it into your wet skin and wash away. I like this product because it's taken oils and "gelled" them, so it's easier to use in the shower.
Step two: Tone your face with Burt's Bees Witch Hazel Toner.
Step three: Moisturize your whole face with a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizer. I use Clinique as I've been using that since I was a teenager and it has absolutely no scent. I hate scents on my face! Feel free to omit this for a natural-based product; I'm sticking with it since it's worked for me for years.
Step four: Apply Burt's Bees Blemish Stick on your trouble spots. This is actually tea tree oil, which is a natural anti-bacterial. It will kill off any bacteria (where breakouts originate!) on your face without being too harsh!
Step four: Apply 2 or so drops of Frankensice Essential oil all over your face. This helps to keep your skin clear and calms any current redness you may have. It also helps to give you an overall healthy glow!
It takes time getting used to washing your face with oils. At first, I thought my skin just felt greasy and gross. But then, my skin stopped breaking out! Now, it's just super soft. It also helps to super-hydrate your skin - I have no wrinkles or crows feet, and I'm well over 30 years old!